Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: south western Ontario, Canada
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Thanks jaalex, a super system! With a 40 ft extension, you'd need that dolly for sure. Sounds very straightforward, the way you describe it. It would open up a lot of water access for those of us with fixed keels, who, in time, might want to sail other than home waters. (and no, I'm not talking of straying...) Your wing keel might have complicated a little the 'landing' on the trailer, but something you just work with after the first time, I expect.
So your basic technique was to pilot onto the trailer and then in coordination with the truck, part way up the ramp until you ran out of water, while the truck pulled ahead with the trailer, which eventually took up the boat? As long as the coordination is good; it would seem to have worked fine for you. Could you have winched the boat onto the trailer, even with a line from the deck round a sheave on the trailer and back to the deck? or just too much trouble and effort to do that compared with a little 'iron' help? I can see that piloting it on you'd need guidance and possibly other help. Do you think that a boat could be winched onto its trailer without using the engine as you did? Winch on until secure, then drive up the ramp. It would be great to be able to single hand.... but maybe I'm dreaming/wishing! Getting help just twice a year wouldn't be too bad in a club setting, when everyone is helping each other. And as with most other things, the buddy system is valuable and safer.
I, too, will be on a flood control lake, with water levels that drop in the fall; they must be monitored or it's crane time. Apparently, a 'cherry picker' will lift my boat (only 3,100 lbs dry) according to the builder, who used one in the past. At least a mobile crane rig mightn't be needed, at great expense.