Part Boat, Part Artwork – Stinky Gets Her Winter Home!

Putting Stinky and Lil Stinky away for the winter

Yesterday I spent a couple hours getting Stinky tucked away. But yikes. I need to build some sort of lift thing that I can build on the spot and take down. This way of jacking and praying is not for the faint of heart.

Backed in on the trailer which makes the boat sit higher than before

Jacking and moving

Lots of 6×6 blocks


Getting the great dolly’s from Classic Boat Connection in place

This was the most nerve racking time

All set

Here is a video tour of the space


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14 replies
  1. Syd
    Syd says:

    Need to find a better way, that looks like a accident waiting to happen. We want to keep both you and the boat safe.

    • Maury Debell
      Maury Debell says:

      That what I use on the front and have it set up with bolts to take apart and stack when not in use. Use a engine host on the rear.

  2. John U
    John U says:

    Matt, A tilting trailer with rollers will allow you to push the boat rearward (while still hitched to the tow vehicle). Set the it on the rear “cradle” with it’s wheels locked. Drive forward and set the forward “cradle”….drive out, done.

  3. Briant
    Briant says:

    Ok I have to ask….why the need to take boat off of trailer?

    Rollers and wood boats should NEVER be used together and perhaps even in the same sentence, correct?

    The pallet idea is great. Strong and easy to set up, take down and easy to store.

  4. Randy
    Randy says:

    I had to accomplish about the same thing on a hydro at the museum — used one of those engine hoists to hook to a lifting ring. It appears that your lift ring are close enough so that there would be just a short reach. Those hoists fold to store when not in use.

  5. Chris
    Chris says:

    I’m with Briant, why take it off the trailer? It does look nicer off the trailer, and would be easier to move around, but the dollies seem to be the same as trailer bunks.

  6. Michael Seversky
    Michael Seversky says:

    What flooring is under the boat? Looks great…would like to do something similar but not sure what’s durable when rolling over it would jacks.

  7. Royce Humphreys
    Royce Humphreys says:

    Matt, invest in some gantry hoists! Then you just hook them to the bow and stern eye for a safe transition to the dollies. I have Williams Engineering boat dollies that my boats sit on during the off season to save space in my storage area.

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