Moving a boat

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Moving a boat

Post by benpetre »

Hi forum,

I have half built a barrel back 19 and am moving houses. I only have to go a mile, but it is still upside down attached to the busing frame and not ready to be flipped (maybe less than half bulit). The hull is on, just not finished. I built it on dollies for ease up access in my garage.

I now need to figure out how to move it to a new garage!

My ideas are:
Roll it slowly down the road on its dollies with lots of helpers. The trip would involve only 1 small uphill, no downhills.

Rent a flat bed trailer and have my helpers lift it on and then off again.

Anyone ever do this? Would love to not reinvent the wheel.


Ben Petre
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Building the barrel back 19 ever so slowly.

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If not too heavy to flip,borrow a boat trailer flip the boat frame and all and load it on?
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Post by Hercdrvr »

Flatbed trailer is super easy, I moved mine 300 miles. Frame isn’t very heavy, Two guys can lift it on and off the trailer.
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Post by Milhouse »

I moved my 17' Sailboat when it was upside down and it had all the plywood on it by:

1. finding a friend with a truck and a flatbead
2. getting some friends to lift it onto the flatbed; frame down. I think it was like 6-7 people and that made it really easy to lift with the frame still on it
3. move to new location
4. unload the trailer (we walked it about 100 yards with no problem just so we didn't have to screw around with jockeying the trailer around the yard).
5. Drink beers and eat Burritos to pay for steps 1-4
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Post by Folgore »

I can confirm (although the boats I moved weren't Glen-L designs) that these can be just flipped on a trailer, secured by sandows, and you're good to go for miles ; although I paid my friends in beer and fries instead of beer and burritos, or I would have been stripped of my Belgian citizenship :lol:

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