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Can an RL24 be unloaded from the boat trailer and reloaded on the lawn?
I need to do some maintenance on my RL24 trailer and rather than take the boat to a marina for a few nights I am thinking of putting it off the trailer and onto the lawn while I maintain the trailer.
Is this a proposition or is the boat too heavy to do this?
I have a tilting trailer and an 8:1 trailer winch
I have done this kind of thing with trailer sailors but never with one this big.
Thanks to everyone for their assistance with other matters for the RL24.
Regards
Peter
Peter Brigg1-Aug-2014    Edit    Delete 
Re: Can an RL24 be unloaded from the boat trailer and reloaded on the lawn?
I have seen in the archived or history section, that it has been done with Status yachts and the boat unloaded onto tyres on the ground, then rolled onto side to check and repair centerboards.

I am considering same exercise at present so would also be interested in hearing from others that have already done the same
john gray2-Aug-2014    Edit    Delete 
Re: Can an RL24 be unloaded from the boat trailer and reloaded on the lawn?
I took my RL24 off its trailer a few times with no problems, but a tilting trailer is essential to minimise any excess load on the point of the transom. Remove as much weight as possible to make the job easier. I generally did it so I could maintain the trailer - replace rollers and lubricate them. It can take some effort to remove the boat when the rollers are jamming but so much easier to reload with new greased rollers.

Pick a thick patch of lawn and tie the boat so that it doesn't drag on the ground while the trailer is being pulled forward and just take it very slowly. Tilt the trailer and tip it right up to keep the boat as flat as possible. Something soft and supporting under the boat, particularly at the back of the boat where the point of the transom hits the grass, and under the middle of the hull will minimise any scratches.

To reload, walk the trailer back while winding the winch being careful not to drag the boat forward.
Keith Merkley2-Aug-2014    Edit    Delete 
Re: Can an RL24 be unloaded from the boat trailer and reloaded on the lawn?
I use rolls of Carpet underlay to roll the boat off onto, I have had my boat off the trailer many time no problems.
Darryn Dyer3-Aug-2014    Edit    Delete 
Re: Can an RL24 be unloaded from the boat trailer and reloaded on the lawn?
More reloading pics
Darryn Dyer3-Aug-2014    Edit    Delete 
Re: Can an RL24 be unloaded from the boat trailer and reloaded on the lawn?
Boat stays stationary, and winch the trailer in under the hull.
Darryn Dyer3-Aug-2014    Edit    Delete 
Re: Can an RL24 be unloaded from the boat trailer and reloaded on the lawn?
Winch trailer under hull on until the trailer is balanced then level trailer and winch the rest of the way on
Darryn Dyer3-Aug-2014    Edit    Delete 
Re: Can an RL24 be unloaded from the boat trailer and reloaded on the lawn?
The photos show how to do it-my son in law is a carpet layer so i will get a heap of used underlay from him.
Thanks
Peter
Peter Brigg3-Aug-2014    Edit    Delete 
Re: Can an RL24 be unloaded from the boat trailer and reloaded on the lawn?
My thanks too as your photos show it can be done with a trailer that does not have a tilt function.
john gray3-Aug-2014    Edit    Delete 
Re: Can an RL24 be unloaded from the boat trailer and reloaded on the lawn?
I have done it a few times, the first time I tried to reload the boat with the trailer attached to the car, but I soon learnt that the trailer needs to be free of the car to allow it to be adjusted to keep it and the boat aligned
geoff Cartner4-Aug-2014    Edit    Delete 
Re: Can an RL24 be unloaded from the boat trailer and reloaded on the lawn?
Just to be clear on the tilt side of things, this is a tilt trailer but I have found that it is best not to tilt the trailer when doing this manoeuvre. The winch ends up high off the ground on my set up so I use the steps to reach the winch. Hope this helps.
Darryn Dyer4-Aug-2014    Edit    Delete 

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