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Old     (tobs2)      Join Date: Apr 2006       04-24-2008, 1:47 PM Reply   
I am in the process of buying a u-dock style Hydrohoist and have never had to move one before, I will not be towing it far,,,just from one dock to another about 10-15 minutes away from each other but wanted to know if I have to cap anything specific? I know there are 2 hoses I believe for the air that need to be plugged or something but is there anything in the back of it or any trick to this? Thanks in advance.... Tobin

P.S. it is being towed in Disco Bay / Delta Area...
Old     (westsidarider)      Join Date: Feb 2003       04-24-2008, 4:33 PM Reply   
i was waiting for this post tobin. hahaha

towing a hoist sucks big time. i wont lie. i helped a buddy do it 2 seasons ago and we both agreed that next time we would be hiring someone to do it. as far as those plugs go in the bottom, it is reccomened that you put them in but we didnt and had no problem. make sure all your vlaves are shut and if you can disconnect the pump from the hoist and put it in your boat. if not just tie it up high and you should be fine. when it comes to actually towing it, we used a rope going from each side of the hoist to the back of the boat. this way we kind of had a bit more control of the hoist. we could pull on the rope on one side to make it turn better when going around sharp corners. its best to wait for a day that is not windy. those hoists are so heavy that it is very hard to turn when towing with a i/o. we were towing with a malibu lsv and that hoist bogged the boat down so much it was very difficult.
Old     (airagain)      Join Date: Jun 2006       04-24-2008, 4:44 PM Reply   
Tobin,

I have moved mine a couple times. You really should be careful. First if you close all the valves and tie the controller to the bunks that will be fine. Most importantly you need to locate some 'diapers' for the holes on the bottom of each pontoon. These are usually metal pieces with rubber to make a seal that you cinch with a chain around the pontoons. These will keep the air in the pontoons. It can float okay without, but if you get the front of the hoist pointing down at all you will start to let out air and let in water. Not a good thing believe me. I had this happen while adjusting my hoist at the dock while I had the two rear arms unattached. Water rushed to the front and the rear of the hoist went up in the air. If it was not attached at the front it would have sunk. Instead my boat ended up sliding over the front and hitting the dock. Luckily there was not damage put it took a lot of work to get every back as it should be. Be careful...

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