Friday, August 31, 2007

How NOT to Lift a Boat

Via Scuttlebutt:

"On a day when the boatyard guys weren't around, the guy who owns this boat tried to launch it himself. Apparently the boat does have a deadeye in the keel for lifting, but the owner didn't catch on and attached the lifting sling to the shaft, just above the deadeye. Ripping out the engine is messy business, and this incident is further evidence that despite the lifting sling and the engine shaft being adjacent to each other, close still only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades. "


Scuttleblog said...

Someone familiar with the boat and boat yard emailed me to say that the boat yard staff WAS on-site, and that this had nothing to do with them. They said that the owner knows how to correctly hook on the lifting sling, but on this one occassion, he did it very, very wrong. End of story.

- said...

Thanks for the update...but there is a big gap between knowing about something and knowing how to do it. For example, I know about flying a plane...but I have no idea how to do it. Sounds like this guy knew about using the deadeye in the keel for lifting, but didn't actually know how to do it.