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Old 19 June 2013, 17:29   #1
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new winch recommendations

how do folks,

i'm thinking of upgrading the winch on my trailer to help with loading the ole rib.

when i'm at loch lomond my mrs needs to winch the boat onto the trailer until it is far enough up for me to jump off.

what i'm weighing up is would a better hand winch be easier to use or do i just chuck a leccy one on and call it quits. although the thought of needing to power it may pose a problem i could avoid with a better hand winch...........opinions?

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Leccy is more likely to fail, and they aren't quick.

I'd go for a decent 2 speed hand winch.
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Leccy is more likely to fail, and they aren't quick.

I'd go for a decent 2 speed hand winch.
& throw away the webbing strap & get a 10mm Dyneema rope made up.
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Nah, replace the real weak link - go and find yourself a more 'substantial' Mrs.
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Leccy is more likely to fail, and they aren't quick.

I'd go for a decent 2 speed hand winch.
+1 stay away from levy winches, unless your fitting a proper one on your front bumper, trailer mounted winches are a nightmare to power
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Nah, replace the real weak link - go and find yourself a more 'substantial' Mrs.
that's usually an expensive process! A dry suit so he can get off before she's hauled him home might be an alternative.
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Old 20 June 2013, 04:11   #7
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Having used that slip a couple of times (I assume you aree talking about Balloch?) I can usually get the trailer sufficiently far in that I can get a good 2/3 of the way to the bow snubber.

So: This may need a bit of faffing on a quiet day, but:

-Park it and note where the trailer is submerged to.
- Nose the boat in until it hits the rollers
- Unwind the strop 'till it uis in just the right place to clip on, then add an inch or two.
Let the srtrop drop so you can mark with indellible pen on the trailer chassis where the hook is.

then you know exactly how to set it up in readiness and your good lady can stand with wellies (based on my set- up wellies are more than enough & I would imagine form what I remmeber of your trailer yours won't be too dissimilar) and just clip on - you then jump over the bow & start winching for the last couple of feet.


Another alternative is you give her lots of low speed manoevering practice & you stand there with the winch?
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thanks gents, i'll look into a decent 2 speed winch then. it is not an issue normally and wellies would cure it-but that is one more thing to forget to lift :-)

also it is not cool going to LL with wellies on now is it :-)

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thanks gents, i'll look into a decent 2 speed winch then. it is not an issue normally and wellies would cure it-but that is one more thing to forget to lift :-)

also it is not cool going to LL with wellies on now is it :-)

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hmmmmmmm.......... as I remember it, LL is cool enough even in summer, wellies is better than desert wellies that's for sure

also, worth checking all your roller are rolling freely to make the winching as easy as possible, nowt worse than struggling with the winch when there's a crowd around
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This is what you need: 2500lb Dutton Lainson Heavy Duty Two Speed Winch with Fitted Strap Boat Trailer | eBay

Not cheap, but very heavy duty and is 2 speed and has a brake.
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