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Old 25-11-2015, 10:50   #1
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Boat Haul Out Using Railway Line - What are they called?

You still see them occasionally: a short section of railway line used for hauling boats up and out of the water. One end of course is in the water and at the other end will be a powerful winch.

Just wondering what these facilities are called? Is there some special maritime term?

(And yes I have spent some time looking on google with no joy obviously.)

Hereís a link to a wonderful little video of a manual haul out line at offcenterharbor.com if youíre not sure what Iím talking about.
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Re: Boat Haul Out Using Railway Line - What are they called?

"marine railway" best I recollect.
there's one in our yard. disused for years and well beyond use. from back in the days they built big wooden boats, they say.
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Re: Boat Haul Out Using Railway Line - What are they called?

Still common here in Australia, and here they are called slipways or slips.

Despite having used travel lifts type y ards in California prior to cruising, I've grown to like the slipway method in places where they are well designed. The good ones have a special car that brings your boat up level, and a switchyard on land so that once hauled, your boat is moved away from the lifting part and it is then free for use by others. Generally less expensive than travel lift yards here, too.

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Re: Boat Haul Out Using Railway Line - What are they called?

Still in use here in some yards here they are referred to as slip ways.
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Re: Boat Haul Out Using Railway Line - What are they called?

Railways in the SE USA as best I recall.
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Re: Boat Haul Out Using Railway Line - What are they called?

Also called a slip at a Thailand boat yard.
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Re: Boat Haul Out Using Railway Line - What are they called?

There was an earthquake under the Napa Valley Marina in California a couple of years ago. The only damage was to a boat on the railway. It came loose and rolled back into the water, floated off and hit a dock.
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Re: Boat Haul Out Using Railway Line - What are they called?

Generally called Slipway worldwide as Jim remarked.

Danger with those, is that it is more difficult to "take the keel" evenly as it slides up....especially if after a while, part of the railway has sagged due to tidal erosion.

Then you have:
Travel Lift ..most common for yachts which puts slings under it to lift out.

Synchro Lift... is like an elevator under the boat which lifts vertically up using a series of hoists.....Great system, cheapest to build for heavy lifts and very safe.

Graving Dock... This is where the boat/Ship floats into a dug out flooded area, where the drydock chocks are in place. Watertight door is closed and water pumped out.
Large initial cost, low operating costs and great for major refits when you can easily enclose and protect from strong winds because of lower profile.

Floating Drydock.... is great for painting as environment can be kept cleaner because land traffic is kept further away.
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Good list Pelagic; but what about a Sealift?
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Good list Pelagic; but what about a Sealift?
That's new to me.....what's a Sealift?
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Re: Boat Haul Out Using Railway Line - What are they called?

Thanks for that.... Pretty neat Hydraulic Trailer for haul outs
http://www.sea-lift.com/
Web site says biggest so far up to 90 ft / 60 ton

What is the size you used in Malaysia?
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Re: Boat Haul Out Using Railway Line - What are they called?

Marine railway, several clubs use them in Toronto. Boats on wooden cradles hauled on car until they are aligned with timbers at 90 degrees to the the track everything is greased up and you push /pull the boat off the car onto the timber. You can pack a lot of boats in this way. The greased timbers are also a great for catching fire, as the Island Yacht Club found out
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Re: Boat Haul Out Using Railway Line - What are they called?

Most of the old yards on the Canadian side in the PNW used slipways or railroad lifts but most have been replaced by travel lifts now so they can store more boats close together. Those old rail lifts or slipways only held one or two vessels. The old yard in Vancouver, Menchions Shipyard, had 2 of them and were kept busy year round. Phil
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Thanks for that.... Pretty neat Hydraulic Trailer for haul outs
http://www.sea-lift.com/
Web site says biggest so far up to 90 ft / 60 ton

What is the size you used in Malaysia?
Not sure but they had no problems with us at 26 tonnes; and they could do small catamarans by widening the arms. The easiest lift we have ever done after doing railways and travel lifts.
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