Originally Posted by stephenmcdermot
Tried yesterday to lift my 6.5m Humber with its dead Honda 130hp out of the water to start work on it. I tried to use a hiab with straps, however the straps were just digging into the tubes. So we abandonned it.
Not before using two long planks of wood between the straps to stop them closing in on the rib. But that failed too.
Can ribs only be taken out with a negative lift forktruck or on a slipway?
Its not a good idea to lift a Humber just with straps unsuported like that due to their design. Its possible with some RIBS but the way the hull meets the tubes on a Humber doesn't do the hull a lot of good due to the squeezing you'll get - tube inflated or deflated.
Humber sometimes do fit the lifting eyes like Richard mentioned. Its the best way..... though the spreader bar might be OK if you feel lucky!
You could always give Humber a ring and get some advice from them. If you have the boats serial number they may even know if lifting eyes can be added easily ... or are there now!