Originally Posted by DJL
I'll also echo comments that the reverse and brake method can look quite slick - but I've seen it go quite wrong on a number of occasions and I now cringe every time I see it used.
I agree. It's too easy for things to go wrong, and it's never fully under control. Amongst the times I've seen it go wrong, it's ended up with:
* child on the beach being knocked down because the driver was reversing too fast without being able to see behind
* car and trailer failing to stop on a weedy slipway and the whole rig launching - right up to the car's front windscreen
* boat launching off the trailer but into too shallow water with a fast ebbing tide, and the boat left high and dry after a few minutes
* boat being launched with nobody onboard
I strongly discourage all my trainees from launching like this if I know it's their normal practice. Looking cool doesn't compare to being in control, in my opinion