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Old 11-10-2012
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Re: Breasting my fin keel? Help please.

Careening is laying her over on her side as the tide drops or winched over by the mast if no beach. Newfies replace the schooners keel like this at a deepwater dock. If you have a nice steep protected bank you can lay her on.!! On the coast here, I often laid down deadmen i( 4 ft of 6x6 beach log) with a wire strop to take the buoyancy of the grid timbers floated in on the next tide. At least 18 inch x 20 ft ( I'm 22 tonnes and 15 beam) All this along side a federal dock to take the deck and mast lines secure. By the time I was on the grid, the bay would be full of boats waiting their turn. Most larger communities had these already but I preferred the outback. and we all had full keel cruising or converted fish boat hulls (w00d) I've seen a few finkeels standing on their noses waiting for a rising tide. Lots can go wrong but not to worry. Fiberglass is so much stronger and will likely withstand falling over. It's the filling tide that is really annoying.
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