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Caille 07-30-2012 01:15 PM

Need a hand, having issues finding a lift in Kemah
Our Hans Christian 39' is currently on dry dock in a DiY yard in Kemah (I can tell a lift driver exactly where)

I am scheduled to put her on a truck for Seattle August 4th. I am having issues reaching Mr Satterfield of Marsh Marine to arrange the use of his lift to put it on the truck, he has not replied for over 2 weeks now, even though he is aware my boat is due to leave at the beginning of this month.

Thankfully it is a DiY yard.

So I am reaching out to the community here.

Anyone know someone capable of arranging a lift for my lady on to the truck?

Anyone know how to reach Mr Satterfield on the offchance?

Mark Winston Trucking is bringing the boat up, but I need to get her on to his truck. The gentleman who arranged her offlift in Texas is no longer available, so I cannot find out whom he used.

Any help here would be marvelous.

Alexis D. (in Seattle)

Heather D. (in Texas arranging things on the ground)

Mary L.
(email available upon request, contains full name, contact Alexis or Heather for my email- Mary's Request)

Phone numbers available on request by email.


gulfcoastcruiser 07-30-2012 03:03 PM

Re: Need a hand, having issues finding a lift in Kemah
Try calling South Texas Yacht Services at 281-334-7245
or Seabrook Shipyard 281-474-2586.

They might know of someone that could load it for you, they both have lifts if you were in the water.

Caille 07-30-2012 03:07 PM

Re: Need a hand, having issues finding a lift in Kemah
If it was as easy as moving to another wet marina and getting out of the water I would be fine.

We are blocked on the hard at Marsh.

Need a mobile lift.

Will call them both to see if anyone can help. I am getting half tempted to call a lift crane.


CapnBilll 07-30-2012 04:19 PM

Re: Need a hand, having issues finding a lift in Kemah
I would still call them, if they can't help, they can refer you. Where is marsh?

Caille 07-31-2012 12:40 PM

Re: Need a hand, having issues finding a lift in Kemah
Marsh Marine DryDock in Kemah Texas.

It is no where near an actual marina, its DiY, and the owner has not been answering any calls for weeks now.

Sort of frustrated.

Both Marinas said they could not help.

So now I need to find out where if need be we can get a crane to lift it and put it on the truck.


Thank you again if anyone has any ideas.

Captainmeme 07-31-2012 01:33 PM

Re: Need a hand, having issues finding a lift in Kemah
I looked this place up on Google map. Looks like its across the street from a marina that could handle your boat. I understand why a marina wouldn't want to move another persons boat on another lot and re-block it, liability.

Have you looked for Mr. Satterfield's home phone number? I'd call information and request all the phone numbers for Satterfield in Kemah Texas. Also I would call the property tax office and find out who owns that business and call that person. Push the panic button!

Found this number on their fence (281) 334-2005 using google map.

Jetexas 07-31-2012 02:43 PM

Re: Need a hand, having issues finding a lift in Kemah
Too bad you're not a bum with a derelict boat stranded on Gulfport Beach. Apparently then everyone would unite to lift your boat onto the truck.

I hope you can find someone to help.

miatapaul 07-31-2012 04:15 PM

Re: Need a hand, having issues finding a lift in Kemah
does the trucking company have a hydraulic trailers available? They don't need a crane/lift as long as they can get the open back end around the boat.

Caille 07-31-2012 07:22 PM

Re: Need a hand, having issues finding a lift in Kemah
I do not know if this is a sad or a simply laughable thing.

The Threat of Litigation is the greatest motivator of American's who are being lazy about something.

Called, left a message, stated clearly that if he did not get back to me and I ended up losing the entire trip's value that I would seek compensation in the form of litigation.

Less than one hour later we get a call back; He is aware, he will be there the 3rd, he is searching for a crane, we can look for one too.

Why could he just not call? Why two weeks of no contact? Then when we threaten litigation he is instantly there....

Like I said; sad or funny, I am not sure.

Caille 08-04-2012 12:40 PM

Re: Need a hand, having issues finding a lift in Kemah
Took 3 day longer than expected. Leaving our shipper pressed for time (has another load to pick up).

Cost far far too much. But. Boat gets loaded Monday by a professional crane crew.

Owner of the yard was never of any help excepting that he is letting the trucker and crane operator have access to our boat Monday at 6am. And he did try to find a lift, though he was not successful.

Crane company insisted on a 110 Ton Crane Truck for a HC39 PH. Had to pay a union crew a full 8 hours. Cost $3450.50 to put my boat on a truck.

Then $8600 ($8150ish left after deposit) to Truck it.

Moral of this story. If you find yourself buying or moving a boat from a storage yard that does not have the means to offlift it themselves, beware. You will have to find a crane company with a large enough truck willing to do the work and pay them well for it. If our boat had been at a yard less than 3 miles from there, in their dry storage, it would have cost $300 to load it. The former spouse of the lovely lady to whom we are indebted for the boat made an ill fated decision in his choice of storage.

Our situation was exacerbated by the fact Kemah is still recovering from hurricane damage so a lot of cranes are very busy.

At least she is packed, the trucker knows precisely what to load (he knows our mast, our bowsprit and our boat now by sight), and she gets loaded Monday.

Spouse comes home tomorrow, our lady arrives in Everett the 10th at the Port of Everett, 10 days in the workyard and a lot of labor and then we lauch and work for another two weeks primping for cruising and making her a home (live aboards).


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