There are a few reasons you might need to remove your boat from its trailer. Maybe you’re getting the boat ready for winter storage, or you’re just moving it to a different location.
Indeed, it is not a simple task, both physically and mechanically. Still, it can be a little less complicated if you have the right instructions and tools, along with much preparation.
Here’s how you can have your boat off the trailer and in the water.
How to Take a Boat Off a Trailer
What you’ll need
- Boat ramps or wood blocks
- Hydraulic Jacks
- Boat stands
- Wheel dolly (optional)
Also, in the process, have a friend watching you in case of any slip or when you need help.
Step 1: Position the Trailer
Before you can get started, you’ll need to position the trailer to be in the correct spot. Make sure that the boat is facing the right way and that there’s enough room to work.
If you’re using a ramp, make sure that it’s at the correct angle and positioned correctly.
Step 2: Jack up the Trailer
Once the straps are loose, use the Hydraulic Jacks to raise the trailer up. This will make it easier to remove the boat.
Step 3: Place Blocks or Ramps Under the Hull
If you’re using wood blocks or ramps, place them under the boat’s hull. This will help support the boat and keep it from rolling or falling off the trailer. These pieces will also be able to balance the boat after you lower it.
Step 4: Loosen the Straps
Next, you’ll need to loosen the straps that hold the boat in place. Make sure to remove the covering straps of the trailer, then the front tie-down by loosening the bow eye hook.
Make sure to work the rear tie-downs too.
Be careful not to let the boat fall off of the trailer.
Step 5: Winch the Boat off
Now it’s time to use the winch. Position the winch cable around the bow pulpit or cleat, and slowly start pulling the boat off the trailer.
Be careful not to damage your boat or trailer with the winch cable.
Step 6: Lower the Boat
As you create the space between the jacks, lower it gently to the ground for it to stand on the prepared wooden blocks.
Step 7: Chock the Wheels
The last step is to chock the wheels of the trailer. This will prevent it from rolling away while you’re working. You can also use a wheel dolly to move the trailer around if necessary.
How to Remove Boats from Trailers on the Land
Method 1: Using a Come-Along or a Winch
One way is to use a come-along or a winch to pull the boat off of the trailer. This can be a bit tricky since you will need to find something to anchor the come-along or winch to, and you will need to be careful not to damage the boat or the trailer.
- First, you will need to secure the come-along or winch to a solid object.
- Next, attach the hook or cable from the come-along or winch to the boat.
- Finally, operate the come-along or winch to remove the boat from the trailer.
Method 2: Using a Jack
Using a jack can be done by jacking up the front of the boat and then removing the back of the boat from the trailer.
- First, you will need to place the jack under the front of the boat
- Next, raise the jack until the front of the boat is off of the trailer
- Finally, remove the back of the boat from the trailer
Method 3: Using a Dolly
This method is also simple if you want to remove your boat from trailers on land, just prepare a robust dolly.
First, you will need to place the dolly under the boat.
Next, careuflly push or pull the boat off of the trailer.
Finally, remove the dolly from under the boat.
Method 4: Using Blocks and Tackles
First, you will need to secure the blocks and tackles to a solid object.
Next, you can attach the block and tackle tightly to the boat.
Finally, pull or push the boat off of the trailer.
These are just a few of the ways that you can remove a boat from a trailer on land. Depending on your situation, you may find one of these methods easier than the others. Whichever method you choose, be sure to use caution to avoid damaging the boat or the trailer.
How to Lift Boats off Trailers at Home
There are a few different ways to lift a boat off of a trailer. You can use a boat lift, a crane, or a forklift.
Method 1: Using Boat Lift
A boat lift is a piece of equipment that raises and lowers boats in and out of the water. It consists of two beams, or “pontoons” attached to a winch. The winch pulls the beams together, which lifts the boat off of the trailer.
The main disadvantage of using a boat lift is the cost. Boat lifts can be expensive to purchase and operate.
Method 2: Using Crane
A crane is a piece of equipment that uses a metal arm to raise and lower objects. Cranes are often used to move heavy objects, such as boats, cars, or construction equipment.
The main advantage of using a crane is its strength. A crane can lift heavy objects without difficulty.
Method 3: Using Forklift
A forklift is a piece of equipment that uses a metal arm to raise and lower objects. Forklifts are often used to move heavy objects, such as boats, cars, or construction equipment.
As you use a forklift, you can enjoy its versatility. A forklift can be used to move heavy objects in tight spaces.
There are several ways that you can lift a boat off of a trailer. The method you choose will depend on your budget and the availability of equipment. Whichever method you choose, be sure to use caution and take precautions to avoid injury.
If possible, have a friend beside you to help you in the process until you safely take the boat out into the water.