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Blackmagic94

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I want to completely repaint and rebunk my jet bote trailer


At my work I have fork lifts for days, so the question is this


What is the most efficient but safe way to lift the boat off the trailer, then what would you use to rest the boat hull on while the trailer gets a make over


I have the following tools for the job

John Deere 544E loader with forks
Hyster60 with 72" forks
Clark CGP40 with 48" forks

-I have a ton of pallets and military tires which i was thinking could use the tires as a softer material to rest the boat on
-tow straps wrapped under haul wrapped to chains on forks or, connect to the stern and bow tie down points?
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I do mine at the river. Careful measurement and you can make the new bunks and bring the out with you...battery impact and 15 minutes at the river and your job is done

Edit: didn’t see the paint part.

Build dolly to set the boat on while the work is being done. I like straps to lift the transom. Bow eye is OK for the front.
 

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In the garage I put a sling around the nose going thru the bow eye and pad the heck out of the sling as it wraps the boat, use a floor jack on the transom to lift it just off the trailer then lift the nose and slide the boat back off the trailer just far enough to block the corners of the transom. Now lift the sling and float the boat, I use a hoist but the fork lift should work if the forks are long enough to allow you to pull the trailer out.

Built a simple cradle and set it down than rinse and repeat.
 

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I was thinking the big John deere at the rear facing forward, and the hyster 60 with the 72" long forks 90 degrees at the front of the bow, are the rear trailer tie downs strong enough to lift or should i wrap the rear straps under the hull


And pallets or tires to sit it on?
 

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I was thinking the big John deere at the rear facing forward, and the hyster 60 with the 72" long forks 90 degrees at the front of the bow, are the rear trailer tie downs strong enough to lift or should i wrap the rear straps under the hull


And pallets or tires to sit it on?
That will work
 

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Pulled a few boats off trailers. Biggest being my last boat which was a F32. We use fork lift at the front bow eye with a moving blanket folded up thick as the sling comes over the bow. Then just a couple chain falls on the rear tie downs. Then just set them on wood blocks with moving blankets folded over the blocks.
 

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I've been doing a bunch of trailer work lately. 21' outboard. I use a forklift in the back, straps to the motor. And an A frame in the front.

I would lift from the motor instead of the stern eyes. Straps under everything would be strongest, but also a PITA to thread over the bunks.

Plan on lifting where it will stay, no moving it.
 

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I floated the boat a foot back on the trailer. Then I used a floor Jack and cribbing. Took about an hour to take off the trailer and 30 min to put back on.
 

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I floated the boat a foot back on the trailer. Then I used a floor Jack and cribbing. Took about an hour to take off the trailer and 30 min to put back on.
Last boat I slung was a 21' Baja hammer with a big block.

I did it this way without an issue, couple of buddies and 3 floor jacks it was off in 45 minutes taking our time along the way

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^^^ This was my method as well on a Hallett 210.
 

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drop trailer tongue aaaallll the way to the ground. this lifts the back of the boat up. put stacked blocks under the hull corners and keel. raise front of trailer. this will drop the back of the trailer down and the boat will lift off the rear. raise front as high as you can get it. block under the bow/keel area. drop front. boat will be hovering over trailer. slowly inch the trailer out and use a jack or whatever (i used an engine hoist with a strap around the bow eye to lift the front...) to temporarily suspend it as you move the blocking and move the trailer forward around axles/center supports. its pretty easy and safe to do.

 

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I was thinking the big John deere at the rear facing forward, and the hyster 60 with the 72" long forks 90 degrees at the front of the bow, are the rear trailer tie downs strong enough to lift or should i wrap the rear straps under the hull


And pallets or tires to sit it on?
Don't overthink it. I've put jet botes on the floor of my garage with a small bottle jack, some 2 X 4 scraps, a few old tires, and 30 minutes of work.

Jack up the boat, pull the trailer forward, move the jacks and blocks, jack it up again, rinse and repeat.
 

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So get 'er done. It isn't complicated. Should take ten minutes, not including your two days of calculations and hand wringing.
so what you're saying it tie it to the forklift and mash the gas pedal on the truck? it'll come right off.
 

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so what you're saying it tie it to the forklift and mash the gas pedal on the truck? it'll come right off.
Or even better, just tie a rope to a power pole and let it rip.
 
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