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Travel Lift Approach

Hello Gurus,
I have scheduled my first haulout for later this month at Port Annapolis Marina and I really like to avoid looking like a total idiot! To be honest, I'm not really sure how to approach the travel lift bay. Does it make a difference if I approach bow first or stern first? What is the typical haulout procedure? I'm planning to stop by a day before and check things out but I figured I should ask the experts first.

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Re: Travel Lift Approach

I approach bow in and tie off at a dock just outside the travel lift bay. The lift operator usually directs me to a spot as there are usually boats ahead of and behind me.

Once at the dock I tie off and lock my tiller to centre. The boat is manhandled into the slings.

The guys at the lift are always helpful and will give directions.
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Re: Travel Lift Approach

Bow first..Its just like docking in your slip. Usually you tie up your boat in the Travel lift slip and they guide it in with the straps under it in the appropraite places from there,

Port Annapolis Travel lift slip is not unusual. Dave from Auspicious keeps his boat there, maybe he can comment.

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Re: Travel Lift Approach

Talk to them first. Some places have a dock for you to tie up at just outside, others may put you into a slip and bring you in later under side tow with their work boat.

If they do want you to come in under power it will most likely be bow first. Most likely someone may still meet you at the work dock just outside the lift to take lines so they can keep you centered till the straps are in the right place.

I'm willing to bet they will put you on the work dock and walk your boat in.

p.s. Damn that yard is pricey!
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Re: Travel Lift Approach

Depends on the travel lift and the arrangement on the hard.. We've been to several that want you to back in. I'd check with them first.

In any event you virtually never 'drive in'.. and around here you can't ride the lift anyhow so you're off the boat at the finger dock, and they pull the boat into place with boathooks.

Be prepared with a profile drawing or marks or reference points on the boat for avoiding impellers, shaft and strut, know where your keel ends etc so there's no nasty surprises half way up. Pull the knotmeter impeller and insert to plug beforehand to be sure, if you can. Also have an idea where major bulkheads are for placing stands once on the hard.
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Re: Travel Lift Approach

This will depend a lot on your boat and the travel lift configuration itself. In my case the travel lift is more than adequate to lift the 13,000-pound boat and has a 25,000-pound (12-ton) capacity. Normally, the boat would be picked up bow first, but my roller furling system is essentially a solid length of aluminum that goes from the top of the mast to the bow sprit. Consequently, the boat is backed in, the back-stay is removed and the boom lowered so it will clear the lift's cross beam. Once ashore, the boat is lowered on the jack-stands, they're chained in place and the back-stay is reattached.

Regardless of where I have the boat hauled, I always provide the marina with a copy of the boat's construction diagram so he knows exactly where to place the travel lift straps. Some boats, such as my friends Morgan 32.2, has arrows etched into the superstructure indicating the travel lift pickup points. He usually places a couple strips of blue masking tape over them so the spots are easily seen and informs the travel lift operator--just to be on the safe side.

One last tip. Most of the marina place the boats on gravel or crusher-run covered lots. During the first couple weeks, especially if the weather is wet and windy, the jack stands tend to sink into the ground a bit. Be sure to check and tighten them regularly during that time to prevent the boat from shifting and placing too much pressure on the hull.

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Re: Travel Lift Approach

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I really like to avoid looking like a total idiot!
You won't look look like an idiot, they get this all the time and every kind of vessel imaginable. Go there and ask them the procedure...that's the way to do it. Or just pull your vessel up to the float and they'll let you know what to do. Every lift is different, every procedure is different, it will work out fine.

The important thing as has been mentioned already is knowing where the straps should sit and have it marked.

Here's an example of a variation in lifts and procedures you could come across.

Lifting - In this case, I secure to the float on the left.





Up the hill - towing the lift with the help of a front end loader.







Back down the hill (under it's own power) You wouldn't find a lift like this anywhere else...it's unique.

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You won't look look like an idiot, they get this all the time and every kind of vessel imaginable. Go there and ask them the procedure...that's the way to do it. Or just pull your vessel up to the float and they'll let you know what to do. Every lift is different, every procedure is different, it will work out fine.

The important thing as has been mentioned already is knowing where the straps should sit and have it marked.

Here's an example of a variation in lifts and procedures you could come across.

Lifting - In this case, I secure to the float on the left.


Up the hill - towing the lift with the help of a front end loader.






Back down the hill (under it's own power) You wouldn't find a lift like this anywhere else...it's unique.
...Only in Lund, eh Steve??
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Now thats unique...
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You got it Ron! If you build it...they will come.
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