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Old 30 August 2012, 08:10   #1
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Hey from Reading, UK!

Hey all,

I'm Kirsty, 22, and a mechanical engineer specialising in gear inspection. Me and my boyfriend have a 4.2m Ribcraft with a 40hp Mariner outboard.

Ive joined the forum as the axle snapped on the trailer on our way back from Cornwall last Sunday (on the M5 of all places!!). We got the boat lowloaded home, and we decided that the cost of repair and age of the trailer meant it was easier to replace the whole thing.

We have ordered a new trailer from indespension which we pick up tomorrow, then we have the mammoth task of getting the RIB from the old trailer to the new one on the roadway by the house..

Any advice on doing this would be awesome..

Good to find the forum, and good to start learning a lot more!

Hope to hear from you all at some stage
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Old 30 August 2012, 08:19   #2
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very easy with small boat just jack up near the trasome and pull the trailer out blocking it as you go we did it with 7.5 800 kg me my gilfrend and pushing super roller 8 thats 8oo kg
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Park boat in reasonable strength garage/shed. Unload boat as much as poss., put a jack under the planing pad (protect gelcoat with a piece of plywood), take weight of rear end on jack. Balance rear end with 5gall plastic cans on either side of hull. Sling a couple of 5t ratchet straps under hull and attach to building, it'll lift off easy peasy.
If no building available, a few mates holding straps could lift it off once the rear end is supported.
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Old 30 August 2012, 08:27   #4
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Would it be possible to remove front of old trailer, put new trailer in front of that, then slide the boat onto new trailer?
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Old 30 August 2012, 08:31   #5
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Hey everyone, thanks for the replies .

Yeah we are going to get a few guys to help out with supports and moving trailers etc.

We had planned to remove the boat onto old tyres and other soft materials, then slide the new trailer to the front and gently winch it on as we all lift and help at the same time.

We are going to be doing it Sunday, my only worry is damaging the boat!
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Tyres are good, old carpet also. Support the arse end and the rest wont be very heavy.
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Where in Cornwall were you visiting?
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Would it be possible to remove front of old trailer, put new trailer in front of that, then slide the boat onto new trailer?
Yes, remove the winch post from the old trailer and use the winch from the new trailer to pull the boat over the front of the old trailer and onto the new one.

Or, you could drop it gently off the back of the old trailer onto the lawn, then winch the new trailer under it.

Piece of pi$$ with a small 4.2m RIB whichever way you do it.
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Where in Cornwall were you visiting?
You still looking for the Shooter, Mollers?
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You still looking for the Shooter, Mollers?
May've spawned those.
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