All through Australia, there are several places where the beach is the only appropriate location to launch a boat. Beach launching can be pretty tough, unlike a boat ramp, and therefore, many boat-owners don’t consider this option of getting on the water.
Image Courtesy: dazmac.com.au
Naturally, these locations are usually less frequented by boat owners and so, they can offer some wonderful fishing.
Beach Launching Basics
There may be tremendous variations in beach conditions. Sand can be soft and steep or hard and undulating. Seas and wind can be strong with considerable swell or calm and glassy. And tides can range from below 2m exchanges to enormous 8m tidal movements.
Thus there are so many variables regarding beach launching. However, there is a common theme and it’s that several people come unstuck while trying to launch or get their boat back from the sandy terrains.
Different combinations of a boat, trailer and vehicle can be suitable for this task and a matching number of techniques and systems exist too. One of the techniques is the jockey wheel system which works fine on the swell-savaged shoreline of southeastern Australia.
Setup and Launch
You are eager to launch your boat once you import it from a reputable company like Dazmac. But first you should get the proper setup.
A dedicated 4WD tractor is an ultimate launch vehicle. Several regional launch clubs and fishing clubs use it to beach launch conventionally setup boats and their trailers. Sadly, an average person cannot access the luxury of a tractor, so, the most viable option is to beach launch with registered 4WDs.
In order to detach the trailer from the vehicle and roll it into the water, a wheel bearing assembly and hub is mounted on the trailer’s drawbar. The lower the first roller is mounted on the back of the trailer, the simpler it is to hoist the boat on the trailer while it’s not attached to a vehicle.
The trailer is pulled from the water using a 20-30m rope so that the vehicle doesn’t drench in saline water.
Image Courtesy: dazmac.com.au
Once the setup is done, follow these steps.
Check the Swell and Tide
Problem may be caused by the bottom and especially the top of the tide. High tide offers you a little beach and soft sand to work with. This may not be a big problem for launching, but there may be difficulty in retrieval.
In case of a swell, waves can crash on the transom on dead-high tide. Even low tide can be tricky because the boat can get trapped on a sandbar.
To overcome these difficulties, make sure there is enough beach and water for safe launching and retrieval. Plan the timings of your beginning and ending. Check the conditions too.
Check Conditions on the Beach
The best way to check beach conditions is to talk to locals. There may be hidden reefs and rocks just under the surface; therefore it’s a good idea to walk in the surf to check things. This way you can be familiar with the terrain both below and above the waterline.
Never Park Trailer in the Wash Zone
Next, drive the trailer just above the point where the surge will wash to at the time of top of the tide. Even a wash or two around the trailer’s wheels can make it sink into the sand making you unable to move.
The moment your trailer and boat are free from the tow vehicle, tie a rope between the trailer’s front and the towball. It must be of a sufficient length to take the boat to an adequate depth of water for launching.
Your trailer must roll backward on the natural slant of the beach. The moment it starts the slack in the rope, the trailer will stop and the boat will be unloaded with the momentum.
Use trusted boat shipping services from Dazmac Logistics and enjoy a great boating experience.