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Old 07 February 2010, 14:30   #1
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How to get a searider upside down

Ok this isn't what you think it is by the title.

I want to flip my 5.4 searider over to repair the nicks and flocoat the hull.
Something I should have thought about before glassing in a console but I always do things arse about tit.

Only way I can think of doing it is to flip it over on to blocks of wood.
But would the deck support the weight? I was thinking of making T shaped blocks of wood. The top of the T spreading the weight over the deck. Obviously high enough so the console clears the ground.

Another thing to take into account is due to room, it could only be supported up near the bow and between the transom legs.

What do ya think ladies and gents?
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Old 07 February 2010, 14:35   #2
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Just fo it as it as.
It'll end in tears trying to turn it over mate.
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God i was getting all excited when i saw the title too!!
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Just fo it as it as.
It'll end in tears trying to turn it over mate.
Would make life allot easier with it turned over mate. Can get enough hands to do it or even get use of a small crane at the dock.

But bad idea?
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Would make life allot easier with it turned over mate. Can get enough hands to do it or even get use of a small crane at the dock.

But bad idea?
Could that small crane be used to lift the boat so you get access to the bits you need off the trailer? and keep it the right way up. Alternatively let Jono Garton take it for a play and you can fix the underside before rerighting it!
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Alternatively let Jono Garton take it for a play !
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Could that small crane be used to lift the boat so you get access to the bits you need off the trailer? and keep it the right way up. Alternatively let Jono Garton take it for a play and you can fix the underside before rerighting it!

It's more a case of gravity with doing gel coat repairs and flocoat. But it's something I hadn't thought about. If I decide not to flip it over (which is starting to go out the window) I was going to try and work around the rollers on the trailer. But working round the straps on the crane would be allot easier. Cheers for the idea mate!
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How about doin to job half and half...I mean you turn the hull to 90 degrees vertical or litle more (pending on the balance) leaning against something. That way you can have a pretty comfortable working position. That You can do with manpower only i guess. When first half completed you turn the other side. I dont know how the tubes like this, but without the engine maybe it is not too much?
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Just stick it in the water so you can't see the chips!
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It's more a case of gravity with doing gel coat repairs and flocoat. But it's something I hadn't thought about. If I decide not to flip it over (which is starting to go out the window) I was going to try and work around the rollers on the trailer. But working round the straps on the crane would be allot easier. Cheers for the idea mate!
JSP - not sure how big / serious you are trying to fix - but bigger gouges can be fixed with filler like car body filler and its pretty thick so will stay in place OKish upside down, and anything minor isn't worth filling - its a Searider - its not meant to look polished. You'll probably waste 4 days when you could be on the water - just rolling it over, tarting it up, and rolling it back - and it won't got any faster or be any safer afterwards.
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