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Pulling a boat up onto shore ideas- Help


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I have a Lund wc-16 with a 25hp Merc that weighs with battery and misc around 500 hundred pounds. When I'm done using it I store it on shore .It is getting harder and harder for me to pull it up on shore and end up using a come-a-long most times. I've been putting round logs under to roll it on. The neighbor is nice enough to let me pull it up and leave it on a beach area where there is sand and no slope . I either need to modify how I'm doing it now or make a type of permanant ramp,rail, roller,sling???? system that would go up a 2 to 3 foot embankment on the shore. Am worried about the angle being to steep. I was told to try rolling the boat up on plastic pvc pipe but they just pushed into the sand .I have seen some type of ramps with 2x4's and wheels mounted up side down but don't know if strong enough.I am looking for a hopefully inexpensive fix . Any ideas??
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I'm just talking off my head here, but I've seen systems in Florida and other places that don't freeze where people essentially just have long 4x4 poles or similar that they have bolted those boat trailer rollers onto.

The rails are actually just like a boat trailer and a boat trailer hand winch is all that's needed to get it up on the contraption.

Heck, I bet with some ingenuity and research you could probably make one that could tilt down to water level for when you put in/take out yet stayed horizontal once you were above the embankment. And the materials would be cheap.

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Theres a guy we do work for on Vermillion that makes rail systems for boat houses. I'm sure some of you guys have seen these. Roll on up to your million dollar lake home, press the button. and impress your friends as you and the boat travel right up the rails into your 1/2 million dollar boat house. We had to start installing kill switches on the rails though. One too many coctails and boom, right through the front of the shack. Anyway, Build a box frame out of treated 2x8's and mount trailer rollers to it. On shore mount a winch or comalong to pull up the boat. If the shore end of the frame doesn't get burried, you can also use it to pull the frame out at the end of the season.

chunky

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Roll N Go portable dock sytems, Head Quartered in Prior Lake.

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Get a small boat lift. Look around and you can probably get an older steel one from someone for free. Then you only have to get yourself to shore from the lift.

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How about finding an old roller trailer, remove axle, level it, and leave it on shore.
You might need a longer winch strap, to crank it up. If you are lucky enough to find a galvanized one, it won't rust much.

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i saw a deal once that looked very simple, and it workeds great! they were at cut foot souix inn a few years back, not sure if they still use them
the set up was simply a cradle type of apparatus(sp) made of angle iron for a base and a roller bar that went from one side to the other it had a bow in it so i don't remember, but maybe it was three seperate bars that butted up to each other. the center one would be flat, and the two other ones went up slightly at a angle. they apeared to have hockey pucks one after the other on the rods. i spose a hole bored through the center and then placed over the rods. the beauty of this thing was it sat partialy in the water. it looked like you could actually hit this thing at a mild rate of speed, and climb right up on it, then when the boat got past center it would teeter forward and leave the back of the boat out of the water with the nose resting on shore. i allways liked that setup, thought i might build one some day.

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Maybe I don't understand the whole problem but you want a simple solution. Take some old rail road ties and lay them perpendicular to the shoreline in the sand/shore. Then take the PVC pipe and roll it across on top of the railroad ties-will keep the pvc from sinking in? That or a piece of old 4x8 plywood and roll the pvc on top of it.

A 12 pack and you could probably find someone with a winch on a 4 by 4 or a ATV. Use that winch to pull the boat on shore. using the pvc to roll it. Saves your back.

Just a thought.

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The 2X8's with rollers on would work nice. My dad made something similar for his pontoon and it worked slick. There was a hand winch mounted on the top by shore.

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We have the same boat at our cabin and what we ended up doing was we picked up a used roller trailer from a dealer for $150.00. We took the axel assembly off and layed it on the shore, the boat comes out of the water nice and easy and it's nice to also have somthing to lock the boat to when were not around. I hope this helps. Good luck...

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We built one out of green treated 2x4's, bought 3 or 4 rollers for the center of the hull, and carpeted the edges of the 2x4 "bunks"

We nail it into the ground with a couple of 14" spikes to keep it from sliding.
Than we put a 6x6 post in the ground with a hand winch mounted on it to pull it out of the water. Pull the plug, put the cover on, and all set.
My step-Dad had the same problem last summer. He was getting tired of pulling the boat up on shore by hand.
It looks just like a boat trailer with no wheels or axel assembly.
I pull it out of the ground and store it in the garage for the winter under the boat trailer.

If your in the area of Dora Lake/Blackduck and want to take a look, let me know. I'll be up there this weekend.

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Thanks for all the replies.
Walleyehawk has made me realize that I must be a complete idiot not to think about putting a piece of plywood under the pvc tubeing so it wont push into the sand . I don't know why I never thought of that , just to mad about having to get the chain and come-a-long I guess. That's what makes this forum so great , all the different opinions and point of views. I think the 2x8 frame with rollers will work the best in my situation and I have a flag pole to mount a whinch to on shore, I can probably make a system for 200 bucks which is much better that the hassle everytime. And thanks twitter for mentioning the spikes to hold it in place while whinching , I did not think of that.
Happy Fishing

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I have seen a simple system used by Canadian Fly In Camps & guides that may apply for your needs.

Two telephone/light poles set at a slight angle to reflect the size of the boat and the hull. The poles are staked out on both ends with a A frame rigged with a simple winch at the front.

Sandy beaches you may need to dig a slight ditch to cradle the boat between the log sets, or just increase the elevation of the logs at the front. Depending on the grade of the shore you can run the boat up on the poles most of the way, then wench it up the rest as the angle decreases it elevates slightly to it's final resting position.

You can add Bunk Rollers if you wish less resistance at the top. The logs work well and the boat will slide off easy with just a push as long as they are wet.

All in all a cheap and effective system for varying water levels or remote locations.

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Ed "Backwater Eddy" Carlson

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