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11-07-2011 12:45 AM
Lake Superior Sailor I trailer & launch a 28 ft. 6000lb. 4.5ft. draft Cal ! I use a steel cable and a wheel truck I made of two 8 inch trailer tires that snaps into the trailer hitch coupler. Then I just push it out concrete or what,as I need 7ft. its been no trouble. Loading is easy as I have a v Cage that catches the keel to center the boat. Setting the mast Thats another story! ---Dale
11-06-2011 07:54 PM
Bamazeb ......
09-22-2011 06:12 PM
RXBOT I have the flushdeck, 1200# fixed fin P23 and launch from a trailer me and my best freind designed and built. Launching no problem 5 foot tide here. Stepping and lowering the mast I only do once a season keep the boat at a slip.( boat is 3000# the castiron fin is 1200#)
09-22-2011 05:30 PM
The Brooks Bridge ramp was the beginning and fortunate end of perhaps one of the great sailing misadventures of all time.
That was awesome! I am still laughing. NOT at you but with you.
Great read. Thanks!
09-22-2011 05:25 PM
Originally Posted by wise4 View Post
Pfft..... That statement explains a lot.... Perfect example of why they need to stop extending unemployment benefits....

Good luck with your job search (rolling eyes)
The nice thing about rolling eyes, they roll back at you too.
You have no idea about this man's character from reading a post on line yet you choose to degrade him.???
09-22-2011 05:12 PM
More on this ramp...

The Brooks Bridge ramp was the beginning and fortunate end of perhaps one of the great sailing misadventures of all time. Very long story short, My now wife and I were still in college and I had just purchased a Catalina 22 for an amazing price in Durham, NC. We drove our new boat Kamala, named after a seductress from the Hermann Hesse book Siddhartha that fittingly enough died of a snake bite, from NC all the way to Destin for a week of sailing and vacation. At this point I had (1) only sailed on lasers, (2) never stepped a mast and (3) had no clue what I was doing.

We finally found the ramp at the West end of Okaloosa Island and pulled in the parking lot. We put up the mast, adjusted/tightened the rigging, attached the roller furling, hoisted the jib, rolled it back up in the furling, put on the rudder, attached the tiller, attached the boom, and main sail: all in 1.5 hours. I knew sailing was going to be easy and so far I was proving myself right.

We launched the boat for the first time after the engine cranked on the 2nd pull. Oddly enough that was the last time both the boat or my wife have been this willing to go sailing. Anyway, we motored under the bridge and into the Choctawhatchee bay. The weather was "awesome" for sailing as my dad (who had been sailing twice and thinks it is boring) told me that it is not worth going sailing unless the wind is blowing greater than 30 mph!?. Current wind speed was 20 mph so we were a little disappointed that the conditions were not going to be "perfect" but headed out anyway.

I'm not sure of the wind speed for the rest of the trip but the second I hoisted then main and unfurled the jib I silently thought to myself, I probably should have brought someone who actually knows how to sail. The boat instantly speeds up, heels over (feeling like it is going to flip), then the weatherhelm points us into the wind, and we slow down. This whole time wife is laying out on the leeward side of the boat as her dad typically has things completely under control at this point. Father's on this forum with daughters, beware the sailing boyfriend.

After sailing like this for about half a mile my now wife ask me how many beers I had while we were putting up the mast. "Zero."

"Well then quit sailing like you're drunk."

I'm somewhat speechless at this point and ask if she has any pointers from the last 20 years she had spent on a boat. Her reply had something to do with keeping the shade from the sail away from where she was laying out... In retrospect I should have probably thought of ways to reduce the amount of sail but now the wind was really screaming, black clouds are in the distance and I feel like we are flying!! We were on a reach, of course I didn't know that at time, and I found that if let the mainsheet out then we would slow down and things became more manageable. About 4 miles from the car we decided that the weather is really looking bad and it would be a good time to turn around. We executed our first tack as a couple and began working our way back.

Things were going reasonably well but, then it was time to tack again because we kept drifting toward a nearby sand bar. On this tack, the boat spun around, heeled over to about 80 degrees, came up, spun around and jibed. I have no clue how this happened but am somewhat shocked at (1) we are both still on the boat and (2) we are headed in the completely wrong direction. Knowing when I'm beat (which was technically long before now), I decide we are motoring in. I ask my now wife to lower the main and as she is reaching for the main sheet. WHammm. I catch her right in the forehead with my elbow while pulling on the rip cord for the motor.

She's out. Completely knocked her out for about 10 seconds, which seemed like thirty minutes. She wakes up crying, the sails are up, the engine is running, and now it is raining and lightening. The rain is coming in sideways, she is now below in the cabin holding ice on her forehead, and I finally get the sails down. Victory.

We motor back to the boat ramp. A sailboat at the marina about 300 yards away gets hit by lightening. I tell my now (I know you are surprised that she married me) wife not to touch anything metal below.

Finally we reach the boat launch, I pull up, tie off, back the trailer into the water, jump back on the boat while my wife jumps in car (all in a torrential downpour). The current is such that it takes two tries to get back on the trailer and I'm completely frazzled at this point. Finally, I'm on the trailer.

Thank God. The saga is over.

I wish. As she pulls forward the tongue of trailer pops off of the trailer ball and I roll about 10 feet backwards to another splash down. Now the boat, with trailer attached is floating back away from the ramp. Miraculously the boat/trailer stop. I'm able to run a rope from the car to the front of the trailer and pull it back to the ramp. We re-attached and now the saga is over.

Needless to say I'll never forget this particular ramp.
09-22-2011 03:28 PM
Originally Posted by wise4 View Post
Pfft..... That statement explains a lot.... Perfect example of why they need to stop extending unemployment benefits....

Good luck with your job search (rolling eyes)
You're right it explains why I am trying to save money on the launch and why my beloved boat is for sale. I don't draw unemployment.
09-22-2011 01:36 PM
OtterGreen when i was launching my 21 shamrock, we were going to install osprey platforms. well, unknowingly the back tires fell off the concrete and as it was mid april, going into the water to prevent damage was not an option. we got it out no problem, too bad the rear axle snapped and hopped over the forward one.. woops..
09-22-2011 12:47 PM
Originally Posted by whorne View Post
I have been out of work since the beginning of the "George Bush Recession"
Pfft..... That statement explains a lot.... Perfect example of why they need to stop extending unemployment benefits....

Good luck with your job search (rolling eyes)
09-22-2011 11:08 AM
fryewe If you are active, retired, reserve, or National Guard, check out the ramp at Hurlbert Field near Ft. Walton Beach, FL. I checked it out a couple of months ago. The marina has two ramps, either of which would safely launch my Norsea 27 on its trailer.
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