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Old 26-05-2017, 08:20   #1
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Transporting a boat on its side?

I'd never seen this before. Shot on Maui.

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Re: Transporting a boat on its side?

Interesting...

It might be vertical, the road and water also looks sloped.

Plus, it might be leaning to counteract the very strong wind.
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Re: Transporting a boat on its side?

It's definitely not vertical. Rotate the image so the horizon is horizontal. Really doubt the wind thing - wouldn't work at all as soon as you turn the corner.

But it's interesting and maybe a good idea. Intuitively more stable than having a higher CG supported by jacks.
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Re: Transporting a boat on its side?

I watched them haul and load that boat, it is definitely laid over!
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Old 26-05-2017, 10:08   #5
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Re: Transporting a boat on its side?

It appears to me it would lower the center of gravity and also allows for hauling on a regular flatbed trailer. TETEPARE, how did they lay it over easy? The hard thing would be doing it with a typical travel lift? Maybe pull on the keel?
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Old 26-05-2017, 10:25   #6
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Re: Transporting a boat on its side?

Easy to rotate over a flatbed with slings and two lifting skyhooks. Overall height is the goal
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Re: Transporting a boat on its side?

Could be just to skip any wide load paperwork, if tilting her over makes her narrower than when she's upright. Note the lack of a Wide Load sign.
Plus it sure beats stripping off all of her stanchions & deck fittings in order to make her low enough to transport. Sometimes you have to pull off everything including the cabintop winches.
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Old 26-05-2017, 11:15   #8
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Re: Transporting a boat on its side?

The unlimited hydroplanes and many of the larger offshore race boats are transported at an angle like that lest they be too wide to go over the road
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Old 26-05-2017, 11:18   #9
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Anyone remember Miss Budweiser? It was one of the unlimited hydroplane race boats.
I saw it in a parade up in Seattle years ago. It was laying on the trailer at a 45 deg. angle.
Reason was it was so wide the only way to tow it was to lay it over on it's side and reduce the width.
On the sailboat in the picture it looks like it's laying on the turn of the bilge which is more than strong enough to hold the weight.
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Re: Transporting a boat on its side?

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On the sailboat in the picture it looks like it's laying on the turn of the bilge which is more than strong enough to hold the weight.
You actually have to be REALLY careful with this. Since in a lot of boats the bulkheads aren't installed correctly, ditto on some of her interior furniture. So that when you lean the boat over onto her side, there are major hardspots. Which can easily lead to fracturing of the tabbing, cracking of the bulkheads/furniture, or even the hull. Especially if the road is at all bumpy, & the hull is unsupported on the trailer.

In some boats, bulkheads are actually fitted right up against the inside of the hull skin, & that's when you tend to run into problems. Ditto with things like bunk tops, & other structural members.
Not to mention what happens if tankage & engines aren't properly secured. Or wet cell batteries aren't removed.
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Hi UNCIVILIZED, I see your point about bulkhead stress points being an issue. In my haste
to reply I was thinking of the many times such boats are careened on a beach on their side for cleaning of the bottom. Soft sand being a better cushion than a hard trailer bed.
I think if it was my boat I would lay some old tires under the contact area to cushion the hull.
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Re: Transporting a boat on its side?

On the way to the junk yard?
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On the way to the junk yard?
Could be, but if not and I was the owner I wouldn't be to happy having that dirty great spreader bar sitting on the side of the cabin top....
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I see that all the time. Especially high speed tunnel hull boats going to poker runs. Sailboats when the tide goes out.
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Re: Transporting a boat on its side?

Dunno about the vertical thing but that mast overhang must violate some traffic code...
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