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Old 24 September 2003, 12:47   #1
Country: UK - England
Town: Wickford, Essex
Boat name: Seahorse V
Make: Avon Searider
Length: 4
Engine: Mercury 50HP
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Turning the boat over

Hi Again,

I want to carry out some maintenance on my boat. One of the things I want to do is tidy up the underneath of the boat ( clean up the scratches, respray etc ).

Obviously, it is very difficult whilst the boat is on the trailer, especially to do a good spray job. To accomplish this, I want to somehow turn the boat over.

The engine will be off, and the console will be out etc so basically, all that will remain is the hull and tubes.

Is it safe for me to turn the boat over and lay it on the floor of the garage upside down with the trailer removed ? It weighs approx. 160KG with everything removed.

Should I inflate or deflate the tubes and will it damage them if the weight of it all is on the tubes ?

It will probably be like this for a couple of weeks. I know it will take the help of a few friends to lift the boat up and turn it over.

Alternatively, does anyone have any better ideas of working on the bottom without buying loads of specialised equipment ?

Many Thanks in advance.


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Old 24 September 2003, 16:05   #2
Country: UK - England
Boat name: Won't get Fooled Again
Make: Ribtec
Length: 6.5
Engine: Honda 130
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it's easy.

we did this to our sea rider 4.7 and it was so much easier.

Unbolt everything engine, console windscreen and then turn it over. You'll need a mate to help and keep the yubes inflated.


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Old 24 September 2003, 16:47   #3
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I would definitely keep the tubes inflated. Otherwise it shouldn't be a problem.

Just make sure that you haven't got any nails lurking around on your garage floor! In fact an old piece of carpet under the tubes would probably be a good idea.

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Old 25 September 2003, 11:34   #4
Country: UK - England
Town: Great Harwood, Lancs
Boat name: Tigger II
Make: Bombardier Aerodeck
Length: 3m +
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Hi Steve

Have a word with the bunch that race RIBS, they appear to have mastered how to turn RIBS over

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