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Old 27 August 2004, 07:04   #11
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Same as above........But have you ever launched/recovered using your Audi?

I ask because I used to have problems with my Peugeot 405 with a boat 5.5m long. If never done before have a scond car with a tow rope as back-up.

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Old 27 August 2004, 07:41   #12
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Buy yourself an old 4x4 - something like an early Range Rover as long as you don't have too far to travel - much easier and avoids wrecking the car!

In the UK you can pick up something for about 1500 or even less - but I do mean something old and tatty!
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Same as above........But have you ever launched/recovered using your Audi?

I ask because I used to have problems with my Peugeot 405 with a boat 5.5m long. If never done before have a scond car with a tow rope as back-up.

Andy
Thnaks for reply. As such have never used the audi for boat launching- as a bit concerned about grip -before ruining the A6 wanted to listen to all
you people.Thought about a tatty Range Rover( use to have one)- but I am going to try it anyway with an extended drawbar- and do it first in ideal conditions with a mate to see all the pitfulls.The A6 is pretty heavy at 2000 kgs and has 180 HP v6 diesel. Barely legal towing- but it does the job, and the local police very sympathetic to Brits. I was followed from Brussels to Nieupoort for about 50 ks and pulling at 130 , only to be stopped and told that my trailer number plate was faling off!!!!!!!!!

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Old 29 August 2004, 07:13   #14
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Buy yourself an old 4x4 - something like an early Range Rover as long as you don't have too far to travel - much easier and avoids wrecking the car!

In the UK you can pick up something for about 1500 or even less - but I do mean something old and tatty!
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Buy yourself an old 4x4 - something like an early Range Rover as long as you don't have too far to travel - much easier and avoids wrecking the car!

In the UK you can pick up something for about 1500 or even less - but I do mean something old and tatty!
Thanks anyway- but if the tatty range rover is going lose to half its gerabox in the attempt. the tatty range rover AND boat disappear into the flot-its going to cost a bit more than 1500 quid plus the saftey question. I remember from my ranger rover days, the bug was the transfer box emtying itself of oil and bingo nogo.

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I meant tatty body etc NOT mechanicals - you can pick up a really sound one for that price - as to the transfer box I have never heard of one dumping it's oil in one go - how???? Yes they weep a bit and need checking from time to time but other than that they are pretty tough!

I currently have a defender and a Range Rover and neither of them leak any oil!

My mate has just had his Pajero autobox recond which cost him 900 and there were 4 others in having the same work done - his brothers is also on it's way out - at about 60,000 miles - and people always slag of Land Rovers!

The clutch plates were totally worn and the gearbox people said they all do it.
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I meant tatty body etc NOT mechanicals - you can pick up a really sound one for that price - as to the transfer box I have never heard of one dumping it's oil in one go - how???? Yes they weep a bit and need checking from time to time but other than that they are pretty tough!

I currently have a defender and a Range Rover and neither of them leak any oil!

My mate has just had his Pajero autobox recond which cost him 900 and there were 4 others in having the same work done - his brothers is also on it's way out - at about 60,000 miles - and people always slag of Land Rovers!

The clutch plates were totally worn and the gearbox people said they all do it.

Dont get me wrong - I am certainly not slagging Ranges . Owned 4 in my lifetime. The transfer box front seals use to leak like a sieve (last one model yr, 1994). Even though i was use to checking the level every two weeks still lost tranfer boxes ( bearing cages were nylon and when gets hot bearings decided to lead their own lives) - the problem at that time , they did not have a good diesel ( DONT ANYBODY MENTION VM ...please). I would like the new Range Rover with the 3.2 BMW motor - but the price ,, wow.

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Launching...

The slipway we use to put our RIB into the marina is quite flat - you can't get the trailer in anywhere near far/deep enough with a vehicle still attached.

As a result, the 'standard' way of launching is to get your trailer to the bottom end of the slip just before the marina gates open. Tie a long bit of rope from the trailer to your car (we use 10m) - move the car up the slip a fair way, and wait for the flood tide to float the RIB off. Once you've got the RIB off, pull the trailer out with the rope.

The worry with our RIB is that whilst it's on the trailer, if you trim the leg down it will hit the road surface - so when launching I don't want the RIB to 'drop' any lower than it is on the trailer - hence the 'float off' technique. With the trailer getting so wet (practically submersed), I guess that keeping the trailer going will be a big job. I'm hoping that it will be easier on a steeper slip.

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