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post #17 of Old 11-10-2012
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Re: Breasting my fin keel? Help please.

Brits do this a lot with fin keel boats. Their Practical Boat Owner had an article on various ways of drying out. If I can find my copy I'll send info. When I did it on a gird here some notes:
Need to kn ow where the bottom of the keel is and what it's going to land on. Maybe not a problem with your situation but with a grid you could end missing the right fore and aft placement.
Use a hallyard made down to the dockside so that you're sure that as the tide goes down the boat will lean into the pilings. big problem if it leans the other way.
Need a way to hold the bow and stern up, like lined or a 2x4 underneath otherwise you won't be able to walk fore and aft of the fin.
it's nice to have a ladder to get up on the boat easily.
The tide will return. If you pull a thru hull have a way to secure the hole if Murphy's Law prevails on the project. Happened to me.

Walt Elliott
Kingston WA
Puget Sound
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