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How to Launch Your Kimple Aluminium Boat to the Water

Blog | 14 February 2018

As the workday drags, the need to get out on the water becomes irresistible. Little do your workmates realise, there’s a Kimple aluminium boat prepped and loaded on its trailer. It’s Friday afternoon, so climb into your truck, pull the trailer out of your driveway, and head for the nearest boat ramp. You’re going to launch your Kimple, and here’s how you’ll get the job done.

Arriving at the Dock 

Welcome to a rewarding hobby, an outdoor activity that will absorb your every waking moment. You’ve carefully navigated the highways and narrow roads, and now you’re in line at the ramp. Pull over and wait your turn. There’s nothing worse than a crowded patch of lake or beach coast, where everyone’s competing for their turn. Kimple boats are fabricated from fine marine-grade aluminium, but that’s no reason to invite a hull scratch before your tinny has even left its trailer cradle.

Carry Out All Launch Pre-checks 

Put the drain plug into its allocated opening, right there at the bottom of the hull. Double and even triple check the plug to make sure it’s secure. A fully welded Kimble has no leaky rivets, so the boat won’t take in water. However, if you don’t secure that plug, the water will enter your craft. Reverse your vehicle, use your mirrors, and position your trailer at the top of the ramp. Finish off your prep work by removing any restraining straps. The engine locks and straps did their job while you were on the road, but now it’s time to float free from these mobile moorings.

Avoiding Boat Damage 

If you were to stick to the basics, you’d carefully back your tinny into the water, down the ramp or beach sand, until the engine was submerged. Don’t unhook the aluminium boat until the trailer is in the water. You’d then put the car in park, use the trailer winch or a little shoulder shove to float the craft clear of the cradle, and back it into the open water. From here, the marine engines take over. What if the ramp is made of crumbling concrete? Worse still, what if the beach launch site is loaded with gritty sand? At 3.0-mm thick the durable aluminium skin won’t breach, but scratches are entirely possible.

Talk to someone who has used the ramp. Make sure it’s in good working order and free of sharp edges. Better yet, check the clearance on the cradle to ensure it gets your tinny into the water without scraping your Kimble’s hull. There are even portable boat launching ramps on the market. Consider purchasing a set if a scratch seems likely. Remember, at over 5.30-metres in length, your Kimble aluminium boat needs as much launch space as it can get.

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