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Use a travel lift on a houseboat with catwalks

by John
(Pittsburgh, PA)

How to lift a houseboat with removable catwalks?

How to lift a houseboat with removable catwalks?

When it comes to using a travel lift on a houseboat with catwalks, especially one with removable catwalks, what is the correct procedure?

I have a 1978 Nautaline 43 foot houseboat with the removable catwalks. Do the catwalks need to be removed prior to lifting out of the water with a travel lift (sling type)?

I don't want to cause any damage to the boat, nor the catwalks.

Any help would be greatly appreciated, John.

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Reply - Answer

Well John, thanks of posting in the houseboat forums. That is a very good question that I too am looking for an answer.

I have an early ChrisCraft Aquahome (a very similar model), yet it didn't have any "removable catwalks", so I can't comment on the way that they are installed.

I would imagine that any qualified travel lift operator would be able to answer you regarding the right way to do it.

If you can't talk to a qualified travel lift operator, hopefully some of our readers and visitors will share and post comments about their houseboat TRAVEL LIFT related experiences and tips.

Feel free to use the "click here to post comments" link found near the bottom of this page.

Thanks again for sharing, IAN from All About Houseboats

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NAUTA-LINE catwalk removal
by: Anonymous

I also have a 1979 NAUTA-LINE 48ft houseboat with removable catwalks. The catwalks are rotten and need replaced. How do i remove them? Thank you.

by: John

Thank you for the comments, I was lucky the boatyard had a trailer from a houseboat that was left by a previous owner so I was able to use that for dry dock this winter.

Cat walks and Travelifts
by: Anonymous

When the boats were new they were strong enough to be picked up with straps and not do any damage.

If you're concerned you can put a block of foam ( the kind that are put under docks for floatation) between the straps and the hull and that will relieve the pressure on the walkways.

Width of the catwalks
by: Anonymous

I have a 1969 Nautaline houseboat and I had it moved about 100 miles on a trailer and I left the catwalks on it. There were no problems.

I was more concerned with the overall height, with low hanging tree limbs, and wind possibly tearing off the awning on the front of the boat.

I had the fellow hauling the boat put a strap across the awning to help keep it in place. I then drove the route that he was to take and looked for low hanging trees.

We ended up changing the route to avoid one tree.

Good luck, hope all goes well for you.

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