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Old 16 July 2009, 16:39   #1
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Hi chaps,

I am looking at buying a winch to pull my boat up a very steep drive way about 25 feet.

Was looking at a decent hand winch but would also consider a 12v cheapish electric winch if they are any good?

Any advice much appreciated.
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Hi chaps,

I am looking at buying a winch to pull my boat up a very steep drive way about 25 feet.

Was looking at a decent hand winch but would also consider a 12v cheapish electric winch if they are any good?

Any advice much appreciated.
Get an electric one. I only ever winched a boat by hand up a slipway once-and that was a big winch!
Sod doing it again!
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Hi,

Have just gone down the same route - large RIB, tight entrance through gate then steep slope up to hardstanding!

I used these guys - bought a 12000EB with wireless remote:

http://www.winchsolutions.co.uk/inde...id1=0&catid2=6

Main problem I had was building a concrete plinth heavy enough to mount the winch onto.... the winch pulled the first one out of the ground!!

One piece of advice - make sure the slope you are pulling up is smooth and solid. Mine is hardcore and the wheels of the trailer sink in, making the pull a LOT harder! Putting in concrete ramps - but sounds like you won't have this problem...

Good luck

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Hi chaps, I am looking at buying a winch to pull my boat up a very steep drive way about 25 feet.

Was looking at a decent hand winch but would also consider a 12v cheapish electric winch if they are any good?

Any advice much appreciated.
THESE guys at the Electric Winch Shop were very helpful Note that their prices are based somewhat on how many of what type they shift rather than smallest is cheapest.

I've mounted mine - 12v, 10,000lbs rated, rope rather than cable, over-specced but a good price - at the back of the garage and pull the boat backwards up the driveway slope and straight in. Saves all the tedious hernias and f-ing and blind-ing. It's effectively the type of thing you see bolted to the front of a Land Rover. It also comes with a remote: useful as you can then steer the trailer from the jockey wheel whilst controlling the winch.

If you call them, tell them what you want to do and they'll advise the best package. Not sure what you mean by 'cheapish' though...this route is at least a couple of hundred quid plus a decent 12v battery, plus some big f**k off rawl bolts to hold the bugger down to the garage floor
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Thanks guys will make some enquiries.
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Look at a previous post.- http://rib.net/forum/showthread.php?t=24046

and e bay http://shop.ebay.co.uk/?_from=R40&_t...All-Categories

You will see I had an elctric 12 v winch which I used to move a 6.5 rib up a slipway onto the van. Very slow but took grief away when it was too slippery. I still have the boxed unit but do not use it now as larger boats on dry stack. If it is of use let me know for a keen price- similar to this on e bay
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Nothing wrong with hand winches - just the modern ones are crap.

They manage to operate mines and big ships with them years ago!!!

I remember using one when I was a kid - once you got the flywheel spinning it was so easy - different matter stopping it though!!!
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Slip I'm using is a pain when the tide is anything below 8m high water. Lots or slime on the slip and deep mud at the bottom. Can get the wheels smoking trying to pull the trailer and boat out of the mud.
Thought about getting one of these
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Hand-Puller-Tu...%3A1|294%3A200
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Nothing wrong with hand winches - just the modern ones are crap
You trying tell us this is your trailer winch?
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Slip I'm using is a pain when the tide is anything below 8m high water. Lots or slime on the slip and deep mud at the bottom. Can get the wheels smoking trying to pull the trailer and boat out of the mud.
Thought about getting one of these
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Hand-Puller-Tu...%3A1|294%3A200
They are crap and NOT a turfer or tirfor. The problem with them is you are limited by the length of wire - with a tirfor if you have 300' of wire you can winch 300'.

This is a tirfor

http://www.landroverclub.net/Club/HT...ry_Tirfor1.htm

http://shop.ebay.co.uk/?_from=R40&_t...All-Categories

I have 4 different sizes - they are awesome - very safe and the big ones are far more powerful than an electric winch on a Land Rover - got a lot more uses to.

Even the very smallest which is rated at 300kgs managed to pull a stretched limo up a very steep drive. The biggest are used by firebrigades in all sorts of rescue situation. The army also use them for recovery stuck Bedford 4x4s etc.

They do have one big problem though - they are VERY slow - would take about 15 mins to pull something up a short slip. Great to carry if you get stuck though.

I once had to rescue a mate who got his Land Rover stuck in the middle of a forest on an army excercise. Called me out to save getting a bollocking.

Bet you wish you hadn't asked now.............
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