Car topping your Weta
November 8, 2018 at 2:34 am #10293
While it’s probably not the easiest way to transport a Weta, it can be done. And in some countries which ban the use of trailers (e.g. Singapore) it’s the only option. However first make sure your vehicle is able to support the total weight of the boat and trailer which is 119 Kg.
Note: When tying the boat to the car don’t forget that it’s most likely that you will brake suddenly rather then accelerate fast. So make sure it is secured to the rear of the vehicle as well as the front. Roof mounting also has a big impact on fuel consumption and can make the vehicle unstable in high winds or if you take a corner too fast.
Typically, the main hull has been secured to the trolley and then the boat and trolley lifted onto the vehicle, then once secure the floats are secured to the trolley – but without a crane or a frame to help with the lifting this means you will be lifting over 100Kg above your head and this requires 3 or 4 people to load it safely.
Another option is to load the Weta upside down onto padded roof bars on the vehicle and then put the trolley on the top. The trolley from 2014 onwards has removable “moosehead” extensions for the floats which can be installed upside down and thus provide a support for the floats to be secured on to the trolley when it’s on top of the car. The advantage of this method is you only have to lift the main hull (60Kg) and then the trolley (25Kg) and finally the two floats (17Kg each). The disadvantage is that the float supports will need to be rotated when you unload.
If is possible to load a Weta onto the back of a Ute with a long load tray but beware of the rules regarding the maximum overhang from a vehicle and you will need to hang a warning flag from the stern. Ute’s can also have racks bolted to the floor which can support the boat.
How to load it
There are systems which use a winch (usually driven by a hand drill) to load a boat onto the roof from the side (using slide poles that reach to the ground) or from the rear. However, they are aimed at aluminium tinnies rather than sailboats and they may not be suitable for loading a Weta unless you can pad the boat sufficiently to protect it.
The following side loaders would seem to be OK but they are designed to have the boat roll upside down onto the rack before being hoisted.
Boat Hoist (130Kg)
The Mozzi system which is designed to load the boat AND trailer and rated for 200Kg.
However the system comes with its own trolley which has the wheels at the rear that protects the stern during loading/unloading. It either requires an extension for the back of the Weta trolley which is used to load/unload and then unbolted when the boat is on the ground. The alternative may be to modify the Mozzi trolley to support the Weta.
Side loading a Weta hull solo without a load system
It can be done provided you have a tyre to support the stern of the boat. You may need to remove the rudder pintles to prevent them getting damaged in the process.
1. Fit roof bars that can extend beyond the edge of the vehicle
2. Position the stern of the boat alongside the vehicle between the roof bars with a used tyre under the stern on the ground
3. Lift the bow of the boat so that the boat is vertical with the stern resting on the tyre
4. Turn the boat so that the deck is resting against the end of the roof bars
5. Lift the stern of the boat so it is positioned on the roof bars at right angles to the vehicle
6. Turn the boat through 90 degrees on the roof bars so it is lined up with the vehicle.
7. Secure the boat in place and then secure the trolley on top upside down.
8. Secure the floats in the mooseheads using bungee straps (ratchet straps can damage the fibreglass if over tightened) with the arms over the boat.
Don’t overload your vehicle!
- This topic was modified 1 week ago by Paul White.
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