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Old 05 March 2017, 07:28   #1
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Anyone built launch system at house

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Our house is beside the water ( single track road at front) I am wondering if anyone has built a launching system to launch and recover a RIB
We are looking at something in the 6 to 7m range and having no interest in towing it I don't want a trailer.

My thought is to build a cradle ( 4 wheels but not towable ) and then build a rail system to lower down garden to the roar, across road and then down the rail system to the water. Road to beach about 4ft

Thinking of a 240 v winch ( or a 12 for a 4x4 with battery bank ) for launch and recovery

Keen to see anything that anyone has done.
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Sounds like you need a good yard trailer* and a wee tractor/old landy.

Rails down a shore is asking for trouble - madness IMO.

*With brass bearings of you're not doing any distance/speed - no maintenance.


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Hi
Our house is beside the water ( single track road at front) I am wondering if anyone has built a launching system to launch and recover a RIB
We are looking at something in the 6 to 7m range and having no interest in towing it I don't want a trailer.

My thought is to build a cradle ( 4 wheels but not towable ) and then build a rail system to lower down garden to the roar, across road and then down the rail system to the water. Road to beach about 4ft

Thinking of a 240 v winch ( or a 12 for a 4x4 with battery bank ) for launch and recovery

Keen to see anything that anyone has done.
Hi schoolhouse

Have a look on Tyrone snell trailers they have a fabricating side that have a past project exactly as you are discribing based in Cornwall deliver nation wide cheers
Go to boat trailers down to yard trailers, cradles & slipways
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Thanks guys

Thanks for the input, the trailer guys look really useful, as far as space goes that kinda goes against the tractor and landy option. Also i would rather not put in a concrete slip as other buggers would just end up wanting to use it.
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Just buy a sealegs RIB. No trailer, no tow vehicle. Perfect for you.
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Just buy a sealegs RIB. No trailer, no tow vehicle. Perfect for you.


I have been looking at a sealegs as you are right it would be ideal, i have not seen any comments on here about them though.

Anyone have any first hand knowledge of them?
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We are looking at something in the 6 to 7m range and having no interest in towing it I don't want a trailer.
Would be much cheaper with a trailer (standard one) and a tractor or dumper

Powered cradle would be cool but expensive! Probably not as expensive as sealegs rib....
http://www.thebeachlauncher.com

(4x4 dumper with no bucket just some ballast if required)

Running winch lines could be problematic
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Decent quad bike and trailer?
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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
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My thought is to build a cradle ( 4 wheels but not towable ) and then build a rail system to lower down garden to the roar, across road and then down the rail system to the water. Road to beach about 4ft
If you are suggesting pushing a bogie across the road and lining it up with another set of tracks I think you may find that a lot harder than you imagine.

Do you own the foreshore? even if you do, you won't own the land below the MHWL and someone is eventually ylgoing to get aggrieved at any hardware you install there.

The yard next door to the one my boat is in uses a system of rails and bogies. It works well for them, but it was build with hardware "donated" from the mines in the town by people who build railways... I think wilk is right to say yard trailer, although you may find that the economics mean a real trailer is actually not that different in cost, has other uses and is resellable with the boat when the time comes. However, as willks pic shows some careful thought can design some nice features for a launch trailer like steps at the bow, or docking poles etc without worrying about maximum towing widths etc.

I think the thing that could make the biggest difference though is a front tow bar.
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