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Hauling a boat on a flat trailer

Discussion in 'Boating & Fishing' started by pittim, Jun 26, 2009.

  1. Jun 26, 2009 at 10:18 PM
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    Like...a flat surface. Anyone ever done it before?


    There's a local paintball park near me that has a pond in it. The owner found a free boat that is stripped and doesn't have a trailer.

    The owner of the paintball park has a trailer that the boat will fit on.

    Anybody think hauling the boat is possible? Probably would take an hour/1.5 hours max to get from the location of the boat to where the park is.




    Is this even legal? :rofl:
     
  2. Jun 26, 2009 at 10:20 PM
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    dont see why not if you properly tie it down.. take pictures though it will be a first for me to see!! heehee
     
  3. Jun 26, 2009 at 10:26 PM
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    yeah, thats what i figured (both parts :rofl:)

    The trailer has metal sides...wonder where we could tie down the boat to on the trailer. I think duct tape would be appropriate for this, dontcha think :D
     
  4. Jun 27, 2009 at 5:05 AM
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    Train of thought here....

    Free boat without a trailer = it's probably laying directly on the ground in someones back yard and not worth anything to worry about it.

    Just lay that sucker on its side and strap it down....

    At that point, it's 'cargo' and not a boat. :D

    As long as its not protruding over the sides of the trailer or sticking out the back too far, it can't be any less illegal than someone dragging a huge load of lumber that's hanging off the back of a tailgate or trailer.
     
  5. Jun 27, 2009 at 5:18 AM
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    What kind of a boat? Row-boat style - flip it upside-down and strap it down. Anything else you risk damaging the hull with out proper support. For a temp mount in that case, stack some screwed down 2x4s to cradle the hull just to get it home. Then go find a real trailer. But I'm guessing it's just a row-boat (?) that could be flipped, which is fine on a flatbed trailer.Hell, if its not too wide, throw it in your bed belly up with the gate up and strap it down. Been there done that many times.

     
  6. Jun 27, 2009 at 6:16 AM
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    Yeah, it's just laying on the ground. I have a feeling it might be kinda difficult to get it up on the trailer :rofl:

    Here's the boat: http://pittsburgh.craigslist.org/zip/1227605640.html

    My friend that I'm helping says it's 16' long, 6' wide.

    I'm thinking taking off the windshield thingy and anything else that is protruding from the top, then just flip it and put it on the trailer so at least it's flat...
     
  7. Jun 27, 2009 at 3:41 PM
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    Oh man, you are looking for a project. lol!

    Good call on the windshield - either that or go get some 2x4s and made a temp cradle. Being Irish, I'm lazy and would take the latter. :rolleyes:

     
  8. Jun 29, 2009 at 1:59 PM
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    We used 4 ratchet straps to hold it (one in back, one in front, two across cable things (anchors?) on the top of the boat) in place, and the guy gave us old tires that were just laying there to prop it up.

    [​IMG]

    I'm suprised I didn't jack knife and roll the boat and my truck over, as it was the first time i've ever pulled a trailer.
     
  9. Jun 29, 2009 at 2:08 PM
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    Way to go. Have fun with that project.
     
  10. Jun 29, 2009 at 6:14 PM
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    lol! There's an old boat on yer ass... :D

    Have fun, I think you'll have fun bringing her back to life. I know I would.

     
  11. Jun 29, 2009 at 6:17 PM
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    There won't be bringing it back to life. It's going to be used as a prop in a paintball field (fake M2 machine gun (50 cal), mannequins, etc)

    At least thats what the new owner of the boat has planned for it.


    The tags are from March of 1993. Wonder where it's been for the past 16 years lol.
     
  12. Jun 29, 2009 at 6:39 PM
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    wheres my truck..oh no!
     
  13. Jun 29, 2009 at 6:45 PM
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    Awkward. Tie it down tight.;)
     
  14. Jun 30, 2009 at 5:28 PM
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    And I was worried you'd crack the hull... DOH!

     
  15. Jul 12, 2009 at 9:11 PM
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    that is great!!!! GOOD JOB!!!!
     
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