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Old 29 May 2011, 05:05   #1
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How long does it take you????

jUst wondering as I was getting the boat ready yesterday, how long does take people to get on / off the water on average?

I reckon, from pulling into the boatyard to getting afloat & away from the pontoon is c. 45 minutes (nearer and hour if I'm filling up with petrol from cans).

This involves, check of boat & trailer
Unlocking everything
Removing cover,
loading stuff on board
checking everything - tube inflation, electrics etc
hitching up
towing to slip & launching
recover & park up trailer
Park car
final checks & away

Putting away inc (as above in revers but with flushing engine & a good clean is c. hour 15 to hour & half.

Are there time saving tricks to make it quicker at either end? - I'm normally doing it solo, with "help" from the pups - which makes it slower


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Old 29 May 2011, 05:11   #2
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Once I'm at the slipway, 10 mins topps. That includes me getting the tickets and wheel clamping the trailer too.
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Old 29 May 2011, 05:17   #3
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Row to boat, remove cover, lower engine, make radio call to CG to make sure radio's working, start engine, put on life jacket, let engine warm up for five minutes, cast off and Bob's your uncle. About 10 minutes I reckon; longer on return since the boat's cover is more tricky to put back on than it is to take off.
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Old 29 May 2011, 05:26   #4
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45 minutes may sound like a lot of faff to some people, but it's far better to take time & do it properly as opposed to rushing & perhaps missing something.

It sounds like you have a comprehensive checklist of everything you need to cover which is the important thing.

Sometimes covers, number plate boards, straps etc are customised to a particular set up which makes them a lot quicker, for example using poppers or velcro on a cover as opposed to having to tie knots.
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Old 29 May 2011, 05:56   #5
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About 10 min on a normal launch I reckon, and I also do it solo. However I do not have either a cover, or a trailer board to mess around with.

I always leave the boat ready to launch (fuelled, oiled and checked) so pick up from the house and tow to the slip, chuck on loose/nickable stuff (lifejackets, suit, camera), reverse to waters edge, tilt up engine, flip the trailering support out of the way on the Etec, undo the extra rope at the bow, reverse into water so the rear wheels on the vehicle are just at the waters edge, climb in over bow, start up and reverse off. I usually then beach it on the sand next to the trailer, pull the trailer out and park it next to the slip, back into the boat and off. If it is too windy / wrong tide to beach next to the trailer then I have to find somewhere to tie up which can take a little longer.

Recovery takes a little longer (10 to 15 min) but generally I beach the boat on the sand where I am going to recover it, then reverse the trailer down till the rear keel roller is just at the bow eye, hook up, pull the boat up about a foot just to take the tension on the rope and hold the bow into the V of the keel roller, reverse the trailer into the water a few feet, winch the boat on a few feet so the bow is up onto the rear keel roller, then reverse the trailer well in until the keel rollers at the rear are under water and winch right on. It is a hell of a lot easier winching on when the trailer is well in (I don't use low gear on the winch at all) but if you put it all the way in at the start it is almost impossible to get the boat on straight - this is on an SBS roller bunk trailer with a row of keel rollers and four side bunks.

I then go via the fuel station on the way home and fill up straight into the boat, used to use jerrycans on the Humber but a time consuming PITA and much more likely to get contamination. Wash down and check over ready for the next one
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That sounds about right LLT, given what you're doing. If you have a long tow to the launch site, it's worth doing a system check BEFORE you leave home. It does eat into your day but a friend has confirmed similar times too.

On "important" days out (long cruises or when others were relying on me to be punctual) I would have test run engines, charged batteries, uploaded waypoints/routes and loaded smaller kit into the boat before leaving home.

I found it useful to have stuff stored in a "all goes on the boat" and "goes to the launch only" boxes or bags.
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That sounds about right LLT, given what you're doing. If you have a long tow to the launch site, it's worth doing a system check BEFORE you leave home. It does eat into your day but a friend has confirmed similar times too.

On "important" days out (long cruises or when others were relying on me to be punctual) I would have test run engines, charged batteries, uploaded waypoints/routes and loaded smaller kit into the boat before leaving home.

I found it useful to have stuff stored in a "all goes on the boat" and "goes to the launch only" boxes or bags.
It takes me about that too-maybe a bit longer as if I'm going fishing I'll tackle up the fishing rods before I launch.
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I remember many years ago when I kept my boat in Hamworthy, Poole. On the drive down to the boat we missed the lifting bridge and had to wait for 40 minutes until the bridge came back down then having driven 8 miles there, I put the boat in the water to find I'd left the keys at home. Missed the bridge on the way back AGAIN to get the keys from home and then finally when we got started I ran aground just outside Cobbs Quay and was stranded for hours waiting for the tide to turn...it was probably my worst launching/boating day ever...I nearly sold my boat that week...
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I used to trailer my boat to the slipway but although I had the launch/recovery phase down to a fine art it was still hard work and time consuming. Particularly as the boat and trailer weighed in at around 5000kg and 3.1m wide (our main road traffic lanes are slightly less than 3.1m )

I now pay a small fortune for a marina berth but it gets your day off to a very good start when you can just step on to the boat, fire up the engines, cast off and you're away!
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I now pay a small fortune for a marina berth but it gets your day off to a very good start when you can just step on to the boat, fire up the engines, cast off and you're away!
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.
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