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Crane Hire


Benfleet Yacht Club have a rather large "Hebridean" 3 Axle crane: believed to be the only 3 Axle version still operational. This leviathan is very old, but still serviceable, being maintained on a regular basis by a dedicated team of volunteer members, and undergoes an annual inspection. The crane was first registered in 1965 and has been owned by Benfleet Yacht Club since the early 1990's.

BYC Craning Arrangements:

To book the crane along with a support crew, please contact a member of the "Crane Gang":

  • Pete Allen, Peter Davies, Peter Clay or Stephen West.
  • Telephone numbers for each of these people can be found on a separate page within the "Members Personal Portal". However, you will need to be 'logged-in' to view this page).
  • Please click on this link: Crane Booking Contacts

The Boat Owner is to ensure that their vessel is insured in accordance with Benfleet Yacht Club General Rules.

The Boat Owner is to be present during craning operations.

You are reminded that craning operations are the requesting Club Member's responsibility, the crane and its operatives are only present to assist the Club Member with the craning operation requested.

Please also bear in mind that the Crane Gang are all unpaid volunteers, as are the Slipway Gang, we are all retired and expect to go sailing during the season.

For mast / engine craning and boat lifts we need the minimum of a Driver and a Slinger plus at least two physically fit people to pull on the rope hoist/assist with control of the load.

The Crane Gang will provide the Driver and Slinger and the Boat Owner will be expected to provide the two fit people to pull the hoist / control the load.

During the Winter non-sailing season we try to arrange craning for a Wednesday starting in the morning, we also try to arrange craning on several boats on the same day so that the Boat Owners can help one another as we go from boat to boat (we tend to avoid Weekends due to a greater number of people, dinghies and cars at the Club).

During the Summer sailing season the Crane Gang volunteers will often be away sailing and unable to commit much in advance to a craning date due to the vagaries of the seas and weather.

We would suggest that, during the Summer sailing season, if the Boat Owner wants some craning done, they inform the Crane Gang and then one of the Gang will contact them when it is convenient to carry out the task, possibly the night before. If the date offered at short notice is not convenient to them, they remain on the pending list.

Please also see the file below containing the detailed BYC craning operating procedure and requirements.


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