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Hello All,
I am looking at a Tangaroa Mk4 or Narai Mk4 build to launch in Lake Erie and eventually sail to the Atlantic but am not finding any lifts that can handle cats here around Cleveland. Are there any alternative ways to launch? I began with interest in a Tiki 30, which would have been much easier but I’m concerned it would feel a bit small on longer trips.

Thanks for any thoughts!

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It’s usually possible to arrange for a crane. Our Pahi 42 fits in the local boatyard’s lift with a few inches to spare. Bigger cats are routinely lifted in and out with a crane. Our Pahi came with a set of straps that the previous owner used when needed. 

This is actually a difficult problem seldom discussed...

I launched my boat at Fosdyke on the Welland Lincs UK. There was 3"" each side of her in the bay she was launched out of there from the slings by their brilliant boatbuilder and yard manager Greg.

My current boatyard won't lift my boat (beam 5.33 +),  not because of the weight,  but because they have narrow areas for boat storage which don't fit in with catamaran sizes.

Where I am on the Dart, no one wants to know about lifting my boat, so have had to neap her for work (cheap, but bad on the knees).

This winter I wanted her out for a couple of months. They are all making so much money here from luxury boats I don't think I would like to pay the fees. The Exe canal is a possibility for winter but a way to work on the boat.

So it's neaping on the neighbouring beach and avoiding the storms which will continue to increase in the future, probably.

Generally, these things need to be taken into account when you have a widebeam cat. Personally, I don't want any other kind of boat, but it's difficult and expensive.

Breaking/re- forming the boat from the hulls is not a practical option to avoid this.

Thanks Robert. In my asking around at the marinas and yacht clubs in Cleveland I haven’t found any yet but I’m looking. You are around Boston? I’m looking for cat owners around Cleveland for advice. I haven’t seen any around.


Robert said:

It’s usually possible to arrange for a crane. Our Pahi 42 fits in the local boatyard’s lift with a few inches to spare. Bigger cats are routinely lifted in and out with a crane. Our Pahi came with a set of straps that the previous owner used when needed. 


Thanks Ian :) I’ve found a boat ramp or two that would be wide enough by a foot or two depending on the beam I choose but Tangaraos and Tiki 38’s don’t seem launchable from any sort of trailer. As I’m on a lake (Lake Erie) I can’t put something together on a beach and use tides….

The fact that we have winters here also mean it would need to come out as well…hmmm, problems ;)


Ian R said:

This is actually a difficult problem seldom discussed...

I launched my boat at Fosdyke on the Welland Lincs UK. There was 3"" each side of her in the bay she was launched out of there from the slings by their brilliant boatbuilder and yard manager Greg.

My current boatyard won't lift my boat (beam 5.33 +),  not because of the weight,  but because they have narrow areas for boat storage which don't fit in with catamaran sizes.

Where I am on the Dart, no one wants to know about lifting my boat, so have had to neap her for work (cheap, but bad on the knees).

This winter I wanted her out for a couple of months. They are all making so much money here from luxury boats I don't think I would like to pay the fees. The Exe canal is a possibility for winter but a way to work on the boat.

So it's neaping on the neighbouring beach and avoiding the storms which will continue to increase in the future, probably.

Generally, these things need to be taken into account when you have a widebeam cat. Personally, I don't want any other kind of boat, but it's difficult and expensive.

Breaking/re- forming the boat from the hulls is not a practical option to avoid this.

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