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Jimmy18/08/2013 08:22:32
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Hi Folks,

My local boating pond is about three feet (1 metre) lower than the bank and it requires a bit of lifting by the mast for launch and retrieval.

I would like something to give me a bit of reach so that the launch and lift is a bit more dignified.

I could kneel but it might be a while til I go up again. I was thinking of some cradle effect with a handle but there might be something on the market already

Advice would be welcome


John Shire18/08/2013 08:32:06
41 forum posts

Hello Jimmy

Paul T is one of our forum members and he is currently developing a boat launcher that might just fit your needs. From what he has written so far it is for single handed operation that could be used by a person in a wheelchair and could launch models of upto 8ft in length.

Talk to Paul for further information


John Walsh20/08/2013 14:22:12
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image.jpgHi Jimmy,

I have the same launching problem.. Made a launcher from spare ply and an old broom handle. - about 26" x 16" x 9". but it could easily be adapted to suit your boats.

john w.

Dave Milbourn20/08/2013 16:12:04
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I've seen a similar stand made from 15mm copper plumbing pipe and solder-ring joints, with foam pipe insulation to protect the model. Not as swish as John's plywood version but it did the job.

Paul T20/08/2013 19:02:53
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Dear All

Jimmy and I have been conversing by PM and I have asked for a photo of the launching location so that I can see if my design would be of any help.


LARRY WHETTON20/08/2013 20:02:43
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Hi jimmy,

iuse a converted mobile shoping bag frame with platform with boat cradle , as wheels so very mobile , and extendable handel, works on slopeing walls and shear, will try and post picture ...

dont no where you live but have one you can have... cheers Larry..

Peter Fitness21/08/2013 01:54:52
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I use launching straps on my bigger boats. They are made from upholstering straps, with some weights in strategic places so they don't float when retrieving a boat. Handles are from aluminium tubing wide enough so they keep the straps far enough apart to allow them to be slipped over the hull from each end. They are long enough so I can lower the boat into the water, which could be up to a metre lower than the bank, without undue bending. Unfortunately I am away from home for another month or I would take photos to illustrate what I mean.


Paul T21/08/2013 07:21:04
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Dear All

One of Jimmys problems is the 1m drop from bank to water level, another problem (and one that I suffer from) is a difficulty in kneeling and rising from the kneeling position.

These problems effectively rule out a traditional cradle type of launching / recovery system due to overall length and weight.

In Jimmys case a cradle system would need to be 2m in height to permit working from the standing position. This length of cradle and moving position of mass would create a drastic changing in the centre of gravity when launching models which could catch Jimmy off guard and cause him to pitch forward into the water.

What is required is a free standing launcher / recovery system that can take the weight of the model and allows an operating cycle of 2m. i.e. the model can be placed on the launcher at chest height and the launcher carries the weight of the model down to the water.

To visualise my idea imagine a 2m length of ladder with a supporting frame so that it can free stand on the bank and then have a bogie / cradle that runs on the ladder and operated by a small hand winch to carry the boat down to the water. Then make the frame collapsible for ease of transport.

This design will allow the safe launching and recovery of large and heavy models with a collapsible system that will fit into the boot of a small car.


Malcolm Frary21/08/2013 10:44:28
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A big drop like that rules out launching straps, but the cradle with added wheels has possibilities. One of my clubs members has just such a combination of a cradle and shopping bag trolley.

The only downside is the metal wheels - they take on water and only realease it slowly when the device is laid on one side, like when its on the way home. He drilled drain holes as near the join as he could, but the best solution would have been plastic wheels.

A long drop reqires a long handle to account for both the drop and not having to bend too much, which would need something clever to enable it to fit in a car for the trip to and from the pool.

Paul T21/08/2013 15:56:37
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