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1972 Catalina 27 on a tidal grid ?

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Has anyone had any experience with putting an older (1972) Catalina 27 on a tidal grid ?
Is she balanced enough not to drop on her bow/stern, and is the keel & hukk strong enough ?
Basically, will she settle nicely with her keel on the bottom when the tide goes out ? There's pilings to prevent her from falling sideways, but I'm more concerned with the for-aft balance, and with the entire hull falling down around the keel.
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I think you'll find that she will nose down if unsupported. The leading edge and forward turn of the keel is angled such that the bow will not stay up. Our old Viking 28 keel was similar and she wanted to nose down hard.

Boats of that vintage with so-called "Peterson keels" i.e. flat bottomed - will often sit level on a grid. In other cases, like our Mtn 242, the keel was so far forward on the boat that the stern dropped instead.

If the grid does not provide for placement of a bow strap of some sort, I'd be a bit reluctant to "hold the bow up" with a cleat unless you're sure it's really well backed up. It could hold for a while, and let go when you're in the wrong place altogether.
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