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Re: How do I keep travelift slings from topsides
The boat yard I use has rolls of butcher's paper they put under the slings when they lifted my freshly painted boat, and when I had vinyl graphics and stripes applied. Obviously it is much more difficult to do that when picking the boat out of the water.
I have both awlgrip paint and vinyl on my boat and it has yet to be damaged by the slings. It may have something to do with the travel lift operator. I notice that when our yard lifts boats they start with the slings quite "open" and then they close them up after they take up the weight of the boat. I would assume that allows the slings to stretch before they fully contact the topsides and vinyl stripes. Of course my boat is only 9000lbs so the slings probably don't stretch as much either.
1979 Santana 30 Tall Rig