If you are new to PWC’s and haven’t had much practise in launch and recovery of your craft, or you find yourself in difficulty when launching & recovering at a particular location, then a “Tractor Launch & Recovery” service might just save your day.

Below, you will find a basic explanation of how it happens, and a list of experienced/ reliable businesses that offer this service around The County.

Not sure what Tractor Launch is?

The launch operative will attach your trailer & ski up to the tractor (with you onboard the ski) & reverse you into the water, until your ski floats off the trailer. The tractor operative will then tow your trailer back to the parking/storage area.

On your return to the beach, make your call to the operative & your trailer will be reversed into deep water so you can simply ride your ski onto it, ready for securing (using the winch strap) & pulling out.

Key Points regarding Tractor Launch

Before your ski is put into the water, it is VITAL that you take the following steps:

Ensure your hull bungs are in place

Check you have your anchor on board. You may need to anchor off if you need to talk to the operative, or have left some kit behind that you need

Remove all straps securing your ski to the trailer

Ensure lanyard is worn & plugged in, so that you have control of the ski as it floats off the trailer

On recovery, it is VITAL that you take the following steps:

Ride your ski SLOWLY onto the trailer, especially if there is swell present

Listen to direction from the Tractor Operative

Once on the trailer, ensure your ski is secured by the winch strap before being towed out.

List of Tractor Launch Services

Anglesey:

Trearddur Bay.

Anglesea Marine & Leisure

Lon Saint Ffraid, Trearddur

tel: 01407 860156

Post code LL65 2YP

Fees: £15 in/ £15 out on a day basis

Menai Bridge .

Porth Daniel Watersports Centre

Water St, Menai Bridge

tel: 01248 717784

Post code LL59 5DE

Fees: £26 on a day basis

Gwynedd:

Nefyn/Morfa Nefyn.

“The Handy Boatman”

Andrew Hughes tel: 07786594555

Fees: £30 on a day basis

Ian Williams tel: 07788715020

ian@marineandgeneralengineering.co.uk

Fees: £30 on a day basis

Abersoch.

Abersoch Boatyard Services

The Saltings

Abersoch

Post code LL53 7AR

tel: 01758 713900

Fees: Seasonal Only @ £1200 p.a

Although Tim only offers seasonal launching, he may be able to help you out if you get your car/ trailer stuck

& at risk of loss to an incoming tide

tim@abersochboatyardservices.co.uk

Pwllheli.

Total Boat Care

Outer Harbour, Southbeach (public slipway)

tel: 01758 613365

Post Code LL53 5AY

Fees: £25 on a daily basis, option of weekend

storage for an additional £5 a day

Seasonal Park & Launch £360

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