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Old 19 November 2008, 12:02   #11
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I'm very new to boat trailers so forgive if this is a stupid question: Can you get higher geared ratchet winches?
Yes, but I think you mean lower geared, I am guessing you have a smallish single speed winch at the moment. You really need a big 2 speed one with brake for Knott End when you are going over the side.

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Old 19 November 2008, 16:26   #12
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In my noggin it's higher geared but then again you do need a passport to get onto my planet!

I'll have a look about for a new winch me thinks before I even attempt the electric idea, thanks
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Old 19 November 2008, 16:58   #13
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what trailer are you going to use if you have it can you post a photo?
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Old 19 November 2008, 17:03   #14
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The one I have now? It's a single axle Degraff. 2 years old.
Here's the best photo I have where you can see the winch.
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Old 20 November 2008, 06:46   #15
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I went from a 4m to 5.4 using a very similar trailer to yours in terms of size and age, I had to fully adjust the front winch post as far as it could go to get the bugger on and adjust all the bunks (mines bunked not rollers) so in essence your will go on easier - it went on but overhangs a bit still over the back bunks- make sure all the nuts and bits that might need moving/adjusting arnt seized and have a good spanner/wrench oh and a can of wd40 the night before - not to put you off by any means - just being prepared as rougewave says is the way forward

best of luck mate (pic attached)
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Old 20 November 2008, 08:00   #17
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ahhh sh*te!! typings gone to pot!
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Old 20 November 2008, 11:54   #18
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I've

been called a lot worse than that here!

You present trailer is toting a load of 250kg tops, your new rig is going to be a good 250kg more 200 for the hull and 50 for the engine (e &eo) so I'd be looking for a much beter winch and strap. Also if you are going to use the edge of slipway technique then your strap is going to have more strain put on it, I think the loading at 60 degrees is a factor of 1.5. I'd want a strap that handles at least a ton therefore I'd go for a winch with a 1.5 ton capacity (if it fits your trailer) as this will be easier to winch in lower gear.

I have used electric winch's providing you can get the power to them they are fine. I'd put a dedicated battery on the trailer and charge it from a second socket on the tow bar. Be careful of the remote contacts corroding, pay special maintenance attention to these and take the pot of Vaseline and apply it liberally to the contacts.

Id also consider fitting a couple of launching rollers to the back of the trailer I'll see if I can find a picture of what I mean.
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Been looking at winches but having trouble finding one with a strap instead of wire at that rating.
Those pictures would be great if you can find them mate.
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Bit of bling for an Avon 5.4m perhaps ?

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