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It's not a great day when...

...you slave over your boat all winter and the "B-team" at the marina decides to test the laws of gravity using 12 tonnes of steel cruiser.

And it started out so calmly:


It appears that the trailer guys...who did a great job in the fall...are now DIFFERENT, LESS EXPERIENCED trailer guys who take turns a little wide. I would suggest boat owners never do this. It makes a bad, bad, heart-crunching sound when a loaded cradle falls off a trailer and toes six inches into the road.




You can just make out the touchdown point here:



Eventually, after removing the forestay and about two hours of deep thought and dancing with melinoma, the TraveLift is made to do its thing.



...which it can only do by lifting the cradle with the boat....



Amazingly, no actual boats were harmed in the performance of this stunt (although, my cradle got a bath). After checking for leaks and for engine/shaft misalignments, we proceeded four hours late to our home club.



And now, if you will excuse me, I am going to have a jumbo-sized Dark and Stormy. My nerves are shot.
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Welcome back to the water V! That was a close one.

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Thankfully down here we only need to take boat out of water for scrubdown. No need to winterise. Just slipping a boat gives me the heeby jeebies, that would have reduced me to a quivering wreck. Glad it all worked out in the end mate.

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Looks like it is a damn good thing that you have a steel boat. I don't think a fiberglass boat would have fared quite so well in that situation. You're also quite lucky that the boat didn't tip completely over and land on its side, which probably would have done a lot more damage than what did happen.

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Hey, at least she survived, you have a beautiful boat, and live in the second most liveable major city in N. America. First if you rate it by crime rate and murder rate.

Hope you have a great season, short as it is.

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Holy farking schnitt, that thing was about two degrees from tipping over!

I wonder how the guy who wrote the letter to West Marine would have handled this one?
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BTW, why did they have to launch the boat with the cradle attached??? Did they have to tie the straps to the cradle to prevent the straps from slipping off the forward part of the keel??

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BTW, why did they have to launch the boat with the cradle attached??? Did they have to tie the straps to the cradle to prevent the straps from slipping off the forward part of the keel??
Actually Sd they just leave it there. Slows her down a bit but makes running aground a less worrying prospect. Isn't that right V ?

V ?

V?

are you there, back me up on this mate.

(fat chance)

ps - So that's Toronto eh ? Nice looking place.

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I would skip the dark and stormy and go straight to the hospital, because if that didn’t give you a heart attack....

Nice pics must be one of them new cameras with the built in anti shake feature.

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I would also assume one had to clean ones shorts after above incident, along with needing a dark and stormy!

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