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Old 09 February 2016, 16:56   #1
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Launching from beach

Rookie question: I have used plenty of river slipways in the past, but am faced with launching from the beach for the first time at the weekend.

I have a Navara 4x4 with all terrain tyres, but I am worried about getting stuck in the sand. Any advice please?? Should I just use a rope instead of going in backwards and keep the truck on the concrete? It's a fair way to the water.
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Old 09 February 2016, 17:13   #2
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really depends on the beach, Dale Pembs you can drive all the way out to LWS, Weston Super Mare you will lose the vehicle to deeper than roof depth.

Local knowledge trumps all.

think link has some good tips
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Old 09 February 2016, 17:24   #3
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Ace video - even the right vehicle!

I like the look of the third wheel as well as the jockey wheel - does anyone have that in this country?
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Ive seen some but not many. anyone else?
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Hi, just to add, depends on conditions a lot too, calm beach, little or no waves, no problem

But launching into a few waves can go wrong fast, you're backed in ready to unload and a sneaky wave comes in and lifts the boat from the trailer and pushes it towards your vehicle, then the wave drops off leaving the boat usually sideways on the trailer and now you have to get fairly wet trying to rescue the situation....

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Rookie question: I have used plenty of river slipways in the past, but am faced with launching from the beach for the first time at the weekend.

I have a Navara 4x4 with all terrain tyres, but I am worried about getting stuck in the sand. Any advice please?? Should I just use a rope instead of going in backwards and keep the truck on the concrete? It's a fair way to the water.
If you go on the sand let your tyres down, bigger footprint and reduces the risk of digging in. Also try not to spin your wheels, momentum is your friend
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Yes, I can see that happening exactly as described!
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The RNLI tractor on the same beach has its tyres at 15psi, and has still been stuck so I hear. Apparently one day the sand can be nice and hard, the next day it can be candy-floss.

I'm thinking a nice long rope.

Defo get out and walk it first.
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Ive seen some but not many. anyone else?
a little more then half way down
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If the sand is dry and soft if you lose traction the wheels dig holes in the sand until car is resting on sub frames or axles and the wheels ain't touching the ground,...been there done that no doing it again.
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