How not to launch your tinny

Found these photos in the busselton dunsbourough times.

Pretty funny to look at now but ive been in the same situation and there was no humor in it thenFrown


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LOL. Love the guy holding on

Sat, 2009-12-26 11:47

LOL. Love the guy holding on for dear life in the top pic. Classic


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Sat, 2009-12-26 11:50

that must be bunker bay or some where? - eagle bay?

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jurien shacks when I was 18

Sat, 2009-12-26 12:13

We had a boys trip to the shacks about a week before they all got bowled over. Blew hard for about 5-6 days and then finally dropped on the 7th day.  We thought we could get away with beach launching a light tinny with 9.9 and got in a situation very similar to the one above.  But the bloke at the front was out of the boat and went up about 6 ft above me sitting in the back, then he disappeared under the boat as the nose came down. He was fine, boat was swamped and we lost some gear.  We dragged the boat in as far as we could and nearly died with the effort as the boat was now full of water sand and seaweed.  We sat on the beach and reflected on our stupidity and the ocean returned absolutely everything including, a tacklebox that floated back in, a plastic bag with handreels, two wooden oars, a bait esky that floated in, and a beer esky which floated back - empty! but all the cans returned one by one over the next half hour all within 50 mts of where we collapsed.  We refreshed ourselves and prepared for the march of shame about 100 mts back to the shack to ask for assistance from the crew to recover the boat.  The boys were remarkably good natured and didnt even give us shit.

 Oh the only thing the ocean didnt give back was our two oarlocks - seemed like a fair trade to me!

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This was @ Barn Hill about Sept 2009

Sat, 2009-12-26 12:47

My old man & old lady have the pics on their laptop was one of the old boys mates. The pics were taken by a lady who had never seen boats launched off a beach. She was taking a sequence & the top shot is actually from the 2nd wave that got them he was trying to gun it after the 1st. Was flat as before & after just BAD timing on their part & good timing on hers.

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Awww shieet. Unlucky

Sat, 2009-12-26 23:31

Awww shieet. Unlucky

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How much

Sat, 2009-12-26 23:33

Does one of those things weigh? I'm pretty sure It's enough to crush you coming down!

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i certainly wouldnt want to

Sun, 2009-12-27 08:00

i certainly wouldnt want to be in that tinny.i have seen a few boats get some good air time but not quite like that


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Surf Launch

Sun, 2009-12-27 08:42


Been there done that.

Surf launch is a custom back home and I've seen many people flip boats.  I experienced it myself 3 times flipping 21ft boats in surf and are able to tell the tale.  lost a good friend in Dec '04.  funny for those looking not so funny when you have to look into the eyes of the wife and kids even with 8yrs surf launch experience under our belt.



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they need some south

Sun, 2009-12-27 17:27

they need some south africans to teach them how to beach launch in


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