Just became the proud owner of a new Aire 156E (thanks for putting up with my million questions Tracey). Got a steal of a trailer on craigslist ---steel 8x12 tilt with cedar planks, 3500lb axle and 14" rims. Been boating in AK for many years and have seen or been part of just about every launching fiasco known to man (high surf, bottoming out trailer, forgotten plug, etc). Now I know these boats don't weigh much, but was curious if the inflatable experts out there recommend a winch and roller setup or if the old muscle technique is the way to go. Also am considering screwing some of that hard plastic composite (cutting board material) to the deck of the trailer in order to ease the slide on and off. Alaska Rubber Supply sells the 1/4" white stuff for $250 per 4x8 (black $230). I treated the cedar with a spar varnish, but don't want to run splinters into my Aire (or do I need to worry about it?). Any comments? Thanks.