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Old 29 May 2011, 07:50   #11
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Pontoons is good but you know what I'm like, I don't think we could be much less than 45 mins from arrive at pontoon to departing unless everything had been pre-prepared. On the normal swinging mooring it is less of a faff because I become less inclined to bother with everything + there arn't any fenders to take off.
It takes about that long for your raymarine kit to wake up doesn't it

Got a private berth now so fenders are bolted to the pontoon as are the mooring lines, bliss!

I'll be even happier when the boats back on there
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Old 29 May 2011, 10:25   #12
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If you have driven to slipway, it needs about half hour or so for wheel bearings to cool down. So use that time to make ready for launch.

I always try to refuel etc when we clean down so that saves a bit of time. Although my boat is in yard next to slipway and launched by tractor, still takes about half hour to launch. Handy because it takes that time for the bacon butties to be ready at the ever so handy cafe next door. Lol

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Old 29 May 2011, 10:27   #13
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It takes about that long for your raymarine kit to wake up doesn't it
Most of it never does

I worry now that it is linked to both the engine and AIS. All the ports on the back are going to be filled!

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Old 29 May 2011, 11:51   #14
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I too have the boat ready in the garage so i can just hitch up and go.

From arriving at the slip it takes me about 15 minutes to launch and about that to recover too.

Once at home its a good 1 1/2 hours by the time i've washed it all down, sponged it, cleaned the hull, trailer and waxed the outboard.

Just treated it all to a good clean today too which took 2 hours to get it all sparkling. Mainly because it was blowing a gale and far to rough to go out. So i had the option of shopping with the wife or messing with the boat

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Old 29 May 2011, 13:19   #15
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From reversing down the slip to casting off between 10 minutes and 45 minutes, however, I would not be faffing about on the the slip for 45minutes probably tie up to load etc. Getting 2 crew and 6 divers on can be a quick affair or can be option B if dental work without anesthesia is not available...

Though I have witnessed some absolute abominations of "launches"
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interesting replies - it shows how many different methods people have.
I keep the boat in a secure yard with slip, and minimise what I leave on - so have to load up most things - flare jar, emergency kit, spare fuel etc. have to get cover off & do all prep in yard before launching (including bung & elephant trunk checks!). Once launched & on pontoon the final bits fire up electronics, check all for LJs & clothing, spare kill cord, chinograph (great for scribbling on console), safety knife etc.. don't take long - 5 min.

If overnighting on pontoon it is about 10 min to load up all we can carry away & do normal checks.

Have toyed with getting perm pontoon berth but considerations include Cost (c. 2K+ v. 300 p.a.), need for bespoke cover, weed / antifoul, ability to flush engine after use etc. would be nice though not to be constrained by tidal launching. Unfortunately I don't live close enough to get out on a whim.
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Old 30 May 2011, 03:49   #17
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I used to keep streaker in the garage all ready to go , a neighbour timed me at 3 mins from pulling away to returning with empty trailer ( slip was 100 yards away - those were the days ) .

Boat didn't even get strapped down for the 100 yards.....

Walk back to boat , start and go ....
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interesting replies - it shows how many different methods people have.
I keep the boat in a secure yard with slip, and minimise what I leave on - so have to load up most things - flare jar, emergency kit, spare fuel etc. have to get cover off & do all prep in yard before launching (including bung & elephant trunk checks!). Once launched & on pontoon the final bits fire up electronics, check all for LJs & clothing, spare kill cord, chinograph (great for scribbling on console), safety knife etc.. don't take long - 5 min.

If overnighting on pontoon it is about 10 min to load up all we can carry away & do normal checks.

Have toyed with getting perm pontoon berth but considerations include Cost (c. 2K+ v. 300 p.a.), need for bespoke cover, weed / antifoul, ability to flush engine after use etc. would be nice though not to be constrained by tidal launching. Unfortunately I don't live close enough to get out on a whim.
Then it sounds like you would benefit from having containers with all the things you need for a trip stuffed inside and just transfer these on board when you arrive. That would certainly speed things up!
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Old 30 May 2011, 05:27   #20
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I am between 10 & 15 mins, but used to be nearer 20-25. As said above, I looked at what was the faff & modified the kit. (am now looking at submersible lights to remove another couple of mins faffing) It lives in my garage and has portable tanks, so all the pre checks / fuelling etc can be done the night before. Yeah, the bearing cooling issue is a debatable one, but as also mentioned above bacon rolls and / or loo stop solves that problem nicely......

Probably nearer 15 to revcover by the time everything is hosed down & engine flushed, although that's only 10 if I've been in Loch Lomond 'coz it's fresh so no flush required!

I also have re- rigged a 470 to be able to go from "handbrake on" to Launch & sail in 10 mins. I now can't enter it in the olympics as it doesn't meet class rules for rigging, but as that is a bit of an unlikely scenario, it works for me!
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