Where did Rowingdude go? He was asking about a 40/45'er and there it is.
If you have the right crane/boom set up it looks like taking the seat off or preparing the bike and rigging
for the lift
takes more time than hoisting it and placing it where you want it. The bigger the boat the bigger and more complicated the boom can be....
I can get my seat off of my cruiser in less than a minute with tools in hand. On my dual sport I wouldn't need to do that or on any other off road type. Both my bikes have windshields, something else to consider, the dual sport is pretty easy and quick to remove.
I was thinking of using a portable winch
used by off roaders to power the lift
and slide it myself physically as it wouldn't take much, if I were going over the sides.
Does anyone have any suggestions on a crane/boom arrangement? How much of a deck
plate or base should there be to ensure a safe lift of a 1,000 pounds?
Either way I think a bike stand would be a good idea, setting (or riding)the front wheel
into the upright stand will initially hold the bike whileyou dismount or release the rigging
and then secure it...or secure it before releasing it....I can see trial and error and the learning
curve to the safest and most efficient method being found.