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    Question Boat cradle DIY tips?

    I have a 18' Larson bowrider project I'll be starting on soon. I would like to construct a boat cradle out of wood and take it off the trailer. I know that I can buy stands for this but I'm on a low budget and have plenty of wood in my garage to go through. I'll be doing a stringer/deck replacement and an engine rebuild, may as well I'll be going through and looking at the trailer a well. I would like to construct a cradle that would help reduce the flex in the hull when I get down to the grinding and stringer installation portion. Any tips, advice, or plans? Even pictures of your cradles would be great. Thanks in advance!

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    Default Re: Boat cradle DIY tips?

    This is one of the best you'll find.

    http://forums.iboats.com/showthread....ight=drewpster

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    Default Re: Boat cradle DIY tips?

    Here's one I just built and am pleased with it, still in use today sad to say because I thought I'd be further along by now. Easily modified for hauling flipped or not.
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    Default Re: Boat cradle DIY tips?

    another example is in the link in my sig
    The Hull Extension Thread
    great info on all aspects on boat building with detailed information.

    http://forums.iboats.com/boat-restoration-building-hull-repair/hull-extension-progress-pics-234392.html

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    Default Re: Boat cradle DIY tips?

    Built mine with 2X4's to go a little cheaper than the ply, seems to be holding up well, had some issues with my hime-made casters, but got that resolved as well. Total cost was 12 2X4s and 2 boxes of 2.5" screws so less than 30 bucks, Used an old area rug to carpet the edges as well. Building it is in my thread

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