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Old 13 September 2005, 05:23   #11
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A decent trailer is key. I've always recovered on my own, the missus spectates. With my current 6.5m Rib, I back the truck in as far as poss without dipping the wheel rims. Then drive the boat up the trailer until it meets the rubber bow stop, slide over bow tube to attach the winch, walk up the tailer. Drive up slip, no wet feet
now the mrs is trained up why dont you get her to recover the boat while you pop down the pub for a beer or sit down and have a tinny!!
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Old 13 September 2005, 05:37   #12
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Works on my dinghy trailer!
I was hoping some smart arse would do that, it would have been a shame to let that chance Wilton the vine
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Old 13 September 2005, 05:40   #13
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Wilton the vine
Horrendous, hang your head in shame!

Although, I was being serious about my dinghy trailer having carpet on it. No scratches on my boats bottom (well from the trailer anyway).
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Old 13 September 2005, 06:32   #14
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Horrendous, hang your head in shame!

Although, I was being serious about my dinghy trailer having carpet on it. No scratches on my boats bottom (well from the trailer anyway).

I'll consider myself carpeted!
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Old 13 September 2005, 07:17   #15
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I doubt that there is much difference from the launching aspect but I bet the 5.5 is better on the water. Although you will be paying a lot more for fuel going from 60 to 115hp
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get a roller trailer and save yourself a lot of trouble and sweat.
I am sorry but i don't agree. A carpeted (drive-on) bunk trailer with Teflon strips and sturdy tube/hull guides is the very best ever, following much experience both in the United States and UK. I have always been blessed with non-participant partners and thus have gained all my experiences solo. I agree that with a roller trailer you can launch at shallower depths, but for recovering in a cross wind, there's only one sure fire way of getting on the trailer, right up to the bow snubber without drama and with dry feet, and that is with a bunk trailer with hull/tubes guides.

Having said that, I now have a 8.5 metre boat with roller trailer, and so far, I have been lucky recovering solo, but in a X wind, when the trailer is not immersed quite as far and you just pop the bow on, you're in for a long wind, plus I have never yet used a roller trailer who's rollers stay in one piece for more than a couple of seasons. They're £6 or so a lump and there's about 18 on my rig. 1/2 of them are already screwed.
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I am sorry but i don't agree. A carpeted (drive-on) bunk trailer with Teflon strips and sturdy tube/hull guides is the very best ever, following much experience both in the United States and UK. I have always been blessed with non-participant partners and thus have gained all my experiences solo. I agree that with a roller trailer you can launch at shallower depths, but for recovering in a cross wind, there's only one sure fire way of getting on the trailer, right up to the bow snubber without drama and with dry feet, and that is with a bunk trailer with hull/tubes guides.

Having said that, I now have a 8.5 metre boat with roller trailer, and so far, I have been lucky recovering solo, but in a X wind, when the trailer is not immersed quite as far and you just pop the bow on, you're in for a long wind, plus I have never yet used a roller trailer who's rollers stay in one piece for more than a couple of seasons. They're £6 or so a lump and there's about 18 on my rig. 1/2 of them are already screwed.
i agree that in a cross wind things can be a bit trickier but i always find that one the nose is lodged against the first set of rollers and the winch cable is attached that it is a case of just winding and everything goes on fine. have seen a lot of people struggle with bed trailers etc and it has looked quite a lot of hassle whereas i have never had probs and with a sizeably bigger boat.

the probelm i had with some of my rollers was the circlip things would rot and the roller would loosen but i drilled and splitpinned them all and everything has been fine for the past 7 years now.

I must admit i have only ever had roller trailers but i have helped lots of people with other types as more often than not it seems to be harder work (plus i am helping them cos they are having problems) but bare that in mind in my keen appreciation of roller trailers is based on i always use them and not had and wont have anything different.
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I like the split pin idea - that could save substantial damage to the gel coat. The absolute key to bunk trailers is strong hull/tube guides which automatically correct alignment, Teflon strips, which aid sliding on/off, and a good burst of power from the 1/2 tilted motor which pokes the bow upwards and onwards! Spent 6 years perfecting this on the Tenessee River, and had nary a scratch from a trailer that had no rollers to deteriorate or damage the gel coat from misalignment.

Each to their own I guess....
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Old 13 September 2005, 15:58   #19
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Trailer shaft extensions

No problems for this ameteur to Launch or recover 6.5m on roller trailer.

Big problem I notice is rollers set up properly and drivers being too timid when driving the boat back onto trailer.

Sometmes slpoe of slipway is problem. To get the trailer into deep enough water some using a launching extension for the trailer shaft or have an expandable shaft.

Other big issue can be type of vehicle. conventional 2wd can have problems on slipways that are slimy or moss coated.

Have you done a test launch with your own car?

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Old 13 September 2005, 18:12   #20
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now the mrs is trained up why dont you get her to recover the boat while you pop down the pub for a beer or sit down and have a tinny!!
Huh, She's poo scared if she has to pull the thing up the slip in a straight line! Hope she doesn't read this.
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