Advice on righting a toppled W32

  • January 24, 2018 12:39 PM
    Message # 5700545

    I just got an email that my W32 has toppled over in the RV storage yard I was keeping it. This is due to a combination strong winds and soggy ground in the recent days. Fortunately, nothing nearby was damaged which is obviously a huge relief.

    Would anyone have advice on how I should go about economically getting my boat back on the stands?

  • January 25, 2018 11:42 PM
    Reply # 5702930 on 5700545
    Deleted user

    Sorry you are in this position.   I think a crane might be surprisingly competitive.  They will have relevant rigging and straps to lift.  Especially if you allow them control of  when  they will lift.  Purchase the Jan Adkins book,  Moving Heavy Things.   That book is seriously great.   It will be much about control,  moving slowly,  and safety of those involved.  A sketch of it's surroundings would be useful for planning.   A huge tractor, real truck, would be assets.   My mind starts to think of using barrels of water to act as counter weight probably involving some railroad ties to get weight away from hull.   Hard to communicate without a drawing.  

    Where is boat located?   

    Good luck.   What have your thoughts been so far?


  • January 26, 2018 9:22 AM
    Reply # 5703476 on 5700545

    Thanks. I'll check that book out. The boat is in North-Western New Jersey.

    The only reason it's in an RV park is my freedom-hating town doesn't allow boats over 28' in residential properties unless garaged. 4' less and I could have left it where it was, right next to my house... on solid asphalt. Grrr.

  • June 06, 2018 8:56 AM
    Reply # 6289921 on 5700545

    If anyone's interested, I finally got the boat back up two weekends ago, thought I'd update my post for posterity. I hired two local tow truck guys with a 50K pound capacity truck. They lifted the boat with straps, and I put the blocks and stands back. Set me back $500, which seemed reasonable to me considering I'm in North Jersey.

    I had to buy 3 new boat stands, as the boat crushed the old ones which scratched the hull in a few places. But no serious damage was done thanks to the phenomenal Westsail fiberglass thickness. A weaker hull would have been punctured and torn, I'm sure. 

    I put 3 plywood pads under each boat stand to spread the load and prevent sinking into the ground which is what caused the fall in the first place.

  • June 07, 2018 6:14 PM
    Reply # 6295347 on 5700545
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Nathan:  Thanks for the update on your W32... glad it worked out.  Very common in CA for ordinances even tighter then yours... sad in either case.  

    Wonder if the main point of the rule is to drive business to storage yards.... 


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