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    Lifting a ski

    I have a question about lifting a ski off of a trailer.

    Is it possible to do without a specific sling? and not cause damage.

    Can you lift it with the transom eyelets and the bow eye? I thought these where some the stronger parts of a boat.

    I might be selling my trailer and don't want to spend extra cash on a cart for a short period of time. I work at an auto shop where we have a tow truck. I can use the boom lift on there to pick it up (has more than enough capacity).

    I would ask a dealer but there is no longer a dealer in my area.

    Is it possible?


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    I remember watching the dealer use a sling lifting my RXT up, and it scared the s**t out me. The only thought I had was what if it fell, would they cover it or am I just screwed. I remember hearing the sling make some funny noise like the webbing was about to break.

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    just use some cinder blocks, and chunks of wood.
    pull azz off the trailer, as far as you can but not falling off.
    tip trailer tongue down low.
    put cinder blocks and wood under azz of ski, on either side so the ski will rest firmly flat on either side.
    lift trailer tongue up,
    use tongue jack to get ski nose a bit higher than level, aka higher than the rear blocks.
    slide under ski and just aft of the axle block up the ski.
    then lower trialer and roll trailer forward.
    you still need to clear the rear crossbar.
    use jack again to lift nose fo ski off blocks, disassembleblocks and move to behind rear crossbar, reassemble
    lower trailer again and pull out.
    ski will be sitting on 3 sts of blocks, 2 in the rear and one under the front center line.
    front centerline can be pretty far back on the ski, dfinitely dont try to put it where the hull starts to curve up towards the bow eye, much further back towards the center of the ski, sorta under the glovebox...

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    one man job tkes 15 minutes if you got all the stuff together
    sorta 6 cinder blocks and some 4X4 and 2X4 chunks

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    Quote Originally Posted by HoopsRXT View Post
    I have a question about lifting a ski off of a trailer.

    Is it possible to do without a specific sling? and not cause damage.

    Can you lift it with the transom eyelets and the bow eye? I thought these where some the stronger parts of a boat.

    I might be selling my trailer and don't want to spend extra cash on a cart for a short period of time. I work at an auto shop where we have a tow truck. I can use the boom lift on there to pick it up (has more than enough capacity).

    I would ask a dealer but there is no longer a dealer in my area.


    Is it possible?
    The local Doo dealer here uses the transom and boweye method fro transfering skis from pallet to trailer, should work for you too.

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    my "sling" is two clamps that go around the bumper rails on the outside of the boat...not sure they make them any more. works great if you have a fork lift or a shop hoist...
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