What is this trailer thingy? Should I get one?
Okay so here is my trailer story.
The second time I took my SIB out on the river Severn @ Worcester, there was a chap using the slipway and to be honest he did not look like he knew what he was doing from the start. Of course this was MY second time out so I was by now an expert!
He had a big 4x4 and a large speedboat
on a 2 axle trailer. He gingerly backed down the slip until the prop was in the water. Just the prop mind you, nothing else. Then he stopped, pulled on the handbrake and got into the boat. Now he started up the engine and engaged the prop! (Now, I realise that I know absolutley nothing about launching a boat off a trailer, BUT, even I know that the boat actualy has to be IN the water)
He then remained in the boat and whilst sitting in it he proceeded to rev the engine as high as possible. My pal and I sat watching this in a rather bemused manner. Water was splashed everywhere, the engine screamed and of course the boat remained firmly on the trailer!
The man looked rather perplexed, scratched his head and tried again. Same effect, lots of splashes, noise and nothing else.
After another try, my pal (a Geordie not known for his tact) shouted over, "What the hell are you trying to do?"
"I'm launching the boat", he shouted back.
"Well you'd best get the thing in the bloody water first", my pal offered by way of advice.
"Bloody weekend sailors", my pal; shouted as we squirted off into the river on OUR second time out in the SIB.
When we returned a couple of hours later the 'weekend sailor' and his kit were gone. Maybe the boat, trailer and 4x4 were all at the bottom of the river!
Keith (SIBsters put it in the back) Hart