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Old 01-01-2020, 04:13 PM
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Default Catamarans in dry storage hauled out on forklifts?

I am looking at a dry storage facility that hauls in & out with the forklifts. Used to keep a Contender in one for years and loved it. But I can see how they do it on a monohull, just wondering how its done (or if it is done) on a cat? Anyone here keeping their cat in a facility that hauls out with fork lifts? Any special considerations for the cars to consider?
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Some marinas will lift them and some won't. The marinas that I have been in and seen lift cats put the forks together and run um under the tunnel. Then they spread the forks until they meet the inside of each hull and then lift the boat.
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There are special catamaran cradles you can have made which allow forklifts to lift cats without any issues.
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You need a cradle.
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I have seen boats (including a catamaran) lifted where lifting straps are attached to the forks and the straps lift the boat with the forks above the gunnels. This is possible depending on the size of the forklift and straps relative to the boat.
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Mine won't use forks. All cats have craddles.
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Originally Posted by Ar15bang View Post
Mine won't use forks. All cats have craddles.
so,you could say that the cats in the cradle?
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I have been storing my 27 foot catamaran in dry storage for 15 years. I have and maintain my own cradle; basically a trailer without wheels or a tongue. The boat sits on the cradle when on land, and they lift the boat and cradle to put me in the water. To haul out, they pick up the empty cradle with the fork lift, lower it slowly so it doesn't move off of the forks, then we lift the boat out of the water on the cradle.

Works like a charm. I would speak with the manufacturer before launching any other way as it may put excessive stress in places not designed to take it.
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Originally Posted by Smokeyr67 View Post
so,you could say that the cats in the cradle?
You could say that if you took the silver spoon out of your mouth.
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Prowlers are made so that they can be lifted from the tunnel by a forklift, but I've found that marinas are reluctant to do it.
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Prowler:just put the forks in the tunnel. Easier than lifting a mono

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The marina I use for drystack won't mess with catamarans with or without a cradle. It's just too much of a pain and liability for them either way.
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Putting such boats on racks are the only way to get'em with a forklift. They look just like square boat trailers without tongue or axles--and slots for the forks to fit in. For a full tunnel hull boat, the boat's tunnel can rest on a plywood and carpeted box tall enough to keep the bottom of the toons from touching the frame. The boats can be so easily driven up on the rack.

Those huge fork lifts can easily do damage to boats. Our local marina owner got too close to the seawall, and rode the forklift into the water--almost getting killed.
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Here's my World Cat 266SF on its cradle from many years ago for those that wonder what a cat 'cradle' is:

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Originally Posted by Joe View Post
The marina I use for drystack won't mess with catamarans with or without a cradle. It's just too much of a pain and liability for them either way.
Originally Posted by Bamaman View Post
Putting such boats on racks are the only way to get'em with a forklift. They look just like square boat trailers without tongue or axles--and slots for the forks to fit in. For a full tunnel hull boat, the boat's tunnel can rest on a plywood and carpeted box tall enough to keep the bottom of the toons from touching the frame. The boats can be so easily driven up on the rack.

Those huge fork lifts can easily do damage to boats. Our local marina owner got too close to the seawall, and rode the forklift into the water--almost getting killed.
Originally Posted by MakoMyDay View Post
Prowler:just put the forks in the tunnel. Easier than lifting a mono

https://youtu.be/akJ0Ce41Eck
This is my boat shown here. Or was my boat until I sold it this past year. It is way easier to launch the prowler 31 with a forklift than a mono-hull. It doesn't need a cradle, all it needs is some boards on blocks to sit it on. Just mimick the trailer it sits on. Other cats, yeah, get a cradle. But I wouldn't take a 100% policy and say all cats must have cradles, because they don't. Video proves it.

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