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Old 05 December 2017, 05:10   #1
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The boat is going in the back garden. Unfortunately I have strict instructions not to drive on the new Grass. I donít think Iíll get the landrover to swing the boat around without touching said grass. Anyone know of, or had personal experience with mobile boat movers, something that goes on the hitch, wheels, alternative. I even wondered about an old quad bike with front hitch.
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i used a trailer mover for my 6 m rib i wasn't impressed ok on strait tarmac but getting it up the drop kerb up a slight slope was pi$$ poor might just have been the one i had but it didn't seem balanced enough with only two wheels. i used a quad on the isle of man brilliant just the job.
i ve been toying with the idea of buying one of the two wheeled tractor tyred rotovator units, you can buy them which have brush cutter attachments so just buy the unit and sort the hitch out

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The boat is going in the back garden. Unfortunately I have strict instructions not to drive on the new Grass. I donít think Iíll get the landrover to swing the boat around without touching said grass. Anyone know of, or had personal experience with mobile boat movers, something that goes on the hitch, wheels, alternative. I even wondered about an old quad bike with front hitch.
If its a one off move for the winter buy a case of beer and invite a few mates over, much cheaper and more fun.
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I tow my 9m Ribtec with a Defender 110, and have similar issues trying to turn in small spaces! Scott at RibRepair certainly shunted it around with a quad bike on a front mounted hitch to get it into his shed, which seemed to work very well. A valid use to justify buying a quad bike...
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i have a 1982 john deere amt600 for just that purpose ,will shift anything on any terrain without leaving a mark , only has 8.5 hp kawasaki engine and 5 massive tyres and works on a centrifugal DAF variomatic belt style system ,probhably only worth £500 but i will never part with it as long as i can draw breath , 0f course the gator replaced it but not the same tool , i have also used a lawn tractor
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, i have also used a lawn tractor
I've used my lawn tractor to move the boat about on the level but it was near it's limits and if I end up on the slopping bit of the drive it's going to end badly because the lawn tractor's brakes are a joke
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I've used my lawn tractor to move the boat about on the level but it was near it's limits and if I end up on the slopping bit of the drive it's going to end badly because the lawn tractor's brakes are a joke
it can't be worse than the volvo handbrake!
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Yup. Little garden/lawn tractor would serve you well.
We use this around the place. Changing out the tires
has prevented any slipping and tearing up the lawn.
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The boat is going in the back garden. Unfortunately I have strict instructions not to drive on the new Grass. I don’t think I’ll get the landrover to swing the boat around without touching said grass. Anyone know of, or had personal experience with mobile boat movers, something that goes on the hitch, wheels, alternative. I even wondered about an old quad bike with front hitch.
If you've got a car/4x4 with relatively wide tyres it will probably cause less damage than wheels spinning on a hitch mover/quad?

Just put mine in the back garden. There wasn't enough room to drive in and tun around but could get the trailer approximately 60 degrees around.
Unhitched, moved car out of the way. turned trailer the rest of the 180 degrees by hand (single axle, boat run aft on the trailer a little to reduce the nose weight) and then hitched up again and backed into the space. It's all ready to pull straight out in the spring now.

No damage to the grass from the car although an 18" diameter divet from one of the trailer wheels.

Note, however, that my grass is "old" grass, not "new" grass and my wife isn't at all worried about it!
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I use a spare trailer winch succoured to a spike in the ground to pull mine into the final position where I can't get the car to manoeuvre. Wouldn't want to be doing it every day, but fine for that end of season tuck away.
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What sort of size lawn mowers you driving? I have a vehicular access, about 10m of drive then 2or 3 meters over grass (which is new)

Tractor rotars look good too. Gonna YouTube them.
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...or you could just buy a few sections of "caravan matting", throw it over the grass and get the landy revved up. Bed the matting into the new lawn and you can drive on it any time you like - it's almost invisible once the grass grows up through it.

Obviously this won't work if it's a Pimms & Croquet situation
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What sort of size lawn mowers you driving? I have a vehicular access, about 10m of drive then 2or 3 meters over grass (which is new)

Tractor rotars look good too. Gonna YouTube them.
I've got a 14hp mountfield and it struggles with my 6.5mtr on a two wheel trailer on flat level slabs (wheel spin). I seriously doubt it would have any chance what-so-ever with an 8mtr boat on a four wheel trailer on grass.

It's going to need a big commercial machine, not a B&Q job like mine.

Caravan matting or a fixed winch makes a lot more sense.
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My newly aquired rib came with a mover fitted. It is very slow and does not like deep gravel but on semi firm ground including up a leveling ramp seems have been working well. I use it a it as was fitted, not sure i would acccutally fit one though. What about a front hitch on car? Or the quad option..
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Hi

privite trailer movers are a good as a bucket with a hole to stop the tide. I would sell loads if they worked well but as others have said..... a mit of gravel, mud sand, grass ie not flat tarmac and they are pathetic.

2 boxes of beer and nocking on a few doors will give a far better and cheaper result.

sorry to be so negative but please believe me we have looked and looked a lot.

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Don't know how good they are but better than wheels & small enough to carry about
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Surely the answer is wait until the good lady goes shopping and move the boat. Have an asda moment to yourself (ching ching) and forget about it. If she complains when she twigs then flowers are cheaper than a mover....another ching ching moment.
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If it were me and didn't want expense I would buy 8x4 3/4 exteria ply wood sheets put em over the grass whilst manuvering job done.
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Can't see the problem, I've turned my various boats around on the lawn for years using a variety of 4wd vehicles. Be gentle & go slow....like making love to a beautiful woman.......
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