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I want to use the crane at my marina to launch my 1974 Catalina 22 from the trailer (keep the trailer out of the salt water) but I am unsure how to make it happen. Is it tough to run straps underneath the hull to lift a boat? Do I need to install some lifting eyes? Would the eyes be ok on the deck or should I install them at the transom and bow? The internet has not given me any advice on what I should do. ~LL
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Yes with a bunch of BUTS like it would be much safer to wash the trailer OR pay somebody who knows more about all the ways it can go BAD
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You may be right. The trailer may be the way to go, catastrophe comes on much more slowly on the trailer. I don't like the idea of the boat trying to jump into the water from the "high dive!" ~LL
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If the marina crane operator doesn't know how to strap your boat for the lift... find another marina.
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If the marina crane operator doesn't know how to strap your boat for the lift... find another marina.
Here's the strange part; the marina has the crane, they are totally cool with members using it, they refuse to instruct or assist for liability reasons. and it's BYO Straps. There's just a big dang hook at the end of the chain. The kid part of me REALLY wants to use it just cause its cool! ~LL
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What does your boat weigh? 1,700 lbs? You should be able to rig a 2 part bridle to handle that kind of weight easy and have the bridle span the keel, i.e. one s;ling in front and one sling behind th keel so the boat can't slip either direction.

Me? I'd use the trailer for sure.
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Find a guy who has straps and knows how to do it, give him some money and good beer, and learn how to do it by working with him.
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Yeah, but I'd give him the beer after your boat was launched.
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Re: can I get my boat high?

I have my Catalina 22 launched this way all the time, but the marina crew operates the crane and they use a lifting frame (see the photo from tommays). All I have to do is take down the back stay to make room for the frame. (I leave the mast up while parked in the storage yard.)

The fixed crane at my marina is rated to 4000# but is restricted to operating in winds under 14 knots for obvious reasons. The straps are placed fore and aft, just ahead and behind the trailer bunks. It's a bit tricky getting the balance right, but once you've figured it out, it's a pretty quick way to get the boat into the water.

PS: Not sure I'd want to try this myself ...especially without seeing it done before... and I have experience operating heavy equipment.
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Re: can I get my boat high?

Well there's actually lots of other Catalina 22s at my yard so maybe the trick would be to "borrow" somebody else's boat and have it fall off the crane and/or capsize in the drink a few times and once I've got the hang of it I can try it on my boat!
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