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Re: Breasting my fin keel? Help please.

The first time you do this is always the most interesting... until you try it (or unless you know someone with a sistership that knows) you won't know whether or not the boat will tend bow down or stern down.

You can support the 'heavy' end with straps or lines off of sturdy cleats, the 'weight' is often just a relatively low 'out of balance' amount, not usually anything too significant.

I've seen people with similar boats (Ericson 27 and Catalina 27) raft up together and then dry out on a flat beach.. both boats ended up nose down, but upright as they were tied together.. not sure I'd try it but they got away with it that time...
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