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Raising L'eau Blow

I have a 600lb daysailer (Boston Whaler 5.1) on a one axle trailer. I had it up on blocks/wheels off, and during a high wind, for the first time in 28n yrs it was blown off its blocks. The rear axle/wheel bases are in the dirt. I tried to use 2 jacks to raise it w/o putting too much pressure on either wheel/axle. The jacks were on either side amidships and succeeded in raising not the rear, but the front. Putting the jacks further aft is problematic as the trailer is scratching the dirt. I'm thinking of jacking up the rear of the boat perhaps with a piece of plywood to distribute the load after unstrapping the boat from the trailer. Then jacking the rear of the trailer out of thee mud.What could possibly go wrong. 5 strong men could work, but I'm not one (75 with sciatica) and I don't know 5 strong men (or weak ones for that matter. Ideas?
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Re: Raising L'eau Blow

I've jacked up my 2200 lb boat and I found a couple things that worked well to distribute the weight.

In one area I used about a 12" square piece of 2" styrofoam insulation on a piece of plywood. The styrofoam compressed and conformed to the shape of the hull.

On a larger area I used two jacks and a large board with a sandbag on it. Again, the sandbag conformed to the shape of the hull.
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Re: Raising L'eau Blow

I have jacked up my Bay Hen (900 lbs) to work on the bilge boards. I did more or less as you describe. Hydraulic jack with some wood to distribute the pressure.

It seemed to work fine.
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Re: Raising L'eau Blow

Just a thought I would look at creating a beam that would span over the top of the trailer frame and below the boat or the bunks. Have it connected to the trailer frame and spanning out past the width of the wheels. That can give you clearance for your jacks on both sides and then as you raise you may need to block the trailer and reset your jacks. A couple floor jacks will give you a great range than small bottle jacks. (Also rather inexpensive at Harbor Freight).
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Re: Raising L'eau Blow

I have a car jack and a floor jack (Harbor freight-smileyface). Maybe I'm mis-picturing this, but how do I get the beam between the boat and trailer?
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Re: Raising L'eau Blow

A lot of small boat trailers have 3 or 4 feet of overhang at the stern (mine has about 6 feet). Can you put your beam under the overhanging portion?

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Re: Raising L'eau Blow

Along the keel line and transom they are really strong. I use wood blocks but the sandbag is overkill and possibly dangerous. Its more important where on the boat you apply the force.

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Re: Raising L'eau Blow

What worked was to unstrap the boat from the trailer and jack up the transom using a piece of wood to distribute the weight. I was able to slowly jack up either side of the trailer. It's back up on blocks but not high enough to put on the wheels. It's been raining and I've been doing other things. Thanks all.
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