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    Default Lifting a jet boat off the trailer question.

    I wanna pull my boat off the trailer and leave it on some old tires in my garage while I redo the trailer. Where is the best place to lift the stern of the boat with the engine in it? Pump or headers?

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    Quote Originally Posted by NO BUTT NO PUTT View Post
    I wanna pull my boat off the trailer and leave it on some old tires in my garage while I redo the trailer. Where is the best place to lift the stern of the boat with the engine in it? Pump or headers?
    block, off the heads with chain , I would think would be the safest
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    take the motor out if you plan on it being on the tires very long otherwise you'll find yourself with a nice porpuse next spring

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    Take the motor out.

    Run a rope arround the intake/suction housing just fwd of the bowl. I use a cherry-picker here.

    As IMPATIENT said, do it with the engine in, and the weight WILL screw up the poorly/unevenly supported hull over time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NO BUTT NO PUTT View Post
    I wanna pull my boat off the trailer and leave it on some old tires in my garage while I redo the trailer. Where is the best place to lift the stern of the boat with the engine in it? Pump or headers?
    If you are pulling the motor or not, spend a few bucks on wood and build a dolly. Add wheels if you want! Tires are going to add more problems in the long run. 3 2x6 2 2x4 and 4 swivel caster wheels. Push the boat around and park it where you want. Use carpet on the contact to the boat points. Just think of were the boat sits on the trailer and that will explain how to build. Remember most of the weight of an 18ft jet is in the last 8 to 10 feet of the boat, Slide or pull ( engine in or out ) off the trailer and onto the dolly. By the way, soapy water helps the transition part. M

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    Quote Originally Posted by ol guy View Post
    If you are pulling the motor or not, spend a few bucks on wood and build a dolly. Add wheels if you want! Tires are going to add more problems in the long run. 3 2x6 2 2x4 and 4 swivel caster wheels. Push the boat around and park it where you want. Use carpet on the contact to the boat points. Just think of were the boat sits on the trailer and that will explain how to build. Remember most of the weight of an 18ft jet is in the last 8 to 10 feet of the boat, Slide or pull ( engine in or out ) off the trailer and onto the dolly. By the way, soapy water helps the transition part. M
    Do you have pic of this dolly built

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    Depending on how long you're going to keep it off of the trailer... if it's for a short period of time (a couple of days) I have done it many times like this (no need to pull engine or anything else): tie the pump to a tree/your house/heavy truck/etc.. and get the back 6" of the boat to hang off of the trailer, lower the front of the trailer (tongue) so that it's on the ground, place automotive jack stands under the back of the boat and raise them so that they are close to touching the hull (the part that's now hanging off of the trailer), raise the front of the trailer up as far as it will go (now the back of the boat is off of the trailer), attach a cherry picker to the bow eye, lower the front of the trailer (now the hull is completely off of the trailer), pull the trailer out from under the boat, place another jackstand under the boat near the center and slowly lower the cherry picker to allow the hull to rest most of it's weight on the jackstands but keep some tension on the cherry picker.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hotrod56cars View Post
    Depending on how long you're going to keep it off of the trailer... if it's for a short period of time (a couple of days) I have done it many times like this (no need to pull engine or anything else): tie the pump to a tree/your house/heavy truck/etc.. and get the back 6" of the boat to hang off of the trailer, lower the front of the trailer (tongue) so that it's on the ground, place automotive jack stands under the back of the boat and raise them so that they are close to touching the hull (the part that's now hanging off of the trailer), raise the front of the trailer up as far as it will go (now the back of the boat is off of the trailer), attach a cherry picker to the bow eye, lower the front of the trailer (now the hull is completely off of the trailer), pull the trailer out from under the boat, place another jackstand under the boat near the center and slowly lower the cherry picker to allow the hull to rest most of it's weight on the jackstands but keep some tension on the cherry picker.
    I would NEVER do that to any hull worth saving! build a wood dolly and take your time doing the trailer. JMHO

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    Heres how Jrork did his. I would make it longer in the bunk area.

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    Thanks for the pic

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    Or maybe shop around for an old trailer. It only has to be in good enough shape to hold the boat for a little while...

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    Quote Originally Posted by CK7684 View Post
    Or maybe shop around for an old trailer. It only has to be in good enough shape to hold the boat for a little while...
    I have a trailer I can use from a 22ft dana. I just wanted to make sure I could lift it from the heads. I was going to put tow straps under the headers like when pulling the motor, but use that to lift the boat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NO BUTT NO PUTT View Post
    I have a trailer I can use from a 22ft dana. I just wanted to make sure I could lift it from the heads. I was going to put tow straps under the headers like when pulling the motor, but use that to lift the boat.
    I've heard But never seen , it's possible to pull the stringers off the bottom because of the completed boat weight is too much. Personally I wouldn't want to find out it was true. Pat

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