Once again thanks for all the replies and pictures - very useful
I was only joking re the RIBnet court comment - and I think frank debate on how to improve/avoid such an adventure again is very important - good point re others also benefiting as I forget I'm not the only novice
Bedajim - how does you aux fit to the A-frame - looks like the solution we are after - do you need to drop it down in order for it to work and how does it steer?
Polwart - whoops I meant 6knots not 6hp - again my lack of experience means I had no idea different sized propellers and engines make a difference to the speed attained at the same horse power (if that makes sense)
Jambo - did you decide not to use your aux as your mate was nearer and a better option or had that also failed?
Pete - I do like the idea of Sea Start and having read through all of this I think my belt and braces approach will be kicking in - aux and Sea Start - we already have an aux so no need to splash out on the extra engine but £145 for breakdown cover just sounds a real blessing
Malthouse - absolutely there are plenty of other places to launch - we naively launched at Chichester as the launch and recovery is really easy, lovely and flat, lots of space, no strong tide, blah blah blah and it's the closest point to home - as an aside - regardless of weather where is the best place to launch for Solent access - as we haven't yet found it
Spartacus - I don''t think we could fit our aux next to the main outboard - can you still steer you aux okay
Ian - lol - the video was the easy bit - just press record - shame boating doesn't have the same level of simplicity - but then would it be as fun !!
Thanks again to everyone