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Old 26 March 2009, 19:23   #21
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Agreed

Once the bow is between the back rollers, just winch away - no problem (in calm water).
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Old 26 March 2009, 19:33   #22
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If it's the flooding business that's bothering you, why not buy a 21st century rib rather than a Falklands vet. I'm with the Garf, drive it right up to the bow snubber, lean over and snap the safety chain onto the bow eye. My gang offer me no
help, they either arse about on the pontoon or just watch.
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Old 26 March 2009, 20:47   #23
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I just leave mine in gear while i walk up and snap the hook and wind up the winch. Then go back and shut off the motor and pull the trailer out. I only back the trailer to the point that the top of the tires is still visable.
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Old 27 March 2009, 00:04   #24
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I'm too paranoid to do that.
More likely to leave it running as you pull the boat out.

The retrieval issues have been covered well in this post.

http://rib.net/forum/showthread.php?t=24572

I'm now getting into much less trouble driving on than I used to trying to pull it on. I reckon the key to it all is having some way to fasten the boat to the post without having to lean over too far. If you can do this once the boat is onto the rollers, you can take your time and shouldn't get into trouble.
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Old 27 March 2009, 02:39   #25
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Hi Jon

exactly what problems are you having ob th slip.

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Old 27 March 2009, 04:45   #26
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It's the flooding hull that puts me off leaving it on a mooring. Have been told by a few that they always end up with water in the hull which I guess comes from the twin drains in the deck? And think I've read somewhere that searider decks aren't suited to have a access hole cut into them? Could be wrong on all counts though.
MikeCC who had the boat before me put a bilge pump inside the hull but it wouldn't work when I came to use it. Took me an hour to get the little fecker out of the back hole! I've now got a pump on the deck using the same wire's he put in.
Tell me, am I just being over the top here? Life's a little puddled at the moment and the RIB's my escape.
I cut a circular hole between the seats on a 4SR, fitted a witches hat and passed the cabling for a bilge pump and a depth sounder both fitted through the hole in the back. It's irrelevant to the floatation of the boat as the tubes support, before this hole (in this location) becomes an issue. Battery terminals are more of a worry,if the water inside the boat covers them, the flooded section of the boat becomes a cell in it's own right and eats all the submerged metal.

Investing in these vertical rollers for the trailer might be one to consider,they look effective(shouldn't be too hard to make). however I have no experience of using them so can't comment further.
Electric winch, I have used on someone else's boat, well worth it but pricey.

As DHD mentioned if it's still in gear on tic over after driving it on as long as some common sense is used, it will hold the boat in place while you exit clip on etc. combine this lot and it should be possible to hang on to big boat and big engine...
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Old 27 March 2009, 09:03   #27
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Have read all the replies here and want thank you for the help. Will be able to reply better later. Thanks lads
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Old 27 March 2009, 10:12   #28
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First off, Southport is full of fat birds but they appreciate the attention more

Here's what's happening at the slip next to were my boat is stored,
After doing all the checks to the boat and getting into my drysuit I reverse the trailer down the short, curved slip by hand as there's not enough room for the van. (At Knott end I was using Dave Wavelength's over the side method and found it great for launching but it's not an option at this one) Boat gets pushed off the trailer with no effort and walked around to a pontoon, tied off and so I can move the trailer. Last time I did this I had to give myself a bit as my heart condition decided that day I should have stayed at home.
After compossing myself I jump on the RIB and off I go and it transforms me! All stress, sh!t and Sh!te are left on land and I feel like new.

Coming back in, moor up and get the trailer. Tie the trailer off to a post at the top walk it back down the short slip and take up the slack on the rope and tie off. Pull the boat round by hand and get the bow into the rear rollers. Winch the rest on. Off I go.
The trouble is, due to my condition latley, I start to feel un well due to the recovery. Hense why I thought a lighter, smaller boat would be an option to lesson the physical strain.
But leaving it on a perminante river mooring would solve all of that.
My main concern with that is the flooding hull and things growing inside. If you've looked at a hull that hasn't been moved for a week or two you'll see how much growth is hanging off (well you do around here anyway, not sure about them there foreign waters you get down south ). Imagine that inside the hull?
So I'd need to seal the hull up. Was thinking last night and I believe MikeCC had the best idea. Block off the hull but with a bilge pump shoved in there and the pipe coming up through one of the drain holes in the floor.
Congrats if you've read all of the above and not gone to sleep
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Old 27 March 2009, 10:51   #29
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I don't suppose there is a dry stack available to you nearby so someone else does all the donkey work for you and you get all the fun?
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Old 27 March 2009, 11:17   #30
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IMO its time to leave it on a mooring, first couple of weeks is a worry but once you are over that its usually fine, no theft or damage.(get insurance) You will also use it more.
No matter how small you go the issues are more or less the same, even a 3m sib takes effort to launch and recover.
After all, your only here once and you cannot take f**k all with you when go.
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