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Old 13 January 2021, 08:42   #1
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Moving an SR4

Hello, I've been reading the forum for a while, thanks for all of the useful information so far, but I have just joined to ask a few questions of my own. I have owned a couple of sibs in the past but...

This might seem completely ridiculous and unreasonable, if so please let me know, but I thought it was worth a shot. I am looking at an Avon SR4 with 40hp 2 stroke which I really like the look of and I understand they are great boats. My question is, I do not drive a car, but live approx 150m from a gradual slipway onto a river, would it be possible to move the boat by hand over this distance and launch without a car? I am expecting it will likely be impossible, but looking for people with similar boats to advise on this. There will usually be 2 of us taking the boat out. I believe the boat and engine is around 200kg: so its heavy.

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Forgot to mention, it is along a quiet tarmac road and no sand involved
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Assuming itís on a decent trailer/launching dolly. Moving it on the flat will be relatively easy, even single handed. The issue will be any gradient, especially the slip. Pulling it back up any gradient will be hard work & you run the risk of it running away on any downhill.
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Assuming itís on a decent trailer/launching dolly. Moving it on the flat will be relatively easy, even single handed. The issue will be any gradient, especially the slip. Pulling it back up any gradient will be hard work & you run the risk of it running away on any downhill.


Do you have a ride on mower ?
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Unfortunately no ride on mower. So should be easy to get to and from the slip, but its retrieving it up the slipway after that would be the problem. I will get a picture of the slip tonight to see what you guys think. I was thinking of getting one of the trailer hitch movers and adding a diy brake to it to stop it running away on the way down. Thanks for the advice
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Or if anyone knows of any sub 4m ribs for sale in Dorset for sale sup 3k please let me know. Cheers
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Good luck pulling that up the slipway far enough to let the flooding hull drain
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Good luck pulling that up the slipway far enough to let the flooding hull drain
i did think that, but i believe some have plugged the holes so the hull doesnt fill
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I remember being press ganged to manually hauling an sr4 up a slip when I was 14 and on a sailing course. IIRC it used to take a fair few 14yr olds to do it.

100kg of engine + 150kg of sr4 + 200kg of trailer with a draggy jockey wheel - I don't see it happening really. I would imagine that the 150m isn't as flat as you think until you're pushing a boat that distance either.

Quad with a tow hitch?
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Push it where possible & use a motor mover to bring it back up any slopey bits.
If they're anything like caravan motor movers you'll need a very good battery & time!

Just been doing a bit of googling. Probably an eyewatering price but hours of fun await!
https://traxdolly.com/ Click on Trax X 2 dolly.

As another thought, how about a mobility scooter & fit a tow hitch?
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You could use a rope pulley system if there's an anchor point at the top of the slip
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Or if anyone knows of any sub 4m ribs for sale in Dorset for sale sup 3k please let me know. Cheers
https://www.rib.net/forum/f21/avon-sr4-85284.html

although it isn't Dorset (nothing to do with me but I like it)
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have you puller sibs up the slip? pushing it isnt the issue pneumatic jockey wheel double wheel one and decent tyres on trailer/dolly will help i have on level tarmac pushed 35okg on road trailer so 500kg 50 yards many times as soon as its rolling its golden steering cn be tricky..... small mechanised unit might work high wattage Ebike?


one of these remove the skip and put a tow hitch on it https://www.lawnandpower.co.uk/produ...sporter-300kg/

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Old 13 January 2021, 16:42   #14
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The Amish have this sussed

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I always launch and recover my zapcat by hand to avoid dunking the car, admittedly itís a bit light but still around 200kg and I only pull it up far enough the slip to the car.

On a generous slip I can pull it myself, with 2 or 3 of you it would be absolutely fine if the slip isnít a monster.
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I have a sr4 with a yamaha 50hp, before that a lighter 40hp and i can man handle it on my own.
I usually park 30-100 yards away and roll it into the water on my own no problem.
As said though, taking it out and up a slope would be a two man job to do it safely.
If i was in your position i'd be looking for some kind of anchor point i could attach a battery and winch to to aid retrieval.
Failing that you +1 would suffice but get yourself something to throw behind the trailer wheels to use as a brake if needed, all trial and error however totally possible to do!
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Make some sort of dolly that you could tie to somthing and fit an electric winch and a 12 volt Battery to put it up the slip
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...and judging by the picture, it's good at doing its job.
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Get a quard (4X4 wheel motorcycle) and you'll be fine.
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