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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.

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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.
Thanks for your comments. The yard did put a little paper under the slings but it didnt do the job. I think you are right about the way the lift is operated, its size and how they protect the topsides. At other yards we have used the travelift has been wider and the slings are more "open" and dont actually touch the topsides but rather leave the hull below the waterline. As we have to use this smaller travelift at the moment i am interested in how to protect the topsides from the contact. Cheers

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Re: How do I keep travelift slings from topsides

Hey, I know. Grab a few stinkpotters and toss them between the hull and straps. The beer bellies look really squishy. Center and hoist until they stop talking about themselves.


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Re: How do I keep travelift slings from topsides

Regarding the pads I mentioned in my previous post, I'v never examined them closely, but they look like they are made of closed cell foam.

First I've heard of the 3M vinyl product. Interesting. Thanks.
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