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    I'm building a Peregrine 18, and want to store it in my shop, up to the ceiling to keep it out of the way. I tried a couple cheap block-and-tackle sets, but they were the kind of PITA that would keep you from boating as often. I dreamed of all kinds of winches and set-ups to get the job done more easily. One day, while browsing for something else, I hit upon the solution- a worm gear, split drum winch! I never knew such a thing existed. Worm gear is great, because it stays wherever you stop, up or down. A split drum is perfect for my application, as it allows for two separate cables at the same time, so the bow and stern rise together. The downside is that it's a 30:1 ration, which is a LOT of cranking, but I just ran a nut onto it, and spin it with a cordless drill. It takes about 30 seconds to go up or down. I still have safety ropes under it in the event of a failure, but it's all overkill for a 125 lb. boat. I also made my own swaging die so I could make my own eye loops in the cable. Sorry for the sideways pictures; they're correct on my computer (???)
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    NICE! I've never seen one of those. I'll have to research it...I'd like to do the same with a couple of my boats

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    Finastkind.

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    Nice, I went with a trailer winch mounted to a stud, with a whole lot of line to get everything to one winch.
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    Judging by the paint color I have a set from the same company. They raise the bilgeboards on Marianita. Overkill and slow? Yes, but I can drop the board to any angle and it stays there.

    The split drum is sweet, I can see a couple of uses for one or two around the shop without even thinking too hard!
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    Nice job! I'll have to file that trick away in my mental toolbox. It reminds me of an adapter I made to raise and lower the knee on my milling machine.

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    Dutton-Lainson model DL 10952. I got mine from eTrailer.

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    ^^ Thanks for that information ! !
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    $94.00 - not bad.
    I use (and like) the Harken system. Works great on my 125lb Wherry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RickBetterley View Post
    $94.00 - not bad.
    I use (and like) the Harken system. Works great on my 125lb Wherry.
    Same here, I've got two Harken lifts. Two 100 pound boats hang from the rafters and the 3-to-1 ratio gets them up there very quickly. A nice turn-key system if you don't want to fiddle with a home brew setup.

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    Future plans for mine might include hoisting the boat up on its trailer, which is a much heavier load. That would make boating as pain-free as possible. It turns out that moving the trailer around by hand is also a fair amount of work for an old duffer.

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    I picked up a pair of large diameter wheels to replace the jackstand wheel, based on a review in Small Boat Magazine. I think they came out of Kansas. Anyway they make pushing the trailer around a breeze even on grass.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MushCreek View Post
    Future plans for mine might include hoisting the boat up on its trailer, which is a much heavier load. That would make boating as pain-free as possible. It turns out that moving the trailer around by hand is also a fair amount of work for an old duffer.


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    I like it, but it's more than I paid for the trailer. One problem with the otherwise lightweight trailer is that someone made a much longer tongue (great!), but they used 3" square, 1/4" wall tubing. That works out to about 100 lbs., which makes it hard to pick up the tongue of the trailer. It certainly won't break, though!

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    The wheels to replace the jackstand wheel was about 80 and run on grass and dirt.
    Ben Fuller
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    I have a dolly similar to this one, works great.
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    Yeah, the problems I noted were that 1) the tongue is too heavy to pick up, 2) the wheel on the jack is too small, and doesn't swivel easily, and 3) There's no place to pull at a normal height. So, I'm bent over fighting against the jack wheel. A dolly would probably be all I would need, and I could weld one up out of scrap I have laying around. Probably the best solution would be to move it around with my garden tractor, but it's put up for the winter.

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    Default Re: Boat lift for my rowboat

    Years ago I ran across one of those electric winches used to raise the basketball backboards in a high school gym. I set it up in my garage with some pulleys fastened to the overhead. With simply the push of a button I can raise one of my dinghies right up to the ceiling or down to the floor. It even has an adjustable limit switch in it so it stops all by itself just as the dinghy reaches the ceiling.

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