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  • Moving a boat aroud the garage?

    Hi friends

    Well I just got back from a 1000 mile round trip to get my boat, whew.

    I knew it was going to be a tight fit in the garage and I was right, it took some negotiating but it is inside now, safe and sound.

    My question is, is there a device for moving a boat & trailer around the garage without a vehicle? Maybe like a special hand truck sort of device, either manual or with a small motor.

    Geo


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    Re: Moving a boat aroud the garage?

    Yes, I have a little two wheel dolly that has a tow ball mounted on the top. Works great. I got it at Harbor Freight.

    I use to use a furniture dolly under the jack before I bought that and just push the trailer around.

    On my trailers though I usually retrofit with a pivoting, swivel wheel.

    All work.
    1987 Boston Whaler "Outrageous 18"
    1989 Johnson 120 V4 VRO

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    • #3
      Re: Moving a boat aroud the garage?

      I just use an old garden tractor, I moved the axle back on a trash picked tractor from Dynamark about 15 years ago and it's been a life saver ever since. You would be amazed at what one of those things will haul! I've moved my triaxle equipment trailer around the yard and moved several fairly large campers all over with it. I've even taken a 24' enclosed trailer down the road to a neighbors yard with it with very little trouble. (Just don't count on the brakes doing much when pulling a stunt like that).

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      • #4
        Re: Moving a boat aroud the garage?

        Welcome to iboats!
        Here is a link to Harbor Freights trailer dollys.
        http://search.harborfreight.com/cpis...=trailer+dolly
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        • #5
          Re: Moving a boat aroud the garage?

          Originally posted by cbear34 View Post
          Welcome to iboats!
          Here is a link to Harbor Freights trailer dollys.
          Yep, thats the one. Moves boat trailers easily if you keep tire inflated. Although, a tractor would be real nice.
          1987 Boston Whaler "Outrageous 18"
          1989 Johnson 120 V4 VRO

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          • #6
            Re: Moving a boat aroud the garage?

            use the lawn tractor if the boat is on the grass. but i have these for the concrete. also saves my back.

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            • #7
              Re: Moving a boat aroud the garage?

              That is what I have on my trailers. Swing up wheeled jacks.
              1987 Boston Whaler "Outrageous 18"
              1989 Johnson 120 V4 VRO

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              • #8
                Re: Moving a boat aroud the garage?

                Originally posted by ebry710 View Post
                Yep, thats the one. Moves boat trailers easily if you keep tire inflated. Although, a tractor would be real nice.
                I tried one of the dollys and have decided to get a good used lawn tractor and put a hitch on the front.

                The question is "what horse power is needed to push around my rig?"

                I am thinking trailer, boat, and motor should be around 2000 lbs.

                Would this garden tractor get the job done?

                http://raleigh.craigslist.org/grd/623299344.html


                Thanks everyone!

                Geo
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                • #9
                  Re: Moving a boat aroud the garage?

                  mine is a 12 hp.
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                  • #10
                    Re: Moving a boat aroud the garage?

                    Originally posted by cbear34 View Post
                    Welcome to iboats!
                    Here is a link to Harbor Freights trailer dollys.
                    http://search.harborfreight.com/cpis...=trailer+dolly
                    Cbear: Do you think that heavy Duty trailer Dolly would handle a 4,000 Lbs boat and trailer? I too have the swing down tongue wheel jack and it's a bear for one person to move my boat by hand even on cement. On grass forget it. I see it says 600 LBs tongue weight. I'll bet my tongue weight is closer to 900 Lbs. I weighed at the scales at 3,980 Lbs.
                    Chuck
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                    1986 Four Winns Horizon 190
                    1982 Aqua Patio
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                    • #11
                      Re: Moving a boat aroud the garage?

                      Originally posted by cbavier View Post
                      Cbear: Do you think that heavy Duty trailer Dolly would handle a 4,000 Lbs boat and trailer? I too have the swing down tongue wheel jack and it's a bear for one person to move my boat by hand even on cement. On grass forget it. I see it says 600 LBs tongue weight. I'll bet my tongue weight is closer to 900 Lbs. I weighed at the scales at 3,980 Lbs.
                      I see that you were asking cbear but let me tell you from recent experience that it is does not really roll any easier with the dolly, the biggest advantage I found from the dolly is that you actually have a handle to push or pull but it does not change the fact that you are moving such a heavy weight.

                      I bought one and will be returning it this week, I just can't afford to mess up my back.

                      Geo

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                      • #12
                        Re: Moving a boat aroud the garage?

                        Thanks Geo. That's what I thought so that's why I haven't ever bought one. I've had two back surgeries so am I'm pretty cautious about what I do or how I do it. It's safe to pull but I must be very careful what I push.
                        Chuck
                        "OWN-IT II"
                        1986 Four Winns Horizon 190
                        1982 Aqua Patio
                        50 Hp Two stroke

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                        • #13
                          Re: Moving a boat aroud the garage?

                          Originally posted by cbavier View Post
                          Cbear: Do you think that heavy Duty trailer Dolly would handle a 4,000 Lbs boat and trailer? I too have the swing down tongue wheel jack and it's a bear for one person to move my boat by hand even on cement. On grass forget it. I see it says 600 LBs tongue weight. I'll bet my tongue weight is closer to 900 Lbs. I weighed at the scales at 3,980 Lbs.

                          The tongue weight should only be around 300 to 600 max.

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                          • #14
                            Re: Moving a boat aroud the garage?

                            Originally posted by Geo2008 View Post
                            I tried one of the dollys and have decided to get a good used lawn tractor and put a hitch on the front.

                            The question is "what horse power is needed to push around my rig?"

                            I am thinking trailer, boat, and motor should be around 2000 lbs.

                            Would this garden tractor get the job done?

                            http://raleigh.craigslist.org/grd/623299344.html


                            Thanks everyone!

                            Geo
                            That should be big enough if it is hydrostatic drive and the hitch is on the back. If it is on the front the front tires are small, will sink into the ground easier and might get overloaded. And the rear axle will be "unloaded" and not get the traction needed to move anything on the front hitch.
                            Mine is a 38 year old 12hp Cub Cadet and I move a 4000lb rig around the yard. I would reccommend adding a 2" receiver tube hitch and use a drawbar that places the ball at the same height as your regular tow vehicle.
                            Most lawn tractor hitches are so low the trailer can't get that low.
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                            • #15
                              Re: Moving a boat aroud the garage?

                              Originally posted by cbavier View Post
                              Cbear: Do you think that heavy Duty trailer Dolly would handle a 4,000 Lbs boat and trailer? I too have the swing down tongue wheel jack and it's a bear for one person to move my boat by hand even on cement. On grass forget it. I see it says 600 LBs tongue weight. I'll bet my tongue weight is closer to 900 Lbs. I weighed at the scales at 3,980 Lbs.
                              cbavier
                              I am not actually sure. I have seen these in the Harbor Freight catalog. I have a wheeled swing up jack and can easily roll my boat around the garage. My garage floor is smooth and coated and my boat only weighs around 2000 lbs.
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