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post #11 of 18 Old 05-03-2007
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For a Montego 19, I lowered the trailer jack all the way to get the stern as high as possible, then placed two jacks under the stern. Then I raised the trailer jack as high as possible, placed a 55 gallon drum on either side of the boat near the front and placed 4X4s across under the keel and on top of the drums. Then I lowered the trailer jack some and rolled the trailer out.
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I had long runners and used to float the boat and heel it on the trailer one way, then the other. Never could get the keel and keel slot very good. If I stayed in all summer, I'd get a few zebra mussels. Being a snorkler and a diver though, I'd just scrap em off with a dive knife when I was swimming.

It's best not to let your keel get jammed in the slot. I always got it to drop by jumping up and down but sometimes it makes a very loud and scary noise when she drops. Broke the cable one time after I let it get fouled and jammed. I might have allowed too much slack in the cable when I started jumping.

For the years I used dry storage, I don't think it mattered so much but I still painted cause I wanted the bottom to look good.

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Originally Posted by I33
9 out of 10 times this might be successful, but the 10th time could cause some damage or someone could get hurt. You are dealing with a lot of weight and therefore a lot of inertia. Just think what would happen if the winch cable came loose or snapped--boat on ground lying on its side. This needs to be done with boat jacks, not sliding the boat around on the trailer by jamming on the brakes!
I did it that way for 23 years without a problem. You have to use good sense, as with all things. You obviously don't do it if you haven't maintained your winch, cable and bow eye properly. Most trailers also have a safety chain, and you use it to back up the winch and cable. I didn't say you should "jam on your brakes." I said, "Put the tow vehicle in reverse and get the trailer rolling backwards slowly. Step on the brakes enough to cause the boat to roll back on the trailer. You might have to let out a little more cable and do it a second time to move it back a total of about 15-18". The reason why you move it a foot at first, and then another six inches is so you don't let the boat accelerate, and then jerk it to a stop suddenly. You always control the movement of the boat, and move it gradually. It's neither difficult nor risky. It takes 10-15 minutes to move your boat so you can paint under the rollers, vs. considerable time and expense to buy jacks and to jack it up.
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Originally Posted by skobrien
I'm thinking of downsizing to a trailerable sailboat to reduce expenses. But, how to paint the bottom if it's on the trailer? Do I take it to the yard to have it lifted? If so, doesn't the cost of that offset the savings?

Could this be a time to spend a few extra dollars for saftey precautions? I am all for DIY projects but what's wrong with a little asssit with a lift now and then? You are still doing the bottom painting, right? You obviously are concerned about protecting your hull so why be overly concerned if there was an error made by spending extra money on boat maintenance erring on the side of saftey? Imho.
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The only manufacturer I know of is Brownell. I purchased mine at Wolf's Marine in Benton Harbor, MI. A specifically looked for the scratched one's as they discounted those.(g) Any outfit in your area, storing boats off of trailers, would probably be a good lead.

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I have a S24 and when I painted the bottom I tied the one side off to a large tree then dropped the bunk on the other side,after painting and drying I put the bunk back and repeated the same for the other side.Good luck.Bill NC
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Originally Posted by scolil View Post
I am in a similar position. Looking at the DIY pic makes me think I could get a few jacks for the price of the lumber that person set up. However, how does one go about getting jacks?
I have seen them at West Marine the last time I was there.

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car lift

I know that it is not an option to all but when I did the bottom paint on my Macgregor 22 I used a twin post car lift it worked great I just called around to mechanics and found one that let me do it on a Saturday for fifty dollars I thought that it was money well spent.
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