Topic: Need some help guys: Lifting boat with sling

Hey guys, I got the following message today:

I am owner of Django, Contessa 26, in Bayfield On, Lake Huron.
I noticed Morava’s picture in the gallery, showing her with slings on haul out, thru the rudder. Do you know if there was a post in the forum on this subject ?( I was unable to locate)
Sent PM to Ivan on this today.
Currently stuck in mud,  in river, awaiting haul out, Sat. Oct 13. ( may have to use the sling thru the rudder method)

Do you have any idea if a strap could be fed through the prop aperture without risking the prop shaft? Any answers you have would be great.

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Re: Need some help guys: Lifting boat with sling

You would probably need a diver to be certain the sling is correctly located.  It obviously mustn't bear on the propellor or shaft and if it slips, is likely to rip the rudder off before they can stop the lift and drop you back in.

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Thats what I told him too. Risk to the rudder and the prop shaft. Not sure what they're going to do to lift that boat if they can't get a belt under her.

Re: Need some help guys: Lifting boat with sling

Fortunately for me, a fellow sailor, was a diver, and brought along a wetsuit and snorkel. This appeared to be the only option available, since the boat was in 10 inches of mud and the rudder was stuck fast. The sling was thread thru in a couple of minutes and the boat was hauled out without incident. I would have to say it went better than trying to fit the sling under the rudder in shallow water, as in previous years.

Thanks to Ivan, (I assume posted the pics) of the photo of Morava in the gallery, with the sling thru the rudder.

Otherwise we may still be there trying to dig her out.

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I bought my boat in Bayfield... Even after they 'dredged' the basin, with spring run off, I reversed out of the slip for the first time and hit ground.  We had to drag the boat through the mud in order to get to the dock for mast stepping and then back again across the basin into the slip.  I moved the boat to Goderich after the first night.

If Django is in the same basin... yikes and good luck.

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JordanH wrote:

I bought my boat in Bayfield... Even after they 'dredged' the basin, with spring run off, I reversed out of the slip for the first time and hit ground.  We had to drag the boat through the mud in order to get to the dock for mast stepping and then back again across the basin into the slip.  I moved the boat to Goderich after the first night.

If Django is in the same basin... yikes and good luck.

Hi Jordan, it is the same basin. I met you there before you moved onto Goderich. Since we hauled out the water has dropped considerably. (If we had delayed haul out, I am sure I would have been land locked) It does not appear encouraging for next season.

Re: Need some help guys: Lifting boat with sling

Ohh!  Hi.  It's always nice to meet people in real life and then again online.

I saw South Shore was up for sale last year.  How's the new owner?  Is he willing to get it properly dredged or will you all have to find someplace else to keep your boats?

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Hi Jordan,

New owner has started to make improvements and has stated they plan better dredging in the spring, although the predicted water levels may work against them. Have you noticed any adverse effect of water levels on Lake Ont. ?

Re: Need some help guys: Lifting boat with sling

Hi Just saw this - apologies for the late reply.  Did the boat come out okay?  Yes it is always fun taking her out with the strap so close to the prop and the rudder.  But so far using a line to bring the strap through and having a good view of the stern seems to work.  Hope your boat came out okay.

Ivan Ross "Morava" #266

Re: Need some help guys: Lifting boat with sling

ivanross wrote:

Hi Just saw this - apologies for the late reply.  Did the boat come out okay?  Yes it is always fun taking her out with the strap so close to the prop and the rudder.  But so far using a line to bring the strap through and having a good view of the stern seems to work.  Hope your boat came out okay.

Yes, worked like a charm, boat was in 10 inches of mud, could not think of a better way to get her out, and just in time, by Nov. 10th, water appears to have dropped by 30 cm.
Thanks again for posting those pics.