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Old 01-30-2008, 12:09 AM
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I need some ideas. I keep the Mercedes boat on the tilt trailer at a Benz dealer. Since I can't put that trailer in the water, I have to have someone lift the boat off the tilt trailer and either put it in the water or on my aluminum traier so I can launch it myself. it is a major pain and expensive to have a marina do this. Hauling both trailers to and from the marina alone is a chore. I have one 4 ton hoist in my warehouse and was thinking of getting another so i can hook lift straps to the boat, lift it and switch trailers. Anyone have any other ideas? I looked into Yardarm lifts but they are $5k for the set and extremely heavy and near impossible to transport. The boat weighs just under 10k lbs.
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Dumb me, but why can't a tilt trailer go in the water? Is it just salt water it needs to stay out of? If so, I get it.
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PLEASE DON'T DO IT YOURSELF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



I can just see a bad luck post coming.
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Dumb me, but why can't a tilt trailer go in the water? Is it just salt water it needs to stay out of? If so, I get it.
Pretty sure its probably the salt issue. I have seen tilt trailers used to put boats in/out at LOTO.
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I thought that was your boat in front of the Mercedes dealer in Lauderdale. I was there two weekends ago and when I came around the corner it looked way kool in front tilted and in front of in my opinion the best cars made.
I thought I've seen some houses on the water untill I viewed some of the cribs on the Inter Coastal in Lauderdale. WTF do you do with a 35000 sq ft house, and tied up outside is a 125 ft yacht.
After boating in FL the last 2 years, I've learned that it's a great reality check when you think you got money.

Good luck with the hoist problem.
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I can just see a bad luck post coming.
I'll be careful

Yes, the salt is why I won't dunk it.
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Gino, we use a couple of "A" frames on rollers. I've lifted up to 20k lbs wit htis rig. We have chain blocks, 2 stern and 1 bow. It should give you more than enough room to pull the trailer out without striking the forward "A" frame.
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Yes, the salt is why I won't dunk it.
So, I'd be moving to fresh water.
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Damn - Wish I had your problems Gino.... mice in the Lambo .. how to get my MTI off my tilt trailer ... etc.. LOL!!

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Tell ya what - I'll tell the Mercedes dealer to kiss my butt and move down there with you and handle any problem you consider to be a "pain in the butt" - for a small fee - and I get to drive every once and a while.... LOL!

After tackling the raw water pumps on those 850's in the NorTech - your stuff should be easy!

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