My Beetlecat restoration project is bascially stalled in part because the boat is in the garage and ends up being a catch all for junk.
I need to do something as I really don't want the boat to sit in the garage for another winter.
1) Bring the boat to someone else and pay them to finish the work.
2) Donate the boat to IYRS.
3) Move the boat to my above garage workshop.
I'm inclined to go with #3 as I don't want to get rid of the boat and want the experience working on it.
When we built the house I put a barn hay loft type door at the back of the shop at floor level. The bottom of this door is about 10' above grade.
The problem is how to get the boat up to the shop.
I've thought of a few solutions but would like opinions.
FYI - boat weighs about 450#.
1) ramp & rollers - make a ramp out of some 2x16 stock and make a sled that the boat would sit on and then using rollers or casters pull the boat up until it pivots at the top and then slide the sled the rest of the way in.
2) Ramp & pulleys - make a ramp out of 2x stock and secure the top end to the opening and then use some posts to make a lifting system at the ground end. I'm sure with a 4-1 pulley system I could lift the back end of the boat with no trouble. When the boat is level or nearly level with the shop floor - pull it in.
Anyone care to comment on my solutions or suggest something different.