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Old 03 December 2006, 15:13   #1
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a bit of advice please......

I shall be doing some work on the rib soon and I need to be able to access all of the hull.

I am considering either a boat cradle or supports attached to the tubes leaving the hull clear.
Would the tubes be able to support the weight on their own or could this cause tubes to come away?

Thanks in advance.

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Old 03 December 2006, 15:34   #2
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hull access

hi I had the same issue (for repainting) last year and to be honest its hard!
if you decide to go with a cradle decide (after talking to the builder) if the flanges will take it and if they can give them a large contact area and put a couple of small supports under the hull which will save them. Its also worth considering .

taking the trailer out and jacking it up then using a block thru the trunk holes on the transom and on the bow hook.

I was not brave enough to the boat be supported on the 3 points so it went stern first then lowered then bow up.
we also the year before simply dropped a 585 ribcraft off its trailer and ten jacked it a fraction and that was excellent as we could roll her over side to side easily (one person). we did each side separately.
that with hindight was the easiest and best solution.
ie lowest risk of damage.
getting her off is best onto a carpet and when she goes back on protect the hull at the transom cos the blocks drop away as the boat comes forward.
turned out well and sold well.
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Thanks for the advice and info. Mike.
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Any more advice/ideas on supporting rib to access the whole hull?

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What sort of rib is it?
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Hi Tim,

6.5m Tornado.

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Supporting the transom end is fairly straight forward as you could support from the outboard bracket in some way.

As for the front . you could look at popping a support pillar under the winch eye but it would have to be secure 100% but wouldn't be too stable.

The choice is yours but if painting it's either one half then the other supported on car tyres or flipping the whole lot over for me.
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Getting the boat back onto the trailer

Quote"getting her off is best onto a carpet and when she goes back on protect the hull at the transom cos the blocks drop away as the boat comes forward."

From experience I have found it much better to winch the trailer back under the boat than try to winch the boat onto the trailer. This way you keep the transome supported until the end. To do it you leave the brake off the trailer and as you winch in the trailer slides in under the boat,

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From experience I have found it much better to winch the trailer back under the boat than try to winch the boat onto the trailer. This way you keep the transome supported until the end. To do it you leave the brake off the trailer and as you winch in the trailer slides in under the boat,

^^ agree 100%.
It helps if you get someone to lift the towhitch in the air a bit while you start the initial winching too.
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Quote"getting her off is best onto a carpet and when she goes back on protect the hull at the transom cos the blocks drop away as the boat comes forward."

From experience I have found it much better to winch the trailer back under the boat than try to winch the boat onto the trailer. This way you keep the transome supported until the end. To do it you leave the brake off the trailer and as you winch in the trailer slides in under the boat,

Best of luck
Yep, done that on the slipway . Wasn't my RIB then and got a couple of hunded off the price for the cost of some time and Gel coat
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