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