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Old 17 November 2008, 17:30   #1
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Calling 5.4 SR owners

I've been out on my 4m SR as much as I can now and really enjoy it. But I would like something bigger. So I'm after 5.4m searider.

The only thing concerning me is launching and recovering alone.
So could I ask all you 5.4 owners (if you have L&R'd alone) how hard is it? I find it very easy to do the 4m doing it like in this LINK on the same slip except I don't drive it onto the trailer I winch it on.

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Old 17 November 2008, 22:42   #2
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Ive had no problem with mine alone but do not launch in much ocean and when I do its sheltered water
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Old 18 November 2008, 04:22   #3
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I winch mine on too, dont worry too much as long as the trailers set up right for the boat, you sound well experienced enough with you're 4m as I was, all the little habits you've picked up and techniques for making life easier, the same pretty much applies to the bigger 5.4 too, you'll be pleasantly suprised in your abilities I looking back when i had my 4metre used think about 5.4's and what a mission it would be - I was nicely suprised
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looking a the link you posted, I shove my trailer way deeper in the sea - I use a rope off the towbar to save dunking the car wheels (not good) also you float the boat over the first bunks/rollers
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Old 18 November 2008, 06:55   #5
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Can't answer about SR5.4 but I do manage my 6.1 on the same slip at Knott End when the tide is too high or low to dunk the trailer. Mind you I do not have a pacemaker, but look like I need one afterwards. Especially when I am daft enough, or maybe that should be too slow, and winch Wavelengths as well. I am sure he will be along shortly to tell you he is only thinking of me and how the exercise is essential for us office types.

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Old 18 November 2008, 07:30   #6
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I'ts easy enough in all but a strong cross wind/ tide.
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Old 18 November 2008, 09:22   #7
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unless you're picking the thing up on your shoulder the extra size doesn't factor much.

The techniwues are the same and remeber that ime spent in preparation is seldom wasted!.

how do you presently launch and recover you 4 m
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Old 19 November 2008, 06:44   #8
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looking a the link you posted, I shove my trailer way deeper in the sea - I use a rope off the towbar to save dunking the car wheels (not good) also you float the boat over the first bunks/rollers
The slip at Knott end isn't really suited to dunking the trailer. I'm glad I read Dave's website before I first went there. Good to know you find the 5.4 easy to winch on. I've got to watch just how much pressure I put on myself (hence the electric winch post in the trailer section).
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Old 19 November 2008, 06:48   #9
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Can't answer about SR5.4 but I do manage my 6.1 on the same slip at Knott End when the tide is too high or low to dunk the trailer. Mind you I do not have a pacemaker, but look like I need one afterwards. Especially when I am daft enough, or maybe that should be too slow, and winch Wavelengths as well. I am sure he will be along shortly to tell you he is only thinking of me and how the exercise is essential for us office types.

Keith
Ah just the man I needed to hear from then! I've been letting the tide raise a little more than on that link. Launching not far off where the ferry stops. (gits came half hour early just to collect the 8 )
My 4m comes out a dream and as Rouge wave says, it shouldn't reallt matter. But you know when the boat is at the highest angle as you winch on? This point seems to be where the strain comes in on the winch as you counter the weight of the donkey on the back. It's this part that I'm thinking of.
I'm very new to boat trailers so forgive if this is a stupid question: Can you get higher geared ratchet winches?
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Old 19 November 2008, 08:29   #10
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It all depends on the slipway and trailer. for example
Cardiff bay, easy on your own even with a dicky ticker,
Bater is a pain in the chuff even with 3 people,
watermouth cove, will never use again 4 of us struggled.
roller trailers are lost easier than bunks, if i get my bow vaguely on the swing beam i just winch it right on.

chose your slip carefully, i prefer very steep, sheltered, with a pontoon, and fresh water so you dont need to flush.
cardiff bay!!!
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