The Extraction Plan Of Action


She is in there good, but not for good

Later today or tomorrow, we execute “The Extraction” After about an hour of looking at it ll and discussing many options. Kinda like the comment section on a Facebook page. But in real life, there are so many little things. Like soft ground, height.. etc. Baby Chick IV is sitting on stacks of 4x4s and part of doing this is dealing with anything that could make her unstable.

Tarps and stuff

You can see the supports next to the lawn stuff

Jimmy do’n his dang nabbit Goes Intos

We cant lift from above, and because we are going to slide a trailer under her, and have to jack her up from the sides.

Jimmy has connections

And yes, we did consider 4 jacks on the 4×4 edges and slowly lift. But Jimmy to the rescue and some special Jacks for this specific job. Simple, safer, and allows us to slide WECATHEM’s custom trailer slide right in.

Jimmy does not screw around in the half ass world. Full throttle. OH HELL YA

Stay tuned

We will then drive home and she will self restore herself on the drive.. Right? Right? Stay tuned. We may or may not have “The Extraction” Shots tomorrow depending on the weather, zoom call interruptions..

25 replies
  1. Greg Lewandowski
    Greg Lewandowski says:

    Between Jimmy and George you have a truly all star team. I love those jacks. Looking forward to your report on the success of the midwives birthing that girl!

  2. Randy
    Randy says:

    Well, if you are not going to damage the ‘lean-to’ in pulling the Chic out does that mean there is going to be room available to store another classic there?

  3. Greg Seibold
    Greg Seibold says:

    Rick…those flying cranes saved our asses one day in 1968. Great machines.
    Matt…great rescue. Fun following.

  4. floyd r turbo
    floyd r turbo says:

    Sure, I’d be happy to second guess you. I made this portable lifting rig to hoist this 7000 lb sharpie rigged sailboat off the boat stands my customer boat and hired me to haul out of Rockport, Me. I had to do it myself so I built it to disassemble and fit in my van and picked up a new trailer for the owner on the way. What you don’t see is 2 chain falls and the lifting strap I used to sling under the boat. Then I modified bunks to fit the sailboat. It was more difficult than it sounds.

  5. Andante
    Andante says:

    Those jacks are known out west as; “Yard Arms”
    The are heavy as all get out, hense the fat tires. Just don’t try lifting one.

  6. floyd r turbo
    floyd r turbo says:

    Then I attempted to put the mast on top of my van but with almost 7+ ft of overhang it looked like I was going to be jousting with tractor trailers and ended up building a cradle on the boat deck and cockpit to hold the mast.

  7. floyd r turbo
    floyd r turbo says:

    To say this was a project was an understatement and towed it to north Ga for restoration (mostly cosmetic) and then deliver to Marco Island after finishing.

  8. Ron in Seattle
    Ron in Seattle says:

    OK, I need help from the peanut gallery please!
    Someone mentioned yesterday the windshield was missing in the third picture, I commented that it was folded down. Someone else commented that it would be a special order to have the folding windshield.
    I seem to remember, which is amazing in itself, the custom and sportsman shared hardware. I can see the same bow plate, I have seen the same larger bow cleat before (not here), but never paid attention to Wecatchem’s windshield, and of course can’t remember. Does the sportsman also share the unique stern pole fixture? Bow pole hardware? Fairleads? But in the pix you have showed us, that looks like the same windshield on my custom! Help!

  9. Art
    Art says:

    The windshield that I see in the 3rd picture looks like a “fixed (non folding) windshield to me. It is the same style that had been put on Molly-O sometime in the late 40s or early 50s. I purchased Molly-O in 1978 and was able to find and install an original straight folding WS . Molly-O is pre war 1939 and did come with a straight folding WS. I don’t think the post war CCs came with any style folding WSs .

    I still have the V shaped WS that will fit a 22 or 24/25 foot CC Utility or Sportsman. It is in excellent shape ……..and is available.

    • Jim Staib
      Jim Staib says:

      I had 25-S-179 and it had a similar flat folding as Molly-O. Along with 3-4 more. Story is they were installed to get under the road near Algonac.

  10. t
    t says:

    Well now,with some closer shots I see that there
    are some foward bottom planks hanging off.I commented the other day on that but then back pedalled after a second look.Boat is rough.

  11. Chug-A-Lug
    Chug-A-Lug says:

    Maybe you can do it like the way I put trailer under”Chug”.Take trailer apart then reassemble all the parts under the hull.Works like a charm.

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