We had hoped to manage a less costly haul out in the Bahamas on a sandy beach and it nearly happened. But Nev got injured and couldn't work, so here we are in Maine at Walter Greene's yard near Yarmouth. Greene's are extra pleasant to deal with and it is like multihull heaven here, but the crane is an outside hire and it is expensive. We are using 8 strops 2 inches wide and 14 feet long which we carry with us in case of emergency need to haul because cranes are available all over the world and wide travel lifts are not. The strops will be placed in the choke configuration just inboard of each hull on the four biggest crossbeams. We hauled last time here (4 years ago) and it worked well. Photos can be seen by going to tiki46.com and clicking on Peace IV images. This is Clifton Thompson's website.
I really hope that someday Nev and I will be able to haul Peace for free on a sandy beach in the Bahamas. I do hope some folks who have done this with a large Wharram and gotten the boat well above the water line will give specifics here. On the beach we want to use there is a friend with a Bob Cat.
Hi Ann, if you look under pic's (29) old ones you can see my boat, I went in on high tide, then when the tide went out I started jacking it up with a hydraulic jack. it will take half a day to do but you can get it above the high water.
the only problem is you can't work on it when the tide is in unless your where there's warm water..Vern (three waters)
You are our new hero! That is quite a project you are doing and certainly the method of getting the boat out of the water is a least expensive and totally independent way. You must have a super quiet area and a very hard beach, which is not what we would have where we were thinking of hauling in Bahamas. But the method is good and there are other areas we can explore perhaps just north of Cape Cod. We may use that method in future. Sure we know the method and used it while building.
There has to be a way to get Peace up on the beach at Manjack. Why not just use rollers like they did in the old days. Bill's tractor should have no problem pulling it out. Or maybe we could use the tracks from that wrecked bulldozer on the south side of the anchorage as skids. Hopefully we'll be there by the time you're ready to haul again. It sounds like a fun project.
Ann and Nev,
We used several methods to pull out Tiki 30 up a very steep, rocky beach in front of our house in Nahant. One year we just laid down some scrap plywood sheets (3/4 ) that we had lying around, covered them with sea weed for lubrication and pulled her up with a come-along. Took way too long with resetting the keeper chain every three minutes. We also used small rollers (lengths of steel pipe) with this method. It's just that you can only move the boat a couple of feet before you have to reset the come-along. Cheap, but not efficient. I finally built some dollies from some junked car tow dollies. We torched them in half and rebolted them so they were only 3 feet wide or so and then we could just pull her up the public launch since our house was right around the corner. We pulled it with a truck or just had a bunch of us put our backs to it. I think I have a picture somewhere of my two beefy nephews harnessed, one to a hull, pulling the Tiki 30 along the tiny Nahant road that led to our house. We would then push it up the drive way for the winter. IT was always a party with beer and sausages and guitars. Lots of fun. One old Nahant salt said we were 'like the Amish'. Any way, if you have access to a tractor, it would seem some old ply and some rollers (fence posts, pipes) would do the trick. Just have to keep moving the ply sheets, but perhaps you could get some beer and sausages....I'll come.
You would be amazed how hard it is to find proper, strong rollers. We had planned ply tracks on the soft sand and I had thought to find fence posts for rollers. Used to be easy to find them in most any timber yard. These days the style is oval so they won't roll. Likely we would end up rounding some tree trunks. Getting them equal diameter would help. After Nev fell on the coral rocks, he just did not want to do much of anything for a few months. The trip north was a struggle for him even. We had also planned a "stone boat" idea for the hulls with rollers underneath. To be practical, at our age, all that would require helping hands. Material are not easy to come by there either. Brian, with your muscles, anything could happen! There are 8 machine skates on island that were brought over and we planned to use. Ann and Nev
You're all invited for rum punch and a cookout on the beach next time we need to haul in the Bahamas. Old Scaffold poles, 3/4 ply, and lots and lots of sausages. That much beer is not affordable in the Bahamas, but the rum is cheap. Bob, your boys will be big enough to really help by then. Plan winter 2012. All bring guitars! Hoorah for Wharram Builders and Friends!
We got trolleys with our Tiki 30. They are steel squares with an axle at each corner which takes 2 pneumatic wheel barrow wheels (same as used for launching trolleys for dinghies) and then supports for the hull sides going up from the frame. It works very well as long as you do not want to go round corners. We have pushed the boat on our own on tarmac and I have towed it round a yard with VW Golf no problem. You do need a hard surface though.
Your boat has probably already been hauled out so our technique is probably being offerred too late. See if they can attach beams(or trees as we did) to a hydraulic lift trailer. Thats how we put ours in. It should be possible for pulling one out also. I put some more pictures on this web site showing how we did it. Of course you need a wide boat ramp.
The last time we repainted the bottom we waited for a high tide and beached her.
It gave us about 6 to 8 hours to to some final sanding and apply 3 coats of paint. we usually complet one hull at a time.Then wait for the next high tide for the other side. This also allows you the luxury to do any other repairs required.It´s alot easier on land than on a dingy.