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Old 04-12-2009, 08:49   #1
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Making Your Own Cradle

Hi there

Does anyone have any advise or information on building your own boat cradle? My family is pretty handy...

Are there kits?
Are they simple to make?
Is it worth the trouble? Should i just buy one?


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Old 04-12-2009, 09:01   #2
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Depends on the purpose of the cradle. But stick forms work real good for getting the shape of the hull.

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I had one welded up on some rough plans that I had been given. It should be fairly simple. I had it made so that it came apart. You could just measure an existing cradle on a similar boat for dimensions.
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I have built several both wood and metal. Alot depends on the use and the type of boat you are building it for. Give some more info and we can give you more help.

What type of boat?
What do you plan to do, winter storage or ship to Asia?

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One option is to haul your boat out at a yard and then make the templates for the hull supports out of strips of door skin held together with hot melt glue.

Or you could call the manufacturer to see if he has any or knows of any existing hull supports. I have only seen the racers with custom made hull supports that distribute the weight of the boat over large surface areas that prevent hull deformation for relatively light hulls. You probably only need a frame with adjustable supports with relatively small support pads.

Or instead of having to get fancy with the hull templates in making a custom frame or trying to find a custom frame, you might also be able to buy an existing frame that has adjustable supports...similar to what boat haulers use.

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Katie,you are in luck,i have a factory built cradle that came with,of all things,a C&C27 mk 1 that a friend of mine owns.I had told the story on your other thread of borrowing a cradle and a trailer to pick up my Lindenberg 26 E bay boat,well this is the cradle i used which i ended up owning,anyway i no longer use it as i replaced it with a trailer,i would be A/ interested in selling it,although i suspect you are too far away to make that practical or B/ take all the dimensions and some pictures so you can duplicate it yourselves.It is a universal type steel cradle made out of fairly light channel and tube.We have hauled the C&C27 from Chicago to Duluth,a C&C24 from Connecticut to Duluth,the Lindenberg 26 from Chicago without problems,all on a 7000lbs flatbed trailer.
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Some boat makers publish their cradle plans. Otherwise, look at one still standing after a good storm, understand how it works, and copy the design.

I am not sure all marinas / boatyards allow for custom-made cradles, but depending on how bureaucratic your country is, you may be able to keep the boat in your own cradle, in your own backyard.

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Absolutely...I wouldn’t think twice about building a cradle.
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Thanks everyone! We are now also looking into have a custom made trailer instead......All of the advise is much appreciated.
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Re: Making Your Own Cradle

WELL i am building one right now but i have a catamaran .. so it depends what type of boat you are trying to build it for ... i am flipping mine over on its deck i have carpet now on it and building the bow cradle ...
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