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"Catnip" -- a Two Paw 7 . .

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I believe every word you spoke about installing the fendering.
Be prepared to change your mind about towing. It's been known to happen.

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Considering towing -- first I have to get the little boat onto the big boat.  Although each half is only a little over 30 lbs -- each not having "handles," it's not easy to lift either over Chessie's cockpit coaming and into the big boat.  So, here's my design concept.

 

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The problem -- a tall guide-on in the way.  And the coaming about chest-high.

 

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Temporarily remove the guide-on and make a wooden extension.  Fabricated a cedar board with a channeled "leg" to be strapped to the wooden extension of the guide-on.  The underside of the aft end of the cedar board is resting on the coaming.

 

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The loading board firmly in position.  The forward end has notches that rest over the toe-rail and dodger coaming on the cabin roof.

 

Now I still need a simple lifting rig so that (without any help) I can get each half of the nesting dinghy onto the bridge deck.  Here's my idea -- a couple of hooks cut from 1/2" ply made to fit over the gunwale and bumper.  Here's a gross sketch:

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Next, I'll figure out a way loop the pair over a one-half boat with its interior facing away from me and the bottom facing me & it's centerline horizontal, I'll then place the hooks over the lower gunwale and raise (by pulling up on lines rigged to the hooks) the half-boat so that the [upper gunwale] will go up and over the loading board and onto the bridge deck.

 

Do you think i can make it work OK as a practical matter?  I'm going to give it a try.  SUGGESTIONS WELCOME !!

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Attached is a sketch of the design concept showing relative positions of trailer, big-boat, a half-boat and the loader (approximately to scale).

 

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I'll need one hook and approximately 10 feet of large diameter line (for easier purchase).  The loading board will already be in place.  Its high [fwd] end will be a little over 5' 2" high (and lower [aft] end) about 4' 3" high.  The trailer fender is about 26" high.  Standing close to the FWD half-boat (bow to the left) I'll raise it about 26" and rest its lower gunwale on the fender while gently pushing it against the loading board.  At that point its "tipping point" will only need to be raised another 12" or so.  By raising the half-boat (while simultaneously pushing against it) to its tipping point -- it can then be rotated over the edge of the loading board and onto the bridge deck.

 

The AFT half-boat is loaded the same way (but transom to the left).  Once over the tipping point, instead of sliding it onto the bridge deck, it is placed over the top of the FWD half-boat.  Then remove the lifting rig and adjust the two half-boats so that they nest comfortably.  They are very closely restricted (fore & aft) by the mizzen mast and cabin bulkhead -- and need only be tied down restricting verticle & side-to-side movement.

 

Unloading should be close to a reverse of the loading procedure.

 

DOES ANYONE think that I can MAKE THIS WORK SOLO?  Comments, suggestions, WELCOME.

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I might think about lifting the dinghy (half) over the lowest point of the coaming then bringing it forward on its side along the seat to get it in position.  Maybe even over the transom. I’m suggesting this without knowing the layout of any obstacles such as trailer fenders, etc. It’s usually easier to move something when you get it at your own level.

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Pete-  now you’ve got me thinking about my Two Paw 8.  The plan is to have it in the bed of my pickup truck.  Now I’m wondering about that first lift— the bow section out of the stern section, while it’s still in the truck.  That’s gonna be interesting.

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Don -- It takes a lot of thinking and trial-erra-try-again & again to "get-it-right."  Or something close to it.  My concept of the hook & rope rig is going to work out -- but it needs a better understanding and somelot refinements.  Lifting the bow-half out of the stern-is much easier than lifting the stern-half off of the bow-half.  If you have the space (overhead), it's easier to first tilt them (while nested) up with the nesting bulkheads down and level.  Then the bow-half can easily be slid out of the stern-half.

 

This weekend I'll try various improvements and post resulting photos.

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