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Old 01 May 2015, 06:02   #11
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Nice vid, that's a gorgeous gently shelving beach there. Round here by contrast it's all 20 deg of shingle and stone and banks of it too. Where I can almost single handedly pull the boat, engine, 20kg Pelicase of gear, 20 kg of fuel etc up a concrete slipway doing it on the beach over that terrain means taking everything up and down separately and at the end of a day a knackered back!

+ a sea like that we see maybe one launch a year - normally without fail a 3/4 SW blowing.
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Old 01 May 2015, 06:12   #12
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Yeah Oxwich is a stunning, safe beach. At low tide it can be a long way to walk though!
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Old 04 May 2015, 09:35   #13
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Beach launch

When it comes to a beach launch and don`t think you can avoid getting a bit wet. The wheels will make it easier getting to the sea but wont stop you getting damp. Last year we took to sea for the first time in Cornwall,we launched three times in total. We launched on calm days but even when you have next to no wind there will always be small rollers.It is those little buggers that get you wet if you faff around. 1st launch we did lots of faffing and we got pretty wet 2nd launch we got a little less wet but the towels and the rest of our gear got soaked but we soon dried them out on the rocks of the bay we went to.The 3rd launch I went alone (My wife and son were not keen on getting wet again) I put all my gear in a waterproof box, put better shoes on instead of flip flops and I did not hang around.I didn't get wet above my knees, all in all a successful launch. This year we will all be wearing better gear and we will be better set up plus we have popped our launch cherry so we now know what to expect. Best of British to you mate.
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Old 04 May 2015, 10:05   #14
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We have a 4.7m boat with a 20hp 4 stroke. We reluctantly put on the grey plastic transom wheels you see in searches. Since the angle they lock into placed isn't straight down but instead slightly back, they do not help with the leverage of the engine at all. With that, my wife and I were worried about how we were going to launch this heavy thing. Both of us quickly tired picking up the front and trying to move it around with only the tank and engine loaded.

After searching for front launch dollys, I got an idea. We had purchased lifting straps for the many times we have moved and I wondered how they would work with the boat. I used one end, wrapped it around a handle that is directly in front of the boat and with the straps on my shoulders, I stood up. It was so easy. I smiled as my wife asked if it had worked. To try it out, I decided to move the boat loaded up and down our steep driveway. Again, easy and simple and I did it by myself. I'm not a big guy. I was just walking without even my hands touching the boat. To pull it back up, I took the harness off, turned around and faced away from the boat. I then pulled it back up the drive. We were excited to figure out this solution. As long as you drop down and get back up vertically, this method uses the strength in your legs and not your arms and back. I know that better wheels would have made this easier yet.

We had struggled before with carrying the engine. It wasn't the weight so much as the awkwardness. I again looped mine at the top end of the engine and my wife looped her's around the prop area. We easily moved it around quite a few times without breaking a sweat.

I know the beach and gravel will be so much different but with her help pushing on the back I think we can do it with no problems.

I've attached advertisement pics of the straps we used. They are cheap and yes, it's as simple as they make it look. We've moved very heavy furniture around this way up and down difficult steps just the same.
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Old 04 May 2015, 11:20   #15
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Straps

Great idea,you should sell them for a living you would make a great salesman.
Your right by the way it`s often not the weight that makes things hard to carry but it`s bulk and how you manage to get a grip on it.
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Old 04 May 2015, 11:33   #16
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Great idea,you should sell them for a living you would make a great salesman.
At $20, there isn't enough profit to make it worthwhile...

In the US, I'm finding SIB accessories to be much less popular which is frustrating. Trying to register our boat was also daunting. The agency thought I was trying to license a kids blow up boat.
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Old 04 May 2015, 12:24   #17
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We beach launch all the time with our Honwave 3.5 ally floor but we don't mind getting wet. The only way to get in a boat dry is from a pontoon or wear waders but if there's any sort of swell/waves chances are you'll still get damp...
I get the family in first leaving the launch wheels down but the boat floating then push it out a bit getting my nads wet in my shorts then clamber in. At this point one of the kids starts rowing out whilst I faff on with the engine. Once it's ticking over I lift the wheels up and off we goAttachment 104936
You may need to translate the word NADS for our American cousins
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Old 04 May 2015, 12:30   #18
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Do you have to register your Sibs by law in the US?
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You may need to translate the word NADS for our American cousins
Nope, commonly used.


Yes, you have to register in the U.S. per the states requirements. Some require Coast Guard registration as well depending on the usage. Texas appears to have some of the most strict. Since I bought mine from a place in Canada, the paperwork was excessive.
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These straps in Britain are called "forearm forklifts" they are good ,)
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