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Old 02 September 2011, 03:12   #11
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We used one on teh beach in cornwall and it was ideal, one option is to have a front end loader version, attach a ball hitch to the front and use this.

It means you can see where you are going, you can adjust the height of the ball with the arms to keep the boat level on the slip and allows you to add a weight block on the rear to overcome the weigh transfer issue.
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Old 02 September 2011, 03:36   #12
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We use a couple of 4x4 tractors and a tracked Bobcat at HISC. The tractors are generally used for the big stuff (yachts etc). The Bobcat is brilliant, being so manouverable and compact. It is near perfect for the job. We have made up a plate with a towball that fits on the front loader arms.
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Have you looked into dumper trucks, often alot cheaper but without the height adjustment on the hitch, also plenty of room to put stuff on the way to launc
Have to agree on the dumper truck, we used a 2wd case tractor on soft sand and it struggled with @500kg on the back & cost a fortune in maintainance, we've now moved to a 6tonne dumper and it's brilliant with the boats.
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Have to agree on the dumper truck, we used a 2wd case tractor on soft sand and it struggled with @500kg on the back & cost a fortune in maintainance, we've now moved to a 6tonne dumper and it's brilliant with the boats.
Is that a very small tractor or a very large jet ski?
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Old 02 September 2011, 06:51   #15
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It's a small tractor It only had @45hp when new in 1963 & was used around the yard at Vauxhall's factory, it had never been serviced when it came to us as scrap @ 2004
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The centre I used to work at used to have one of these Kubota B1410 compact tractor 3750+vat | eBay to launch and recover boats.

It had the grass tyres on it as shown and would pull the centres Ribeye 785's and 23' diesel launch up the slip way no problems in 4 x 4 mode even when they were green with slime. We had front counter weights on it or the front loader bucket fitted at all times in order to keep the front wheels on the floor and maintain steerage but no water in the tyres. I don't ever recall having to use the diff lock or low ratio to maintain traction.
We also had a pto driven brush which fitted to the 3 point hitch on the back to clean the slip way.

We got a towing bracket made to go on the 3 point hitch so attaching boats was really easy, just drive up to it and lift the hitch to lift the jockey wheel off the ground with out even getting off the seat!
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Old 02 September 2011, 16:37   #17
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Wow, thanks for all the advise, will keep looking so I have something for the summer...
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Old 02 September 2011, 16:41   #18
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Have you looked into dumper trucks, often alot cheaper but without the height adjustment on the hitch, also plenty of room to put stuff on the way to launc
Nightmare with the starter motors so low in the water had nothing but hassle with these
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Nightmare with the starter motors so low in the water had nothing but hassle with these
Agreed .. but that Pikey Mollers will be around in a minute to defend that point (if he's back from another holiday that is )
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Agreed .. but that Pikey Mollers will be around in a minute to defend that point (if he's back from another holiday that is )

Had a club full of the same took 4 years to bring over to the dark side

Tractors are built for towing and playing in soft stuff especially with a 8 meter dive rib fully kitted ou dam heavy club training day

Dumpers carry stuff

we had a JCB fasttrack

monster everyone was scared of it shame
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