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    Post Launching an Old Town boat in 1927

    I'm probably not the only person who has occasionally grumbled about the difficulties associated with launching a motor boat. However, consider how this was done in 1927. First you loaded the wooden trailer with enough large stones to make sure that it didn't float and interfere with the boat launching. Next you hitched up a team of horses to drive everything into deep water and float the boat clear. Finally, you had to drive the horses back to dry ground, remove the stones from the trailer, and put everything else away. This process is much easier with a modern metal trailer, a good ramp, and an automobile.

    Benson

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    Default Re: Launching an Old Town boat in 1927

    That's even tougher than this situation. The 1906 Huff skiff is on a cradle, the cradle sits on a four wheeled trailer. The trailer is backed down to the water's edge, then 20ft long planks are pulled out from under the trailer and set up like a marine railway off the back of the trailer, the cradle and boat are then slid down the ramp into the water. This is all original and thought to date to the 1930's.


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    Default Re: Launching an Old Town boat in 1927

    Now, there are all those pictures of trucks and cars sinking at the ramp -- not a problem with horses.

    Nice launch, Ned, and great pictures, Benson.

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    Default Re: Launching an Old Town boat in 1927

    Nice, thanks for the pics...

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