Originally Posted by boatmusher
I got a canoe up yesterday w/ no prob on 2 shitty pulleys. If I can hoist a dinky canoe surely I can hoist a burly raft!... I'll give it a whirl then if not I'll get a winch of some sort. I'm thinking I could put some tie off points at diff lengths to help me pull it up. Essentially securing as I go. Wish I wasn't a cheap bastard and just buy a winch but I'd rather buy a electric pump to keep the raft topped off while it hangs for the winter. So....
As you "engineer" your soln yankee style consider some small one way cams (like the straps) from a sailing supply house or something. (west marine).
As you likely rarely let your raft go flat, perhaps you could just top it off with a vac every one and a while. BTW, wall mart has cheap air pumps for air beds which work fine for occasional or even constant use.
Remember too in this case you can likley replace 1 nice pulley with 3 crappy ones, reduce the stresses and make it easy to lift (mech advant).
Oar framed - westy, both for the first time this weekend. pie. wished I had rowed more on the grand.