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Never a dull moment

Posted: Thu 30 Dec 2010, 18:13
by Emdee96
I spent a week in Clanwilliam, its a family affair and we hire a house on the dam from a farm owner where we have our own launch area, the dam isn't as full so in order to launch the boat we had to go 4 wheels in. After a few days of that we thought we would move a little over to the right seeing that there were other wheel tracks already there. So we moved over but still had to go with 4 wheels in. I grabbed the boat and by the time I turned around the Fortuner was on its belly. We engaged the diff, put it into low range all to no avail cause the wheels weren't even making contact with the ground. The water started pouring in through the doors so whilst we made phone calls I put a tube (that we tow behind the boat) under the Fortuner and pumped it up, it surprisingly worked quite well.

A hilux came over to assist but his recovery rope snapped like a piece of string, just below the sands surface was silt which created a lovely vacuum affect. We ended up calling in an expert who charged R950 for the pull - money well spent in my eyes, there are two main things he brought to the table: expertise and the fact that he does not give a sh1t about damaging anything. Two tugs and the Fortuner was free. But it was 2 x insanity tugs. The winch as been ordered and an army tank sized snatch cable now has a permanent home in the Fortuner.


Re: Never a dull moment

Posted: Thu 30 Dec 2010, 18:56
by Burnthosetyres
Hey Bud, school fees is an ugly thing, but we all pay sometimes. I've been on numerous 4x4 courses, and water is always a challenge. Would also recommend adding sand tracks or conveyor belts to your recovery kit. Traction is everything. But if the belly is beached, all that will help is a tug! You are lucky wiring not damaged, otherwise code 3 territory...

Re: Never a dull moment

Posted: Sun 02 Jan 2011, 14:08
by Emdee96
Quite right on the wiring front! thanks for the info I will look into those options, I must say these are quite humbling experiences but well worth the adventure.

Re: Never a dull moment

Posted: Sun 02 Jan 2011, 15:42
by mahleu
Would the boat not of pushed it forward far enough to get a bit of traction?

Re: Never a dull moment

Posted: Sun 02 Jan 2011, 20:36
by Burnthosetyres
If you try start the boat and give it some throttle you can ramp it over the trailer and park it in the back window, not an option!

Re: Never a dull moment

Posted: Sun 02 Jan 2011, 20:52
by ZA Perana
Lucky that there was no apparent damage caused by the pulling....

Re: Never a dull moment

Posted: Sun 02 Jan 2011, 21:23
by Viper Cape
I have a new winch ln stock at a very reasonable price if you are interested?

Re: Never a dull moment

Posted: Mon 03 Jan 2011, 00:57
by Emdee96
mahleu wrote:Would the boat not of pushed it forward far enough to get a bit of traction?
I have used the power from the motor in the past with success, sadly this did not work out for this time, a word of caution is needed here:

Make sure the motor if tilted fully down, otherwise you will have another very big oopsie on your hands.

Thanks for the offer Viper but we already have some loyalties with a local guy (in our area).