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Old 19 April 2007, 11:14   #11
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I usually have someone to help me!!

I have done it single handed like this (), but I quickly chuck the painter over the winch post and tie off, and then switch off the engine before hooking up and winching in to secure properly.

The boat tends to lift the nose out of the water quite a bit under power, so when you tie off with the painter and then switch off, although the boat does try to roll back down the rollers it is still held in position quite securely.

So far, anyway......

For peace of mind and just in case, I usually have an extra pair of hands available to help out.

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Old 19 April 2007, 12:25   #12
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I drive the boat slowly onto the trailer until it is resting/leaning on the front rollers - leave it in gear to hold it against the rollers - hook up the winch and take in the slack - neutral and switch off - and then winch it up the last 3 or 4 feet.
Why not just drive the boat all the way on?

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Old 19 April 2007, 12:54   #13
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Hi John!!

I don't usually drive it all the way on for a couple of reasons - the main one being that I did some damage to the hull when driving on all the way. The Ribcraft 7.8 metre Offshore is quite a heavy RIB - especially with the Yanmar lump at the back, and I'd rather do things slowly and gently when around my trailer!!

The rollers aren't great on the trailer either (small rollers, big chines), so on balance I'd rather slowly winch the boat into it's trailer position. Personal preference - probably nothing logical - but hey, it keeps me happy!!

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I tried to get some sidebars for my trailer when I was having recovery problems - and struggled to find any. In the end, I pretty much do as downhilldai suggests. I drive the boat slowly onto the trailer until it is resting/leaning on the front rollers - leave it in gear to hold it against the rollers - hook up the winch and take in the slack - neutral and switch off - and then winch it up the last 3 or 4 feet. The engine idling in forward holds the boat nicely in position against the front rollers -

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But would this work on a very steep slip? because of the angle the bow will be touching the rollers but the stern will still be floating all over the place.
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Old 19 April 2007, 14:15   #15
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It should be fine, as long as no tide/wind to push your bum off course. Maybe the answer would be uprights that you could detach/attach in case you need them?
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Old 19 April 2007, 14:25   #16
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But would this work on a very steep slip? because of the angle the bow will be touching the rollers but the stern will still be floating all over the place.
The back of the boat is never on the rollers when launched/recovered - it's always floating. My slip isn't that steep - but when the boat is held by the rollers and the winch at the front, you pull the boat up the slip a few feet to let it settle/find it's own position/land on the rollers properly and then winch her all the way in.

Detachable bars were what I tried to get - and unless you get them made specifically, you can't. The reason I decided not to bother with the bars in the end was (a) my method seems to work, (b) what's the risk of damaging the tubes on the bars? What would you use to protect the tubes? and (c) I got much better at driving the RIB!!

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I much prefer bunks on a steep slip.

Drive boat up bunks til halfway on. Climb over bow, attach strop to bow eye, winch on the rest of the way... Easy!
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They don't get a lot steeper than Penmarlem eh Nos Do they .

I wondered about that slip in charlestown harbour , when I saw it , wouldn't want to get any vehicle on that with a trailer hitched up . Its looks about 45degrees
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They don't get a lot steeper than Penmarlem eh Nos Do they .

I wondered about that slip in charlestown harbour , when I saw it , wouldn't want to get any vehicle on that with a trailer hitched up . Its looks about 45degrees
'Ello Parkesy!

My boys have used Charlestown slip as a slide! The local kids hop in a fish tray and away they go. Never seen a vehicle use it but the gig club launch from there, they back the trailer up to the top of the slip and then put a rubber mat down and slide the gig in.
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Ello Cap'n Kernow

I can just imajine the local kids sliding down that , Bloody Gig must go in like a seal , bows under .

Hoping to launch Loe weekend are you about or has the season allready got you graftin.
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