Originally Posted by stray
Better still, let's all stay safe and dry on land.
Mollers, stop playing Devils Advocate, the man asked for advice on launching and retrieving in small surf on a gently sloping beach
But theres not a word of a lie in what he said.
With tubes going out beyond the transom theres a huge lift happens with even relatively minor waves, which makes you lose control of the boat.
The biggest Ive recovered on sand was an 8.5m with a 275 on it, in 2 foot waves, which was a life or death experience I wont ever repeat, I just didnt have options at the time .. well yes we did .. put it back on a mooring and forgot about it till conditions improved ...
Having watched the vid .. they were recovering with 2 blokes holding the boat ! .. if you dont get the timing right, or theres a delay controlling the bow onto the trailer, its all too easy to get in trouble.
Lots of factors are at play though .. how steep the beach is being the most significant IMO (and the wave height obviously) where I launch , the wave pattern and slope varies across the beach .. so you can usually find a spot that makes the job that little bit easier .. 5 -5.5M boats are about my limit