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Old 02 August 2009, 15:21   #11
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Well A Genesis rib and motor should only weigh a little more than 100 kg. I launch a Zodiac MK2 Futura SIB with a 40 hp 3 cylinder Nissan EPTO and it definitely weighs more than your RIB. We launch in all sorts of remote places in Mexico. With a relatively light load like that we often unhook the trailer and roll it down the beach, rocks, shells or whatever into the water. I attach a 40ft tow strap to make sure the trailer doesn't roll off into the Estrero or anything similarly foolish (had to dive for it once). When we are ready to leave the boat is loaded on the trailer and the trailer gets towed out by the strap. To keep my trailer tongue or the tongue jack from getting caught up or trashed on irregular shoreside surfaces I have a large caster wheel that I bolt into place. Sort of a pain to bolt and unbolt, but essential if you want to freewheel your trailer in and out un attached to a vehicle. The trailer jack won't survive a rough shoreline. This strap method is particularly valuable with really low tides and sloping beaches because I'm not backing the truck in THAT far! It is also great to have a really long tow strap because you can often position your vehicle where the traction is better. With a light load like you have handling the boat on the trailer with just an assist from the vehicle will get you over some nasty shoreside terrain. I carry an inflator and we have had to lower the tire pressure on the truck tires, but haven't needed to do that with the trailer tires yet. Does help in soft sand. Depending on the slope and terrain a light winch on your vehicle might be better than a tow strap, but you never know when you'll need a tow strap for a vehicle! Just a suggestion.

tongue wheel in road carrying position (it bolts just behind and below the tongue itself when in use)

the stainless handle is great for the tow strap (no sharp edges to slice it)
the caster wheel bolts right where the Caution/Warning Sticker is on the frame
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Old 02 August 2009, 15:55   #12
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Yes....the total weight of RIB and outboard is 100kgs.

I will be pushing the trailer down to the waters edge, as the previous poster does, and this will possibly be the difficult part, as nothing to attach winch to!!!

After the boat has been reloaded on to the trailer, after use, there is a handy railing on the seawall that a 15m winch strap can be fixed to, as long as there are no foreshore inspectors about! Once it is by the seawall I can hook it back to the car. Might even be able to use a rope and block (attached to the seawall) and pull it back up the beach with the car, instead of using the winch!!!!
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Old 02 August 2009, 16:16   #13
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I haven't had any trouble pushing the boatand trailer down the beach with my buddy even on some really gravelly/rocky uneven surfaces. The total load isn't that heavy and gravity sure helps! I really don't think you need a winch for the pulling power, just if it was more handy. I haven't had too much trouble with the tires digging in so it hasn't taken much tow power to pull right out with the tow strap. If you are on really soft mud or something like that where the trailer is sinking in, then lowering your tire pressure makes a huuuge difference. I would go that route before seeking mechanical advantage and just dragging the trailer out. If you can't walk into the water without plunging deep into mud, then a different launch spot is advisable Be sure to post some pics! How about a photo of the launch spot itself?
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Old 02 August 2009, 16:33   #14
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just an idea?

what about something like this
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/sand-ladders-w...d=p3286.c0.m14
if you shop round and bought 4 you could keep moving 1 infront of the other to get you to and from the water?
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Old 03 August 2009, 04:09   #15
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Yes....the total weight of RIB and outboard is 100kgs.
To put this into perspective, a 470 sailing dinghy is 120Kg rigged, a Wayfarer is a touch more.

If you keep the boat by (I assume) the back of your house, is there a possibility of just buying a dinghy launching trolley with either ballon tyres or "sandhopper" wheels or if you want to tow it a Combi trailer? Then you just pull it up the beach by hand on a lightweight trolley designed for the purpose? - and if you go for a combii, you get the advantage that you keep the road bit out the way of the wet stuff.
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Old 03 August 2009, 04:29   #16
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To put this into perspective, a 470 sailing dinghy is 120Kg rigged, a Wayfarer is a touch more.

If you keep the boat by (I assume) the back of your house, is there a possibility of just buying a dinghy launching trolley with either ballon tyres or "sandhopper" wheels or if you want to tow it a Combi trailer? Then you just pull it up the beach by hand on a lightweight trolley designed for the purpose? - and if you go for a combii, you get the advantage that you keep the road bit out the way of the wet stuff.

Sounds like the best suggestion yet

Alternatively, my SIB + outboard weighs in at something over 100KG. I slide it off its road trailer onto its transom wheels to launch. Would something similar work for you?

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Old 03 August 2009, 04:59   #17
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Just watch scrapheap challenge.........nothing with tracks has ever worked IMHO Moon tyres are the way to go on a lunching trolley.
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Old 03 August 2009, 05:11   #18
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Am I missing something here ? Why not just fit some decent launching wheels on the transome ?
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Old 03 August 2009, 15:44   #19
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Where in essex do yhou want to launch River or sea
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Old 04 August 2009, 03:54   #20
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We had purpose built tracks on the carriage of the Lifeboat, pain in the @rse, kept running off the wheels.
In the end we just got bigger wider tyres, work fine.
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