DIY Haul Out

June 7th, 2007 by: joshua

searunner 31 trimaran preparing to haul out

searunner 31 trimaran positioned on the haul out skid

Pull up your pants!

searunner 31 trimaran starting up the slide

Cheyenne scratching mosquito bites. The mosquitos surrounded us in thick swarms to feast on deet.

haul out truck winch setup

You can see the 8000lb electric winch setup for a 2:1 pull. The blue truck in the background also has a winch connected to the brown truck to help anchor it in place.

searunner 31 trimaran being jacked up to clear the seawall

Bill arrived and found us in contemplation of the jacking.

The slide wasn’t supporting enough of the minikeel so we had to jack up the boat by the amas and lever the slide further under the boat (it wasn’t long enough to get it far enough under the boat at first). It seems scary to support the whole boat by the amas, but it has to be that strong to sail. The static weight of the main hull is only a fraction of the forces applied to the amas when beating to weather.

haul out slid problem

You can see another problem here… The hull is too wide to fit through the gap in the bulkhead.

cutting the seawall with a chainsaw

Jeff operating a chainsaw dangerously close the hull. We had to cut away part of the bulkhead to allow the hull to pass through because we couldn’t jack it up high enough.

main hull clear of the seawall

inspecting the bottom of the main hull

At this point the winch failed us. Mostly because all of the weight was still resting on a single roller that had jamed sideways. We had to do some more jacking to straighten it out.

nigerian dugout canoe

An unexpected collision with a Nigerian dugout.

searunner 31 trimaran side at an angle nearly clear of the water

searunner 31 trimaran take off

At some point near the top the winch failed again. It just couldn’t pull it any higher. Maybe the truck batteries were low. Anyhow, Jeff jumped in the truck, put it in drive and yanked it the rest of the way out with Cheyenne and I shouting “Whoaaaa! Stop. stop. Wait!”

searunner 31 trimaran haulout complete

Due to the rapid ascent we couldn’t block up the amas fast enough. You can see that the entire boat is balanced on the main hull. Cheyenne is on the other side holding it up with one hand. After this, we had to jack it up by the amas again to pull the slide out.

5 Comments on “DIY Haul Out”

  1. Peg Bowden says:

    Whoaa! TimeMachine looks like it could be airborne. It could be a spaceship in BattleStar Galactica. Hope you were able to get it on land without cracking major boat appendages. -Mom/Peg

  2. Jill Douglass says:

    I don’t know if there’s such a thing as rednecked sailing, but that may be it. :)

  3. Laszlo says:

    Is this something you want potential buyers to see? :-)

  4. chollero says:

    Sure is what any multihull person would enjoy the fact that a light weight trimaran, shallow draft, capable of world travel can haul out easy in your backyard.

  5. lee mccormick says:

    awesome job!..that shallow draft(and determined sailors).. makes it all to see how that c/b trunk is built and how it in the beggining stages of thrashing out a deal on a hurricaned 31…in florida..dont know much about it yet..its really nice to be able to talk to marples face to face if need be in is great..keep up the good efforts..boat back in the water yet?..lee

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