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Old 31-12-2013, 05:59   #16
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Leave it to bayou Bob to make us look like rubes and get us sorted.
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Leave it to bayou Bob to make us look like rubes and get us sorted.
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Old 03-01-2014, 10:11   #18
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My wife and I just purchased a Gemini 105. We just used a local boat mover with hydraulic trailer. The manufacture had some good information about where to place the beams and how far apart. The beams were about 6" by 10" and 15' wide and when it got to its location, we just blocked under the beams and he lowered his trailer and was gone. It worked absolutely perfect and was his first catamaran. Good luck.
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Old 03-01-2014, 10:20   #19
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Old 03-01-2014, 10:38   #20
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I would be interested in anymore "jacking off" on to the ramps ideas. That was one issue I was concerned with was the boat hitting the trailer as the tide rose. Of course the keels can hit the ramp a bit also as the tide rises/ boat wakes disturb things. Ideal to do it for an early AM high tide I suppose.
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Old 05-01-2014, 13:29   #21
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I would be interested in anymore "jacking off" on to the ramps ideas. That was one issue I was concerned with was the boat hitting the trailer as the tide rose. Of course the keels can hit the ramp a bit also as the tide rises/ boat wakes disturb things. Ideal to do it for an early AM high tide I suppose.
Probably only OK on a private ramp where there is no "reasonable expectation" of being seen...
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Re: Cat haul without travel lift

We launched our boat using a trailer made from a modified 8 tonne truck chassis. I've helped in the launch and retrieval of a few boats using a similar setup.

It's not difficult, basically just drive the boat onto the trailer, align it properly, secure it with some lines, then tow it out.

Launching is even easier - back the boat far enough into the water so you can get the engines running, warm them up, put them in reverse, back the trailer in 'till she floats off.

We used a normal trailer boat ramp (double width) in the early hours of the morning.(It's possible this wasn't entirely legal.) We towed with an old Nissan Patrol.

The trailer can be used for short distance transport, and even for storage. You have to remove all the brake shoes though, or they rust up and jam the wheels, and service wheel bearings every launch/retrieve. The rest of the chassis is just washed down and sprayed with diesel to keep rust under control.

Some pics here: http://diy-yachts.com/forum/viewtopi...t=254&start=90
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The trailer can be used for short distance transport, and even for storage. You have to remove all the brake shoes though, or they rust up and jam the wheels, and service wheel bearings every launch/retrieve. The rest of the chassis is just washed down and sprayed with diesel to keep rust under control.

Our trailer parts guy gave us a good tip, if messy: use toilet bowl wax rings, brown goopy stuff it is, and coat the trailer with it. It's a job but you'll do it only once.
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Our trailer parts guy gave us a good tip, if messy: use toilet bowl wax rings, brown goopy stuff it is, and coat the trailer with it. It's a job but you'll do it only once.
I think your guy meant to use "new" wax rings....
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I think your guy meant to use "new" wax rings....
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Drifting, but about Fernandina Beach (per Wiki):
You gotta luv a coastal place with a mayor named "Pelican", and commissioners named "Boner", "Filkoff", and "Gass"!
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Drifting, but about Fernandina Beach (per Wiki):
You gotta luv a coastal place with a mayor named "Pelican", and commissioners named "Boner", "Filkoff", and "Gass"!
I Think I'm always going to revert to childish boy delight when presented with the proper stimulus....
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Old 06-01-2014, 09:57   #29
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A Cat would be a delight to haul ! we do a 50 ' 50000 lb ketch in the cook ioslands regularly on a home built float on float off trailer , you will come up with a way ! just remember the compression load is easy to control it is the sheer load going up the ranp and sudden stopping that will need a bit of thought ,,,,,,,,,,,,good luck you can do it
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Re: Cat haul without travel lift

Hot Rod splashed the 65' Flyin' Hawaiin using an old mobile home frame. It went pretty smoothly considering tight clearance and his first splash ever. The boat design and construction.... well, that's another story.
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