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jhock 07-28-2013 04:56 PM

Cradle with wheels?
I know, everyone is going to tell me to get a trailer, and I assume it is a silly question since I can't find anyone else who has done it. However, I have to ask:

Is it possible to bolt/weld axles onto a cradle for moving it around on a concrete pad?

Here's the situation: I sail out of a place that allows keelboats up to a certain weight to be dry-sailed. In order to get to the lift, the boats need to move across a small lot. The issue is that most boats already on trailers are swing keel/centerboard (I'm looking for a fin/full keel), and trailers without boats already on them are hard to find.

So, if a boat only needs to be moved a few meters at a time (from its space to the lift) and never needs to go on the open road, are there any options for rigging up a cradle or something short of a road-worthy trailer?

manatee 07-28-2013 05:12 PM

Re: Cradle with wheels?
How big?
How heavy?
Too much for a forklift?

jhock 07-28-2013 05:27 PM

Re: Cradle with wheels?
Looking at the 22-23 ft range, under 4500 lbs. Club does not have a forklift.

krisscross 07-28-2013 05:50 PM

Re: Cradle with wheels?
I have seen cradles like that. One had six wheels that looked like solid rubber on a heavy duty rim, the other one had what looked like 4 regular car wheels and the guy was propping it up on cinder blocks for winter. Not sure how they were being moved into their spot but they did have a short tongue for a hitch. Both looked pretty beefy.

hellosailor 07-28-2013 07:11 PM

Re: Cradle with wheels?
If you can get a pallet jack rated for that much weight, that might do it. Some of them even use small electric motors for the movement.

jimkyle99 07-28-2013 07:46 PM

Re: Cradle with wheels?
I have a 22' keel boat (2600lb dry) and the cradle sits on a standard tandem flatbed trailer, and there is lots of them around. I have thought bolting the cradle to a skeletonized farm wagon would work also but I've never tried it and finding a cheap wagon may be more difficult than finding a cheap trailer.

jhock 07-28-2013 07:51 PM

Re: Cradle with wheels?
Yes, flatbed trailers seem to be much easier to find around, and it wouldn't need to be in great shape to just roll around the parking pad.

Flybyknight 07-28-2013 07:53 PM

Re: Cradle with wheels?

jhock 07-29-2013 01:01 PM

Re: Cradle with wheels?
That is actually exactly the sort of thing I was thinking about, two of the rigid casters and two swivels. In the end, I suppose they wouldn't be less expensive than a used flatbed, but the assembly would take up less space in the lot and wouldn't need to be registered.

krisscross 07-29-2013 01:09 PM

Re: Cradle with wheels?
Try to find bigger casters - moving this kind of weight on rough concrete can be a challenge for small wheels. And I would make all four of them swivel as this makes the cradle easier to move and generates less wear/stress on the wheels.

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