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    Jerome FR – W447

    Hi all,
    I must change my trailer, and the sailing club near the house doesn’t have a ramp to access the water but 2 cranes with winches to put dinghies at the water.

    My Wayfarer is a full wood model,
    and I don’t want to take any risk to damage the hull when lifting it.

    From your experience,
    where are the best places for positioning the straps?
    I assume under the varanguas (I’m not sure that is the right word in English / “varangues ” in french, are the solid pieces in wood, they are going from left to right at the bottom/sides of the hull), but which ones?
    Do you have any advice to share?
    Or do I make long pieces of wood and protections to put between the hull and straps to avoid lifting the boat on flexible wood parts?

    Or lifting a woody by the crane is definitely a bad idea, too risky?
    I will appreciate any advice you could share.

    Bob Harland

    Hi Jérôme, a crane lifting the boat with straps should be ok.
    The straps can wrap under the boat and up the sides , but one problem could be the straps compressing the hull – ideally the straps will have stretchers to hold them apart.
    I would position the straps at 1/3 and 2/3 along the length of the boat.

    The wider and more cushioned the straps the better – the sort of thing used to lift a yacht would be fine for a Wayfarer.

    Hope that helps

    Jerome FR – W447

    Thank you, Bob.
    It helps a lot!
    The stretchers to hold them apart from the hull is an excellent idea.

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