Originally Posted by Trimix
Im reading this thread with interest as my RIB needs to be somewhere for a few months before I take it to Corsica.
As much as Id like my new toy sat on my drive - I live in Oxfordshire - so unless I take it down the Thames I will have to trailer it to the coast. Looking at the map the closest is Southampton, then Portsmouth, then Poole.
Do marinas do deals for just a few months ?
Just how hard is it to stick it in the water yourself - I didnt think that was an issue, but reading this thread either everyone is lazy or Im a bit naive when it comes to launching from a trailer.
Any recommendations for a Marina that would work for me driving down the A34 from Oxford ?
Me & the missus launch a twin engine 6.4 on our own, although it can be a bit of a handful if it's blowing onshore, even on a slip or harbour. The danger time is between getting the boat off the trailer & me parking up the trailer & car & returning to the boat. Your boat with the extra weight & windage will need a couple of sturdy folk to hold her in a wind/current. Failing that you need to drive the boat straight off the trailer & let somebody else faff about with the car/trailer. Recovery is a reverse & can be tricky in poor conditions, we have got it down to a fine art & still find it stressful
NEVER EVER beach launch
don't be tempted, don't let anyone talk you into it, don't feel pressured to do it, just don't.
Just my 2 penneth from experience.