Launching a boat is a controlled handling operation during which certain safety rules and conditions need to be complied with.
How does a launch take place ?
You have already made an appointment with our team and a time has been set.
Your boat has been stored ashore, and it is important to make a series of checks before the lifting or hauling machine arrives and before the launch.
Spring commissioning or “dewinterizing” is as important as winter lay-up or “winterizing” (link to “advice for winter lay-up”). It will enable you to make your boat shipshape again for untroubled cruising.
Therefore, it is very important to work through a checklist to verify, for example, that your engine and service batteries are charged, that your engine starts and runs properly (annual servicing is recommended) and that the various levels are all right (oils, cooling fluids, fuel, etc.).
Do not to forget to fit your 4 mooring lines, fore and aft, port and starboard side, and your fenders.
Then, stand by your boat to make any antifouling touch-ups that might be necessary. Prepare your brushes and paint.
Your appointment time has come, and the crane operatives come and do the handling necessary to launch your boat. Once your location is clean and your ladder has been returned, go to the lifting and launching dock or to the slipway to join your boat.
For safety reasons, the crew should board only once the boat has been launched. It is time to take your camera out to capture the moment for posterity.
Once your boat is launched in the lifting and launching dock or down the slipway, the skipper of the boat should climb aboard to take her to the visitors’ quay, just next to where she has been launched, so as not to hinder the next launching, lift-out, or haul-out operations.