The Catastrophe

Major Catastrophe

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Okay, due to public demand, well only JPO actually, this is the catastrophe.

As some of you will be aware I have been having a bit of trouble with my trailer/boat combination, in that they don't actually like each other and the boat has suffered regular damage on recovery. My boat is usually safe in a marina, but I bought a trailable boat so I could take it to other parts of the country, including the Thames.

Anyway, after a brilliant Saturday, the next day was a bit foggy to start with and with the lock doing slack trade, the harbour master told me that I should recover my boat and check to make sure that the six months it took the dealer to sort out the problems hadn't been wasted.

"No!" I said, "It will be okay."

After enduring a withering look for a few minutes, I relented and made my way to the boat, whilst the marina staff, unlocked the gate to the ocean and put the trailer on to the slip.

I bimbled about in the straits while they did this and admired the fog, which I am glad to say, lifted soon afterwards.

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When the trailer was in place, I very slowly eased up to it and was clipped on and hauled out.

This is what we found.

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Yes, the nice new rollers guarding the axles worked and this time the keel hit the bracing bar for the forward bed rollers.

Yesterday, I was all for jacking this lark in again, but am going back tomorrow to run some trials to see if having the trailer at different depths helps.

Luckily, the damage is to the Keel Guard and no the actual keel this time, so rather than wait for the useless dealers to take another six months, I will repair it myself.

Incidentally, I also complained to the dealers about the bolt they used to plug the tell tale of my 6hp auxillary engine, and have been promised a new flushing plug.
 

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They may be useless dealers but this is absolutely bonkers. After all the work and repairs didnt they even bother to test it.?

It shouldnt make any difference what angle or depth the trailer and slip are , it should just work. I realise that you have more confidence in yourself to repair it rather than the dealer, but you should at least let them know that they are a waste of space.

IMHO I would be dragging it back to there doorstep and demanding its fixed right now.

Ignoring the end it looks like you had a great weekend. I think I will take a trip to pilots cove with the kids over the Bank Holiday, it looks a great place for sandcastles /forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif
 

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Is pilots cove a good place to anchor for the night?

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No!

I wouldn't. Too exposed, too many rocks and the cardinal marking the rocks at the entrance is missing...as usual.
 

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Really sorry to hear your news Major, "just made a note in my diary, simply say's, bugger."

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Appreciate the sentiment. In my diary entry I use slightly more words, but then I can't really complain as I am not going over the top.
 

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sry to hear this

as was discussed rather extensively the last time - this is not rocket science and a socket set, trolley jack and half a brain are more than sufficelt to resolve the issue.

it remain a shame you are on another planet (figuratively speaking) but one that has huge experience of trailers etc 'cos loads get their boats over there that way!

one the other hand it's purely cosmetic - and (from Gludy's thread) I wouldn't be surprised if you didn't do it yourself with a screwdriver just for the publicity................... /forums/images/graemlins/smirk.gif
 

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Its not the way the boat sits on the trailer, its seems to be the way the boat gets there that causes the damage. Surely the easiest solution would be to sink the trailer a bit more and float the boat on a bit further before winching it up?

Cheers

Al.
 

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I wouldn't be surprised if you didn't do it yourself with a screwdriver just for the publicity

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Not sure how to take that, Duncan.
 

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/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif

I can't as we've already corresponded by PM and my lawyers have been stood down, although the key down the side of his car option, is still open.
 

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I must admit that when I saw the pic arrive on my screen I thought it looked good , then my heart sank when I saw that mess , sorry to hear it's still not right mate

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and do like No1Moose says , /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif it'll chear you up /forums/images/graemlins/cool.gif
 

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M8 its just the setup of the trailer/boat relationship

your dealer is a muppet

Phil has trailered all sorts of boats!you adjust the trailer to the

boat

cheers Joe
 

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Gary ,Pilots Cove IS a good place to anchor .
There is good holding.
It is sheltered from the North/ North East/ East/ South East/ South.
North West can be a bit uncomfy but safe.
West West/ North west a bit of South west is not nice.
However You won't be going there if You cant manage the Bar from Caernarfon anyway.
As the prevailing winds hit Anglesey from the West anyway if it is "Nice to get there" it will be nice at anchor.
Tiss a Magic Spot.
I should not be telling You this, it is Horrific( We don't want to get too many peeps there!),
Study the chart to find out where to sit.
There is one sticky out bit, more to the starboard as You approach the place from Caernarfon towards the Cove on the Newborough beach side but You'd have to be a good "aimer" to hit it!
I,m a good "aimer cos I have!"
First place I ever anchored for the night, with an old Lifeboat.
SWMBO and 3 nippers.
We were all excited.
What a night.
The Boat had a great Galley.
Made Scampi and Chips!
Plus soup to start follwed By Mussels in White Wine We had gathered. (Mussells I mean, there is no place to gather Wine round there!")
Followed by the Scampi, obviously and Strawberries and cream.
Then when the nippers went to bed.
Chilled white wine.
Cos I hung it over the side!
To top off some real good Brandy
and the Wife was Randy, well it was 20 Years Ago!
So yes, get the tide and conditions right and it's an ace place to anchor.
Lots of Raggies go there.
They like Mooring for Nothing!
Tarra, could be some incoming!
OH! forgot MOBO Forum!
Anyway Shus! Don't tell any Raggies they'l infest the place.
Don't tell Multihull owners either.
Don't tell Jetskier/'PWC people.
Don''t tell Fisherfolk.
Don't tell Nudists.
Oh! they already Know!
That's another Plus Point about the Area!
Don't tell Gordon Brown.
In fact The Place is a load of Crap Don't anybody go there! /forums/images/graemlins/tongue.gif
 

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Hi Joe, not sure who Phil is, but the dealers, who are a big dealer, can't seem to make it work and there is an identical boat in the marina with the same trailer and the same damage, but I haven't pointed it out to the owner, so he doesn't know yet.

This has now been going on 2 1/2 years and I have had enough of them keeping the boat for six months and then giving it abck to me still with problems.

If someone does know a competent set up man, I am quite happy to bring the boat and trailer to him. I would very much like to have what I paid for, and that is a trailable boat, that I can keep in the marina for most of the time, but take out whenever I want and try new cruising areas. I have friends on the Blackwater, and I haven't dared take the boat down there as that was were I first damaged the boat, but didn't know about it for seven months, when I decided to anti foul.
 
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