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trailer launching a keelboat

No sooner did the crane splash my boat in than it had to come out again. There was a leak from the stern tube. The hose clamps on the stuffing box had been tightened so hard they crushed the shaft log. And no, it wasn't me. So at a cost of $650 (I'm not making it up) the crane pulled my boat from the water.
The stern tube is being repaired. But I'll be damned if I pay those pirates another $650 to put it back in the water. Meanwhile, I found a fairly steep ramp nearby. The boat is a Freedom 25. Draws 4.5 feet. I have a Triad trailer but no tongue extension. Question: how to launch it? Use a line to the tongue and a winch? Any ideas?
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