Raising onto the platform & removing trailer

O.K here is the concrete block and railway sleeper platform, this worked really well.

It helps to have someone else with you,

1. for safety should it go pear shaped

2. to keep an extra eye whilst going through the Jacking process.

Here is the jacking taking place, slowly bit by bit no rush and avoid point loading, use flat bits of plywood.

Here is the jacking taking place, slowly bit by bit no rush and avoid point loading, use flat bits of plywood. Jacking UNDER the railway sleeper left side then right 100mm (4″) at a time, simple.

As the boat was on the trailer I only had to jack it up around 200mm, just enough to add concrete blocks to the piles left and right and position the railway sleepers as needed.

Make sure your block piers are staggered, as you can see here dry stacked (i.e no mortar) but level, the sleeper will rest nicely and spread load.

Make sure your blocks on the piers are staggered, as you can see here, dry stacked (i.e no mortar) but level, the sleeper will rest nicely on a plywood shim/packer across blocks and spread load.

Once level, on all four piers it is just a matter of carefully driving out the trailer, (had just a couple of inches spare either side)

Once level, on all four piers it is just a matter of carefully driving out the trailer, (had just a couple of inches spare either side)

 

And here she is below now suspended so that I can get all underneath and all around the Bilge keels to blast them, epoxy fill, primer and paint them. Once I have finished with the Bilge keels I will put her  sitting on her bilge keels on the two block piles directly under the bilge keels in the photo below. Then it is a matter of reversing this process to get her on the trailer before painting the hull. Meanwhile the trailer will be out of the way giving good access.

 

Suspended nicely with plenty of access underneath

Suspended nicely with plenty of access underneath.

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