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Tractor Hunting

On Saturday, four RAYC ladies went on a hunt for a new tractor for the club.

Jenny, Sally and Helena. Megan took the photo!

Jenny, Sally and Helena. Megan took the photo!

When we move from our current building the winch out the front will be out of action, meaning all RIB and the Flying 15’s will need to be launched by tractor. Our current tractor is on it’s last legs (or should I say wheels), so the Sailing Committee and tractor enthusiasts came up with a check list and Vice Commodore Sally Garrett, Helen Horsewell (a current tractor owner), Jenny Price and Megan Cranch, headed south on Saturday to kick some tyres and check out tractor options.

Sally & Jenny finding out the pros and cons for this tractor

Sally & Jenny finding out the pros and cons for this tractor

We are looking for a tractor that can easily and safely be driven by any club member with a full drivers licence, so hydrostatic (automatic), power steering, 4WD and low centre of gravity are key non-negotiables. The new building will have storage with a 2.2m max height, so making sure the roll bar can be folded down to that height is important, along with the correct tyres for the ramp.

Big Wheels! Helena standing next to one of the tractor options.

Big Wheels! Helena standing next to one of the tractor options.

We looked at a series of tractors in the 30 – 40 Hp range which would tow 2 ton with ease, while also being agile in the boat yard.

Sally checks out the green tractor

Sally checks out the green tractor

We also got an opportunity to catch up with fellow member Howard Spencer at the Hyundai tent, where we got to have a go at cutting kindling using the Kindling Cracker, a product which is part of the Hyundai Pinnacle Program.

RAYC Ladies Helena, Sally, Megan and Jenny with Howard at the Hyundai Tent

RAYC Ladies Helena, Sally, Megan and Jenny with Howard at the Hyundai Tent

All in all it was a successful day and we will present our findings and recommendations to the General Committee at the next meeting.

The RAYC ladies had a great day at Fieldays!

Sally Garrett
Vice Commodore

June 15th, 2015|Categories: All News|

2 Comments

  1. Suellen June 15, 2015 at 11:32 am - Reply

    Love that it was the ladies who did the shopping! Nice work girls. 🙂

  2. Doug Wilbur June 15, 2015 at 11:42 am - Reply

    This is really cool. Great to see a club not gender bias on basic club requirements. I salute you and the committee. I’m from Southern California and will be showing this to our committee. Way to go ladies. Hope you found a good tractor to buy. Please post a new story when you have it.
    Good Sailing.
    Doug Wilbur

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