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S/V Glenn E
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First Fixed Keel boat Launch

I sure would appreciate any tips on launching a fixed keel type boat. Our Newport 27 has a fixed keel and associated trailer with about a 25' extender tongue to get it far enough into the lake to float (a comment that certainly will tag me a newbie). We've had swing keel boats which of course launch easily by just backing in, floating the boat and pulling out the trailer.
My hesitation is in the fact that the ramp is pretty steep and by the time and I assume I'll have to unhitch the boat after placing chocks behind the wheels (yes, I'm planning to use the biggest chocks I can find and behind all four wheels) then pulling forward to attach the extender tongue before continuing the launch. I have visions of a quick launch, trailer and all, if the 4 tons of boat and trailer overcome the chocks. I can only hope my wife catches it all so she can post on Youtube!
Anyway, if anyone has some words of wisdom, I'm willing to take all ideas.
Thanks for any help and happy sailing this summer!

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Honoring S/Sgt Glenn English, Jr, Congressional Medal of Honor for heroism that cost his life in Viet Nam, 9/7/70.
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