We too have a rope and winch system, the rope goes from the winch warping drum and through a snatch block approx 10 mtrs from top of the ramp,and directly to the trailer. We do it this way as our ramp is older and rated to 500kgs any one load. You can launch 2 boats at a time by doing without the winch and use the boat going down the ramp to haul out the empty trailer coming up, takes a bit of clever and attentive hands on, but we can launch 15 – 20 boats within half an hour. the winch is over engineered so that it will last us a while, from memory it is rated to around 2000kg as is the snatch block and shackles
I must admit that although when Datchet is full, pulling out is frankly easy – it really is a good feeling when someone gets a car to pull us up the ramp.
So I am not alone – we have the following correspondence in the last couple of days….
Our Commodore elect asked at a Sailing Committee meeting last Sunday how Fleet captains would spend £5 to £10K;
I said that for Fifteens and I thought Wayfarers having an electric winch which worked would be very helpful as part of our attempts to revive the Aldeburgh Flying Fifteen fleet.
If any clubs sailing Fifteens do have a working electric winch I would be very helpful if they could email me details.
Aldeburgh Flying Fifteen Class Captain
We have been using a Honda powered capstan winch for recover of ff’s at Clywedog for
a number of years.
Initial cost was less than £1,000 and we made a concrete base with eyes for attachment whilst in use.
Very secure as we return to shed each night in wheelbarrow.
Only cost has been to purchase a larger capstan and new multibraided rope.
Keith E Rollinson
Clywedog Sailing Club
Bewl looked at the question of a winch some years ago and, I’m afraid, the old problem of ‘elf and safety raised its ugly head yet again. There was concern that a moving or static cable down our slipway when people/boats were crossing could be a danger. Your location might not give rise to this problem. The recovery of our boats, and other heavies, was solved by the club buying a small, Kubota, tractor. As well as recovering boats, this is used by the bosun for moving heavy items around the site and by the training function for moving their boats. Although more costly to buy and run, it certainly pays for itself and gets used most days of the week.