Secondary Lifting Sling Requirements

RVYC has been working with Fleet representatives and Western Equipment Ltd. to come up with a set of load-rated lifting sling specs to improve safety while launching and recovering boats at RVYC Jericho.

As of March 31, 2012, no vessel will be able to use RVYC lifts without gear in place appropriate to its Class. See below for images and descriptions applicable for each One Design class.

RVYC will require a load-test every year of the lifting straps and other components that you purchase as it will become a condition of your Moorage Agreement, just as Liability Insurance is. A group arrangement will be made with Western Equipment for that testing process in 2013, probably in conjunction with RVYC's annual Safety Day.

Orders for component types can be made with Mark Montrose, Harbour Master ~ Jericho. Tel: (604) 224-1033.
  • M242
    • (also applicable for M24 class because of the similar nature of the keel bolt and cabin-top configurations)

      Here are the specs that have been developed for the M242 Class for those boats that wish to use the Jericho cranes.

      1. Two separate GRP811305.3 lifting slings that are 1" wide by 5'3" long& 1" wide by 5'4" long. Each strap is a type 3 - 1 Ply that comes with flat eyes at each end to attach shackles or crane lift-hooks to. They are load-rated for 3,000 lbs each with a breaking strength of 15,000 lbs each. Cost is $19.23 for each strap, plus HST, or $43.08 total. The straps are configured so that two of them will fit through the average M242 lifting sling hole in the cabin-top (see photo), with one strap attaching to the aft keel bolt, and the other strap attaching to the next keel bolt forward (see photo)

      PLEASE NOTE: Only use Sharpie pens on the straps if you wish to mark your name or boat number on them. All other felt pen types degrade the straps over time and weaken the material.

      2. For those that do not already have them, RVYC also requires each owner to purchase 2 ½" Wichard eye-nuts, load-rated at 7,500 kg. Cost is $55 for each eye-nut, plus HST, or $123.20 total. In some cases there will not be enough bolt threads showing, and the existing keel nut(s) will need to be spun off and the eye-nut(s) take its place. As such, the new eye-nut(s) must be properly tensioned so it will not come loose with usage.

      3. 2 ½" shackles are required for connecting the above Wichard eye-nuts to the straps. Model # SHD 16 stainless steel, load-tested to 7,500 kg. Cost is $29.87 for each shackle, plus HST, or $66.91
      total.




           
      Full Kit (M242) Lower Attachments (M242) Upper Loops (M242)

  • J/24
    • Here are the specs that have been developed for the J/24 Class for those boats that wish to use the Jericho cranes.

      1. Two separate identical lifting slings that are 2 inches wide by 5ft. long. Each ply strap comes with flat eyes at each end to attach shackles or crane lift-hooks to. They are load-rated for 6000 lbs SWL each, with a breaking strength of 30,000 lbs each. Cost is approximately $30 for each strap, or $60 total, plus tax. Please see the photos below of Jai Alai, which show a single strap of the type that is being specified, and a separate photo of the shackle attaching to the cross bar. The new specs require two of each component.

      PLEASE NOTE: Only use Sharpie pens on the straps if you wish to mark your name or boat number on them. All other felt pen types degrade the straps over time and weaken the material.

      2. For those that do not already have them, RVYC also requires each owner to purchase two shackles for connecting the lifting straps to the cross-bar held down by the two keel bolts, with each shackle load–rated at 6,000 pounds SWL minimum. Cost is about $50 for each shackle, or $100 total, plus tax.



         
      Crossbar (J/24) Shackle at Crossbar (J/24)

  • STAR
    • Here are the specs that have been developed for the Star Class for those boats that wish to use the Jericho cranes:

      1. Two green GRP/Western Equipment primary lifting slings that are 4' long and load-rated for 6,000 lbs each and two yellow secondary straps that are also 4' long and load-rated for 3,000 lbs each. Breaking strength for each strap type is 5:1. Cost is $35 for each strap combo, plus tax, or $78.40 total. For those that just need the yellow secondary straps because they may have load-rated straps like the green ones already, they are $15 each plus tax.

      PLEASE NOTE: Only use Sharpie pens on the straps if you wish to mark your name or boat number on them. All other felt pen types degrade the straps over time and weaken the material.

      2. For those that do not already have them, RVYC also requires each owner to purchase a choice of either:
      a) two 13/32 inch stainless steel Wichard bow shackles for connecting the above straps to the lift points. Model #WIC1245, load tested to 1,520 kg or 3,344 lbs. Breaking strength is 4,300 kg or 9,460 lbs. Cost is $28.12 for each shackle, plus HST, or $62.99 total.
      b) two 15/32 inch stainless steel Wichard bow shackles for connecting the above straps to the lift points. Model #WIC1246, load tested to 2,080 kg or 4,576 lbs. Breaking strength is 6,000 kg or 13,200 lbs. Cost is $44.42 for each shackle, plus HST, or $99.50 total.
      c) two 3/8 inch thick, 3 1/2" long, stainless steel SeaDog carabiners for connecting the above straps to the lift points. Model #153710-1, with a breaking strength of 15,800 lbs. Cost is $9.15 for each shackle, plus HST, or $21.05 total.


       
      Lift Strap Combo (Star)

  • DRAGON
    • Here are the specs that have been developed for the Dragon Class for those boats that wish to use the Jericho cranes:

      1. One white, green, or blue GRP/Western Equipment primary two-leg bridle lifting sling that is load-rated for 6,000 lbs, with a breaking strength of 5:1. Cost is $42 for each bridle, plus HST, or $47.04 total.

      2. One white GRP/Western Equipment Secondary Safety Leg strap for the forward lift point, which is load-rated for 10,400 lbs, with a breaking strength of 5:1. Cost is $18.65 for each Secondary strap, plus HST, or $20.89 total.

      PLEASE NOTE: Only use Sharpie pens on the straps if you wish to mark your name or boat number on them. All other felt pen types degrade the straps over time and weaken the material.

      3. Two 5/8" stainless steel Wichard bow shackles for connecting the above straps to the lift points. Model #WIC1247, load tested to 4,000 kg or 8,800 lbs. Breaking strength is 11,000 kg or 24,200 lbs. Cost is $116.40 for each shackle, plus HST, or $260.74 total.


       
      Lift Strap Combo (Dragon)

  • Olson 30
    • Here are the specs that have been developed for the Olson 30 Class for those boats that wish to use the Jericho cranes. NOTE: This information may also apply to some PHRF boats as part of their lifting setup for redundancy, or other types of dinghies/tenders.

      1. One primary lifting bar (possibly with lift sling attached) that is load-rated for 8,000 lbs, with a breaking strength of at least 5:1. Length of the bars vary (see photo below), as does cost.

      2. Two white/blue GRP/Western Equipment Secondary Safety Straps that form a basket lift under the Olson 30, with one strap positioned in front of the keel and the other aft. Each strap varies in length depending on the length of the primary lifting bar, but are generally 21-22' each. They are each load-rated for 3,200 lbs (so 6,400 lbs total), with a breaking strength of 5:1. Cost is $67.10 for a set of 2, plus HST, or $75.15 total.

      PLEASE NOTE: Only use Sharpie pens on the straps if you wish to mark your name or boat number on them. All other felt pen types degrade the straps over time and weaken the material.




           
      Lift Bars (Olson 30) Bar Differences (Olson 30) Secondary Lift Straps (Olson 30)

  • Melges 24
    • Here are the specs that have been developed for the Melges 24 Class for those boats that wish to use the Jericho cranes:

      1. Three purple polyester Western Equipment primary lifting slings that are 4' 3" long and load-rated for 3,000 lbs each (there is an option to have straps made that are 5'3" long). Breaking strength for each strap is 5:1. Two purple straps connect to the existing lift points on either side of the keel, per usual practice. The middle purple strap connects to the ring bolt on the keel when it is in the down position and will have about 3" of slack in it as a safety strap. This means all 3 straps are completely interchangeable.

      2. One white GRP/Western Equipment secondary lifting sling loop that is 1' long and load-rated for 3,000 lbs (NOTE: if the 5'3" purple strap option is chosen above, this white strap needs to be 3' long, not 1'). Breaking strength for this strap type is 5:1. This strap loops through the keel ring when the keel is in the "UP" position, and the two strap loop ends then clip to the crane hook. There will be about 3" or so of slack in this strap system. Cost for the 4'3" 4-strap combo above is $75, plus tax, or $84 total. Cost for the 5'3" 4-strap combo above is $86.62, plus tax, or $97.01 total.

      PLEASE NOTE: Only use Sharpie pens on the straps if you wish to mark your name or boat number on them. All other felt pen types degrade the straps over time and weaken the material.

      3. For those that do not already have them, RVYC also requires each owner to purchase three 3/8 inch stainless steel Seadog bow shackles for connecting the above straps in item 1 to the lift points. Model #316, with a breaking strength of 9,900 lbs. Cost is $14.76 for each shackle, plus HST, or $49.59 total.


       
      Lift Strap Combo (Melges 24)

  • PHRF/ORC
    • PHRF/ORC boats that wish to use the Jericho cranes are also required to have load-rated straps and load-rated attachments such as shackles and keel bolt eye-nuts. As each boat will likely require a custom set-up, owners should consult with the Jericho Harbour Master regarding the minimum requirements: Mark Montrose, Harbour Master ~ Jericho; Tel: (604) 224-1033.

      PLEASE NOTE: Only use Sharpie pens on the straps if you wish to mark your name or boat number on them. All other felt pen types degrade the straps over time and weaken the material.
  • DINGHIES, TENDERS, POWERBOATS
    • Dinghies, tenders, and powerboats that wish to use the Jericho cranes are also required to have load-rated straps and load-rated attachments such as shackles and bolt eye-nuts. As each boat will likely require a custom set-up, owners should consult with the Jericho Harbour Master regarding the minimum requirements: Mark Montrose, Harbour Master ~ Jericho; Tel: (604) 224-1033.

      PLEASE NOTE: Only use Sharpie pens on the straps if you wish to mark your name or boat number on them. All other felt pen types degrade the straps over time and weaken the material.