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Re: Halman 20 boat launch-retrieval
2"10" isn't that big a deal...
4' and better, now THAT is a big deal.
Yep, you'll need (shocker) about 3.5' of depth before your car/truck floats, or you'll need an extension that'll get you to that depth. Or you can strap launch and you'll need to have enough strap until you get to that depth again before your car/truck floats.
By the way, cool boat.
This question can only be answered by you and your ramp conditions. Otherwise looks like you could easily launch and retrieve it... Consider a bow/keel roller for when you go to retrieve, when the angle of the trailer is way out of whack from the angle of the boat, the boat needs to ride-up to align properly with the winch.
I trailer launched my Capri 25 (lighter, but 4' of draft) initially without strap launch or extendable tongue... but our ramp is stupid steep (10 feet deep at 40 feet in)... Then I thought better and setup the trailer for strap launching. Tongue weight is a big deal for strap launching, too much and you can't get decent dolly wheels to support the weight, to little and the boat can flip backward on you.
While I COULD do it, I actually switched to my S2 7.9 partially due to the ease of launching. However, I think 2'10" would be tolerable.. My Capri 22 was 2'4" (much lighter than yours of course), but launching was never a big strain.
Yep, keel guides are a big deal too.
Freedom, a 1983 C&C 32 sailing Smith Mountain Lake, VA