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Old 01 August 2004, 15:59   #1
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What incidents on slipways have you seen?

The sun makes people do silly things!! Today, we were teaching the second day of level 2, and watched the following, unraval.
Car & Trailer appear on slip, trailer in water someone shouts "OH NO THE B****Y LIGHTING BOARDS STILL ON" trailer removed from water, board removed. Back in water much pushing shoving and cursing, but boat will not budge!! after a discussion female in the partys is heard to say "Should it (the boat) still be fastened to the trailer?
What have you seen?

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Done the lighting board thing!

Once saw a near dunking of the tow-car... chap had to take a running jump and dive in through the window 'cos he hadn't put the handbrake on
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This might be worth a read,

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but yes I have done the slipway thingy as well, all part of the learning process, bit like the kill cord, catches most people out until they have learned.

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Should it (the boat) still be fastened to the trailer?
I'm guilty of that one; about a month ago I spent about 5 minutes trying to shove the boat off thinking that it was stuck on the bunks (there wasn't much water in the river you see!). Finally pulled it out and realised there was a rachet attached to back...
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We saw a guy trying to reverse his speedboat into camber dock today with the trailer board on (he would have too if Andy hadn't shouted to his wife). He hadnt given it much thought & was messing on the slip for ages. He eventually took the trailer board out to sea in the back of the boat.

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There was a time when a guy reversed his trailer off the end of Camber slip, sidewards. he amost lost his boat, trailer and car.

Then on the same slip, I have seen 2 people break their hands on spinning winch handles.
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...people break their hands on spinning winch handles.
I'm sure it's down to forewarning by RIBnet members that I've been spared such a painful injury!

Thank you to all who've issued this cautionary tale.
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I'm guilty of that one; about a month ago I spent about 5 minutes trying to shove the boat off thinking that it was stuck on the bunks (there wasn't much water in the river you see!). Finally pulled it out and realised there was a rachet attached to back...
Also guilty of that one.
And forgetting to raise the outboard before pulling away up the slip.

Oh and while recovering a mates 26ft sailing boat with the mast still up driving through the harbour masters radio, electricity, phone cables etc which were above the slip. Ive never seen a man so angry.
Hehe, we got a christmas card from him later that year just after the completion of the new harbour masters office complete with undergroud cables.

One of the most entertaining recoveries ive ever seen was by one man and his wife at the hamble point slip. Infact there were 2 within about 10 minutes.
I recovered in just enough water, had a shower, changed and sat on the slipway wall to watch someone else do it. The recovery went alright, his wife pulled away up the slipway, got to the top, and just over the crest and onto the downside where she put on the brakes and got out of the car.
Completly oblivious to the boat and trailer storming down ramp on the rope into the back end of their shiny new volvo.
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