The hydraulic trailer is shaped like a U, it backs in under the boat, timbers are slid through between the sides and it lifts the boat up off the blocks, and the arms hold it to go down the road on air ride suspension.
After a boom truck lifts the mast up and lowers it into place, the travelift picks the boat up off the trailer in slings, and then drives out on little wharfs to lower it into the water.
The boat is lowered down, I step aboard, and it goes down until it is in the water, enough to start the engine. Once it is going, the straps are lowered enough so I can back the boat out and off we go, another season begun.
Now, dockside, I'll bend on sails, finish getting the details of rig and lifelines, etc attended to, and tweak the newly rebuilt engine's installation with sea trials. Should be ready to sail by this afternoon. Better go get back to work!
Captain Daniel Bennett rebuilt Bufflehead, maintains and sails her, sharing the experiences and the delights of sailing her with all who come aboard, and maybe here with others too.