I have a Hartley 32 that I moved from the water
to my factory a couple of years ago Although I am in Australia
and cannot help with specific contractors etc, I can give some words from my own experiences, how I approached it and things I learnt.
- Ask around with other boat owners who they might recommend, or not recommend
- Use a boat yard/slipway with a mast
crane; mast is taken down before removing from water and transport (obviously)
- The slipway I used has a travel-lift that takes boat from water and puts straight on truck. They are used to this type of work
- IMPORTANT - ensure you have an underwater profile to show operator so slings can be positioned to safely and securely lift
boat, as well as not damage any underwater fittings - prop, rudder
- Select a mover who specialises in moving boats; thay will have all the right equipment
and expertise. My mover was extremely helpful, made the process much easier and less stressful.
- On the day, have your cradle
set up ready to accept boat. Have sufficient blocks of timber/props etc on hand to securely sit boat down
- When setting into cradle
, make sure that boat is set up level and plumb to water line - makes fitting out easier
- You will save more than the moving costs in not paying mooring fees
; I know I have.
- Remove any growth from your hull
straight away, it is easier to do while still wet and soft than after it dries and goes hard and crusty.
- Patience and perserverance is required; my estimate of having boat out for only 12 - 18 months has just doubled, but I will be back in the water later this year - for our summer.
- Take plenty of pictures along the way.
You can look back on the journey. In addition, you will be able to show any future prospective buyer of your boat the nature and extent of any repairs
- Enjoy yourself; have fun doing the work and following the dream.