Well got the SIB out onto the water yesterday..................great fun.
With the westerly wind we decided to launch at the local slip, which has been subject to damage due to past storms. The large concrete slabs have been damaged so getting the trailer to the water would be problematic.
We decided to use the transom wheels and take the SIB off the trailer and wheel to the water. This suited as i didn't fancy submerging the trailer in salt water. The boat sits flat on the trailer, wriggling the boat off the trailer took a bit of work, i thought about jacking up the jockey wheel but as we had no chocks for the wheels meant the trailer would have came with us !
Looking at the trailer, I can raise the front and lower the back allowing the beds to run at an angle, that may help getting the boat off. Would this be advisable as this would mean the boat would be loaded at an angle ?
Loading, again had it's problems. There's a wooden transom saver, but it gets in the way of the V hull when trying to drag the boat up onto the trailer.
It supports the transom and allows the engine to be supported with a ratchet strap. I'm not sure if i should replace this with pivoting rollers that could shape to the V then horizontal to support the transom..........or do away with it?
I did use the winch to try pull with the bow hook but I didn't fancy putting to much strain on it. Then I thought if I had ramps to run the transom wheels on it would aid with loading.
Any advice welcome.