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Old 08 February 2016, 07:50   #1
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Turning 6.5m hull over

I'm currently working on a 6.5m hull (no tubes or seats/console currently fitted so just a very bare hull). It's a very heavy hull, but I want to turn it over so I can strip all the antifoul off and give it a polish.

Does anyone have any tips? I can use a forklift or crane at a local boatyard, so its not really the lifting thats the issue, more how to actually rotate it once its off the trailer. Any ideas gratefully received!
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Old 08 February 2016, 08:07   #2
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Why do you need to rotate if you can get it lifted and chocked. Working under might give you a neck crick but you won't reach the middle if it's upside down anyway.
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Old 08 February 2016, 08:32   #3
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To make it easier to work on. As well as the antifoul theres various scratches and things I want to work on. Will be much easier upside down. (Sorry don't follow your point about reaching the middle)
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Old 08 February 2016, 09:31   #4
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Old car tires. Set a row of them where the keel and the edge of the hull rests and push. They make a great cushion. That's how i did mine. Only I used a bunch of strong football players instead of forklift and crane.

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As Jason said tires work great . We've used come alongs or other block and tackle to rotate . Can tie off to the hitch on a truck as a secure point.
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Old 08 February 2016, 19:27   #6
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For the Brits among us a 'come along' is not an instruction to your dog but a kind of winch.
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Use a load of straw bales and some slings. The bales can be used to support the weight and also prop the hull at angles as you roll it over+ catch it as you go past the point of no return
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Thanks for the tips. I've managed to lure four friends around this eve for what they think is a curry. Little do they know....
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I've managed to lure four friends around this eve for what they think is a curry.....
Hey, four big lads, a good feed of curry and a spot of heavy lifting.

What could possibly go wrong?

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