This tip from John Hanson will not help the launch / getting off the pontoon, but is great for coming back ashore. There is also a cracking good idea from John about hoisting the main away from the jetty in a breeze. This is what John suggested:-
” We use a Sea Anchor. We have this rolled up and in the tank all year round. When coming in to the pontoon we clip it on to the main sheet eye and throw it over the side. It allows us to approach the pontoon slowly minimising damage and there is no need for the crew to jump, she just steps off when alongside. See the photos as a demo.
You can in case of an issue or when pulling up the main clip this on the bow and it will keep the bow head to wind and reduce the speed the boat goes astern when you have new crew unsure what to do”
Ed : Very good idea