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Old 07 February 2004, 15:29   #1
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First Launch and First Outing

I'm due to launch my new Ribcraft 4.8 in the next fortnight. Not only will it be the first launch of this boat, but my first launch of any boat! Has anyone got any tips for my first launch and also tip for my first outing? I would be particularly keen to hear from other 4.8 owners but I would also greatly appreciate the input all of Ribnet!

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Old 07 February 2004, 15:42   #2
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Where abouts are you planning to launch from?
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Old 07 February 2004, 15:44   #3
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Hi Robert,
I used to have a 4.8 - brilliant boat and taught me a lot - you will give up before it does. Have now upgraded to a 5.85 owing to wanting a smoother ride at my age.

My main tips for launching are:

Don't forget to put the bung in (although I think the very new ones don't have this luxury)

When launching down a slip don't rely on the winch strop alone - use a rope through the D-ring tied to the trailer winch post. I have seen a few boats end up on the concrete because the ratchet on the winch slipped.

Where are you launching from?
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Old 07 February 2004, 15:46   #4
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Hoping to launch in or around the Portsmouth area. Anyone have experience of a good slip?

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Old 07 February 2004, 15:53   #5
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You could try the Camber slip in Old Portsmouth now the fishing boat has gone. HW is about 1300h so you will have plenty of time to launch and recover. What vehicle will you be launching with?

See http://www.boatlaunch.co.uk/ for details.

I will be down there tomorrow a.m. (not with my boat though )
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Old 07 February 2004, 18:02   #6
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HW is about 1300h
How can you say that when you don't know what day he will pick?

All we've been told is that he will be launching some time in the next two weeks . . .

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Old 07 February 2004, 18:53   #7
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Hi Robert, you could also launch from Easney there is a public slipway into langstone harbour but beware of the tide run. Loads of free parking also.
You will have to pay the harbour master for launching though, about 7 ish.
Send me a PM I work shifts and find I have a lot of free time more than happy to meet up offer advice help etc as I only live 10 minuites from slipway.

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Camber is free and parking is very cheap.
Few launching tips:

Make sure the boat isn't strapped to the trailer.(done that one before)

Remember to take off the lightboard.(done that one too...)
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Old 08 February 2004, 03:06   #9
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Sorry JK - I have an appointment with the opticians tomorrow
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Old 08 February 2004, 04:09   #10
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Hi Robert,
I wrote an article on launching a few months ago for PBO. If you send me your email address I will send you a copy.

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