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Beach Launch

Posted: Mon Oct 19, 2015 9:41 pm
by sea_bee
Has anyone ever beach launched an Easy cat?

I have been looking at what Mick did with his Schionning and considering something similar with our Easy Sarah.
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Mick provided a few more details about how he did it, and I've been talking to a local truck driver with the same equipment too. But what worries me is how to protect the rudders during the unload. I've considered building a pair of trestles to go under the back, behind the rudders, to carry the weight and hold the rudders off the sand, but is it really worth the effort?

We can beach launch in the river 20km from home, or have the truck haul an extra 60km to get to the closest slipway. I'm trying to balance the risk of damage compared to the cost of the escorted load. After a couple of years of blood and sweat, I'm thinking the money might be easier than the worry.

Chris

Re: Beach Launch

Posted: Fri Oct 30, 2015 4:14 pm
by teamROAM
We had the rudders out. Just dug by hand and ensured not contact between the sail drives and the beach.

Polystyrene blocks worked a treat for supporting the boat.

Mick

Re: Beach Launch

Posted: Sat Oct 31, 2015 9:14 pm
by sea_bee
I've considered removing the rudders for the launch, but I'm a bit worried about getting them back in the boat with the boat in the water. Without the rudders, I think we could unload onto the sand like you did, Mick.

It is going to take 4 weeks to arrange the required permits, and I need to get it happening now to avoid the holiday traffic in December. We have the choice between a short and cheap truck to the local river where we'll probably need an expensive crane, or a longer and more complicated truck journey to a marina that can launch it very simply.

Chris