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Leveling on the Hard

I know that winter haulout is now 6 months away for most, but as I was getting the boat ready to splash this Spring, I was reminded how the boat is never perfectly level on the hard. This means that my cockpit drains are not draining all the water in the off season. Some water tends to collect by my toe rail. I usually stop by and mop/brush it off when I can.

Thought ... what if before hauling out I hang or tape two balanced levels from the toe rail (one on each side of the boat)? If these levels have balanced bubbles in the water. Shouldn't the yard be able to match that balance when setting the boat up on the stands? Or at least get it close?

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I have them tip mine slightly forward for the same reasons. Drains the cockpit and deck on a P35 and much easier to get right without a level.
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Re: Leveling on the Hard

I have mine slightly bow down as well. Not for the deck, but so that water down the mast into the bilge, makes it to the drain I create by removing a thru hull fitting.

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Re: Leveling on the Hard

If the boat is in a cradle with screw jacks for the pads you can level it yourself - it just takes some time.

Slightly loosen the side or end you want lower then tighten up the other side or end, repeat as often as needed.

Screws have so much power that you can do this to even a big boat - I did it on my Columbia 43 - took about 1/2 hour to adjust it several inches at the deck level, both fore & aft and athwartships..

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Re: Leveling on the Hard

An old trick is to take a clear plastic water hose and fill it with water. Then drain enough out so that the water level is at your water line level. Then you can take that end around the water line, and the water level you see thru the hose is always level, and at the same height. Level your boat accordingly..

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