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Old 20 August 2009, 17:57   #11
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As has already been said a 306 will be fine with a Searider. Laser who sometimes posts on here tows all sorts with his and its fine on the slipway. As I've said several times before I used to recover a Ribtec 585 with a 1.1 Punto so you really will be fine! We've launched and recovered 4m Seariders by hand before with two people on the Camber slip in Portsmouth.
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Old 20 August 2009, 18:47   #12
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All good news then, thanks guys ! I'll get back to worrying about all the other things I'm worrying about.

Should be back with pics on Saturday or Sunday as I don't have one of those fancy internet-anywhere phones.

Yay boat !! :-)
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Old 21 August 2009, 01:56   #13
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I pulled my SR4 out the other day and got the bow onto the first roller then it winched on fine the rest of the way, lined itself up nicely. I did give it 20 secs for the water to drain but I couldn't believe how easy it was to recover. Had more trouble launching!
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Old 21 August 2009, 03:11   #14
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Had more trouble launching!

That's because you had the trailer in the water nose first!


Tip for future launching: the big fat end goes into the water first
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Old 22 August 2009, 19:27   #15
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Well, I've just about survived the first 2 days of Searider ownership !

Had a brief trip out from Lyme Regis on Friday with the seller, only brief as it was quite windy and in his words we'd have been 'lifeboat bait' if we'd stayed out (liked that expression!).

Today we launched from West Bay and had a bit of a play around - I completely screwed up launching - I didn't get the trailer far enough in the water, got everyone to push the boat, so of course the bow shot up in the air and smacked the prop on the end of the slipway. Miraculously everything seemed to have survived, even my friend who got absolutely soaked grabbing hold of the boat and swam it across to the pontoon. Hi to anyone who was there and laughing at us... I think more courses need to cover lauching with an ordinary car rather than assuming people have fancy 4x 4s ! Actually that's not fair at all as in hindsight I know exactly how I should have done it, with a technique I've used before of attaching a rope between car and trailer, so you can get the trailer submerged without the car getting wet. Why I didn't think it was necessary to get the rope out on this occasion I have no idea. A bit carried away with the excitement of it all I think.

We had a bit of a play around dodging lobster pots - I was driving like a complete wuss compared to how I normally do, weird how everything is so much more stressful when it's you own money. There were waves but they weren't massive or anything, they were just a bit more present than what I've dealt with recently! My crew were 2 other girls with not really a lot of boating experience so that was also a consideration.

We didn't stay out long as I was getting a bit nervous about fuel, think we came in when everyone else was going out just before low water. I can't get over how much of the day I've spent arguing with ratchet straps getting the thing secured to the trailer and so on.

In general though, its very cool, everything seems to work which is fantastic, and I need to tidy a few bits up and plan a next time. Pictures are on my friend's camera so will follow when she sends me them.
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Old 23 August 2009, 02:47   #16
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I'm alot more nervous when its someone elses boat.

When I tie my SR4 down I have a winch line on the bow eye, my painter wrapped round the trailer and clipped back to the bow eye and a ratchet just to make sure its tight, on the stern I have one ratchet strap around the trailer and clipped to the two towing eyes.
It doesn't seem to budge much like that.
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Old 24 August 2009, 17:25   #17
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I think it was more that it's the first time I've done anything like that without having someone a lot more experienced on hand to provide any help.... but one of the reasons for getting the thing is to build up experience gradually, so I took it fairly easy and didn't go too far.

Towing it back the strap I had across the middle kept coming off, although that may have been because the tubes were a bit soft - there was a brief patch of sunshine just after we came off the water so I let some air out to stop them over-inflating, and may have let out a bit too much.
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Looks tidy, are th tubes really clean or painted?
Like how the SR4 is afloat and by the looks of things the other boats fried out a while ago.
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Towing it back the strap I had across the middle kept coming off, although that may have been because the tubes were a bit soft - there was a brief patch of sunshine just after we came off the water so I let some air out to stop them over-inflating, and may have let out a bit too much.
Have a search here for Nos4r2's beginners guide. "Best practice" would be not to use a tie down across inflatable tubes - instead tie down from the bow eye and transom.
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