Originally Posted by tacker
Just got first RIB, Zodiac 4.2, and not used her yet. But looking at winch arrangement - see pictures - seems to me that as the boat goes back into the water, the winch handle turns (there's no 'neutral') and in this case is hitting the boat so won't allow it to reverse off.
So my question is, do I need to move the whole winch frame forward, (and snubber backward) or get a much shorter winch handle - or am I missing something ?
Yes. Either slacken the winch line first and push the boat back by hand 'til it takes up the slack (make SURE
the winchratchet will stop any more line paying out when you push the boat back or the winch handle will break your arm as it starts to spin)
Get the boat in position with the trailer as far in as feasable without getting the car wet, disconnect winch strap, push boat into water holding the painter
Personally, I'd far rather not have the winch connected while the boat goes off the trailer. I've taken a whack from a spinning handle once. It's not happening EVER again- I was lucky not to have broken bones.
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