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Old 21 June 2005, 10:20   #1
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lifting my RIB

Hi Guys....

I need to do some work on my trailer - without the rib on it if possible. I know I could just leave it in the water for a few days, but I have been playing with the idea of lifting the RIB off at home in the garage.

I have a hoist which I can use to physically lift the RIB, and I can easily make up some chocks to rest it on while it's off the trailer.

However I'm wondering how to suspend the RIB from the hoist. I guess I could make up a temporary sling by using two tie downs running under the hull - but I only have one tiedown...

The bad fairy in my head is suggeting that I could lift it by the outboard bracket at the back with a strong rope, and use the tiedown as a sling under the mid-section...

However the good fairy has brought along his mates and they're shouting at me that it's crazy to use the outboard bracket...

any advice, opinions, abuse, etc ????
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Old 21 June 2005, 10:25   #2
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Dose not sound that daft, is the out board bolted to the transom? If just clamped maybe not so good! Do you not have D rings fixed to the transom you should be able to lift with these!
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Old 21 June 2005, 11:06   #3
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Six mates and a crate of Carling, 30 seconds and job done.

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Do a search on this site and you will find people who have lowered their boats off the trailer onto the floor - pics as well......
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Old 21 June 2005, 13:35   #5
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I've done this loads of time with my 4m RIB.

I tie a rope around the outboard bracket, then tie it to the car which I park behind the RIB. I then get a piece of old carpet I have, and put it on the ground to stop the hull getting scratched. Then attach the winch hook to another car using a chain which is parked about 15 feet from the hitch on the trailer. Slowly winch the trailer from under the RIB, using bits of wood is nessassery to keep the RIB level. 5 minutes later you will have them seperated.
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I would have thought the old tyre trick could also be used. Just place em behind your RIB on the centre line get someone to push and slowly unwind the winch untill your transom is sitting on a tyre (remember to attatch trailer to car before doing this). Once sitting on the tyre slowly drive trailer from under RIB placing tyres along the lenght of the RIB and placing a chock either side of hull to keep upright.

Then keep that crate of Carling just for the two of you
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Old 21 June 2005, 14:07   #7
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I've done this loads of time with my 4m RIB.

Slowly winch the trailer from under the RIB, using bits of wood is nessassery to keep the RIB level. 5 minutes later you will have them seperated.

Yes great - but how does he get it back on the trailer?? brute force?

my rib goes to 2200kgs dry. I had made a steel "H" 2.5 meters wide and the horizontal bar about 3 meters high. I use 2 x1000 kgs block and tackle to lift the back up with the hooks to the brackets on the transom. Lift up the back about 1 meter then use stands to support the back. Do the same with front and then slide the trailer out.- if you lived in Belgium you could borrow it.

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1. Lift the back and slide some tressels under the hull
2. Lift the bow, pull the trailer away and prop the bow up.

If you've got towing eyes bolted through your transom they should be fine to lift from, if not then your engine bracket should do, if its bolted and not clamped to the transom.
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Yes great - but how does he get it back on the trailer?? brute force?
You simply attach the trailer to a car, and winch the boat back on. Easy!
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