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Old 09-23-2013, 05:21 PM   #1
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Pulling a boat

Hey everyone I'm new to the forum.
Here's my question. I own an island in Canada. I purchased a 95 wrangler last year and barged it over to the island. I have used it to pull my smaller boats out with no problems. This year I bought a new ski boat and want to get it out at the island for the winter. Tried last week and the tires of the trailer sank into the mud. After trying for about 4 hours I gave up. I was at my local parts store and saw a 12k winch. Does anyone think if I installed on of those on the front of my jeep hooked it to a tree and pulled the boat out with the winch help it would work or am I dreaming. I will say that I was very close at getting it out a few times but the lip from the sand and the grass stopped me. Was thinking the winch might put me over the top. Any thoughts?

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Old 09-23-2013, 05:47 PM   #2
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I would hook a snatch block or a heavy duty pulley to the tree then run the winch line through the pulley to the trailer. Ever seen a big crane? The more pulleys the more you can move.

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Old 09-23-2013, 06:11 PM   #3
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I can handle that. Pulley around the tree then connect the cable back to the jeep?
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I live in THE BAJA the guys down here launch and Retrieve off the Beach most of them put the smallest wheels and tires on the boat trailer they can find. this lowers the trailer so they don't have to get in the water so far. They also extend the tongue of the trailer. if you don't pull your trailer too far those mods might help
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Old 09-24-2013, 10:04 AM   #5
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I would hook a snatch block or a heavy duty pulley to the tree then run the winch line through the pulley to the trailer. Ever seen a big crane? The more pulleys the more you can move.
What he says, a snatch block can double the pulling power. Use a tree saver if you don't want to kill the tree, you can also attach it back to the jeep if you have a strong enough d-ring and mount.
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Old 10-21-2013, 01:40 PM   #6
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I assume you managed to pull your boat over Thanksgiving? You probably have 1000lbs or so of pulling force with your jeep depending on traction. A 12,000lb winch will certainly pull your boat out. You only get 12,000lbs on the first turn on the drum and every turn after that lowers the pulling force, however you will have more than enough. A snatch block not only doubles the pulling force it uses more line so fewer wraps on the drum so you get more than double with a snatch block versus a single line pull.

The only problem I can see you running into is not enough battery power for the winch. If the jeep is on an island you probably don't run it much. Charge up the battery fully and be prepared to jumper the jeep battery with the boat battery (which you will take out of the boat for winter storage).

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