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Old 23 November 2004, 15:02   #11
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I have been considering power launch for a similar reason to the Jackeens,I have seen one being used for launching at Calshot and it was very slow,my main issues are how long will they last with continual immersions in salt water and how easy are the motors etc to steal when the trailer is left anywhere.Powerlaunch are on my list to interrogate at LBS.
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Old 23 November 2004, 15:27   #12
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Seems very slow and very expensive to me - would rather use a tirfor - even the baby one - which is rated at 250kgs lifting - will pull a stretched limo up a steep hill. It even fits inside a brief case - wonder 007 didn't use one!!!

The bigger ones will pull out an army lorry no matter how badly it is stuck.

http://www.torqhoist.com/product_det...ID=25&s_Name=&

They are available in the Uk - actually made here but the Yank site was clearer.

http://www.landroverclub.net/Club/HT...ry_Tirfor1.htm

Clearly shows one in use - so versatile - can be used to lift engines etc etc
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Old 23 November 2004, 16:18   #13
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Clearly shows one in use - so versatile - can be used to lift engines etc etc
Ah! but how long does it take for you to spin the trailor through 180 degress and back it round a 90 degree bend.

Also can you sit on your boat on the water and via a remote control drive your trailor straight out of the water and park it up, then do the reverse to recover your boat later in the day

Now thats what James bond wants.
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Old 23 November 2004, 19:52   #14
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Ah! but how long does it take for you to spin the trailor through 180 degress and back it round a 90 degree bend.

Also can you sit on your boat on the water and via a remote control drive your trailor straight out of the water and park it up, then do the reverse to recover your boat later in the day

Now thats what James bond wants.
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Old 05 September 2012, 04:19   #15
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hello
where did you buy. I live in France and I can not find it.
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Old 05 September 2012, 04:24   #16
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8 years, that's got to be close to the record
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I took one off a RIB trailer a few years ago after it lasted about three/four years with corrosion destroying it. It might be submersible but IMHO isn't going to survive saltwater very long. That one had the motors fitted at the back. I'm sure it would all last quite a bit longer with the motors fitted to the front of the wheels where they'd sped a lot less time immersed. It might also do better if freshwater washed every time.

Very little was galvanized - only painted.

The other thing to watch for is the sub-frame for the motors runs right across the trailer and can reduce ground clearance quite a lot. If you use rough slipways or bumpy roads this could be a real problem resulting in a trashed system and very likely your trailer too.

All the bad stuff aside they work brilliantly if slowly and the fun factor is enormous. If you add double balloon tyred jockey wheels it'll get the boat in/out on soft beaches that you couldn't bring a 4WD onto.

It'd be good to know if MeMe ever did fit one and how long it lasted - prob not 8 years I'd guess!
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Old 06 September 2012, 10:31   #18
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I went to look at a Solent Rib last year and it had one on, the system was designed for caravans so I was dubious how long it would last on a boat - the biggest downside was it shut down after 5 mins so you couldn't come back and bring the trailer to you without going to the trailer first and power ing it up and loosing all your cool points.
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