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Bottom refinishing on trailer?
I am considering whether it would be possible to do refinishing work on the hull of my 25 footer if I have it on a trailer in my back yard. Obviously, I don''t have a two ton crane installed in the back yard, so lifting or transferring the boat from the trailer onto stands would be a problem. The boat has a centerboard, with a fairly flat bottom suitable for center rollers. I suppose it might be possible to roll the boat off the trailer and onto stands; if the stern hangs out enough, for example, I suppose I could jack the stern then carefully pull the trailer forward from under the boat.
Has anyone had experience with backyard hull maintenance and hull refinishing from a trailer? One big job I need to do is sand down the hull and let the outer layer dry out and seal it properly. Obviously, being able to tent the hull and work on it in the back yard would be advantageous. I''m just wondering about the mechanics of doing this on the trailer, or getting the boat onto and off of the trailer without the benefit of a traveling hoist/crane.