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Re: lifting my O'Day 22 with a forklift?

If it's a keelboat use a travelift or a forklift with straps to grab hull from underneath. If it's a centerboard boat you can just use the forks on the forklift. CEnterboard boats are built to ride on bunks similar to the forks on the forklift.
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Re: lifting my O'Day 22 with a forklift?

Let us know what you wind up doing, and how it goes regardless... these are the kinds of threads that I'd rather know if everything went OK regardless of what you wound up doing.

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Re: lifting my O'Day 22 with a forklift?

Where we keep the boat they have used forklift for the last 40 years, the one in this picture has some adaptions done to make i easier to use, hydraulic operated strap adjustment and stopper on the end of gaff to prevent the sling sliding off. Launching a boat like mine take less than 30 minutes from they put the straps in place until boat is floating, For larger boats (like mine 38) the plan for 60 minutes when lifting out - extra time is for putting supports in place.



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Re: lifting my O'Day 22 with a forklift?

Update-

As hoped, it was a completely boring experience to have the guys lift my boat with a fork. Nothing exciting at all.

The bottom seems fine, and I need to cut a pair of 3/16 shims for the centerboard. Easy.

Now I just need to figure out how to get this off the trailer in my shop sometime this winter. I don't have a lift :-(
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Re: lifting my O'Day 22 with a forklift?

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Update-

As hoped, it was a completely boring experience to have the guys lift my boat with a fork. Nothing exciting at all.

The bottom seems fine, and I need to cut a pair of 3/16 shims for the centerboard. Easy.

Now I just need to figure out how to get this off the trailer in my shop sometime this winter. I don't have a lift :-(
You could rent hydraulic or mechanical jacks to lift the boat and block it incrementally as you work the trailer out of the way. I used a mechanical house jack on a boat in your weight category to facilitate gel coat removal on a boat that I had on a trailer.

You could use wooden cribbing or concrete blocks to support the keel and construct a wood cradle with cross ties to stabilize the boat. Otherwise you could buy new Brownell shoring stands (aka jack stands or poppets) at about $600 for 4, if you can’t find used ones or a marina that will rent them.

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Re: lifting my O'Day 22 with a forklift?

In 1989 I had my O'Day 30 trucked from San Fransisco (Vallejo) to Everett, WA. I was aghast when the yard that accepted the delivery lifted her from the truck to a cradle with a forklift. It was/is a dry storage yard and everything went well. After putting her all back together, she was launched with the forklift and taken to Anacortes, WA.
If you are going to the local rent-all shop to rent a forklift for a DIY bottom survey, I would caution against it. If it is going to be lifted by a dry storage yard that does it daily in their business, then they would likely have no issues with the lift. Ask the yard manager about their history lifting 22 foot sailboats.
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Re: lifting my O'Day 22 with a forklift?

Iho- It's neat watching the guys who know what they are doing move boats around. I'm good with a trailer, but I have no business playing with a fork ;-)

One of the marinas where I work regularly lifts 37' powerboats. No worries. (for them)

The worry was about 10 years ago- New 33' SeaRay on the forks, with a very experienced yard guy driving. BOOM!!

Unknown to anyone, a sink hole had formed under the yard. A hole about 15' across and 15' deep ate the forward wheels of the fork. The back wheels were still on the unbroken concrete pavement, the boat and forks were resting on the pavement, and most of the fork was in the hole.

Er- Hey boss, you want to come look at this...?
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A tragic story. Was the SeaRay damaged? I guess the same sink hole could have sucked in a travel lift.
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Re: lifting my O'Day 22 with a forklift?

P.S. I see you're from Detroit. I sailed for years out of the Toledo YC and the Oscoda YC. I enjoyed the Great Lakes, but you don't have crabs.
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