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    need advice ... lifting a jet ski

    i will be painting my trailer and need to get the ski on it first. I have a industrial forklift available but i need to figure out a safe way to lift the ski on the trailer with the lift, and was wondering if it is ok to place the ski on the ground on its side on maybe a tarp. Will it bend the hull or damage anything if its laying on its side, i dont want to put pressure on the forklift for to long ...
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    Re: need advice ... lifting a jet ski

    Why not build a stand to hold it and just slide it off the trailer on to the stand?

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    Re: need advice ... lifting a jet ski

    Sliding it off the trailer on the ground/grass is ok. I once sold a ski and met the buyer near a lake to put the ski on his trailer. The lake was private and no one would let us us their ramp. We found a place and slide the ski off mine and then whenched it on his. No problem and there was only 2 of us. I would still try to buy or make a cart.
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    Re: need advice ... lifting a jet ski

    Lift your PWC off the trailer with a sling attached to the Fork Lift. You can buy pre fab slings for exactly this purpose from a number of places pretty cheap. I rented a sling from a PWC dealer close by for the weekend for $15 which was better for me as I only had a need to use it one time. Better route if you only need it rarely.

    However you can also rent PWC stands on wheels. I've done that too and simply lined up the stands bunks to my trailers, and then used the ratchet line on the stand to slide it over, off the trailer. This was better for me less to deal with compared to a forklift. Another option for you.
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    Re: need advice ... lifting a jet ski

    I build stands out of 2x4 and 2x6. Put the stand on castors. Set the stand height to the same height as the ski..

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    Re: need advice ... lifting a jet ski

    You may already know this, but just in case, remember that 90% of the ski's wieght is in the back half of the ski. So when you lift it, keep that in mind..
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    Re: need advice ... lifting a jet ski

    Quote Originally Posted by C-LO View Post
    You may already know this, but just in case, remember that 90% of the ski's wieght is in the back half of the ski. So when you lift it, keep that in mind..
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    Re: need advice ... lifting a jet ski

    Provided that you won't need to use the forklift for lifting other things while you're painting the trailer, if you don't have any problems with leaking hydraulics, then you should be able to keep the ski on the forklift without any problems. If you're worried about leaking hydraulics, then lower the tines onto jackstands.
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    Re: need advice ... lifting a jet ski

    Quote Originally Posted by Squarenosed View Post
    Why not build a stand to hold it and just slide it off the trailer on to the stand?
    Quote Originally Posted by dcg9381 View Post
    I build stands out of 2x4 and 2x6. Put the stand on castors. Set the stand height to the same height as the ski..
    I built a wood stand and it's been pretty handy. We have a double trailer and sometimes I only need 1 ski, so I just slide the other ski on the stand.
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    Re: need advice ... lifting a jet ski

    I have used car tires many times with a smaller ski, just stack them to the correct height and slid ski on to tires, move trailer up and place tires under front of ski. if you use two or more people its even easier.

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