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Many thanks Bjorn
I think only jack her from the keels, not the skeg or any other part of the hull. You don't want to do any damage to any other part of the boat. I have settled her onto a beach at high tide, waited for the tide to go out then dug under the keel to get a bottle jack in place then jacked her up and slowly built wooden towers for her to sit but I have also settled her down on ackrows under the front beam and the rear beam right next to the hulls and she was quite happy with this. But with all of this you really want to be gentle with your boat and use heaps of padding under the jack or ackrow. I use bits of old tyre-spread the load. The ackrows were great because they allowed clear access to the full length of the keel which was handy. I have and epoxy and silica flour(ground up sand) shoe on the bottom of my keel and its proved very usefull!!!I have also used the long post and a lever to raise up one side of the keel too. You need a few helpers.
If there was a tractor around or digger that could drag you up the beach to do your work.... Preferably on some boards. Kelp on the board is slippery.
Its all good when you get off lightly from these little accidents;)
Many thanks Brett,
Great advice, thank you, and you're right, I'm very grateful she only got some 'scratches'.
Interesting product. Think you would need more like twelve. These could be bloody useful for long term cruising where you can end up in no mans land and you have to wing it yourself!
Beacon Hill Ben said:
Would it be possible/usefull to roll your Tiki further up the beach, to where it stays dry most/all of the time? There are these heavy duty inflatable beach rollers, you would need six of them (buy/borrow), and you would use a tractor or 4WD car to slowly pull your Tiki further up the beach. Then you can lift her up as the other suggested. See http://www.harboursidechandlery.com.au/catalog/trem-boat-roller-500... If you get these in place (partially inflated) just before your keels fall dry, then pump them up and you have a beach car!
Where in the world are you? Australia? I'll come and help.
I'd love to roll the boat up the beach but finding inflatable rollers here would be impossible, and there are no tractors or 4WD's either. I'm in a remote location, Raja Ampat, a group of islands off the North-West tip of Western Papua New Guinea. But thanks for the input.
All the best,
Are there people? A really big group of people could drag/ lift your boat up above high water. Maybe put on some free beer or contact the local church???/ or could you sail to an area where a bit of gear might be available????
Log rollers and planks made slippery will do the trick if you use a come-along/Turfer and a bunch of people with some muscle.....I recall moving an Oro (46ft) a fair distance from the water this way
Great ideas, thanks everyone.
I'm about to embark on a local voyage of discovery, hoping to locate a location nearby to dry her out. Any of the above could turn out to be solutions and I received another tip today... If you place banana trunks, sideways like rollers, over heavy boards, the slippery sap they ooze allows a boat to be dragged easily up the boards...
It would certainly be much more convenient if I can drag her up above the tides. Once I'm organised, I'll post pics of the process. Thanks again fellas,
For anybody with similar issues, in the end, we put her on wooden blocks and tyres, on a beach, during big tides, then we worked between the tides, on the keels, with fast drying epoxy. Results are good enough (I think ;-)
Be interested to hear how you have found the local people in this area....