Cray tipper and winch.

Is there a right and wrong side for a tipper. I had planned to install a tipper on the Starboard side so as skipper I could line up easily on the pot rope/float. And of course have the winch mounted on the Port side. Some have suggested that the tipper should be on the Port side but are unable to explain why. What is the weight of opinion or expert advise?


Thank you for your comments

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 My winch is starboard and I

Sat, 2021-09-18 09:06

 My winch is starboard and I find it easy for the deckie to gaff the rope, we are not all on one side then. He gaffs the rope and I swing around and onto the winch. Good process. 


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Sat, 2021-09-18 11:17

Tipper on port/winch on starboard ,levers on pot rope will be on opposite side you stand(at helm) to keep boat stable. If deckhand on board then he can move accordingly to maintain stability on boat.
Use a throw grapple to catch floats a lot safer.


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Your boat size would best

Sat, 2021-09-18 13:56

Your boat size would best determine this, as above the guys are working on stability so guessing 5m odd vessels.

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Starboard only

Sat, 2021-09-18 14:27

You do realise that fishing on the port side brings bad luck? Nah just kidding, I have my tipper on starboard, winch on port, if need to go solo it's easier and a lot safer if you are able to access the helm in a split second

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 The pussy cray fishermen

Wed, 2021-09-22 19:07

 The pussy cray fishermen nowadays mostly steer and pull from the port side.


To keep dry when pulling pots, into the south westerly that prevails most of the time off our coast. They dont have to stick their head out looking for the next pot, and maybe cop a greeny in the moosch.

My old man, who was a pro crayfisherman back when Moses played full back for the Israelites always steered and pulled from the starboard side, reason being he could keep an eye on the oncoming waves.

My tipper is on the starboard side, and the tipperman is looking down while the pot comes up.

I work the winch, which is on the port side and can keep an eye on whats coming, especially if you are close to a reef.

Thats my story, I would not reverse my setup. Having said that, its a personal choice, no right, or wrong way.  


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same, gunnawundai run up

Sat, 2021-09-25 07:31

same, gunnawundai

run up along the rope and floats into the prevailing wind on the starboard side , keeps the gear out and away from tangling around the prop etc on your approach

skipper is closer to the controls and can assist if needed with rope /floats etc or run it onto the winch ,
allows you to drift back directly over the pot once you have all rope floats onboard,and gives a direct lift as you come over it , whack the rope onto the winch on port side and up she come through tipper on starboard side ,,

as you sort the pot , rebait, etc , your facing into the oncoming sea


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Easy fix

Sun, 2021-09-26 19:02

 Easy way to fix that, start pulling your line of pots from the southern end and work your way north when the sea breeze is in and vice versa while the easterky is cranking. You are going to get wet either side you are pulling from

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solo hand job

Wed, 2021-09-22 20:21

Always go solo and no winch so I hand haul, but only potting out to 20m depths mostly during the white run late November-early December. Fishing from a center console, I gaff the float on port side but typically then move across and sit more on the starboard side while I pull the pot up over a roller on the port gunwhale.  That way I'm close to the motor control, plus always have a sharp knife on me in case I have to cut the rope away in haste. So far no dramas, but always pick days with low swell and keep a close eye on it while I haul. 

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Agree Reefsta, .

Fri, 2021-09-24 15:26

 A new pot is cheeper than a new boat, and then there's the long swim.