Boatbuilding Blog

May 29, 2010

Out of the Shed

Filed under: Launching — tomlarkin @ 10:59 pm

On Thursday morning I rented the 1-ton pickup truck and then the trailer from a different rental place across town. I started removing the deck under the bow of the boat. Ross showed up around 4 PM. Meryll, Ross, and I went right to work pulling the boat out. We called it a day about 8 PM, with the boat on the trailer next to the house.

Ross put the numbers on to make the boat legal:

We jacked the boat up and cut the deck out from underneath:

I backed in the trailer and we used a come-along to drag the boat onto it. This step actually took hours. The trailer was too high and we had to dig trenches for the tires to drop into. The boat bottom was too flat for the trailer so the bottom ran into the trailer wheelwells so we had to jack the back end up and stuff sheets of old decking on top of the rollers to keep from crushing the wheelwells. All the neighbors showed up and gave us advice on how to do it better  🙂

During this time we had the road completely blocked. Meryll spent a lot of time asking people to drive around on the side streets:



It was raining and getting dark  when we finished. I’d never seen it from more than a few feet away.

It was a good day.


1 Comment »

  1. It was a great relief to see the boat for the first time outside of the tent. It was 3.5 hours of labor to get the boat out of the tent where Tom had been forming it for 3.5 years.

    Comment by Meryll — May 31, 2010 @ 12:51 am

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