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lifting my O'Day 22 with a forklift?

I recently bought a 1983 Oday 22. I'd like to inspect the centerboard & such. I work for several marinas and have access to lots of toys, like forklifts and operators.

For a six pack of beer, I can have my boat lifted with a fork.

I suspect this is not a great idea...? Does anybody have any knowledge?

I can always grab my SCUBA stuff, but that's more headache than handing off a six pack
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Re: lifting my O'Day 22 with a forklift?

Do any of the marinas you work for have a proper boat lift?

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

If by 'forklift' you mean the dedicated dry-storage marina type of forklift with long (likely padded) forks the only concern might be that the sailboat would have more rocker (fore-aft curvature) than the average speedboat.. but you could probably add some support at the ends, esp if it's only for an inspection or a relatively short lift.

Even stuffing some fenders bow and sternward might get you by.

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

Borrow a trailer instead? A nice catalina 22 trailer might be a better choice.

I do think with proper attention to pressure points with a motorboat style lift you could make it work.

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

All the marinas have proper travel lifts, but they all have a roof over them. I'd have to drop the mast. Not that big of a deal, but I'm lazy ;-) Hmmm, I can just have them lift it off the trailer with the lift. I'll have to see if my trailer bunks will interfere.

Yes, they are proper marine forklifts, with the giant, padded forks. Mostly Wiggins Marina Bulls, in a variety of sizes.
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If it's a marina, why doesn't it have open-end traveling lifts to lift sailboats and boats with fly Bridges? I don't even visualize a lift with a a roof over it.
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Re: lifting my O'Day 22 with a forklift?

Here is how a local marina lifted a keel boat with a forklift (click on picture thunbnail to view full size). They used a travelift strap on a forklift This forklift lifts powerboats up to 40' long. They have a Travelift with the cab on the side for larger vessels. Catalina insisted this C165K sailboat be lifted with a travelift with straps. Because of the keel, they were adamantly against using a forklift and placing it on the fork. Note that boat is on straps and not on the bunks. The mast was lowered on the straps, after it was pulled from the water.
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Re: lifting my O'Day 22 with a forklift?

My first marina had an old Hyster forklift that launched everything from 25' and less every year....carpeted forks. Worked very well...never a problem.


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

I was uncomfortable when my 2500# catboat-more than 25 yrs ago--was lifted with a forklift, using padded forks directly on the hull, but it was not a problem. Since then my 3500# powerboat has been launched and retrieved multiple times with a forklift, without any issues.
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Re: lifting my O'Day 22 with a forklift?

Back in the day I worked for a marina with nothing but forks. Seasonal haul of of sailboats up to 30' was routine. It can be delicate work but very doable. Plan the lift and go slow.
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