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Old 12 September 2005, 17:48   #1
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5.5 versus 4.8

would a 4.8 ribcraft with a 60 hp 4 stroke be much easier to launch, tow and manage than a 5.5 gemini 115 hp 4 stroke.The gemini is a great piece of kit but hard work with three kids and wife. Any comments please.
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Old 12 September 2005, 18:04   #2
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HI

What trailer are you using with either?

You can easily launch a 6m boat providing you have the correct trailer and tow car.

I can easily launch our 6.5m on my own with a full swing beamer multi roller trailer.
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Old 12 September 2005, 21:36   #3
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I launch a 5.5m by my self all the time, roller trailer though. Just takes some logical thinking!
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My trailer is not a roller trailer and not sure what a swing beam type trailer is.The boat is kept in Cape Town SA where i work 50% of the year and i am looking for a rib to keep in the uk.ps John may be interested to know that in SA you cannot take take to sea in any form of watercraft without your day skipper certificate or foriegn equivalant.I believe that Spain is the same.
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Old 13 September 2005, 03:31   #5
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I will post some pictures of us launching when i return home.
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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
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Old 13 September 2005, 03:54   #7
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I'd go big

A mate of mine has got a 5.5 Gemini with a 115 Optimax and I regularly recover it for him and have no problems at all

To get back to the original question I genuinely don't feel there is much difference between a 4.8 and a 5.5 Is the weight difference any more than 300 kilos?

Aslo is there some advantage to having an SA built boat over there!

regarding the differece between roller coaster, bunked and swing beam trailers
Rollers are obviously easier but the others are fine you just have to get more of them in the water! and maybe some of yourself.

You can fit teflon strips on to your bunks which make them lovely and slidey so that helps get the boat on and at the end of the day a bit of effort on the winch can only help maintain your strength or if you want to winp out buy a small electric winch! whatever you use for winchin make sure your straps and wires are in tip top condition

Remember when you are coming into the Slipway to slow the boat down, get the engine into neutral and tilt the engine. Oh yeah and try to aim for the trailer.

If you are down in Southampton within the next two weeks I'll happily spend a couple of hours with you teaching how to launch and recover on your own succesfully.
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Old 13 September 2005, 04:35   #8
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you could always fit some of these into the bunks to ease your task


http://www.axminster.co.uk/product.a...=21223&recno=8
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Works on my dinghy trailer!
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for launching and recovering boats you can not beat a multi roller trailer, i use a super roller coaster 7 for mine, i have a fairly large heavy boat we use on the river and sometimes there is a queue to come out, and i have to wait while the little boats muck about with useless trailers and end up giving a hand. then they feel obliged to help me as my boat may be 3x the size, but, you just drive it on or swing it round the back and wind it on, it centralises, rolls on easy, driving on and off is best if conditions and slope allow.

get a roller trailer and save yourself a lot of trouble and sweat.
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