Proper Craning: From Winter Storage Back Into the Water

If you don’t want to leave your boat in the water over the winter, there’s no way around using a crane or hoist. The main issue to consider is the quality of the straps. It goes without saying that you need to look into the load-bearing capacity of the straps and make sure that they’re in good condition. Damage can be caused by straps that are too short. A long strap puts considerably less strain on the boat than a short one. This is particularly important where the boat has protruding cap rails or a toe rail. If the straps are too short, you should use a traverse or spreader bar.

Mobilkran vergaß in der Hektik die Stützen zu justieren.If you’re craning your yacht for the first time, you’ll also need to think carefully about the correct position for the straps. Manufacturers of similar boats, or their owners, can often be of assistance here in deciding on the best position.

A tip for the next time you need to use a crane: Make a sketch of how the yacht hangs in the straps, and then you won’t need to think long and hard when the season opens. In addition, it can be helpful to mark out the strap positions with some tape. In any event, you should remove sensors prior to craning and replace them with dummy plugs.

A yacht up on blocks normally rests on five points: On the four clamps of the support stand and on the keel. If the pressure on the clamps is too high, the hull can become deflected. However, problems can also arise if the yacht rests too heavily on the keel, which then can slowly deflect the hull. You can avoid this type of damage if you periodically check whether the lines in the area of the keel or the hull remain aligned.

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