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History and Background to Offloading the Mini Car

Offloading the Mini Car

When we started the design process of Impetus, the first discussions we had about carrying a mode of transportation on board was about bikes and "scooters". It was decided the boat would carry two scooters and we discussed the drawbacks regarding items you could carry and riding in the rain.

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I suggested they consider a "Smart car" which where only available in Europe at the time. They did not weight much more then two scooters and you would be dry and could carry things. So we designed a system for loading the Smart car on and off which is not much more complex then loading scooters.

Then the new MINI came out and the owners fell in love with them. It would allow you to carry 4 people and lots of other things but it was much larger and heavier then a Smart car.

We re-engineered everything and by upgrading the crane and lifting system, the decision was made that it was possible to carry the car. There was a lot to this as we needed to figure out the reach to get it off the boat past the pilings and on to a dock. We needed a system to lock it down to the boat under way and a system to lift it. I came up with a design that used the bottom lifting bar to also be part of the lock down system and the whole thing could be disassembled for storage.

These are the first photos I have seen of the system in action and it is nice to see something work out just as planned.

John DeCaro

Offloading the Mini Car in Boothbay Harbor, Maine

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