[Public-List] More on lifting Alberg 30's

pwrutland at bellnet.ca pwrutland at bellnet.ca
Wed Nov 12 11:10:56 PST 2008

I have a contessa 26 with similar structure under water.  I ask the crane to 
put the boat on the trailer, with the rear sling wherever it is appropriate 
to lift it safely out of the water, usually well forward of the ruddder, 
then with the front legs of the supports on the trailer holding the boat 
upright, the crane guy can lift the rear of the boat a few inches off the 
trailer, and then we put a 2 x 4 under the rear of the keel, which then 
allows us to move the strap towards the rear, then the crane guy lifts the 
boat a bit, slip the 2 x 4 out, and then lower the rear of the boat on the 
target part of the trailer. Something like that may work for you....
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> John,
> I have a question for you and others. When I designed my trailer I failed 
> to plan for where the aft lifting strap would fall when the boat was close 
> to being set onto the trailer. I designed the trailer so that when 
> properly loaded the aft foot or so of the keel wound be off the end of the 
> trailer center support, to allow the aft strap to be placed under the aft 
> part of the keel. The issue is that, according to Murphy, I failed to 
> realize that the aft straps interfere with the aft trailer support jacks 
> for the hull of the boat. What I have done up to this point is to lift the 
> boat under the keel and set it on the trailer as far forward as possible. 
> At this point the keel is protruding about 2 feet aft of the trailer, but 
> is firmly on the trailer, which is attached to the tow vehicle. The aft 
> strap is then disconnected and inserted thru the prop aperture and then 
> the boat is only lifted slightly to scoot it forward into the bow stop on 
> the trailer. This makes me a bit nervous until the aft strap can be 
> repositioned, but all has seemed to work fine.
> I really don't like lifting the boat from anywhere but under the keel aft 
> and as far aft as possible near the forward cutaway.
> I never considered lifting the Alberg 30 by placing the aft strap under 
> the counter as far forward to the rudder post as possible. I was really 
> fearful that the boat would tear apart.
> I also just lash the fore and aft straps to each other along the gunwale 
> and provide a photograph for the crane
> opperator so they know where to position the straps while she is in the 
> water. You cleat the straps to the boat, as you would a spring line to a 
> dock piling? Is that better/safer?
> Thanks for yours and others input on this lifting proceedure. I would like 
> to do what is safest and best for the boat.
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "John Birch" < Sunstone at cogeco.ca >
> To: "Alberg 30 Public List -- open to all" < 
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> Sent: Wednesday, November 12, 2008 11:32:19 AM GMT -05:00 US/Canada 
> Eastern
> Subject: Re: [Public-List] Lifting boat by rudder ~ solution
> I've been the Facilities Director of our Club for 4 years ending 2 years 
> ago
> and have lifted many an Alberg, my own included. I am ticketed to direct 
> and
> signal the crane.
> To avoid this type of error I strongly recommend doing a Counter Lift when
> the boat is in the water, that is placing the aft strap behind the rudder
> and lifting from just behind the horn timber.
> When Launching, where we can see the placement clearly, we do the
> traditional Keel lift.
> The boat will take it just fine and there is much less chance of error.
> Always check the rudder for being free when the straps start to load up 
> and
> stop and lower the boat immediately if either of the following two things
> happen:
> 1. the tiller immediately moves to the side as the straps tighten
> 2. the tiller feels like it has any drag on it
> Always have a person on shore looking under the counter as she starts to
> rise to ensure the strap is behind the horn timber
> And don't forget to tie the straps together and fore and aft to a strong
> point like the bow and stern cleats - leading the line along the sheer and
> through the stanchions fairly without point loading anything to avoid 
> strap
> slipping
> John
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