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Tom and Barb Koehl

I'm making arrangements to have my "new" W32 transported from it's backwoods retreat in MI down to a heated barn in IN where I can restore it. Since it's only on keel blocks and 4 tripod stands, and I want to minimize the use of a crane to a single lift onto a new cradle that a hydraulic transporter can lift, I'm having a marina (Torrence Marine, in Muskegon, MI) duplicate another customer's W32 cradle. I've heard good things about their work and the price was reasonable. The transporter (Nautic Marine Transporters, out of Waterford, MI) will pick it up and take it to the site of the boat. I have a crane scheduled, but I have some nagging questions.

(1) With a full-keel boat, am I correct in my assumption that the keel will still need to be on blocks (on top of the cradle's keel board) to allow slings to be passed beneath the keel? Or can the boat be elevated slightly with the screw-post stands temporarily to allow the slings to be passed? I'm not sure that the hull is strong enough to tolerate being raised by the screw-posts (a lot of pressure on just a few points of the hull vs. keel support).

(2) Are there key lift points on the W32 other than at bulkheads?

(3) If the crane company has only cables available, is it a poor choice to use that with carpet scraps at contact points? I know the W32 hull is pretty robust, but the last thing I want to do is risk damage.

(4) On a different topic, since I have to pretty much totally redo the interior, did Westsail offer multiple interior configurations?

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