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Hitch Makes Boat Launch Easy
We have a family cabin on a small lake in Northern Minnesota. We try to get there as often as we can during the summer but time is always short. Fortunately, we have a great neighbor on the lake named Gordy Surges who is a FARM SHOW subscriber and, therefore, knows how to get things done fast, often building his own equipment to make life easier.
  When we were getting ready to put our 18-ft. pontoon boat into the water a few weeks ago, Gordy came over and offered to help. A few minutes later he showed up on his Bobcat with a 10-ft. long hitch fitted to the loader arms. He latched onto my boat with the ball hitch at the end and pushed the pontoon trailer down the road to a boat landing that’s steep enough to make launching a little tricky - even with a 4-WD truck.
  Gordy’s “made it myself” hitch is fitted with a large 6-ft. long hydraulic cylinder that telescopes out far enough that he doesn’t even have to leave the road to launch a boat. He can use the same hitch to pull in docks and boat lifts, and also to back trailers into tightly packed storage sheds, of which he has several. Thanks for your help, Gordy!

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2016 - Volume #40, Issue #4