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Old 05 June 2011, 18:40   #11
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I remember you... lol you commented on another thread of mine ,, NOT to try reversing into the waves because i will end up having a salty bath
i DIDNT REVERSE INTO THE SEA It was quite windy Daniel
glad you had fun we usually fill 2 or 3 ...25 ltr plastic containers with water tied up front to keep the front down when alone in the boat but i use a crane to lift the zodiac off the trailer straight into the sea down the harbour here glad i dont have to fight on the beach the cranes 3 of them are used to unload fish off the small boats bit like the cranes you see on the back of trucks lift boat off trailer lower straight into the sea climb down the ladder tie the boat unhook the crane and away we go nice daniel
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Old 05 June 2011, 18:47   #12
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All good experience Timo if the outcome is just the frustration on not getting out... flipping and dunking the motor though would have messed up the day.

I've been about boats and the sea for near on 50yrs and I would never try and beach launch for pleasure boating unless it was a settled dead calm wind free day. Even then it can turn when you're out and the return trip might be hairy. As others have said to get your sea legs (I think you're new to the sea?) find another more sheltered place to launch. Challenging seas are best faced with a calm helmsman and warm engine.... not the situation when you leap in from waist high water with a split second to get going before you're blown aground.
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Old 05 June 2011, 18:48   #13
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glad you had fun we usually fill 2 or 3 ...25 ltr plastic containers with water tied up front to keep the front down when alone in the boat but i use a crane to lift the zodiac off the trailer straight into the sea down the harbour here glad i dont have to fight on the beach the cranes 3 of them are used to unload fish off the small boats bit like the cranes you see on the back of trucks lift boat off trailer lower straight into the sea climb down the ladder tie the boat unhook the crane and away we go nice daniel
Good advice Daniel .. Thanks Next time i`ll be using a more sheltered launch ,,, The place i used was free,,, but was obviously free for a reason ... someone once told me "beware of free cheese " I see what he means now
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Old 05 June 2011, 19:04   #14
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Good advice Daniel .. Thanks Next time i`ll be using a more sheltered launch ,,, The place i used was free,,, but was obviously free for a reason ... someone once told me "beware of free cheese " I see what he means now
yes timo as fenlander said it has to be calm the sea that is allso if things get rough keep your cool.... think.. its even ok to talk to yourself if your out there and it gets choppy when people panick thats when things dont go the way they should as i said your main enemy is wind hope you get out next try and dont forget keep calm i think its better to get yourself a 100 kg mate like i have i tell him to move up front if need be he he ..daniel
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Old 05 June 2011, 19:54   #15
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yes timo as fenlander said it has to be calm the sea that is allso if things get rough keep your cool.... think.. its even ok to talk to yourself if your out there and it gets choppy when people panick thats when things dont go the way they should as i said your main enemy is wind hope you get out next try and dont forget keep calm i think its better to get yourself a 100 kg mate like i have i tell him to move up front if need be he he ..daniel
Yup ... perhaps i`m tryin to run before i learned to walk mate ,, steady as she blows
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hi Timo...
every bad boat experience I have had so far has involved a beach and a swell.
Over 20 years ago, first time out in my first RIB, launching from a beach with a tractor (Hornsea East Yorkshire Coast) Onshore wind, swell = 1500 quids worth of damage. Never beach launched since
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Old 06 June 2011, 04:50   #17
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To cheer your self up look at the daft ozzy beach rescue racing on youtube, where 2 men crews launch sibs from a beach (30 - 50 boats racing), massive swells.. They start their engines (guarded) and in gear there are pumping sand even before they reach water and forcing the sibs out into the waves... it would kill a non 'ocha' type......

You tried the 'for expert TEAMS only' manuver on your sea trip... I am sure the frustration was cutting.... find an easier place or wait for the weather. Even if you get out, returning will be tricky if the waves change.....
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I might have imagined it, but isn't there a course for handling small craft in surf conditions?
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You could always build yourself a DODO trailer
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We always keep out sib at the beach (Hope Cove near bigbury) and launch from there as well. I guess it benefits from a breakwater so it's too bad but we have have some fun lauching into the surf and getting back on the beach with some large waves and people in the water is a challenge.

I was on a sib one year with some friends (not my boat) and he managed to get caught side on to a wave a flipped it! Luckily no one was hurt and the engine was fine.

Launching from a beach can be hit and miss, I think it's best to throw yourself head on at the waves. And a huge benefit having others around to help you.
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