Boat off trailer

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Boat off trailer

Post by korn_kid_12 » Tue Dec 15, 2015 1:50 pm

Any suggestions on how to get an X off the trailer in the backyard.

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Re: Boat off trailer

Post by Tomfoolery » Tue Dec 15, 2015 2:08 pm

Drop the bow as low as the jack allows. Block up under the stern, on both sides, preferably with each side tied to the other so they can't spread, then jack up the tongue jack again. Block under the hull just aft of the mid bunk, and lower the jack a bit. Slide the trailer as far forward as you can. Block up behind the rear bunk, and use the tongue jack again to raise the boat off the front blocks, and shim under the new blocks. Slip the trailer out, but perhaps leave the rear bunks under the bow, and again block and jack to get some support under the bow.

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Re: Boat off trailer

Post by Chinook » Tue Dec 15, 2015 3:24 pm

Having once stripped out gears in the tongue jack, I'd suggest making sure the jack is well greased before asking it to do this heavy lifting. That should help prevent what happened to me.

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Re: Boat off trailer

Post by Don T » Tue Dec 15, 2015 5:21 pm

I used a floor jack

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Re: Boat off trailer

Post by Tomfoolery » Tue Dec 15, 2015 5:59 pm

Don T wrote:I used a floor jack
That was going to be my first suggestion. :D

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Re: Boat off trailer

Post by Catigale » Sat Dec 26, 2015 3:34 am

Do this on a calm forecast depending on how well you block it up. The Macs have a lot of windage and can blow over on blocks easily.

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Re: Boat off trailer

Post by Ponaldpe » Sat Dec 26, 2015 4:31 am

korn_kid_12 wrote:Any suggestions on how to get an X off the trailer in the backyard.
Image this what I did

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Re: Boat off trailer

Post by Jimmyt » Sat Dec 26, 2015 6:51 am

That's one way to do it. I wish you hadn't shown me that. Now I want one...

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Re: Boat off trailer

Post by mrron_tx » Sat Dec 26, 2015 3:09 pm

I tried to use My Bobcat with forklift attachment to raise Dauntless during the 2nd axle install.....but the forks were too short to hold the boat far enough away from the Bobcat... Oh well :( The job got done anyway :D . Ron. Dauntless :macm: .

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Re: Boat off trailer

Post by Interim » Wed Jan 06, 2016 6:05 am

I tried the jack-and-block method, but what I was after was the centerboard and I couldn't get the hull high enough for the centerboard to swing down. So I did something similar to Ponaldpe. I hired a wrecker to lift the boat in slings while I re-attached the control line to the centerboard. $100.

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Re: Boat off trailer

Post by Tomfoolery » Thu Jan 07, 2016 5:27 am

Ponaldpe wrote:
korn_kid_12 wrote:Any suggestions on how to get an X off the trailer in the backyard.
Image this what I did
I used to own one of these. A very early, if not the earliest, Pittman HydraLift. Mine had a telescopic boom (manually - not an easy thing to do), so the lift radius could be made almost twice as long. Manual outriggers (not sure I could even shove them back up at my age), but it had power swing, so that was something. :D Not sure it could lift an X though, at the longest boom setting at least. Some of the stuff I used to get into. Yikes. :P

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Re: Boat off trailer

Post by 81venture » Sun Jan 24, 2016 8:05 am

Build a lift.. Mine cost about $300 and comes in handy a lot 8)

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Re: Boat off trailer

Post by Ponaldpe » Sun Jan 24, 2016 10:43 am

81venture wrote:Build a lift.. Mine cost about $300 and comes in handy a lot 8)

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Nice and cost a lot less than what I have.

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Re: Boat off trailer

Post by korn_kid_12 » Thu Jan 28, 2016 5:48 pm

Ponaldpe wrote:
korn_kid_12 wrote:Any suggestions on how to get an X off the trailer in the backyard.
Image this what I did

Well done! I think I am going to build a pair of wood bunks, jack the back of the trailer up and set it on it, then slowly and carefully repeat with the front several times until its clear of the trailer.
I have used a cherry picker to take the Skis off their trailer, but any more I just roll the dollies I made for them out of PVC right up to the back of the trailer and pull them off the trailer by hand. Wish it was half that easy with the X.

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Re: Boat off trailer

Post by korn_kid_12 » Fri Jan 29, 2016 7:34 pm

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How about that bent mess???

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