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    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.

    http://forums.iboats.com/showthread....ight=drewpster
    1961 Lonestar Flamingo - SPLASHED...Kinda!!
    Fabricating Decks, Stringers, and Transoms
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      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.
      Attached Files
      1974 Chieftain 18' OB refit
      http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=472217

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        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/showthread.php?t=234392

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        November 29 2010 RIP

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          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
          http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=546429

          My Pontoon Seat Build/Upholstery Thread

          http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=536567

          My 1982 Skeeter SS-1 Sport Fisherman Restoration Thread
          http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=511063

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