How to take a boat off blocks and onto a trailer?
Posted April 17 2011 - 7:09 PM
Posted April 17 2011 - 7:42 PM
It could end up badly!
Posted April 17 2011 - 8:06 PM
We have also used a low boy trialer with hydraulics that lower and raise the trailer. It is specifically built for boats.
Posted April 17 2011 - 10:11 PM
There are no breaks on a trailer that is not attached to a car. And in most cases this is still true with a car, but you do have the cars breaks to keep the trailer in place. If only blocks are used to keep the trailer from rolling be sure to keep them up to the wheels every step of the way.
I have never done this, but if I had to, this is how I would do it.
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Posted April 18 2011 - 5:24 AM
This is a two man job. Be very careful backing up to the bow blocks.
I've done it a few times - just take your time and don't try any short cuts.
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Posted April 18 2011 - 12:09 PM
Knock on wood, but my 22' boat never swayed when we did it this way.
Posted April 18 2011 - 1:04 PM
It is 9,000,000x easier to show somebody this operation, than describe it. Lots of things to be done, that can be show in 2 seconds, but would take an hour to describe in type.
If this is a 16' and under, very light boat, it MAY be a single man job. If anything over 16', it must be 2 guys. Not because it is hard, but you have to be 16' apart at the same time, which is hard to do.
If it is a very light boat, hence small, you might be able to use a few cynder-blocks to replace one of these people.
Posted April 18 2011 - 6:52 PM
Posted April 18 2011 - 6:59 PM
This is the way I have always done it as well.
Posted April 18 2011 - 7:18 PM
Originally Posted by CedarsFinest
Yeah this is going to be interesting. Its a 20' boat. Anyone in the LBI area willing to help in person?
If you trust me enough to show you how to do it, and help you, just let me know when you need the hand.
I use, BASICALLY, the wayne tj method, with a few of my own "shortcut" actions thrown in. It should only take maybe 20 minutes if you have all the wood. You'll need a 2nd set of bow blocks/keel blocks, and a few thinner/smaller pieces of wood, maybe 1x4's, 2x4's, and some plywood. Oh, bunk or roller? It makes a difference.
Posted April 18 2011 - 7:37 PM
Taking the boat off the trailer I would reverse winch (pulley attached to rear of trailer) while supporting the rear with blocks. Once the blocks made solid contact, I tied the transom to the bulkhead, disconnected winch, and slowly pulled the trailer forward with the tow vehicle, and the winch on free-wheel. Once the trailer is far enough forward, stop and put front blocks under bow, and pull away.
This works only for a roller trailer. Also by having the boat connected to the tow vehicle, prevents having the trailer tongue end up pointing at the sky.
I did this for about a half dozen years with a heavy 1980 22' Aquasport cuddy, until I bought a trailer. Before that I would rent a trailer each spring and fall.
PS: I learned the technique after paying a "pro" to take the boat off the blocks once.
Posted April 19 2011 - 8:06 AM
I push the trailer under the boat by hand rather than use a vehicle, its easier to line it up and adjust by hand if alone.
Push the trailer until the trailer axle reaches the fwd blocks, then jack the keel and move the blocks in front of the axle and remove the jack then keep sliding the trailer under. I used auto jackstands with ply pads to protect the glasswork and give a firm footing underneath the stands. The key is to have the 2 stern corners safely blocked so its stable when the keel is jacked.
I have bunks so my trailer has to be backed all the way underneath, it won't move by winching alone.
Posted April 19 2011 - 8:09 AM
I can jack the boat off trailer with the addition of a bow block, then remove the trailer rollers and paint with the trailer still under the boat. Removing or replacing the sets of roller "trees" takes less than an hour. I put Never Seez on the ubolt threads so that they come off with no problem using a Hilti cordless impact drill with a deep socket.
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Posted April 19 2011 - 8:11 AM
Posted April 22 2011 - 4:57 AM
As the trailer is pulled forward add supports to the boat as you go until the boat is rest on the wood only. Good luck and use a lot of supports not to damage the hull.