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Old 21 July 2013, 14:33   #1
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Launch/Recovery technique (or lack of)

Chaps, get this.
I had launched at Mixtow and after a lumpy salty couple of hours returned to the pontoon.
Walking over the bridge from the pontoon we stopped to watch a hard boat recovery from overhead.
So, the trailer is in the water on the slip attached to Disco. Wifey is astride the trailer spine between the winch and the bow of the boat ( a five to six meter Walker Bay type thing) and she's facing the boat.
Hubby is now approaching the trailer whilst at the helm and powers the boat up the trailer. He stops three feet short of his unflinching wife. Wife is still standing, legs either side of the trailer facing the boat with the winch/bow bar inches from the back of her head.
He yells at her to get the strap. Engine is still running and boat is in gear under power but stationary on the trailer bunks. She yells back at him to get the boat further up the trailer. With her still between the bow and winch he adds more throttle inching the boat up. With the boat a few ( literally a few ) inches from her head she steps to one side.
During this activity she had nothing in her hands and the winch was unattached, hook hanging from trailer handles.
Ok, so now that she's moved out of harms way and whilst the boat is still under power and in gear 90% of the way up the trailer, the guy leaves the helm ( engine running and in gear at about 20-30% throttle judging by the boil at the stern).
He walks up to the bow and lays down to hang over the deck to attach the trailer strap to his boat. Wife standing by.
He returns to the helm and guns the throttles to "nail" the boat to the winch bar, at the same time shoving his pick-up a few feet up the slip.
People bury their faces in their hands and turn away. He, thankfully, turns the engine off, jumps out of the boat and walks up to his car and with, by now de rigeur, huge throttle application attempts to recover the boat and trailer up the slip..............................................
Nobody tightened the winch, so the boat slips a metre or so back off the trailer to the added mess of his wife yelling at him that the boat's "effin' well not dun up".
Comedy or disaster?
It was documentary to say the least.
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Old 21 July 2013, 14:37   #2
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Yep, spent a few interesting hours watching comedies on the local slipway. However, this had me cringing as I read it. Sad to say, I am not surprised by what you saw.
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Old 21 July 2013, 14:55   #3
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I have seen this "human fender" approach to, it is shocking people put their loved ones between the bow of a heavy boat in gear and the trailer winch.
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It makes you wonder what the hell they think a winch is for !!! What a winker.....
To be honest the only thing I ever ask my wife to do is hang onto the non-running boat either on the beach or pontoon adjacent to the slip whilst I get the trailer in position.....
Takes a few minutes but I find it the safest & least stressful !
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It makes you wonder what the hell they think a winch is for !!! What a winker.....
To be honest the only thing I ever ask my wife to do is hang onto the non-running boat either on the beach or pontoon adjacent to the slip whilst I get the trailer in position.....
Takes a few minutes but I find it the safest & least stressful !
I just keep everyone out of the way, I know my own routine and anyone 'helping' just increases the time to launch/recover, and my stress
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Seriously guys, it sounds like a normal hard boat recovery.

Driving the boat up the trailer is the easiest way to recover, yes he forgot the winch (we all make mistakes) but his method worked.

Even though Wifey was between the boat and the winch post the chance of harm is very little, boats like this cant just jump up the trailer, they need a lot of power, sometimes full throttle isnt even enough when you have sticky bunks. The only thing I dont understand is why the wife even needed to get her feet wet ?

If i am recovering my 8m sportscruiser single handed I use a similar method, but with rollers it goes on easier, it also means that I have to leave the boat in gear while I lean over and attach the winch. Lets face it, even if you fall in how are you going to get harmed ? there is about 700kg and 9m of steel trailer between you and the prop.

I have been recovering this way since my dad taught me to do it 40 years ago on a 14ft Super V, what annoys me more are people walking their boats on the trailer and then spending 10 minutes and a lot of wasted energy just winching it on. Any one on a slip for more than a minute to launch and 5 minutes to recover should be charged double.
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.....Any one on a slip for more than a minute to launch and 5 minutes to recover should be charged double.




Surely better to do it steadily, safely and without stress and in your own good time as you feel comfortable?
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Chaps, get this.
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It was documentary to say the least.
There's been a lot of knobbery down there in the last couple of weeks, including one twit who tied his whole boat up to a cleat I have that says ' DO NOT TIE TO THIS CLEAT' on it in big red letters. It's only there for securing the painter, and isn't strong enough to tie up to.
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We had an incident of stupidity on the slip today. Chap launched in Bayliner, climbed on which still on the slip, engaged gear - FORWARD - and floored it. Ended up with the boat halfway up the ramp, engine running, prop out of the water, almost crushing his mate against the wall in the process. Swimmers (including my kids) in the water less than 15 feet from it all. So lucky nobody was in front or around the boat.

The chap had claimed it started it gear, when I checked it over for him I found kill cord (from a rubber ring, not a motor) connected to switch/key so completely useless! Checked the engine over and the start in gear was working fine, as was the locking gears. He just engaged the wrong way. No experience or courses undertaken!!!!

After suggesting he recovered for another day after getting suitable training, they insisted on going out to test the motor, 4 adults 1 kid, so I gave them a real kill cord and then went with them to show them the basics. I thought this better than letting them go out blind, so to speak.

Motor wasn't running right, due to incorrect installation of throttle cables. This would also explain the tight throttle response too. He fitted motor himself so he said.

Returned, didn't fancy them putting me back on dry land so I jumped ship, 50ft out and swam in.

It really makes my blood boil. They were so close to killing somebody today!!!! Rant over

Pretty hefty conditions out there too today, That was fun. we returned pretty quick though, kiddies didn't fancy the ringo

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