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Author Topic: Getting 50lbs of boat into and out of the water  (Read 1837 times)

Offline apointofview

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Getting 50lbs of boat into and out of the water
« on: August 24, 2016, 09:08:36 AM »
I had to find a solution to getting my sternwheeler in and out of the pond.  It is a spine breaking adventure lifting the boat while standing on soft/muddy ground.  It is such a pain that it has been keeping me out of the water.  So after trying to make a crane, and a sled that rides down a ladder, both of which failed it came down to a simple trailer.  I used PVC pipe and 4 old wagon wheels and a bit of rubber mat to build it.  I used a few suggestions from other modelers like the rubber to keep the boat from sliding off the trailer.  The pole to push the trailer came from a swimming pool cleaner.  I gave it a test today just to see if it worked.  I didn't have time to run the boat today just testing the trailer.  It looks like its going to make boating much nicer, it worked great

Video - https://youtu.be/Ks07acLniuQ
Pete

Offline Robert Hornby

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Re: Getting 50lbs of boat into and out of the water
« Reply #1 on: August 24, 2016, 10:45:36 AM »
Pete,
Just brilliant, simple things almost always work the best. Well done.
Robert.
Age and treachery will always overcome youth and skill

Offline derekwarner_decoy

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Re: Getting 50lbs of boat into and out of the water
« Reply #2 on: August 24, 2016, 10:51:39 AM »
Nice to hear from you Pete.... we " :gathering "  were thinking you had paddled up river & not come back yet  :whistle

Is the PVC tube ballasted to stop it floating?

Derek
Derek Warner

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Illawarra Live Steamers Co-op
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Offline DamienG

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Re: Getting 50lbs of boat into and out of the water
« Reply #3 on: August 24, 2016, 01:20:34 PM »
A nice piece of ingenuity Pete well done.  :bravo :bravo :clap :clap

Offline Spankbucket

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Re: Getting 50lbs of boat into and out of the water
« Reply #4 on: August 24, 2016, 05:40:43 PM »
Great piece of work...I must get round to building something like that.

Offline apointofview

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Re: Getting 50lbs of boat into and out of the water
« Reply #5 on: August 25, 2016, 07:51:10 AM »
Thanks guys,  its nice to have something work like I imagine it should.  Most of the time I find myself having to backup and rework many times.  That saying ' even a blind squirrel gets a nut once in awhile ' applies here

I have been quiet because life has been busy and boating in 90 to 100 degrees F ( 32C to 37C ) with plenty of humidity is not too appealing :P

Derek -  I just left the pvc open so it floods with water. The trailer does float but only after the boat does .  Nice thing about that is I wont lose the trailer to the bottom of the lake if it gets away  ;D

 

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