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Which Winch Should I Use to Pull a Small Sailboat out of the Water and Across Sandy Beach

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I keep a small sailboat on a dolly on a beach by my house. I've also attached a picture of the boat on the dolly snugged into the rack. The boat plus dolly probably weights 400-450 lbs, and the dolly rolls well over the sand. For storage, the whole thing sits on a wooden rack about 50foot from the water theres a slight incline from the water up to the wooden rack. What kind of winch would you recommend to haul the dolly across the sand to the wooden rack? Would it be better to attach the winch to the wooden rack or the dolly? The wooden rack is on the ground so I was wondering if I would need a worm gear so the handle would have enough clearance from the ground, but it also seems like that would be very slow. Maybe mount the winch on its side? Will a winch work in that position, or does the axle of the drum need to be parallel to the ground? Any suggestions welcome!

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As much as I'd love to recommend using something cool like an electric ATV winch similar to the Bulldog Utility Winch # BDW15008 , I think you'd be well served going with the Dutton-Lainson Hand Winch # DL10974 . This is a worm gear hand winch that has a 2000-lb capacity. One of the things I love about this winch is that the loop drive lets you crank the winch with a power drill if you've got a cordless drill or an electrical outlet down by where you're storing it.

To mount this winch, I recommend mounting it to the wooden platform you dock the boat on so that you won't have to be concerned with the wooden planks breaking if you were to mount it on the dolly and latch up to the platform. Since this winch doesn't come with a cable, you'll need 7/32" wire rope at least 50' long similar to the Hand Winch Cable # DL24045 to use in the spool.

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