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Old 05 March 2013, 06:42   #1
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Launching wheels/soft sand

I took my futura FR to new Brighton yesterday, it was "a bit choppy" in a 3.8m sib

When I tried to drag it out of the water the wheels dug deep into the soft sand, making it almost impossible to recover

Has anyone experienced this or have any tips how to recover in this situation?
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Old 05 March 2013, 07:43   #2
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You need wide tires boogy type, probably yours are thin ones which dugs deep in sand, try deflating them a bit as they do in Dakar...

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Old 05 March 2013, 08:39   #3
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You need wide tires boogy type, probably yours are thin ones which dugs deep in sand, try deflating them a bit as they do in Dakar...

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They are thick tyres but fully inflated, I'll try deflating
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Did you have to show your powerboat licence to launch?
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Old 05 March 2013, 15:06   #5
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Did you have to show your powerboat licence to launch?
No, but I'm told that I will have to show my pb2 certificate as from middle of march onwards (they don't check out of season)

Safewater training do a permit for 60 per year, you need your pb2, car and boat insurance to obtain the permit
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where in bright that ?
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Old 05 March 2013, 16:46   #7
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Launch straight off the beach, park on the beach too if you keep an eye on the tides

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Got a photo of your wheel setup? Size of tyres?

Unfortunately I haven't seen really any manufactured launch wheel setups for beach launching a heavy boat. Also did you take everything possible out of the boat to lighten it up? As mentioned above the tyres should be bulging out at the sides, with a very low pressure.
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Got a photo of your wheel setup? Size of tyres?

Unfortunately I haven't seen really any manufactured launch wheel setups for beach launching a heavy boat. Also did you take everything possible out of the boat to lighten it up? As mentioned above the tyres should be bulging out at the sides, with a very low pressure.
There's pics of the wheels on my profile Peter (fastened to transom in upright position)

The only weight in the sib was fuel tank and outboard, a few other lightweight items

I'm almost certain the tyres are inflated to max recommended so I might try a few less psi
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The tyres look pretty narrow. Instead of a few less PSI try a couple of PSI as in 2 PSI. Best bet put the boat on pavement and let the air out of the tyres until they bulge out decently.

There may not be much you can do though as a narrow tyre will sink in soft soft. Getting a bigger set of wheels is the solution, but doubtful they will fit on the legs you already have.
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