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Old 06-13-2009
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What's really rare is for a yard that needs a travellift not to have one. You don't say where you are, but it seems that your local outfits don't really need one and they make do as you describe. You've obviously missed the local launch date, but you'll be able to improve your timing for haulout. (Make sure you're on the list at the yard, though, so they don't let the crane leave before you've been pulled!). To get spashed for less, what about having the boat delivered to a yard, even if it's farther away, that does have hoisting facilities of its own? You can then sail to your home port, which will send your yard the message that perhaps they'd get more business if they had their own crane.
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