Working in The Goldfish Team, you often get questions like “how should I store my Goldfish offseason,” “which trailer should I buy” or “how to secure it when in transport.” As well, from time to time we see owners damaging their boats from poor lifting, storage or slinging under transport.
That’s my motivation for writing this article. I won’t be able to write an exhaustive article, but I will try to give you some pointers on do’s and don’ts. The hull construction and design of your Goldfish is what makes it unique and it’s important to safeguard that. Read about The Goldfish Standard here.
Goldfish Owner’s Manual
The owner’s manual that followed your boat when new is always “the law”. The manual will guide you in how to handle your Goldfish correctly. If the manual is lost or it didn’t follow your pre-owned Goldfish you will find it in MyGoldfish. Never heard about MyGoldfish before? Read more about your personal dashboard here and register for your own profile here.
Lifting your Goldfish
There are lots of reasons why you need to lift your boat. Either it’s for storage, cleaning the hull and drive leg or it’s to store it on the Yacht, there is a couple of things to watch out for.
RIBs built by Goldfish got approved lifting points. Use them, they are there for a reason! Use either a tender sling delivered with from Goldfish or a third-party product. Be sure to check that the straps can handle the weight and that the straps are long enough to reach upwards momentum and not sideways. Remember to calculate for fuel and belongings in the boat that increases the weight.
If your Goldfish doesn’t have lifting points you will have to use regular straps underneath the hull. Check the owner’s manual for center weight point. It might be further back then you think. The important thing is to not squeeze the tubes. The pressure in the tubes increases and the tube fastening system is under a large momentum when lifting. When lifting a Goldfish RIB use as wide lifting bar as possible. The wider bar, the lower are the sideways pressure on the boat. (At least as wide as the full beam inflated). This is important to avoid damage.
Trailing your Goldfish
Most of our boats are well suited to for trailing, but be sure to check your local legislation. Equipment is important. A car that can handle the weight and a trailer that is built for the mission. We prefer Svela Trailers in Norway, but I’m sure it’s a lot of good manufacturers out there, but choose a trialer with tip and large loading wheels to avoid the steps getting stuck on the wheels. As when lifting, calculate the additional weight.
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Securing the load
A guy I meet at the boat ramp last year said to me “What’s good and easy about heavy cargo as a boat is that it’s so heavy that it won’t move much under transport”. I can’t stress enough how WRONG that is. Securing the boat on deck, trailer or truck is crucial! If you were to have an emergency stop, it will move.
All Goldfish models have a tow hook in the bow and two at the stern. They’re there for a reason. Use them. Do not use lifting points, cleats or just strap over the boat. Your boat might be damage. This is also valid for 23 Tender & 28 Tender with D-fenders.
Understand your limitations
If you don’t feel up to the task, don’t do it. There are tonnes of company’s around the world that have this as their key business. Either you choose to do it yourself or hire someone to help you, please take the pointers into account.
The Goldfish Team is always here to help. If you need help or have questions for us, don’t hesitate to ask us in the lower right corner.
We work close with DSV Global Transport and Logistics. They can help out with all kinds of transportation and are well familiar with our boats.
If you have similar questions, I will recommend you to have read at continue reading at the Goldfish HelpDesk.