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How to get a 32' off trailer in 1/2 hour 02 Nov 2013 04:36 #1

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Now that I have 2 boats and only one trailer I had to figure out a good way to be a me to switch trailers. I have a "A" frame lift but its out side my shop and I wanted to keep my restorer boat inside the shop but it was on the trailer.

The solution......... build a great big giant saw horse. Yes a saw horse.

The following are the pictures and how I did it and how its made..

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How to get a 32' off trailer in 1/2 hour 02 Nov 2013 04:43 #2

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First I lowered the front of the trailer as low as I could get it pretty much to the ground. And then I placed boat stands under the transom.

Then I raised the front of the trailer as high as I could get it. I had to extend the trailer jack to the tallest hole to get it high enough..

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After the transom stands are placed and the front of the trailer is raised I placed the big mother sawhorse under and to the bow eye. The following is the saw horse and the bow eye detail.

After the saw horse was placed the front of the trailer was lowered back down and re connected to the vehicle ready to be pulled out. Be sure to check for sufficient boat /trailer clearance before continuing

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Now here comes the disclaimer. If you decide this is something you want to do make sure your bow eye is strong enough and the saw horse is made sufficiently strong. My bow eye is a 1/2" bow eye rod and has a capacity of 5000lbs and a breaking strength of more than 17000lb. I'm not or do I want to be responsible for Injury or death. This can go really wrong if its not done right.

The saw horse was made of 4x4 X 1/4 steel tube a test run showed some bow so I added a 3x3x1/4 angle iron to the bottom of it no more bow. The legs are made of 2 1/2x1/4 " tube with plate feet to keep it from sinking in to the ground.
The main tube is about 120" long between the legs. The trailer is 102" wide.

I have less than $500 into it but I did have some steel already.

Now here is the boat after the trailer was removed.

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As I pulled the trailer out I placed additional boat stands for safety as I went along. Once the boat is above the trailer it came right out. Here is the space I had between the boat and the trailer. And some more detail of the bow eye hook attachment.

The bow eye keeper is a short piece of angle iron welded on the top boat side edge of the sawhorse and two upright pieces welded on with a hole drilled for a pin to go through the bow eye for safety.

The saw horse is completely disasmbleable and can be lifted by one person if you are strong and put in the back of a truck.

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Next weekend is a land cruise bringing my other 32' home from seattle to spokane. I need to go over the trailer first and make some modifications but its now free of the boat in the shop.

The boat will be lowered down onto blocks and all stands and the saw horse removed tomorrow.

In short remove trailer ..... lower front of trailer ...... place transom stands..... raise trailer high place saw horse...... lower front of trailer and connect to vehicle ....... pull trailer out .

The light you see on the front of the boat is where I have been working on the bow thruster and have removed the bottom paint and the gel coat. I have a light on inside the boat that is why the front glows. BTW all glass is pretty much see through to a point even in searays :)

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Nice work Dave! Will you then just trailer back and forth for trips to the Jauns?

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How to get a 32' off trailer in 1/2 hour 02 Nov 2013 13:10 #8

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As usual, nicely done, Dave! :)

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Innovation is the mother of invention. Nice work Dave.

I took a small Carver off the trailer with a rig similar to that. Not near that heavy though. Your steel beam has a lot of smile to it. :)

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Fish-a-Palooza wrote: Nice work Dave! Will you then just trailer back and forth for trips to the Jauns?


Yes that is probably going to be the plan.

And thanks for all the good words everyone.


Sorry some of the pictures are so dark it was evening when I took them . I couldn't wait for good light so I could take pictures.
And the two old guys cranking up the trailer jack are not me I was taking the picture. That was my dad and his friend. You don't think that I would actually do the work myself do you. :).

My dad is 85 and the other guy is like 70. So if two old guys can do the job any one can.

Actually I can move the saw horse around by myself I am going to guess the beam weighs around 100-120 lbs . The legs maybe 80lbs or less..

Its a Clydesdale saw horse. :). Made for working.

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Dave told me that this saw horse has been grain fed, and that it's a Clydesdale. :silly:

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This us not something I would ever undertake (not a welder), but the itelligence, ingenuity of this set up is impresive. Well done!!

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How to get a 32' off trailer in 1/2 hour 26 Dec 2013 16:56 #13

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The spread of the A-frame is key. The way you attached the saw horse to the eye-boly is a pivot point. If the A-frame was to narrow it would have flipped the saw horse over.

You got it right :-) nice job.

I have become amased at what BOC folks do to work on their boats. Don't see posts like this on the Maxum site.

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Patrevan wrote: This us not something I would ever undertake (not a welder), but the itelligence, ingenuity of this set up is impresive. Well done!!


Thank you for your kind words :). Sorry but I'm not a welder either. Did you see my welds? Hahah. I make dentures for a living.

Interestingly enough though I come from a long line of fabricators. My ancestors were boat builders ( go figure) on the lake shores of Scotland many years ago. ;

My father was a black smith originally by trade but then became a welder when all the electric welding stuff came along . So I've been around it all my life apparently some of it rubbed off on me.

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Nauti Mike wrote: The spread of the A-frame is key. The way you attached the saw horse to the eye-boly is a pivot point. If the A-frame was to narrow it would have flipped the saw horse over.

You got it right :-) nice job.

I have become amased at what BOC folks do to work on their boats. Don't see posts like this on the Maxum site.


If you are wondering why the BOC is the way it is as far as doing building and making things. Here is my theory on that.

First let's look at what kind of people buy bay liners.

Probably most but maybe not all have money but not an excessive amount . Well not enough to pay someone every time their boat hiccups. So we learn and do.
I think a lot of us don't have the financial means that boaters of other brands have.

Second is on the same lines..... most of Bayliner owners are or have been some type blue collar worker at one point in their.life where we have learned skills and had to do our own stuff and not necessarily affluent enough to pay to have someone else do it.

Therefore many of us are skilled in various trades or at least working with our hands. Me I'm an entrepreneur not necessarily a tradesman but my previous trade was as a mechanic for Chevrolet and I worked boat repair for 15 years . Some bow I got started on that at Chevrolet when nobody would work on corvett body's. It paid double so the greedy kid that I was I took that on.because no one could figure it out.

I love putting things together and all my past experiences allow me to do that with boats.

I think that as well as me sets Bayliner owners apart from other brandowners. Skills learned + financial need to have to do it ones self + the love of and appreciation for doing it ones self is the key to tthe BOC.

Me I like doing the work I could pay someone but what fun would that be?. Unlike other brand owners that would think the end of the world has come if they get a little grease on their hands.

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David, very good summary of BOC owners. It matches what I have experienced in meeting folks.

Myself, Ok I am whire collar but grew up in a blue collar family. Nothing against blue collar as this is the primary workforce that makes things happen in the world.

Gear head from my teens and still do all my own work. Partly to save money and partly because I enjoy doing the work.

While I have done wood working I haven't done any fiberglass repair.

So I don't expect to see sea ray, four winns, .. owners doing all this a maxum isn't that much above a bayliner so I would have expected a few similar projects would have shown up was my point.

So please continue with your craft and I will continue to enjoy reading about the progress.

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I'm not knocking white or blue collar workers either I was just making a distinction between the two types. I have been both in job only. I find some sort of sick pleasure in getting down in a bilge and getting dirty. :)

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Amen to that!

As long as it's during the off season. When the weather is nice I just want to boat :-)
However I have been know to help others whenever, hence the "Nauti" just anyone that knows me; boats, boats, boats.... :lol:

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This is very, very cool., One of the reasons the BOC site is so frigging fun to read through on a rainy day!

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Yachtman!
Can you come and clean my bilg?
I ll buy the beer!!!
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Don77 wrote: Yachtman!
Can you come and clean my bilg?
I ll buy the beer!!!
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I have oompa loompas that clean my bilges :P

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I keep looking in there and wonder who's going to pull me out without cutting fiberglass!
Wifey aint going to do it!!
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