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Old 17 June 2016, 13:54   #31
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Works for me fine and my boat will be heavier than most at that size
You ain't got it wound up on that pic
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Old 17 June 2016, 14:04   #32
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Works for me fine and my boat will be heavier than most at that size
You ain't got it wound up on that pic

I wind the jockey wheel up, so it's off the ground & put my weight (no comments please) on the hitch, this lifts the rear wheels off the ground allowing the trailer to pivot on the front wheels, doddle👍


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Old 17 June 2016, 14:05   #33
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Works for me fine and my boat will be heavier than most at that size
You ain't got it wound up on that pic
No, that is off car height.

You can wind it up till cows come home but the front wheels barely change.
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Old 17 June 2016, 14:07   #34
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I wind the jockey wheel up, so it's off the ground & put my weight (no comments please) on the hitch, this lifts the rear wheels off the ground allowing the trailer to pivot on the front wheels, doddle��


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Not tried that but will give it a go thanks

I am going to launch boat at 11pm tonight so will give this a go.

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Old 17 June 2016, 14:16   #35
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I wind the jockey wheel up, so it's off the ground & put my weight (no comments please) on the hitch, this lifts the rear wheels off the ground allowing the trailer to pivot on the front wheels, doddle👍


Sh1t happens

I will look forward to seeing you balancing on the hitch and pushing it rnd could be next weeks entertainment 😎
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Not tried that but will give it a go thanks

I am going to launch boat at 11pm tonight so will give this a go.

Cheers

Did I mention that it works better if you wear a pink tutu & a feather boa, post some photos of how you get on😎


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With regards a few of the above points....

-At 6.5m even on a single axle trailer this boat is going to be hard to push around by hand. A twin will be worse but you'll probably find yourself moving it around with your car the vast majority of the time anyway. What is your driveway made of (assuming you'll keep it there most of the time). If its a hard surface e.g. paved a single axle probably could be shunted into position with two pushing. If its shingle etc you probably don't have much of a chance.

-Redundancy: wheel bearing failure. Been there more times than I care to remember. Twin axle every time, even if its just for the sake of getting it on the back of the recovery truck. The side of the A14 in the dark waiting for a second truck with a hiab is not fun.

-Smoother towing: a twin axle will give you a more comfortable ride. Less bounce and less bumps.
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Did I mention that it works better if you wear a pink tutu & a feather boa, post some photos of how you get on😎


Sh1t happens
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You didn't ....but I knew it was only a matter of time!
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Old 17 June 2016, 16:53   #39
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Well, masses of good advice there, so huge thanks to everyone who has taken the trouble to help.

To answer some of the questions, my Volvo is an automatic and lives on a gravel drive. It won't last as long as the boat, but it fits with all my other driving needs so I'm really not keen to go to a 4x4, especially when the RIB spends most of its time being very efficiently dry launched by Sparkes Marina on Hayling Island. It is used for bass fishing with friends in the Solent and for waterskiing with various teenagers and young adults in Langstone Harbour. But then we decamp to Kerry for three weeks every summer, which is a 900 mile round trip and the highlight of the year. So that's where the towing comes in and also why I want a boat that can cope with some bumpy weather.

If I could afford it there is clearly a case for 6.8 + double axle trailer + 4x4. But the sums (higher initial cost, marina fees, fuel consumption for car and boat) are pretty frightening, so I think it's going to be 6.4 + lightweight (Gecko) trailer + Volvo. That looks as though it would be less than1500 kgs all up, which is a fair safety margin below the max for the car and means I don't need a specially lightened boat. And of course there's always the option to switch to double trailer and 4x4 if I start doing more trailing when I retire in a few years time.
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Old 17 June 2016, 17:43   #40
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tried it....no worky.....but it was a blue tutu so perhaps that was the problem

seriously....no worky either. hitch on the ground and rear wheel still on ground too.

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