No longer a newbie
OK, the new rib arrived last weekend and I am still smiling in my sleep! I am dropping in one last forum note just to advise other possible newbies of what I did wrong (even after all the good advice).
When launching, do not allow the boat to simply slide off the trailer without any constraint in speed. I thought the rear sections would have enough bouyancy to prevent the hull grounding whilst slipping off the trailer. I was wrong and I now have a gelcote repair to carry out on the hull/transom!
Keeping an eye on the depth will not prevent you grounding the outboard skeg when creek crawling as there are occasional v. shallow areas which do not show on the fish finder!
Luckily I have not done any serious damage with either of these mishaps and my cost to repair will be under £20.00, but it may have been worse....
One last thing, avoid launching at Hayling Island (Western End) on a late Sunday afternoon. This way you will avoid the entire population of Romford recovering their jetskis!
Again, thanks for all the advice, and in my quest for a couple of photos of my boat on the plane, is anyone interested in a dual boat trip somewhere/sometime?
PS My family have now named the boat RIBBIT with the two Bs back to back (very hard to type)