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How do I get a boat off a trailer?

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In trying to fix up my new Lido 14 I need to take the boat off the trailer in order to get the centerboard out. (And clean up the trailer and hull) How does one go about doing such a thing? The boat is far too heavy for me to lift off, even with a couple friends. (310lbs)
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Re: How do I get a boat off a trailer?

Attach trailer to car.

Now attach a line to a secure point on the boat, and tie the other end around a convenient tree.

Now accelerate as fast as you can away from the tree, and the boat will remain in place.

Just kidding. Alternative ideas :

5 friends plus you = 50 lbs each, should be no problem

Use an engine hoist to lift the boat off the trailer

Use a tree limb with a lifting block.

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Re: How do I get a boat off a trailer?

You need to get creative.
Your friends will be your car jack, various pieces of lumber, a few cement blocks, lines, straps, a nearby tree etc.
If you can jack the hull up above the trailer so that it is supported from the sides you can then let air out of tires and remove trailer.
Otherwise get a crew of 4 or 5 to man handle it.

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Re: How do I get a boat off a trailer?

Does your garage have stout beams in the roof? Use some blocks and rope. Bonus points for using hardware off the boat.

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Re: How do I get a boat off a trailer?

All very good ideas. Is a lighter weight boat like mine ok to be placed on the ground? (On it's side? Maybe with some cardboard or something laid down?
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Re: How do I get a boat off a trailer?

If it will be off-trailer for some time, one of these
http://www.qcyc.ca/sites/default/fil...ay_Cradles.pdf
plus a double-block come-along & bridle should do.

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Re: How do I get a boat off a trailer?

put the trailer tongue on some blocks or the step on a ladder block the wheels, grab the transom and pull it off onto the grass. get another person and roll it over if needed. a Lido 14 hull is about 250 lbs. less sails and rig. you can also do it on a sand beach. another way it to rig the mast and pull on a shroud and walk up the mast until it is laying on it's side. very strong boat and it can lay on the mast tip all day. makes it easy to work on the centerboard with it on it's side.
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Re: How do I get a boat off a trailer?

First you need the following:
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(2) Jack Stands
(2) 4 x 4 x 8
(2) 2 x 4 x 8
4" Foam Rubber
First place the floor jack under the rear of the trailer and lift it a foot or so then place the jack stands under both sides of the trailer to steady it.
Next cut the 2 x 4's to approximately 3 foot lengths then cut the remaining pieces so you can form a v when you place the three foot cuts on the 4 x 4's. Screw them together and set them on the blocks with enough room to place the foam rubber between the boat and wood. Now raise the trailer just enough to remove the jack stands and lower the trailer, the boat should rest on the stand you made and after repeating the process on the front of the boat you should be able to pull the trailer out from under the stands. If the 8 footers wont clear your trailer wheels substitute 12 footers instead.

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First you need the following:
Floor Jack
(2) Jack Stands
(2) 4 x 4 x 8
(2) 2 x 4 x 8
4" Foam Rubber
First place the floor jack under the rear of the trailer and lift it a foot or so then place the jack stands under both sides of the trailer to steady it.
Next cut the 2 x 4's to approximately 3 foot lengths then cut the remaining pieces so you can form a v when you place the three foot cuts on the 4 x 4's. Screw them together and set them on the blocks with enough room to place the foam rubber between the boat and wood. Now raise the trailer just enough to remove the jack stands and lower the trailer, the boat should rest on the stand you made and after repeating the process on the front of the boat you should be able to pull the trailer out from under the stands. If the 8 footers wont clear your trailer wheels substitute 12 footers instead.
I'm having a hard time visualizing this. Do you have a picture?
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First you need the following:
Floor Jack
(2) Jack Stands
(2) 4 x 4 x 8
(2) 2 x 4 x 8
4" Foam Rubber
First place the floor jack under the rear of the trailer and lift it a foot or so then place the jack stands under both sides of the trailer to steady it.
Next cut the 2 x 4's to approximately 3 foot lengths then cut the remaining pieces so you can form a v when you place the three foot cuts on the 4 x 4's. Screw them together and set them on the blocks with enough room to place the foam rubber between the boat and wood. Now raise the trailer just enough to remove the jack stands and lower the trailer, the boat should rest on the stand you made and after repeating the process on the front of the boat you should be able to pull the trailer out from under the stands. If the 8 footers wont clear your trailer wheels substitute 12 footers instead.
All that for a lido 14 I guess I have been doing it the easy way all these years. next time I want to do way more work getting ours off the trailer I will try this. you have not sailed a lido 14 have you. I can get ours off by my self onto the grass

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