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Old 15 May 2011, 12:16   #1
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Launch wheels query .

Hi again guys.. i have a launch wheels issue.. ok , i fitted some launch wheels to the transom and also the motor ,( im just in practice atm in my garden ) now i was hoping the weight of the motor would counterbalance the weight of my sib 4m honwave , but it didnt and the front is so heavy i can hardy lift it , so dragging it to the waters edge would be a right nightmare .. whats the best way to overcome this ?,, i dont and wont be using a trailer ,, the actual balance point of my sib withe the motor on is approx 2feet in towards the boat from the transom,,, i want to make this as easy and enjoyable as i possibly can,, also while im here ,, what are your views on prop guards as i intend on fitting one, how do they attach to a tohatsu 40 hp,, ,, oh ,one other thing,, legally what do i need to do before i even set off with my sib ,, ie insurance etc,,,thanks lads,,
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Old 15 May 2011, 16:35   #2
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Hmmmm, pass on the first question, i just strugle with mine and just get on with it!!

You should have insurance, (i dont yet but am planning on it) if you use it in the sea just think if you injure someone, also some rivers/lakes say you have to have it!!

Some people say a RYA powerboat course is a good idea, again i havent but am thinking about it.

And if you want a VHF radio you will need a licence for that too!!
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And if you want a VHF radio you will need a licence for that too!!
IIRC, you don't need a licence to OWN a marine VHF, but you need one to USE it. It must be the most widely flaunted rule in the book. In an emergency, no-one will question it's use.
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Old 15 May 2011, 16:55   #4
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Ahh ok... so i may be able to turn up at a river etc with insurance .. are there any other requirements ie documentation license etc etc ?
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Hi there,

To actually launch at some places you need to show your insurance documents. Regarding the VHF, If launching at sea then I think it is a definite must have, but there is no point in having one if you don't know how to use it. Best you do the course. I'd also take other simple equipment such as flares, torches etc. The more different ways of alerting someone that something has gone wrong (if it should)the better.

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Old 15 May 2011, 18:12   #6
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Hi there,

To actually launch at some places you need to show your insurance documents. Regarding the VHF, If launching at sea then I think it is a definite must have, but there is no point in having one if you don't know how to use it. Best you do the course. I'd also take other simple equipment such as flares, torches etc. The more different ways of alerting someone that something has gone wrong (if it should)the better.

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Im in the process of insuring ATM with craft insure but cant figure out if the policy covers public liability ,its come in at 192 per annum ,, is insurance all i need?? how about british waterways etc
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Im in the process of insuring ATM with craft insure but cant figure out if the policy covers public liability ,its come in at 192 per annum ,, is insurance all i need?? how about british waterways etc
That seems excessive. Their Public Liability is usually 3 million. My annual policy is 60 with them, my old RIB, insured for 20k was 280...
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That seems excessive. Their Public Liability is usually 3 million. My annual policy is 60 with them, my old RIB, insured for 20k was 280...
Blimey,,id better look into it more then .
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That sounds very expensive - my old Zodiac Futura 4.1m with a 50hp was about 100 per annum with a 3M public liability through Porthcawl.
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Hi there,
Inhave a 3.8m honwave with 15hp 4stroke, along with trailer, equipment 3 million liability it cost me 58 last year.

I'd ring around if I were you.

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