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Old 05 March 2017, 15:24   #11
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We do have a yamaha Kodak 4wd quad bike, anyone know what you could realistically tow with one of these in low range, got a winch on the front of it to haul up from the beach
Depends on your boat and access, if it's pretty straightforward then yeas probably I would think fine up to 4/5m ish 6/7m on soft sand could be too much quads are very capable.

However if you go down the yard trailer made out of scrap rsj with agri/lorry wheels that you don't worry about rusting and leave in the water then quad may well not be up to the task....
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Old 07 March 2017, 00:47   #12
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Launch using a small davit?
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if its a seltered area consider a floating dock and drive the rib onto it.

pontoon & dock co.
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Launch using a small davit?
That lifts across a road, 4ft of foreshore and sufficiently down the beach to launch at various states of tide?
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Old 07 March 2017, 08:35   #15
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Have I had a specsavers moment and not noticed the bit where you describe the beach?

I only ask because I have recovered a rib off two beaches using a Ford focus. Likewise there are other beaches I wold be wary of driving a 4x4 over, never mind recovering a rib from!.

Where I am going with this is:

If it's hard packed sand a "suspension free" balloon tyre road trailer towed by your quad might be a sensible option.... Even soft packed sand the bigger the balloon, the less likely it is to sink. I sold my old road trailer to one of the guys on here at to use as a launch dolly. The suspension units were so old they might as well have been welded up for all the spring they had left, and I wanted a swing beam type to ease my launching woes.

If it's big evil sharp rocks-a-plenty then another solution might be needed.
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Have I had a specsavers moment and not noticed the bit where you describe the beach?



I only ask because I have recovered a rib off two beaches using a Ford focus. Likewise there are other beaches I wold be wary of driving a 4x4 over, never mind recovering a rib from!.



Where I am going with this is:



If it's hard packed sand a "suspension free" balloon tyre road trailer towed by your quad might be a sensible option.... Even soft packed sand the bigger the balloon, the less likely it is to sink. I sold my old road trailer to one of the guys on here at to use as a launch dolly. The suspension units were so old they might as well have been welded up for all the spring they had left, and I wanted a swing beam type to ease my launching woes.



If it's big evil sharp rocks-a-plenty then another solution might be needed.


The bigger issue is the 3.5ft drop onto the beach which is what I was thinking of making the rail system for.
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if its a seltered area consider a floating dock and drive the rib onto it.

pontoon & dock co.
That.... or look into the feasibility of permission to sink a Private mooring for the Summer? And use a Tender.
Very Nice to be so close to the Water either way!
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Old 09 March 2017, 03:12   #18
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We do have a couple of moorings which we and the family use however I am keen to be able to keep the rib in the garden during the winter and just pop it in and back out when we get a nice winters day.
Not essential but I feel it is something I could design and build, was just keen to see if others had done something similar.
Also keeping the rib on a cradle that cannot be towed and needing the temp rails to get it in the water seems like a good anti theft concept.
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Caravan mover?

so how about a cradle with big wheels and a caravan mover driving two of the wheels? I am actually thinking of adding a caravan mover to my road trailer to be able to launch and recover without a car. The idea being just drive deep enough to keep the mover dry.
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A launching trolley sounds like the best option. ex RNLI trollys come up on eBay reasonably often (there was one on there a couple of weeks ago for about £2k) - ideal for this sort of time.
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