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Old 10 April 2008, 09:00   #11
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Hi,
I used to launch and recover my boat single handed on a shingle hard (pictured below) using a passat. When it got tricky, I used a 30 metre length of rope to get the car on the level. It was a doddle.
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Old 29 April 2008, 07:00   #12
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You dont need a huge 4x4 to tow a small 4 meter. I have a mini cooper s with a detachable tow bar. That pulls the thundercat fine, when towing a 4 meter searider witha 50hp yam on the back, it would be ok too. But you just need to be careful on slippery steep slipways. always air on the side of caution. and not tow for hundreds of miles
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Old 29 April 2008, 11:02   #13
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Hi,
I used to launch and recover my boat single handed on a shingle hard (pictured below) using a passat. When it got tricky, I used a 30 metre length of rope to get the car on the level.
Nick - just curious - I know the long rope trick works fine for recovery as you already have the trailer detached from the car and can pull away with the car on the dry. However, what did you do for launching. Did you leave the trailer hitched on the basis that it was lighter coming out of the water than going in? Or did you use the rope on launch, and if so when did you unhitch (on the flat or on the slope using trailer brakes till the car took up the load in the rope).

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Old 29 April 2008, 14:48   #14
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Nick - just curious - I know the long rope trick works fine for recovery as you already have the trailer detached from the car and can pull away with the car on the dry. However, what did you do for launching. Did you leave the trailer hitched on the basis that it was lighter coming out of the water than going in? Or did you use the rope on launch, and if so when did you unhitch (on the flat or on the slope using trailer brakes till the car took up the load in the rope).

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I would launch with the trailer attached to the car. I did sometimes have problems if the trailer wheels hit a shingle bump or a another lump that I could not get over and I could not get enough traction to move forward. I would then detatch the car and deploy the rope. It takes a bit of thinking about how you proceed and not let the rig shoot down the slip, but I always got the job done.
On one occasion I got home and found a stone in the tyre from the hard, tried to lever it out, got a hiss, took it to the tyre shop, tyre shop said it cant be repaired. 90% of the stone was inside the tyre.

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Thanks Nick

Bummer about the tyre tho'
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Old 30 April 2008, 08:31   #16
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Used to tow, launch and recover my 4m with a 205GTI.

No problems using the shallow gradient slip at Hamble.

When launching if I was at the flattest part of the slip I would tie a long rope to the car and trailer and just push the trailer down until the boat came off, then pull the trailer back up on the rope.

When recovering would put the trailer in far enough, back the car up to the water and tie the two together. Winch the boat onto the trailer and then pull out using the car.

On a steep slip - once used the steep concrete one in Salcombe, there was no need to unhitch the trailer. I don't remember having any problems getting up the slip.

The 205 towed fine. Hamble to Salcombe and back wasn't a problem.

I'm now looking at getting rid of my Discovery - which is only used for the boat (6.5m Scorpion) with someting a little more daily friendly. Thinking of an XC70 diesel Auto. Need to save some pennies though as even the cheapest are about 10k.
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Old 11 August 2009, 04:17   #18
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! but still launch my 4m searider with a kia sedona
http://www.kia.co.uk/New-Cars/Range/...ification.aspx

Petrol Sedona is a 2.7L V6 with 2 tonne braked towing weight? I doubt you'll have a problem! (I do admit that I may not be aware of a smaller engine'd version that they don't make any more.....)


I launch / recover / tow a 5m with a car rated to a lot less than that & batrely notice it's on the hitch...... (Focus estate).
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