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  • 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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    Re: Boat cradle DIY tips?

    This is one of the best you'll find.

    1961 Lonestar Flamingo - SPLASHED...Kinda!!
    Fabricating Decks, Stringers, and Transoms
    Paint Your Boat with Tractor Paint


    • #3
      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.
      1974 Chieftain 18' OB refit



      • #4
        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.


        IN MEMORY OF Our friend SpinnerBait_Nut LESTER WRIGHT July 31, 1953 - Nov 26, 2008 RIP

        IN MEMORY OF Our friend Tashasdaddy Robert (bob) Griffis. October 27, 1948
        November 29 2010 RIP


        • #5
          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
          ~Judge David Ackerson~

          My This and That Upholstery Thread
          ......Disclaimer: its not all boat, some misc upholstery too

          My Pontoon Seat Build/Upholstery Thread


          My 1982 Skeeter SS-1 Sport Fisherman Restoration Thread