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Old 14 June 2004, 11:43   #1
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A warning to all

I implore you all to read this news article and check your trailers as soon as possible.

This is unbelievably sad and so preventable.

Hope this link works.


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http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/cornwall/3804423.stm
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Old 14 June 2004, 11:47   #2
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Very sad. Our thoughts are with the family. Thanks for bringing it to our attention, Phil. Let's hope everyone is a bit more careful in all we do with boats after reading this.
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Old 14 June 2004, 11:49   #3
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The link works Phil.

A very sad story.

An appropriate warning for all of us
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So easily done as well... only a couple of weeks ago we saw a boat recovered at the Itchen Bridge slipway inadvertently re-launched, but this time attached to its trailer. No harm done in this particular case, except for an awkward trailer recovery. So terrible that a simple error ended in tragedy at Mylor.
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A great loss, very sad!
I saw a similar thing happen when a chap was getting ready at the top of the slip at Salcombe the tide was out & I was at the bottom the next thing I new his boat had come off the trailer & was coming sliding down the slip with his young daughter tiring to stop it! Luckily no one was it the way & the boat ended up in the water with a damaged keel.
He had unhooked the boat from the trailer the started to move down the boat just slipped off!
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Designed to keep the trailer connected to the vehicle if the hitch fails or comes uncoupled, a safety chain would most probably have prevented the trailer to go backward. It is worth spending a few pounds to save a life.

Shame on the driver !
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What a waste of a life! My feelings go out to the Family.

As some of you already know, when I went for a boat trial last year the seller backed it down the slip at Lee and the winch gave way. Needless to say what happend.

A very sad loss!
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a safety chain would most probably have prevented the trailer to go backward. It is worth spending a few pounds to save a life.
These must be fitted to all new trailers sold in the UK, and I suspect to all trailers supplied in the EU. It's a matter of remembering to clip them on - especially when struggling to get a boat up a slipway. I reckon that most people will fit them at the same time that the lighting board gets plugged in.
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An awful tragedy - know the slip well and have launched there a couple of times.

So how many of us secure the boat to the trailer with a chain/warp when launching rather than relying on just the winch strop alone?
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Agree, Ribald - for the sake of the fiver it cost me to cobble this chain and shackles together it's got to be worth it.
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