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Moving a steel cradle

Looking for advice on moving a steel cradle by pickup truck about 50 miles. You can sort of see the cradle in the following picture. For reference, the boat is 26'.



It is made of steel I-Beams. No idea how heavy it is, but must be at least a few hundred pounds. It's a bit of a drive to get down to where it is, so I'm trying to avoid a scouting trip to determine precise size/weight. So my questions are:

Do you think I can get this to sit (somehow) in the bed of a 2006 Toyota Tacoma? The alternative would be borrowing/renting a trailer to tow it on, but I don't yet know where I could find one.

Do you think a couple of adults could muscle this into (and then out of) the bed of a pickup?

Any advice from people who have moved a similar type of cradle would be appreciated. Thanks in advance!
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if it is as sturdy as it should be, you are not going to muscle it very far at all and certainly not very high off the ground. If it is rusted badly, you may be able to jounce it around.

My guess is it is longer and wider than your tacoma bed is, so it will likely not fit.

you will likely need a trailer and tie downs and a winch and some 4x4 timbers to get it loaded, unless the yard has equipment. or a pair of bottle jacks, a lot more 4x4s and an afternoon to jack it up, back the trailer under it and then jack it down.

best of luck...
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Argh... Not what I wanted to hear, but what I was thinking in the back of my mind.

I should probably call the marina and see what assistance they may be able to provide. And then line up a trailer.
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Re: Moving a steel cradle

What if I was to rent something like this 5' x 9' trailer with ramp:

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Re: Moving a steel cradle

I moved a cradle with a u-haul trailer. It fit perfectly in the trailer flat. However, it would have been pretty secure if the cradle was too wide for the trailer and was at an angle. If you don't mind scratching your pick-up you might be able to winch it up. Getting it off is simple. Tie a rope to it and drive away.

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What is the beam of your boat? The cradle is probably 1-2 feet narrower than that. You might be able to fit it on a 5x9' trailer on its side, but that will mean more work getting it on and off. If it was me, I would be looking for a flatbed car-hauler trailer, which are usually 82" wide with ramps at the back. It would be relatively easy to winch up on and off. I don't think u-haul rents them, but I've seen them at smaller local rental places.
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Re: Moving a steel cradle

UHaul trailer 3 4X4's 2 4X4's as skids the other as a lever.

Have it moved in no time
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Guy with a lowboy trailer would have this in your yard in an hour and a half.
Hire him.Why are you working so hard on this?
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if it is as sturdy as it should be, you are not going to muscle it very far at all and certainly not very high off the ground. If it is rusted badly, you may be able to jounce it around.

My guess is it is longer and wider than your tacoma bed is, so it will likely not fit.

you will likely need a trailer and tie downs and a winch and some 4x4 timbers to get it loaded, unless the yard has equipment. or a pair of bottle jacks, a lot more 4x4s and an afternoon to jack it up, back the trailer under it and then jack it down.

best of luck...
I completely agree with this assesment. The only thing that I would add is that most marinas have some way of picking things like docks up whether it be a tractor, front end loader, forklift, whatever. Most of these will be strong enough to pick up a cradle like this and put it onto a trailer.

Someone who has worked as a rigger could probably have it on a trailer in half an hour using a jack and blocking but if you don't have experience with this sort of thing, it will take you a while.
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Re: Moving a steel cradle

Pay a pro to move it. He then accepts the liability if something happens. By the way, what is happening to the boat?
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