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Old 10-05-2013, 05:34   #1
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Trailerable Boat From Stands to Your Trailer?

I am considering picking up a trailerable boat that needs work. Right now, it is on stands with no trailer. I have a trailer that can haul it.

Is there a way to transfer it from stands to my trailer without having to have it launched?

It is a 22' boat from the '70's.

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Old 10-05-2013, 06:14   #2
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Re: Trailerable Boat From Stands to Your Trailer?

Yesterday I watched a boatyard Conolift pick up a 40' powerboat that was on blocks under the keel, and stands with pads on the sides (3 stands per side). As they eased the conolift under the boat, they'd remove a pair of stands. When they were at the last set of stands, they simply lifted the boat, of course.

Something similar could be done with your boat IF your trailer has rollers:
- raise (jack) it up enough so that it's at or higher than trailer height
- as the trailer is eased under the bow, carefully jack at the centerline to remove the first blocks and lower the bow onto the trailer. Connect the trailer winch to the bow and take up the slack
- keep inching the trailer back, cranking up the winch, and using a jack when necessary to lift the boat to remove blocks
- repeat til done.

If your trailer has beds not rollers... this may not work, though there might be some temporary lubes you could put on the bed to make the boat slide easier. (olive oil? margerine? soapy water?)

Pro-tip for trailer rollers - put your old socks on them.
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Old 10-05-2013, 06:18   #3
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Re: Trailerable Boat From Stands to Your Trailer?

Not easily as far as I know. You have to support the boat in some way that leaves room for the trailer to back under the boat. Regular jack stands will not allow this. Might not have to launch the boat. How did it get onto the stands? Travel lift or fork lift I guess?

Can youi have the lift pick up the boat and set it on your trailer? Still have to deal with the straps or forks and the trailer bunk boards.
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Re: Trailerable Boat From Stands to Your Trailer?

Jack it up and use blocks - slowly and carefully! Obviously size and keel height / design comes into play on how practical that is. But sounds like she is somewhere that has a means of launching her into the water, so that would be the easiest (and safest!) way to get her onto the trailer.
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She's in a coastal town, but, I don't know how close to the water she is. I don't want to launch her if I don't have to for obvious reasons.

If possible, I'd like to work out a way to support the boat as I slide the trailer under her. Hopefully she doesn't go down as we do this.

If anyone's done this, please chime in.
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