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post #3 of Old 12-27-2012
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Re: The balance point

Get a wing keeled boat.

I was on a friends O'Day 272 which is a shoal draft wing keel model. We ran aground behind Sheffield Island on an ebbing tide. Wing keels are notoriously difficult to get off a grounding. The tide went all the way out and the boat was left standing on the wing keel. I would never have believed it NOR would I have set out to try such a thing but I have BTDT by accident.

With my nearly full keel boat I would consider doing this if there were a piling or two the boat could be secured to as the tide went out. It would not want to stand up on the keel unless it sank deep into the mud.

I would think there could be considerable stress placed on a fin keeled boat that was careened.

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