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BIG CHRIS
Posted: Friday, January 08, 2010 4:22:59 PM
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I took these pics back in the summer in north wales,could someone tell me what it is please?Think









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Posted: Friday, January 08, 2010 4:26:46 PM

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Semi-Submersible boat launcher?
BIG CHRIS
Posted: Friday, January 08, 2010 4:29:58 PM
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But any idea who makes it,is it a standard dozer converted?
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Posted: Friday, January 08, 2010 4:31:04 PM

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I have seen something on these in the past and all I can remember is that they were used to launch and recover boats right off the beach. I think I saved some additional pics, I'll see if I can't find them.
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Posted: Friday, January 08, 2010 4:39:33 PM
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Looks like a Liebherr to me?
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Posted: Friday, January 08, 2010 5:19:34 PM

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A bit expensive system to launch safety boat. a good old 4x4 pick-up could do the same thing !!!

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Posted: Friday, January 08, 2010 5:27:57 PM

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Its a giant meccano set!! Liar Liar Teeth

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Posted: Friday, January 08, 2010 5:35:07 PM

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I think TimT has some great photos of these launchers. Maybe he'll dig a few up for us!

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argie
Posted: Friday, January 08, 2010 6:04:27 PM

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The tractor is an M3 built by Clayton Engineering in Knighton, Powys, Mid Wales. Powered by a Caterpillar engine the machines are hand built and refurbished to an exceptionally high standard. Fully watertight the machines are used to put lifeboats in and out of the sea. Claytons also make the trailers on which the lifeboats sit.
I spent a morning in their premises doing some photography work for Finnings and can only sya they are one hell of a dedicated, professional team.
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Posted: Friday, January 08, 2010 6:32:15 PM

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They have a web site Clayton engineering's web site a 4x4,d'oh! right,
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dain555
Posted: Friday, January 08, 2010 6:48:57 PM

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Here I thought it was for cleaning up Chernobyl, an anti radiation dozer!!!!

Good idea though, it would keep the nuts from launching their vehicles too!!!

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bluebarn
Posted: Friday, January 08, 2010 7:51:22 PM

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dain555 wrote:
Good idea though, it would keep the nuts from launching their vehicles too!!!


And I just got this pic via email today...Don't know the source, but it was good for a laugh...If it were me, I would perfer to use the dozer... DISCLAIMER - I do not know the photo source.



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mayes351
Posted: Saturday, January 09, 2010 5:44:58 AM
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i guess this would cure amature hour at the boat ramps huh
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Posted: Saturday, January 09, 2010 6:03:36 AM

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bluebarn wrote:
dain555 wrote:
Good idea though, it would keep the nuts from launching their vehicles too!!!


And I just got this pic via email today...Don't know the source, but it was good for a laugh...If it were me, I would perfer to use the dozer... DISCLAIMER - I do not know the photo source.



Thats hilarious!

Are you an enviromentist, or do you work for a living?
dain555
Posted: Saturday, January 09, 2010 12:05:09 PM

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bluebarn wrote:
dain555 wrote:
Good idea though, it would keep the nuts from launching their vehicles too!!!


And I just got this pic via email today...Don't know the source, but it was good for a laugh...If it were me, I would perfer to use the dozer... DISCLAIMER - I do not know the photo source.




Guy must be thinking if he ties it up it won't get worse!!!! ROFLMAO

My dad used to rescue boat launchers about 1 a week at the park he used to run, they would back down the ramp and then a wave would swamp their boat and pull the rest in!!!!

Dain

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Posted: Saturday, January 09, 2010 12:48:40 PM

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Looks like a submersible dozer....actually, I think that's pretty cool.....

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TimT
Posted: Saturday, January 09, 2010 10:00:59 PM
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Big Chris, I think I can help you



Lifeboat tractor.

Case 1150B



Built - 1977


Engine size - 6 cylinder 7391cc


Power - 120 hp



weight - 14 tons

and its sure a very fine one. You are not going to launch a deep sea life boat/rescue craft with any pickup truck. They are big and heavy boats, and when they need to launch it takes a powerful machine. I have seen Cat Challengers modified and many others, some of the old ones have been restored and are very special collectors items. Here are a few,Thanks to Ad for the pic of the antique Cat LBT

























BIG CHRIS
Posted: Sunday, January 10, 2010 8:21:13 AM
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Thanks Tim,awesome!
ajf
Posted: Sunday, January 10, 2010 12:06:18 PM
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Interesting machines and surprising the variations - would make good modelsWhistle

Reminded me when I visited one of our sites near the Welsh border there was a place that serviced something similar. Strange thing was it was nowhere near the sea!

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argie
Posted: Sunday, January 10, 2010 12:46:51 PM

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AJF,
Spot on, that is where Claytons are based, on the Shrewsbury road out of Knighton.

Tim, I think you might be wrong with the Case 1150. All of Claytons products are built from scratch nowadays. The first products they made were loosely based on 4x4 County tractors, but all product since then have been built from scratch.

Paul
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