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Old 10-06-2019, 11:56 PM   #1
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need crane in PNW

I have a 23ft beam power catamaran that cannot get into a standard travel-lift. I need to replace my refrigerator, which is a small household unit. It will require a small crane to remove and then set the new fridge on my cockpit. Does anyone in the Portland area know a crane owner that could help? Thanks.
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Old 10-07-2019, 01:52 AM   #2
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Are you sure you will need a crane? I replaced a refer on a previous boat with a 16 cf household refer. We had to take the doors off to get it through the door. A friend and I did it without anything like a crane just us. Refers aren’t really that heavy. We used a dolly to bring it down the dock. Took the doors off. With cardboard on the bulkheads so we wouldn’t scratch anything we picked it up and slid it through the door. One person out on the dock and one person inside. The only hard part was lifting it over the counter in the salon and down into the galley. A crane wouldn’t have helped there anyway.
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We used a crane to step a mast at Rocky Point Marina, ask Dave at Rocky Point.

Ask your harbor master wherever you are moored. Will need to list Marina as additional insured anyway.
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Old 10-07-2019, 09:42 AM   #4
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I moved pianos as a side job in College. It was quick, easy money for a group of gym guys who don’t want to work full time. The service is still out there and they do a pretty good job of handling heavy items in tight spaces. They’ll have plenty if moving blankets and dollies. Google “Piano Movers” in your area and tell them what you’ve got. They’ll know.
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Lots of trucks around with HIAB cranes aboard. You need to find a dock with truck access. Then call for a lift.
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Many boat yards and some marinas have a small dockside davit crane for launching small boats. Ask around. That may be the cheapest way to get a fridge weighing several hundred pounds up and out of the boat. The crane can then load it on a truck to haul it off. Or the yard may have a forklift used for installing engines that can lift it up with chains.



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Give Jim Palmer (Palmers Marine)a call, he did my refer.
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Most any port authority with commercial fishing tenants has a crane for lifting nets and supplies off the dock and down onto boats below it. Bellingham for example has one that is pier-mounted and you can drive to it.
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replacing the fridge

Thanks, everyone. I think that John of Paradice has the connection for me. The boat has two narrow stairs up (6 steps) from either swim step. To be carried up would require lifting the fridge overhead and holding it out to the side. The cockpit is 5.5 ft off the water and the rear bulwark and rail is 8.5 ft off the water and center of boat is 12 ft off the dock. Portland, being so far from the ocean, has only commercial shipping ports and none of the other equipment suggested.
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Thanks, everyone. I think that John of Paradice has the connection for me. The boat has two narrow stairs up (6 steps) from either swim step. To be carried up would require lifting the fridge overhead and holding it out to the side. The cockpit is 5.5 ft off the water and the rear bulwark and rail is 8.5 ft off the water and center of boat is 12 ft off the dock. Portland, being so far from the ocean, has only commercial shipping ports and none of the other equipment suggested.
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