Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Metro Detroit, Michigan
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I had long runners and used to float the boat and heel it on the trailer one way, then the other. Never could get the keel and keel slot very good. If I stayed in all summer, I'd get a few zebra mussels. Being a snorkler and a diver though, I'd just scrap em off with a dive knife when I was swimming.
It's best not to let your keel get jammed in the slot. I always got it to drop by jumping up and down but sometimes it makes a very loud and scary noise when she drops. Broke the cable one time after I let it get fouled and jammed. I might have allowed too much slack in the cable when I started jumping.
For the years I used dry storage, I don't think it mattered so much but I still painted cause I wanted the bottom to look good.
Those grand fresh-water seas of ours - Erie, and Ontario, and Huron, and Superior, and Michigan, - possess an ocean-like expansiveness...They contain round archipelagoes of romantic isles...they have heard the fleet thunderings of naval victories...they know what shipwrecks are, for out of sight of land, however inland, they have drowned full many a midnight ship with all its shrieking crew. --from Moby Dick