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PostPosted: Sun Jun 17, 2012 12:00 pm 
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I recently purchased a TI and have taken it out twice now. I have a lot of kayaking experience and have a Mirage Outback in addition to the TI, but not much sailing experience. Is there an optimum sequence for the things one has to do to successfully launch from a trailer when one has trampolines and spray skirts. What should be done prior to putting it in the water, etc. I have cut my prep time in half from the first to the second outting, but wondered what the recommendations of seasoned pros might be to when the best time is to do what. Suggestions anyone?
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 2012 8:34 pm 
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Hi HobieBuddy. Welcome to the forum.

Here's a personal opinion - it depends on your launching site.

My best site in South Australia is Garden Island - concrete ramp, floating pontoons, sheltered water, not over crowded. At this place, I have my TI fully rigged with mirage drives ready to deploy. Certainly setting up everything in the hull before the amas and trampolines, for convenient reaching. Otherwise I think the order you find easiest is the best.
At my less favourite sites for launching, I may have to cross soft sand. Here I carry the sail and sometimes the amas separately to the waters edge. This is only to cut down the weight to make it easier to drag through the sand.
I also have a list of what to take which I have built up over time from forgetting things. I'm sure you will continue to cut down the time over the next few outings.

Hope this helps.
Cheers from Down Under.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 2012 11:28 pm 
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I'll have a go. I have only been out about 10 times since I got it five weeks ago, so I am still evolving the process, but here goes. (You maybe can insert the trampoline step as below, but I don't use 'em
At home.
*do up drain plugs
*Hook up bungees to link amas to akas
*Tighten securing straps
*Put on waders[/list]

At the ramp
*Remove tie downs
*Remove rudder strap
*Erect mast
*Hook up mainsheet & furling line
* Launch kayak

At the beach next to the ramp after parking car
Wade in and,
*Bury car keys & phone safely in waterproof box
*open out starboard ama
*hook up stbd spray skirt
* tramp
*Open out port ama
*Insert paddle in bracket
*hook up port spray skirt
*tramp
*Hop in
*push back using paddle
*lower rudder & lock down
*Stow paddle
*Insert Miragedrive
*Turn on fishfinder
*Unfurl sail
*Have a nice day!

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 26, 2012 1:52 am 
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Rather than give you bullet points, which vary from boat to boat, I can offer some general advice.

If you find yourselves in a surf zone or crowded shoreline, it's best to fully assemble before launching. Generally, I find it much easier to rig the boat this way and get all the details right. Even prepping the fishing poles and tackle. There are SO many details, when you plan to fish, sail and explore for a full day.

Getting on the water and discovering you threaded a line wrong or forgot to lash something down, or take the wheels off :oops: , or need something in the hull, etc results in a temporary loss of control on the water, usually near shore, where you can become a hazard to others...

If a trailer is involved at a busy ramp, the same rules apply, so we fully assemble and stow all the gear while on the trailer. One person floats it in the water, inserts the drive and pedals out of the way while the other stashes the trailer.

After you check the rudder and rigging, you can come back around the pier or landing to pick them up. You may even want 2 radios in some situations, but that's rare.

With a little practice together, 2 people will soon learn to perform all the "details" from memory, without even talking about it. Then it all goes quickly.

The only other thing worth mentioning is that you'll have an easier time loading and rigging the boat if you leave the Amas in and the tramps off till the very last stage. It becomes quite difficult to reach things in the boat once the tramps are set.

OH - Look out for trees and powerlines! Duh!

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 26, 2012 1:36 pm 
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I should have added that my order list is for a one-person operation, and with two people a whole bunch of things can be done in parallel (plus I ignored fishing prep, sorry 'bout that)

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PostPosted: Tue May 28, 2013 3:51 pm 
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Thank you for your excellent advice. I apologize for not saying thank you before, but I misplaced my password and only recently got around to doing anything but reading other folks' entries.

Most of my launches are singles, so that complicates the problem. I have not gotten it down to about 15 minutes if I can trailer or 25 minutes if I have to remove amas, etc. and carry them separately to water's edge. The other significant variable I have discovered is the depth of the water in which you launch and the direction and strength of the wind, especially if the wind is blowing harder than you can overcome by paddling and the water is too shallow for mirage drives.....but then again, challenges are part of the fun.

Thanks again.


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PostPosted: Tue May 28, 2013 5:41 pm 
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Wow, an old thread revived! Well, there has been a lot of water under the bridge since then, and I must have launched my TI around 90 times now, and things have set into a routine which I am happy with. While bullet points might seem overly complicated, they can be added or subtracted depending on conditions. This is for a one person operation. You might note that I now set up as much as I can while the TI is still on the trailer... much easier (no bending, TI doesn't move about, and solid ground underfoot)

At home.
*do up drain plugs
*Hook up bungees to link amas to akas
*Tighten tie downs

At the ramp
*Remove tie downs
*Remove rudder strap
*Insert wind indicator in masthead fitting
*Erect mast
*Hook up mainsheet & furling line
*open out amas
*hook up spray skirts and tramp (if fitted)
*fit mounts for cameras
*Insert paddle in bracket
*Put on waders (unless in summer!) & PFD
* Launch kayak
*Park car and trailer
*Bury car keys & phone safely in waterproof box
*put shoes inside hatch
*Hop in
*Turn on fishfinder & VHF (logging into local marine rescue if going offshore)
*push back and turn around using paddle
*lower rudder & lock down
*Stow paddle
*Insert Miragedrive
*Lower centreboard
*Unfurl sail
+ Have a nice day!

Afterwards, it is pretty much the reverse, with a thorough hosing down added before driving off back home.

Hope this helps.

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PostPosted: Tue May 28, 2013 9:30 pm 
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Thanks for the followup...Yes it verifies my experiences as well.

I was considering trying to insert one mirage drives as I was sliding TI off trailer and tying it off so the fins were against the hull. When I had the onshore wind experience, I could not get the mirage drive installed before the wind blew me back on shore, even when I would push off hard. There are those who would say that if the wind is blowing that hard, one should be the wiser and not put in anyway....but I am still trying to figure out if there is a way to make it work.

Thanks again for your suggestions.


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