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Old 03 July 2004, 11:48   #1
Country: UK - England
Town: Southampton
Boat name: Eighth Child
Make: Rib X
Length: 6m +
Engine: 150 E-Tec
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Types of slipway and launch method

Hello all,

I am a brand new member, this is my first post.

I have just bought a RibX 575 and take delivery next week.

I wanted to ask what members thought was the best type of slipway to use by which I mean a steep one or a shallow one. Not having actually launched a RIB yet I assume a shallow one means you have to back the trailer in further but it is not hard to pull up out of A steep one means you dont have to back in as far but need a 4 x 4 to pull out (i have a 4 x 4 as it happens).
Do you always take the trailer off the car and use a rope or leave it attached to the car.

Any Solent based members say which slipway on to Solent they like best and why? It seems all the free ones have nowhere to moor your boat while you park the car and trailer.

I am so glad I found this forum - I wasn't sure about VHF radio but having read the threads I am off you book a training course.

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Old 03 July 2004, 12:04   #2
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Town: Beverley
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Engine: Tohatsu 8Hp
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Just steep enough that you can get her off without unhooking or putting the vehicle in the water, and launch at high tide! Make life as easy as you can... Of course in real life you'll just have to make do the best you can.


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Old 03 July 2004, 12:18   #3
Country: UK - England
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Make: Ribcraft 585
Length: 5m +
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Send me your email and I will return with an article I wrote for PBO on the subject of launching.
Also have a look on my web site for info on your local slipway.
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Old 03 July 2004, 12:47   #4
Country: UK - England
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Boat name: gazza's girl
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Length: 5.75
Engine: Suzuki 90 4 stroke
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Well Done Peter.... Great boat that I am sure you will enjoy...

I usually find when launching that so long as the rear support rollers are just on the water line its fine....( not the keel rollers)

To start with go a little deeper if you are unsure

But that depends on which trailer you have....

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Old 03 July 2004, 13:04   #5
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Launch at Warsash, all tide recovery, free parking and public pontoons. Oh yeh and a pub......Is a shallowish slip so might need to push trailer by hand on low tide, keep it attached to car via a strop or good rope.
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Old 03 July 2004, 13:06   #6
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A medium gradient slipway is probably better although remember to put some chocks behind your wheels on the car. The idea is to let the boat float off the trailer. If the slip is not steep enough then use a rope. Attach this to the trailer and the tow hitch, put something behind the trailer wheels(Do not use the hand brake on the trailer as this may not always hold) Then take the strain on the rope by moving the car forwards then reverse the car so that the boat floats off the rear rollers of the trailer. This will save the hull from scuffs by the rollers.

Always slip your bow line to the trailer and back to the boat and unattach the winch strop. This will mean once you are on the boat you wont have to lean over the bow to reach the strop, but just slip the line from the trailer.

Lastly before taking the boat off the trailer I suggest you let the engine warm up for about 3 minute to prevent it from stalling, due to is being cold.
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Old 03 July 2004, 13:52   #7
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Best way is get a trailer with a cradle - only have to go in as far as wheels - keeps vehicle dry! And saves water ingress into hubs.
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Old 03 July 2004, 15:05   #8
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just make sure you chock your car wheels or are damn sure the handbrake will hold. You don't want to end up like this http://www.brixhambsac.pwp.blueyonde...gone_wrong.htm
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Old 03 July 2004, 15:28   #9
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My favoured launch site for the Solent is Calshot Activities Centre - not the cheapest but accessible at all states, trailer stays attached to car (no messing with ropes) and all facilities on site. There is no pontoon so best to have a car and boat driver.

Look out for a white/grey Avon RIB - That'll be us!!

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Old 03 July 2004, 15:28   #10
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Originally Posted by Peter J
Hello all,I have just bought a RibX 575 and take delivery next week.
A friendly advise, make sure that the boat doesn't have PVC 'ventilation' things like those shown in the link on it PVC or Hypallon??, Also check the botom half of the console and make sure that is properly jell coated, and that the hull hatch covers and deck do not have chips also that the battery is properly secured with straps on.
The photos you see in the link bellow are from 640s FALCON Boats (same as the 545 only longer just a bit) which in England they come under the brand name RIB-X. See also this thread At LAAAAAAAAST!!
The boats usually appart from some minor (and in my case MAJOR) bits that may be damaged or missing (poss not in your case since I assume that RIB-X have looked the boat over and I know having met the guys that they have made sure that everything is OK before delivery as they are 1st class people) goes pritty well but you need to have the engine trimmed down at all times and just play with the throttle only. Aslo is a strong made boat and although now from what I have experienced I have my doubts about the PVC lasting for long (will see in a few years anyway), I believe that the hull will last you for years.
Enjoy her and just put her in the water. Follow your instict
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