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Old 03 September 2014, 11:32   #11
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Nope, I don't know if it's allowed either but it's exactly what I did!
Not at the little slip, the big one
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Old 03 September 2014, 13:23   #12
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I do launch where there is no dock sometimes, and the boat has to be anchored offshore. I don my drysuit and swim back in with my fins.

Otherwise as suggested an anchor trolley system would be the best alternative. If there is a place to sink a T stake that would make it pretty easy.
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Old 03 September 2014, 13:48   #13
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Thanks, you have confirmed my pessimism!

I will have to start being nice to the missus and she might start helping...
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... she might start helping...
Good luck with that one!
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Old 03 September 2014, 16:37   #15
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I usually bung an anchor out either side of the slipway when its like this, however when a gale force 8 blows in unexpectedly as your due to recover that's not much cop!! did'nt work with two of us hanging onto the thing for dear life, as we found out last week.


Had to go to a marina up the way instead & borrow their sheltered slipway after some faffing with trailers & stuff
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Old 03 September 2014, 17:39   #16
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Alternatively have a back up launch site in mind.
single handed launching of a concrete slip (like Calshott) with nowhere to tie up is a mare. If solo why not consider another site.
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Old 03 September 2014, 18:00   #17
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Hythe Marina slip has a nice big wooden post you can tie up to right next to it. I used to solo launch there all the time and wade/swim back in my drysuit. If you're nice to the marina staff they might even let you use the lock waiting pontoon while you sort the car out
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Old 04 September 2014, 04:28   #18
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I usuallly launch single handed.

For that very reason there are places I avoid.

E.g Port Edgar has, on paper all you need - slip, pontoon etc, but it's a *long* walk for a short cut back to the car & trailer, so thankfully as it's a wide slip I can either launch right over to one side to keep the car / trailer out the way as much as possible while I walk / jog back round, or ask someone already afloat to pull the boat over to the pontoon.

I can understand people might not want to trust someone else with their pride & joy, but anyone who has seen the state of my toobs will know why I'm not as bothered letting someone tow/ moor it! I used to ask people to hold it at the slip, but since I got the hull re-gelled I'm a bit more protective of the underside!

But yeah, in summary there are places I just wouldn't bother launching single handed, even if it means going somewhere with a bigger launch fee - the hassle reduction is worth the money!


Also setting up the trailer well can improve slip timing a lot.
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Old 04 September 2014, 09:20   #19
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Rib - Forget it if you value your hull or, use a running anchor system like Anchor budy or similar,

Neat idea - also available on Amazon with cheaper delivery. Click, click. Purchased!
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Careful with the bungee anchor system if it is windy. I have seen boats hit the shore. They work well in calm conditions though.

Another option that takes a minute for setup is to put three stakes into the ground. Use an old tire under the bow, and tie the boat to three stakes with two from the stern and one from the bow. That was my preferred method for leaving my Nautique wakeboard boat onshore at the lakes. I can sleep well while not worrying about the anchor coming loose in shale. Of course tidal waters that would only be good for a short term solution.
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