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post #24 of Old 01-31-2013
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Re: Tornado Damage

Bummer. That's a pretty little HH design. $300 or so will rent you a variable reach forklift for the afternoon.



They go up to about 10,000lb, tho lifting strength does go down with extension. You shouldn't need to fork out that far for a 22'er. Big long forks on those suckers. You can buy heavy duty recovery straps from Harbor Freight for $30 each, 9000# working load.

This combo offer you a very controllable way to lift the boat, set it back down if required, sort out the trailer, and get everything lined up just right. You may or may not want to make some 2x8 spreader bars, or to jam a length of lumber in the companionway hatch to keep it from compressing. 3000# is not all that much weight for a short lift like this. We hoisted our fixed-keel Ballad (5' draft, 8500# loaded) off the transport trailer with HF slings and a big front loader. Just walk everything thru and stay out from under it.

Best of luck & keep us updated, okay? We're pulling for you. Glad everyone is safe.

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