Once known as Hartley18
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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Agreed. With a fixed-keeler of any not-inconsiderable size, it is far safer and easier to hoist on and off from the trailer rather than launch using a ramp - any ramp.
One pointer (maybe): Look for clubs in your area that race Etchells or Flying Fifteens and take your boat there - the only way to get these boats safely in and out of the water is by using a hoist.
"Honestly, I don't know why seamen persist in getting wrecked in some of the outlandish places they do, when they can do it in a nice place like Fiji." -- John Caldwell, "Desperate Voyage"
Last edited by Classic30; 08-28-2008 at 01:58 AM.