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Old 25 September 2013, 15:23   #31
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I live on the Oxfordshire / Buckinghamshire borders, and usually tow launch at Camber Dock in Portsmouth. Only 2 or so plus parking, and I hve launched my 5.6m rib single handed. This is easy because it is very protected, and you can tie up after launching / before recovery while you park / get the car. You are also right by the harbour entrance, so not too much of a trek before you can open the taps up..... :-)

I reckon about 20 - 30 mins from arriving at the dock to being out on the water. About the same in reverse.

Would prefer to dry stack, but for me, the number of times I can get down does not justify the expense. Oh, and I am a skinflint!
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Old 25 September 2013, 15:29   #32
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We have very few beaches in North Cornwall so beach launch quite often with both mine and the clubs dive rib.

By choice we'll recover on a falling tide. Push the trailer in, bring the boat up, float or winch on and wait for the tide to go out before full recovery.

Either that or it's 4 or so people and a separate driver for the tow vehicle.
If you've got plenty of bodies it's not too bad, if there are just 2 of you it can be a 'mare, especially if the wind's changed or picked up whilst you've been out. I've had to beach the boat on the sand before now & winch it onto the trailer dry, off the beach rather than try & recover in the surf. I just stick to protected slips & harbours now, it's not worth the hassle otherwise.
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Old 25 September 2013, 15:51   #33
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Aye, don't do it! Over the years I've:- Had winch post through front of boat =1500 repair bill Broken thumb Lost a company Disco(not mine TF) to incoming tide= write off. Drowned various phones including brand new Iphone 4 Damaged gel coat I'm thinking of adding Rule#5; Don't beach launch
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Old 25 September 2013, 16:20   #34
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I suffer so you don't have to
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Old 25 September 2013, 17:15   #35
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Rule # 12 - corrected for boats

Rule #12 - The correct number of boats to own is n+1.
While the minimum number of boats one should own is three, the correct number is n+1, where n is the number of boats currently owned. This equation may also be re-written as s-1, where s is the number of boats owned that would result in separation from your partner.

I can think of quite a few ribnobburs who should consider s-1...

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Rule #12 - The correct number of boats to own is n+1. While the minimum number of boats one should own is three, the correct number is n+1, where n is the number of boats currently owned. This equation may also be re-written as s-1, where s is the number of boats owned that would result in separation from your partner. I can think of quite a few ribnobburs who should consider s-1...
Makes sense to me.
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Old 26 September 2013, 15:48   #37
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Trimix, you could also try Drivers Dry Berthing on the Itchen
Www.dryberthing.com
They will do monthly contracts and charge per launch so not paying unlimited launches which is expensive if not using the boat enough
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