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Re: To drydock or not?
Dry sailing has become a practical matter for race boats up to around 35 feet, one of our local clubs now is dry storing a number of Mumm 30s, a Melges 32 and an ID35.. all on dollys/trailers that can be manhandled to the hoist.
But the boat has to be set up to be single point liftable, generally, for it to be practical and many non-race boats are not. Another approach is a floating 'drydock' that sits in your slip and allows you to lift the boat out of the water between trips.. but now you're paying for the lift and the regular slip fees.
The rest of us live with the occasional scrub, annual hauout and antifouling paint...
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Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)