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Old 11 October 2004, 15:10   #1
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Launch / recovery ropes

For rope launching / recovering a 3 tonne boat on a slipway selecting the correct rope is clearly essential, although I assume that there is far less than 3 tonne on the rope, most of the weight being through the wheels (er physics wasn't my thing...).

I'm assuming that I don't want polypropylene (too weak) or polyester (no stretch) so choice is Nylon? or Kevlar (too expensive?), but what diameter / spec.? or am I worrying unnecessarily? Say 15 metres.

Any advice appreciated.

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Old 11 October 2004, 15:14   #2
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go have a look on ebay for tow straps they will do the job you want
and will have loops made on

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I use a 5-tonne rachet strap sometimes. That brings the advantage of being able to pull the boat up slightly if needed.

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Contact Jimmy Green Marine, 01297 20744 or see www.jimmygreen.co.uk They will tell you exactly what you need and can splice or fit whatever you want to it, very friendly and great efficient service. Free postage as well.
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.....a 3 tonne boat.......

Any advice appreciated.

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Yeah! Get a second opinion on the weight!
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- assume you're not talking about your RIB?
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Yeah! Get a second opinion on the weight!

Mate, I didn't say it was MY boat.
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Oooohh Richard, your so much more subtle than that Jono bloke. . Yeah, it's a Regal sports boat but probably it's closer to 1.5 Tonne I guess.

Had an 'interesting' time trying to launch it on Saturday. It has what they call an 'award winning' Fastrac Hull which basically adds a step across the beam which is probably great in the water but prevents the boat from launching unless the hull is floating (cause the roller coaster wheels jam in the step) - and thats not easy without detaching the trailor or getting your car very wet. Either way the trailor has to be submerged.

and no, my mate doesn't have a 110 nor does he want one before anyone suggests it.

About the hull if your interested...http://www.regalboats.com//hull.cfm?vid=ft
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my mate doesn't have a 110 nor does he want one before anyone suggests it
No, you definitely don't want a 110 'cos you're not "thinking outside the box"...

I'll tell you what you want, what you really really want...

A crane

Now where could you get one of those?
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Ropes

Dont know how far you need to extend,but had a boat in a while ago that must have belonged to a scaffolder as his aux bracket was made of that sort of plank. But he did have a good easy extension, that was made up of 2 saffold clamps welded to draw bar on trailer(about a metre apart)with a scaffold bar that had a tow hitch bolted to it. When not in use bar was slid back out of way. Quick undo with spanner to extend then tighten up again.
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