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    • #25102
      Richard James
      Keymaster

      AOA member David Biddle asked me to post this question for him:

      Do you have any idea how many members use the internal slings designed for the Atalanta? They revolutionised our launch and recovery because you could always manoeuvre the boat while suspended into exactly the right position on the trailer. Additionally you were not putting the trailer in the water. Prior to buying the slings we used to launch and recover on a slip with a cross tide. It was very difficult to get her straight and the fore and aft positioning was not easy. Thank you.

    • #25104
      Chris Green
      Participant

      I like the internal 3 point lifting harness arrangement for all the reasons mentioned by David.  For any unfamiliar with the arrangement – the two front slings attach to the eyes either side of the main bulkhead  and the longer third sling  providing stability attaches to the eye on the keelson in the aft cabin. When planning to make a harness for Elle (A169) had initially  planned to make a chain harness and Richard who uses this arrangement for launching / recovering A89 gave me the specification. My intention was to keep the harness on board, so for weight and convenience eventually opted for webbing slings.  The supplier advised on technical specification required for the intended purpose. Each sling is rated a 2 tons, so comfortably over-engineered; heavy-duty lifting shackles complete the arrangement.

      For any members interested…

      The sizes and specification – T6973 – 3 slings

      2T – 13FT 5″ WEBSLING x 1 (rear); 2T 10FT WEBSLINGS x 2  (front)

      The supplier used was:

      SECUREFIX DIRECT LTD PO BOX 6839, DUDLEY, DY1 9JJ TEAM@SECUREFIXDIRECT.COM http://WWW.SECUREFIXDIRECT.COM

    • #25107
      Dominic Dobson
      Participant

      I used lifting slings on A90 when at home as I had access to telehandler (pictures on web site) but never use for launch or recovery due to using marina hoist

       

      Dom

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