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Old 11 September 2007, 10:29   #1
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Accidents ...not quite.

This is a story that might serve somebody one day...

Normally I get the rib out onto the trailer single handed. Never had any problems until last Friday. I was waiting for high water when a pontoon neighbour asked if he could give me a hand. I normally would decline as prefer to do things myself.. Anway I had 50 minutes to wait and took him up on his offer so thar I could beach it on the trailer without waiting. His girl friend tagged along and I put her on back of the 4x4 to attach the rib and the boyfriend to drive the 4x4 whilst I would drive the rib up the trailer.

There was a little wind but in the right direction. I approached the trailer at about 10 kts as generally get up half way then winch it up the rest. This time the rib ran right up the trailer to the hitch, nearly crushed the girl at the front ( she dived into the water to get out of the way). This could have proved fatal. She ended up soaked to the skin, the boy friend laughed his head off and I felt extremely fortunate as there was no real harm done.

What it means is that you can take all the care in the world .. and still things can go wrong and never accept help from anybody..

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Old 11 September 2007, 11:33   #2
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I approached the trailer at about 10 kts as generally get up half way then winch it up the rest. This time the rib ran right up the trailer to the hitch, nearly crushed the girl at the front ( she dived into the water to get out of the way).

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I don't know what to say. ......except, that with mebbe 20 knts, you could dispose of the trailer, and park the boat in the car.....Are you mad?

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It sounds like you'd be a great bloke to have around the marina. be sure to let me know if you're visiting the UK with your battering ram and I'll leave my boat on it's cradle!
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Old 11 September 2007, 11:47   #3
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I'm with Jon on this one .......... 10 knots!!!!!!!!
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Old 11 September 2007, 12:00   #4
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Bloody hell!! What launch and recovery book did you use? NASA?
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Old 11 September 2007, 12:00   #5
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[B]I don't know what to say. ......except, that with mebbe 20 knts, you could dispose of the trailer, and park the boat in the car.....Are you mad?[/B


May be... but I am too use to doing it alone-- and the function is normally to get it up as far as it can go without using the winch. I have never in all my life had it go so far up at that speed.. To be honest I forgot the girl was there ...\\jonathan
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Bloody hell!! What launch and recovery book did you use? NASA

how did you gues!!
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Old 11 September 2007, 12:07   #7
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I do much the same in terms of technique but I doubt it is more than 3 or 4 knots if I measured it ... 10 would probably have me parked on the 110's roof
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Old 11 September 2007, 13:26   #8
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[B]I don't know what to say. ......except, that with mebbe 20 knts, you could dispose of the trailer, and park the boat in the car.....Are you mad?[/B


May be... but I am too use to doing it alone-- and the function is normally to get it up as far as it can go without using the winch. I have never in all my life had it go so far up at that speed.. To be honest I forgot the girl was there ...\\jonathan

A likely story - I reckon you were distracted and aimed for the wrong snubber/buffers!!!
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Old 11 September 2007, 13:33   #9
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A likely story - I reckon you were distracted and aimed for the wrong snubber/buffers!!!
Codders its the honest truth.I was in the cabin and she was crouched near the winch and I could not see her. And in perspective I aproached at 1some 10 knts when I was up half way it was probbaly at a sharp walking pace.This time it seem that the rollers were powered by some supernatural force and the rib went up like a knife thru butter.

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Old 11 September 2007, 14:10   #10
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Some guys around here with two wheel drive pickups on the slippery ramp jam the boat up onto the bunks and then WOT both motors to get the trailer and truck going, up the ramp. I've never seen the teqnique go badly wrong but something about a roaring smoking old pickup with rear tire spinning wildly and twin 85 Yamahas screaming and throwing a rooster tail up behind qualifies as good ramp entertainment, at the very least.
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