Originally Posted by Bucksribster
I guess launching is essentially a reverse if the procedure?
I have a Disco Sport, do you think at higher tides you can launch / recover backing the trailer down?
Yes, launching is the reserve procedure: Reverse the trailer up to the top of the slip. Chock the wheels whilst you unhitch and drive the ľ mile (it seems) to the other end of the cable. Hitch vehicle to cable and drive forward slightly to take up the slack. Spotter removes chocks and reverse slowly backwards until told to stop by spotter. The top of the slip isnít quite flat so the boat will start to move off down the slop without needing to be pushed to get it going. As long as the trailer is straight at the top, it will be straight at the bottom.
Iím sure you would be fine launching directly with your car in Summer, but I havenít actually done it myself so canít comment on how easy or hard it is. Others on the forum have and may like to chip in.
From my own point of view, if the cable is available Iíd use it. But if it werenít for some reason, it wouldnít stop me launching.