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Old 08 April 2008, 09:30   #1
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getting rib in and out of water alternatives!!

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looking for a way to get rid of my 4wd frontera sport as i only really use it for towing and launching, need to cut back ! but still launch my 4m searider with a kia sedona the areas i launch was thinking of getting an electric winch to hook on tow bar but not sure if this will work on steep slips or how efective they are or what one to get
would like some ideas from anyone launching wiyhout the benifit of 4wd
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Old 08 April 2008, 09:39   #2
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You could probably recover an sr4 with a fiesta up a steep slip if you tried. Mine was so easy it was unbelievable. At the worst you'll need a long bit of rope.
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Old 08 April 2008, 12:16   #3
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electric winch

I have used one of the following for a 6.5 Ribeye with 150 Hp on the stern on steep slope.
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Powerful-12V-E...QQcmdZViewItem

It is very slow but get the weight right and it is simple. Only used it when slope was slippery and left van at top of slop and then just stood back and let the winch take the strain. Need to use leads to battery or through cigar lighter for powering it. The unit sits on a tow hitch when you need it or else stored in car.
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i like the winch idea lazy man option LOL does this hook over the tow ball or do you have to fit the plate
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the plate just hangs onto the towball and then the winch slots onto that plate, No screws or bolts just slots on
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Old 08 April 2008, 15:07   #6
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The winch mentioned above is useless. I had one before.
Power Winch is the one and only. With a strap is very handy. They do cost a lot, but I got mine from the USA.
The one in the picture is "Power Winch ST712".
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Watch out for the Kia's gearing, its a bit high, you'l murder its clutch on a slip way if you use it regulary here,.. where you have to slip it a lot Diesel is better but petrol

(as some one else said on this forum recently a compatriot I believe) dont ask me how I know
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Old 09 April 2008, 17:18   #8
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I had a cable electric winch for lauch and recover on steep slips and uneven ground, was so slow and cable did not strech very far I ended up selling it and man handling the boat which is alright if as its light enough.

An alternative to the electric winch would be a suitable block and tackle conected from your towball to the trailer.
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When we're launching small yachts we use a long towing strop. No reason it wouldn't work for a rib - it would get the car up the slipway away from slime/weed/water and possibly onto more level or solid ground. If you're using a front wheel drive car you can also attach the strop to the towing eye at the front, so you're more manoeuvrable, can see where you're going, and if you're on a steep slip you've got more weight over the driving wheels. Also reverse gear on some cars is lower than first, if so its more controllable pulling the boat out.
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Old 10 April 2008, 05:58   #10
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I recently purchased a 15 metre long 5 tonne capacity webbing strap (same stuff as ratchet straps are made of), blank on one end and claw hook on the other, with the intention of using it as Nick suggests above. I have not tried it yet but I think it will do the trick. Only cost me 8 + VAT from Robert Hardwood Trading http://www.rhtltd.co.uk/
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