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Old 07 July 2022, 07:33   #1
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Hi, we are new here and have just acquired a 5.4m tornado rib. We are based in the north west have been looking at boat launch but are specifically looking for areas where you can pay for a tractor launch and recovery. Ideally within a 3 ish hour drive. We have enquired with blackpool light craft club but itís possible our boat is too big, the only others I am aware of are Prestatyn sailing club , another chap further down in north wales and Largs yacht haven marina. Does anyone have any other recommendations for tractor launch and recovery? Thanks
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Old 07 July 2022, 08:03   #2
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Hi, we are new here and have just acquired a 5.4m tornado rib. We are based in the north west have been looking at boat launch but are specifically looking for areas where you can pay for a tractor launch and recovery. Ideally within a 3 ish hour drive. We have enquired with blackpool light craft club but itís possible our boat is too big, the only others I am aware of are Prestatyn sailing club , another chap further down in north wales and Largs yacht haven marina. Does anyone have any other recommendations for tractor launch and recovery? Thanks


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Based in Beadnell on the north east coast where we now have a new and reliable tractor launch/recovery service. Beach launch at all states of of tide and generally sheltered from waves/swell unless a stiff south/south easterly blowing. Operates 7 days a week in season, cost £35.

Admittedly not that local to you but well within your three hour travel parameter.


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+1 for Ty Calch, best tractor launch in Nth Wales and best cruising too

if you want somewhere more local try Safewater Training at New Brighton on The Wirral, i think they do launch/recovery
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Old 07 July 2022, 18:26   #5
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Thanks for the replies, we will look into those
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Total boat care Pwllheli do a pay and launch

Struggling to understand how your boat is “too big” for Blackpool anything on a road trailer should be beach launchable with a tractor

Plenty of harbour slips you don’t need a tractor for Caernarfon Bangor any marina really if you can tow it you can launch it just needs technique and rope! A tornado 5.4 isn’t huge
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Total boat care Pwllheli do a pay and launch

Struggling to understand how your boat is ďtoo bigĒ for Blackpool anything on a road trailer should be beach launchable with a tractor

Plenty of harbour slips you donít need a tractor for Caernarfon Bangor any marina really if you can tow it you can launch it just needs technique and rope! A tornado 5.4 isnít huge
Thanks, I am still awaiting their decision yet. Itís more our towing vehicle which is a little unsuitable, we tow with our campervan and just not sure how it will do on wet ground etc.

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Thanks, I am still awaiting their decision yet. Itís more our towing vehicle which is a little unsuitable, we tow with our campervan and just not sure how it will do on wet ground etc.



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Whatís the campervan youíre towing with?
This is ours & handles our RC545 easily enough.
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Thanks, I am still awaiting their decision yet. Itís more our towing vehicle which is a little unsuitable, we tow with our campervan and just not sure how it will do on wet ground etc.

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I wouldnt take a camper on the sand, but a concrete slip will probably be ok depending on the camper and the slip.

But might be easier if you can pitch up set the camper up and have another vehicle launch.

Campsites with on site tractor launch are rare.
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Thanks, I am still awaiting their decision yet. Itís more our towing vehicle which is a little unsuitable, we tow with our campervan and just not sure how it will do on wet ground etc.

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if you're towing with your campervan then Ty Calch is probably your best option, once you arrive and unhook the trailer all you need to do is park up and get yourself ready to launch, Chris will hook you up to the tractor, launch you and park your trailer better still there are a couple of good campsites close by
one thing to take into consideration is that any of the public slips in Conwy, Anglesey and Gwynedd county councils will require a launch permit and there will be a daily launch fee and probably car parking fees for the van and trailer, most of the private slips will also require the launch permit and will obviously charge for the launch/recovery
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Old 08 July 2022, 12:40   #11
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Thanks, I think we will definitely try Chris ����
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Hi, just an update, we used the tractor launch at dinorwic marina on Saturday and the staff were fab, had a great first venture out on the boat. We also tried to visit Blackpool on Sunday and that is definitely not suitable for us especially with our tow vehicle. The weather didn’t help but we couldn’t get near the place, it was totally blocked with parked cars and beach goers and trailers everywhere. The tractor couldn’t get through where it wanted and the launch area and beach was full of people so would not be comfortable having the prop going. I know the weather played a part but we are likely to want to go when the weather is good and we wouldn’t be able to manoeuvre our vehicle in the space etc. thanks for the replies, we will try the others.
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