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Re: Oops!!!

True, it's probably safer out of the water too, less rocks to hit. (If you read this Jens, )
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I've always wondered why travel lifts don't have more such mishaps. Even if everyone is trying to be careful and attentive, it only takes a momentary distraction ......
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True, it's probably safer out of the water too, less rocks to hit. (If you read this Jens, )
Yup, it's a lot safer where it is
The story as of this morning is that they are not sure what happened but one wheel of the lift mounted the guard at the edge and drove over it into the drink (a large drop!). Apparently they have had occasional issues with steering. Basically at this time they do not know if it was operator failure or mechanical failure. They had a large power boat (50 ft?) in the slings and were attempting to splash it. Apparently it was already in the water (so it didn't fall) and they were trying to give it a push out. It is now at a nearby marina after having received substantial damage.
It is unknown at this time if the lift can be salvaged - lots of broken bits and twisting. The boat yard is up the creek without a lift (or paddle) and may have to bring in a mobile crane to launch boats that are currently in the yard. It is too early for any decisions. My boat wasn't supposed to be splashed until sometime next week. I am not sure if I will be trapped beyond the time needed for the repairs
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I've always wondered why travel lifts don't have more such mishaps. Even if everyone is trying to be careful and attentive, it only takes a momentary distraction ......
There is a pre-stressed piling manufacturer where I live that has several of them and use them to move hundreds of huge concrete pilings a day. They have had several fatal accidents, mainly from trying to do things too fast.
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Re: Oops!!!

We just got back from Canoe Cove and the hoist looks pretty bent up. Even if they are able to use it again it will need a serious going over and some obvious heavy repairs. The main cross beam is twisted and bent.
You can see the tire marks on the guard rail where it went over the edge.
Too bad for the marina, I really like the guys down at Canoe Cove. Really easy to deal with.
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Re: Oops!!!

I worked in a yard for a short time and have spent a LOT of time in them. The only really safe way to handle a straddle carrier is with 3 people - one driving and two spotting.

I've seen people running them alone and it's just ASKING for trouble. If they didn't have side guides at least as high as the sidewall of the tires they were just waiting for this one - especially if they have a cowboy driver.

Those things are dangerous heavy equipment - nothing to get casual with. It's very lucky no-one was killed.
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Re: Oops!!!

One of the yards at Marina Del Rey has a travel lift with a remote control. It allows the operator to get a much better look at things as the TL moves around, AND it should keep the operator much safer.
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Re: Oops!!!

when I was much younger, the local yard had a lift, the son of the owner used to run it. To this day I do not know how he managed -not- to splash the lift
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One of the yards at Marina Del Rey has a travel lift with a remote control. It allows the operator to get a much better look at things as the TL moves around, AND it should keep the operator much safer.
Canoe Cove and Westbay Marine both use travel lifts with remote control. The operator can go wherever he wants to get the best viewing position.
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Canoe Cove and Westbay Marine both use travel lifts with remote control. The operator can go wherever he wants to get the best viewing position.
Was the TL in the pic remotely controlled?
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