Originally Posted by klmken
cut the sides out and then put it back together. I have had to do it on a few big boats. Freaky to watch, though.
The best story, though is when I had a sweet 61' Hatteras in the slings of the TraveLift and it shifted suddenly while lowering it in the water. One of the "bolts" that holds the pulleys got caught under the rub rail and started splitting the boat in 2 pieces. You know the sound slowly cracking large amounts of fiberglass makes?! The owner is standing there and turned white as a ghost. 10 people went into a panic. I thought he was going to crap his pants (literally) when I said the next 3 words...."get the sawsall!"
Meanwhile the boat is now about 6' seperated at the hull and deck. You could see inside the boat (about a 12" gap). I jumped up on the deck and proceeded to carve out a 8-10' section of the deck to relieve the pressure. I wish I had pictures of that.