Originally Posted by brucehawsker
...............Any advice on how to make this painless?.....
Bruce more than happy to pop down a see what is going wrong next time you are launching or recovering
Lymington can be a pig especially on a falling tide and a northerly so I can understand why you had difficulties.
Two tricks worth thinking about, the first is to stand in the bow as soon as the boat is touching on the trailer (after stopping the engine) because this will tend to hold the boat on while you are connecting the winch
Second is to get you wife to stand half way down the trailer with the winch line, hook the boat on and pull on the line before the boat is completely on the trailer. This can help line up the boat and it can be more controlled than powering the boat on
Word of caution with this last method you will have someone in front of you who will not be able ot get out of the way quickly so care with the throttle