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Re: Breasting my fin keel? Help please.
You might see if any ports arount there have a tide grid. Our Port of Poulsbo in Puget Sound has one that they charge $25 per day to use. They do not allow bottom cleaning any more due to environmental concerns. I helped a friend change a prop on his Slocum 43, but that is not a fin keel. Don't think I would ever try to put my Catalina 47 on it.
With a tide grid, you have massive timbers on the bottom, and a secure place to tie to on the side as the tide goes out. You want the boat heeled over slightly against the piling as the water recedes. Also there is a built in ladder to get up to the dock.