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Edo Kazumichi 11-22-2006 09:03 AM

Listing to starboard
My Ericson 32 lists ever so slightly to starboard. Not enough to move the bubble completely out of the hash marks on my level but enough to put it just right up against one of them.

Any idea why? I don't THINK I've got more weight on that side.

CalypsoP35 11-22-2006 09:38 AM

It's got to be one of two things, either the meter was not properly installed or there is more weight on the starboard side. Do you have water tanks on both sides, if so is the port one less full than the starboard one? Is your holding tank on the starboard side?

psnider 11-22-2006 09:49 AM


I bet if you did a simple inventory of the major items on each side of the boat you'd be surprised at the results.

My Tartan 28 lists slightly to port. Port side starting in the stern has an anchor and 3 batteries in the cockpit locker. Galley has a 3 burner alcohol stove and oven, and ice box with pop and water in it(sometimes beer:) ). Under the port settee is the 16 gallon fuel tank. Under the starboard quarterberth is misc supplies and spare parts. Under the starboard settee is a 30 gallon water tank(usually empty). And just forward of that is the head. With water in the tank she doesn't list as much, it is clear that most of the heavy stuff is on the port side.

Someday maybe I'll redistribute some of the items that can be moved...not a priority.

TrueBlue 11-22-2006 09:52 AM

If weight is distributed evenly, then perhaps your rig is not balanced correctly - check your stays to determine if the mast is plumb to your keel.

SailorMitch 11-22-2006 10:15 AM

Not uncommon at all for boats to have an inherent list for a variety of reasons. Redistribute what you can and see if that helps. Small differences won't affect sailing performance anyway.

sailortjk1 11-22-2006 11:06 AM

We have a slight list to port and it drives me crazy. Like stated above, everything on our boat is on the port side.
Galley stove w/oven, refridge, & microwave. Than I went and added two additional house batteries. The most convenient spot was in the lazzeret, which of course is on the port side.

I buy a bunch of cases of soda and water and place them on the starboard side (you can substitute beer of course). We drink them as needed and replace when needed, by the time the season ends we are usually back to our original slight list to port.

This helps, but of course it also adds more weight and drag to the boat.

hellosailor 11-22-2006 01:17 PM

Plumbing, rig, batteries, tankage, the head itself, tool stowage, anchor in well off center, mast not vertical, keel not perfectly plumb and level--or even lopsided after fairing. Could be any of those things and even the hull layup may not have been perfectly symmetrical, boats have been known to carry trim ballast to correct these problems.

I'd agree with the others, check everything from stem to stern to look for things you can shift to trim the boat, and double-check the level itself. From a dingy (so your weight isn't a factor) or the dock, measure from the deck to the waterline and see if the boat is really heeled by that measure. And you can check for a plumb mast by taking a halyard straight down to the deck at the rail/chainplate, and measuring to see if the length is the same to both sides. Or, measure with that same halyard to the water.

No big deal if you have to add trim ballast, but if you don't need it...lighter is faster.<G>

sailaway21 11-22-2006 10:41 PM

I was on a ship once that always ran with about a degree and a half port list. Seems the old man's shower wouldn't drain for beans unless she carried a slight port list. No big deal-when you're doing 25-30 degree rolls in the N. Atlantic the exact location of even keel is a moot point. Funny thing, her five sister ships didn't have the problem.

yotphix 11-22-2006 11:14 PM

Think of it as a plus, when the destination is to windward, time lunch for a starboard tack and be just a tiny bit less heeled while you eat! ;)(I have a port list and can detect a slight difference when sailing)

sailingdog 11-23-2006 05:59 AM

Also, if your water, fuel and holding tanks are along the centerline, the boat's balance will shift as water, fuel and sewage are added or removed.

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