Pulleys, levers, patience, paint — March 31-- Big day today, put a second finish coat on the cockpit, and the day was nice so it seemed right to take the boat off the trailer and flip it over. It’s Easter; my son is in Hawaii; My sons-in-law are working; and I’m impatient. There is no help, but I want this boat off the trailer so the trailer can go for sand blasting and maybe powder coating, and it is time to get working on the boat bottom.
I was pretty sure that one guy could get the boat off the trailer, but not so sure about flipping it over. The boat weighs 400 pounds naked. It’s 14-feet long, and it doesn’t have a handle.
So—I set up the Little Giant ladder with a sling. Didn’t have a tackle so the main sheet was used to lower the aft end after I levered it up onto blocks. Just muscled the bow down with a 2 x 4 lever. After two-hours work, it was free of the trailer and on the ground—no body (my body actually) hurt.
|The ladder is rated for 300 lbs, but it will hold at least twice that much.|
|The main sheet was really one part short, but three parts were enough for this job.|
The turning was a bit more tricky. I rigged a snatch from the side of the car port—we call it the covered bridge. I was able to raise the boat to a 90-degree angle of heel, then hold it with the line rigged to the wall purchase—change sides and lower the boat with just muscle power. Big project—no injuries and only a few Aleve required. Definitely going to need more patience and some strong younger men to put this baby back on the trailer.
|Barnacle glue is stubborn stuff.|