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Old 09 January 2008, 18:30   #11
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Surely on a steep slip it is less of an issue and this is more help on a shallow slip?
Yes and No. A lake is not tidal so there is a tendency for a whole lot of weed on the slip therefore you do not really want to get your tow car too far in if at all.
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Old 09 January 2008, 19:03   #12
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This is the sort of thing I mean. I may get one.
http://www.xtend-a-hitchnorthwest.com/
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Old 09 January 2008, 20:01   #13
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This guy has a good set up worth considering.
http://captainslog.janktheproofer.co...rextension.htm
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Old 10 January 2008, 03:30   #14
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Would a riggid bar like a scaffold pole with a hitch welded on each end be a good idea or any help in launching
Use with extreme caution...

I was given one with my first RIB and unbraked trailer. It behaved like a supermarket trolley on acid and at the first touch of the brakes, would overtake the towing vehicle and head like an exocet for the most expensive car in the car park.

Think I used it twice then donated it to Rogue.
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Old 10 January 2008, 03:49   #15
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Use with extreme caution...

I was given one with my first RIB and unbraked trailer. It behaved like a supermarket trolley on acid and at the first touch of the brakes, would overtake the towing vehicle and head like an exocet for the most expensive car in the car park.


I'm not surprised! You need the bar to be locked to the drawbar as well as the trailer hitch.
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Hi Breezing,
The only real advantage a tractor would have over your Hi-Lux is the flotation over dry sand of its tyres. If you get stuck in the sand deflate your tyres to 12-20 psi to improve flotation, use low range and ease it out. Be sure to carry a 12v compressor with a long lead to re-inflate them though.
Our own boat is considerably smaller than yours but we often launched and recovered a mate's 27' inboard cruiser with tri-axle trailer across soft sand with our Landcruiser and usually had to deflate the tyres for purchase.
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Use with extreme caution...

I was given one with my first RIB and unbraked trailer. It behaved like a supermarket trolley on acid and at the first touch of the brakes, would overtake the towing vehicle and head like an exocet for the most expensive car in the car park.

Think I used it twice then donated it to Rogue.
They are not intended to drive with, just for backing down into the ogin and pulling out.
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Old 10 January 2008, 21:42   #18
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Condensation

I have been living in Venezuela (high relative humidity index) for 7 years now. My RIB has a 180 lt tank. My boat was fitted with a Racor Filter and water separation flask. Never had a problem with condensation.
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to avoid condensation problems, a soft tank (made in pvc fabric, like Zodiac ones) is a good solution.
You could even insert it into your present tank if there were an easy access through the deck and into the tank.

But a good Racor filter is perfect
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Wow - Thanks guys (& Girls) for all your great advice,all of great merit,certainly food for thought.
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