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    Do you guys work on your ski while on the trailer or do you have a separate work stan

    I have a hard time working on my ski since it's on a double trailer and there is only about 2 inches between the side rails of the skis. Also, the the framing for the bunks tends to be in the way for getting directly under the middle of the ski. Do you guys have a preferred way to work on your skis for easy access? Is there a stand out there that makes this super easy?
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    I use a shop cart for anything more than the most basic work on my watercraft. Takes maybe ten minutes to shift the hull from trailer to cart, and maybe five minutes to winch right back onto the trailer after the work is done.

    Using a shop cart saves a lot of shin damage and awkward angles reaching into the hull and working around the trailer structure, fenders and tires.

    I have four of these Aquacart AQ-19 that I have used for years.





    If I was buying new I would first look at the all-aluminum welded frame shop cart made by Triton Trailer. With really big caster wheels. And the higher lift bunk brackets, so the bunks on the cart are close to my trailer bunk height.

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    Sweet! I like the triton option cause it leaves the center open.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fandini View Post
    Sweet! I like the triton option cause it leaves the center open.
    I have the triton carts. Yes the center is open but you really can’t get in there

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. GP1800 View Post
    I have the triton carts. Yes the center is open but you really can’t get in there
    Ok. How do you do your intake grate or hull work? There must be a trick I'm missing

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    Aquacart has some interesting carts as well with an open middle and 6' soft wheeled casters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fandini View Post
    Ok. How do you do your intake grate or hull work? ...
    Intake grate and ride plate work I do on the trailer. Attach trailer to tow vehicle. Loosen winch strap and slide the hull back enough for the ride plate to clear the bunk ends. Snug the winch strap. Do the work, then winch the hull forward onto the bunks.

    Using the storage cart and needing clear access to the hull, I will sometimes use a hydraulic car lift jack to raise one end of the shop cart. Multiple straps hold the rear of the hull to the cart frame. Once the hull has been lifted enough I use axle stands to support the cart frame.

    This was a high lift so we could repair rock scrapes on the keel bottom.



    Recently I used the same angled lift method for another repair and painting of the forward hull. Just used one cart and the back wheels stayed on the ground. Car lift to get it up high then two jack stands to keep it stable and well supported.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fandini View Post
    Ok. How do you do your intake grate or hull work? There must be a trick I'm missing
    I leave the ski on the trailer. Hook the trailer to the tow vehicle. Slide the ski back until you can access whatever you are working on. Leave the winch strap attached and tight so the ski can’t tip backwards

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    You can always remove the wheel of the trailer on the side your going to be working. This allows lowering and tilting the ski for easier working. I also have a custom cart with big wheels I built for more major service but the trailer wheel removing thing works pretty good.
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