The first time I ever launched my own boat from a trailer (many years back now) was at Baiter Park in Poole. Despite having sailed round the area all my life I'd never been there before.
I realised it wasn't a good idea to drive the Capri into the water and the slip at Baiter is long and a shallow angle.
I had a brainwave. I took the winch wire (quality winch!
) off the bow eye and hooked it to the towbar of the car, set the ratchet to unwind and started to wind it out. The handle came out of my hand and started spinning. Luckily I had enough sense not to try grabbing it.I'd only just bought the boat- assumed it was bolted to the winch. It wasn't.
Off goes the boat from the trailer,and off goes the trailer,only stopping when it hit the post at the end of the slip. I ended up chin just above the water hanging onto the boat with one hand and the trailer with the other while the 2 mates that were with me stood there laughing...
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