|RL 24 Recovery|
For some time my RL 24 was permanently moored so I have only launched and recovered twice. The first time was with assistance and was simple. The last time, New Year's Eve, was by myself and was far from simple.
I saw a power boat simply drive onto his trailer but given the drop-off in steerage with the keel up, coupled with my inability to see the centre trailer roller to line the bow up accurately, I gave that idea away.
With a slight cross wind it was not possible to drag the bow onto the trailer, connect the winch hook, rush back to the winch to take up the cable strain whilst at the same time prevent the stern from swinging down wind. I concluded that under these conditions single handed recovery is difficult if not impossible.
Fortunately a Nacra sailor came to my aid, a stern line was fixed and he stood on the shore at an angle to the boat where he controlled any stern movement. The rest was easy.
As I intend launching and recovering from ramps midweek when there are few 'helpers' about I can see a few problems with single handed recovery.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Terry Stannus RL 24 AWOL