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Old 03 September 2014, 07:55   #1
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Solo launch on concrete slip

I usually have someone with me when I launch / recover from a concrete slip. They keep the boat against the ramp whilst I get rid of / get the car & trailer. There isn't anything to tie up to.

What's the received wisdom about doing this 'solo'?
  • Don't
  • Drag the boat down/up onto/off the concrete as far as I can and hope its still there after I've done the trailer stuff
  • A (very) long rope to something solid
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Old 03 September 2014, 08:23   #2
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depends on the boat, the swell/waves tide/current.

Sib, small or no waves, no or little current, pull the boat up and/or tie it to something

Rib - Forget it if you value your hull or, use a running anchor system like Anchor budy or similar,
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Old 03 September 2014, 08:24   #3
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I would suggest a long rope and some kind of ground anchor. I have a couple of screw in dog tether posts from Halfords (for tying up my 4 dogs) but I would guess these would be pretty good for the temporary anchor point for a boat, provided the weather isn't too bad?

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Anchor the stern and run a line from the bow to the slipway, attached to a second anchor/lump of rock/whatever.

Do the car/trailer bit as quickly as possible. Be ready to jump into the car as soon as you leave the boat. Don't faff about between boat and car with waders/wetsuit/flipflops, etc.
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....and don't even think about doing it solo on the slip at Calshot.

I've only launched and recovered there once but saw enough near disasters in 30 minutes with boats being broached onto the slip as the swell from a passing tanker/cruise ship came ashore!

Luckily, Whisper showed me the alternative sheltered slip up the creek which is only accessible for an hour, or two, either side of high water but for which I'm forever grateful.
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....and don't even think about doing it solo on the slip at Calshot.

I've only launched and recovered there once but saw enough near disasters in 30 minutes with boats being broached onto the slip as the swell from a passing tanker/cruise ship came ashore!

Luckily, Whisper showed me the alternative sheltered slip up the creek which is only accessible for an hour, or two, either side of high water but for which I'm forever grateful.
Yep nice slip shh

I did see a guy tie up to the jetty and sort his car out, put the trailer into the water then fetch the boat and drive it onto the trailer, not sure if that's really allowed ?
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Yep nice slip shh

I did see a guy tie up to the jetty and sort his car out, put the trailer into the water then fetch the boat and drive it onto the trailer, not sure if that's really allowed ?
Nope, I don't know if it's allowed either but it's exactly what I did!
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That's what I do every time I launch! But I do launch from a different place, with a jetty right next to the slip for that very reason!
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With any boat it's down to conditions at the time wind/swell how busy it is at the slip. If it's a busy slip I wouldn't hesitate to ask for help of one of the other people there if they look vaguely boaty
Let's face it if you're keen to launch/recover it's no advantage to have somebody fannying about.........

If it's quiet and calm as others have said you can take your time and get some form of anchor sorted.
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fortunately at the harbour I launch from there is a very small sand beach to the left of the slipway and I usually push the boat off the trailer and up the 10 yards to the beach, then drop the anchor and chain in the sand and put out a very short warp. The boat cant really go anywhere other than onto the sand as its reasonably sheltered. Never gone long enough parking the car and trailer for it
to get unmanageable or high and dry (yet!).
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