Originally Posted by Thamesvolunteer
We will launch off a slipway in Greenwich usually. If we have to launch in other locations then we will put it in the back of an ambulance that we sometimes use. If personnel on the day can't drive or find a driver we will hire an estate mini cab to get us as close to the launching location as possible. It may have to be carried the last few hundred feet or even meters by hand and inflated on the foreshore or riverside.
We were thinking of using a ply board with carpet to use as a launching ramp to be placed in the sib and sat on afterwards.
As we say, there's no T in " Can Do!"
I hope we can pick up a Y Class sib. We do like the look of them. : )
How big is your ambulance? A Y-Class is heavy, 2 people wont be able to carry it far even without the engine fitted. Launching wheels are difficult to fit due to the drain trunks either side of the transom.
Don't expect to be rolling it up either, the hypalon tubes are double thinkness in most places, and the floor is a mission to fit, and is heavy and doesn't split into sections. It can be done, but they don't fold down very small, and you will soon get fed up of putting it together.
They are great boats, but you really need a trailer.
The SeaSearch boats you mention are good value for money. But no where near the quality of an Avon or zodiac work boat, but then they are a fraction of the cost new. They have aluminium floors with an inflatable keel.