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Re: beachable/groundable trailer sailer
I do not have experience with a beachable boat big enough to spend a few nights on, but I have had lots of smaller boats on the beach. A big problem is getting mud and sand up into the Board trunk. I have had boards jam even after a short period of time, once I even got enough glop in my kick up rudder on the beach that I could not get it back down without taking it apart. I think any boat left aground for long periods of time will not work out unless it is made for that type of use. When you add the pounding that will take place 4 x a day as the tide goes in and out the end result will be a pretty beat boat, particularly since they will be sitting on their hulls.
Bilge keelers are made for this, another otion would be a sturdy old boat with lee boards instead of a centerboard. Some extra rub strips and lots of extra applications of bottom paint would help.