I want to launch a 12-foot aluminum boat at an off-road location.
- Launching into the water (the easy part): Push the boat/trailer/dolly down the beach by hand. The trailer goes about two feet deep into the water. When in the water, push the boat off of the trailer and drag the trailer back up onto the beach.
- Retrieving the boat (the cumbersome part): Push the empty trailer (with dolly) into the water. Winch the boat onto the trailer and strap it to the trailer. Back the truck (4x4 1500 Silverado) up to the top of the hill. Use the trailer winch and a rope to winch the trailer/boat/dolly up to the truck (done in two steps since the winch only reaches halfway to the truck; hence the rope extension). At this point, with the trailer winched close to the truck, there is a lot of tension on the winch cable due to the incline. So, rather than try to wrestle the trailer onto the hitch ball, I drive the truck/trailer/dolly up the incline onto flatter ground. Then I attach the trailer to the truck.
That works OK. But step #2 is a lot of work after a long day on the water.
Is there an easier way to retrieve the boat at this off-road location?
I haven't found this kind of thing for sale in Canada.