A crane turns the moai around so it faces inland, as do the ancient moai. If the team tried to drag the moai here, the pullers would have to stand in the ocean—not a practical solution for a coastal moai.
Architect Vince Lee's plan (see Vince Lee's Uphill Battle) is to build a sled with cross bars. The team uses them to lever the moai forward—or even pivot it in a circle—with poles. It also allows the team to lever the moai up the hill. The attempt works, although with much effort and very slow progress. The moai moves one heave at a time.