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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?
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Re: Cradle with wheels?

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

Looking at the 22-23 ft range, under 4500 lbs. Club does not have a forklift.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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