So there I was earlier to-day in the pouring rain and howling wind (as you do on a Sunday morning
), down at the marina giving my beast a little TLC (plus trying to fit the hydrofoils to the outboard) when up turns this chap and a couple of mates with their nice smart 6m+ rib. They proceed to get her ready for launching and are just backing down the slip when all hell breaks loose and the rib rolls off the trailer onto the concrete (above the waterline)
. After much heaving and straining, we manage to get her back on the trailer and survey the damage - serious gouging to the hull; gell coat worn through to the glass and a bent outboard skeg. It appears that the winch ratchet stop had slipped off and away she went.
The question that arises from this story is: How many of you rely solely on the winch strop/ratchet to hold your boat on the trailer when launching and recovering?
I must confess that I have up until today but will be making up a suitable safety rope to double up on the winch strop before my next launch - probably with a snap shackle to pop onto the bow eye and the other end firmly fixed to the winch post/draw bar.
PS: Highest gust at Chichester Bar Beacon 20mins ago - SW 47knots