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JohnT posted 05-25-2001 08:52 AM ET (US)   Profile for JohnT   Send Email to JohnT  
I have read with interest the thread about keel roller vs bunk trailers. I have a '77 Montauk. My neighbor has a lift, but he's not using it this week. He said I could put my boat up there and I thought I might take him up on it, at least long enough to pressure wash the bottom and sides of the hull, which are brown from sitting in the water for a month.

Quandry is this: The lift has two boards ("bunks", if you will) covered with carpet that fit in the "tunnels" and lift the boat from there (at lest, that's how they lift my friend's boat, not a Whaler, but looks like one - except it's proven it will sink). Anyhoo, would sitting my boat on this lift for a week or so hurt my boat? I'd be surprised if it would, but after the discussion of trailers, I want to be sure before I put it up there.

Thanks in advance for your advice.

Jersey Jim posted 05-25-2001 01:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jersey Jim  Send Email to Jersey Jim     
Be sure you measure the distance between
the bunks on the lift and check your hull so you know where the bunks will be positioned
before you lift the boat. Most lifts have a center cross beam that will be directly under the keel when the boat is lifted.Make sure there is enough clearance between the keel and beam before you lift the boat as this is all underwater and you can damage the gel coat very easily. Good luck
JohnT posted 05-25-2001 03:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for JohnT  Send Email to JohnT     
Jim -
Thanks for the reply. I will definitely check the clearance, but I'm prtty sure it will be OK based on the boat that's usually there. The "bunks" appear to be 2 x 12's (2x14's?) that are turned up on their side, covered with carpet and supposed to go midway between the V and each sponson (I hope I'm using the correct terms). I'll check to see that they are at the apex of that arch or narrower to be sure that they don't damage anything.

THanks for your comments.

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