How to launch a boat in a breeze


There’s a Force 6 north-westerly, blowing against a spring flood tide and your boat is hanging in the travel hoist, the water licking up her sides. You are not sure if the batteries are up to firing the engine and you are single-handed. What do you do?

Row off a warp – or in this case – five warps bent together to the nearest buoy.

As she floats and the strops are lowered simply haul her off stern first to the buoy. While carrying her way transfer the line to the bow. Then safely moored up get the engine going and motor off to the mooring.

Another season awaits.