Sailboat Launching -A newbie's inquiry
This is my first post here and likely not my last if all goes well in the next week. I am on the verge of purchasing my first sailboat (C&C 24, 4 foot draft, fixed keel) and am in the midst of making arrangements to have it shipped to my town. My question stems from the fact that none of the local marinas have their own boat lift and are dependent on seasonally renting a crane to launch the boats that require it. I am forced with renting my own crane and apparently no crane operators here in town work on a pro bono basis. What gives? Just kidding but it is expensive (minimum 3+ hour rental). I have found one gentleman who says that he can launch it directly from the trailer but he is the only one after much searching and he lives pretty far away. Is this something that is really rare?