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post #19 of Old 01-13-2012
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We used to careen back in the 1970's & 80's by resting beam to shore at high tide on a sandy protected beach with a fairly steep slope and a tidal range greater than our draft. We would clean with the tide fall and paint before the rise; then, turn and repeat for the other side. This was labor intense, but saved a lot of boat yard costs. We always took care to protect our rudder and not to lean away from the shore. We also have always had full keel boats. Sometimes we would have a group of four or five boats careening at the same weekend. I don't think it's as commonly done now, though I know some tie to a bulkhead for this work at the big tides in Maine. I feel safer leaning on the sand than balancing upright. Take care and joy, Aythya crew
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