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Safe grounding, without slipping

Does anyone have any ideas or reasonably safe ways/devices of grounding a fixed keeled yacht, to save slipping it ?
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I've read accounts of using grounding legs, or leaning against a pier. This only works with a full keel, not a fin. The slope and composition of the bottom matter. I can understand how it works, but would be reluctant to try, as the price of failure is high.
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Does the boat have twin/bilge keels? If not, then grounding it is probably more of a PITA than it is worth. Careening a boat was a time-honored way of grounding one so that work could be done on the bottom, but I wouldn't think that doing this makes much sense. It would end up putting a lot of stress on the boat's hull and damaging the bottom paint pretty quickly.

If you're careening the boat against a bulkhead, you're likely going to have to pay for the pier space anyways, and a wet slip would be far more convenient and less hassles.
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my boat is a fin keel, with a seperate skeg behind and a seperate transom mounted rudder.... it`s a 24 ft boat. i`ve had thoughts of tubular legs either side but also visualise the stresses that would be created on these, especially if there was a little bit of bouncing when the tide`s receding.
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This is done often in the UK sometimes on a wooden grid laid by a club with a couple of stout piles to tie the yacht to, other times against a pier.

I liked to have a look at low tide to make sure there was nothing nasty on the bottom where I was going to take the ground.

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