Underwater Basket Weaver
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There's nothing wrong with using the tide to do bottom work..
Back in Brittany, it's a common sight to see keel boats on their side or propped up on either side with wooden legs while the tide is out. Boats there are a dime a dozen, and inland on low tide they're all resting in the mud. Needless to say, they love centerboards over there.
But seeing a keel boat propped up on either side, basically "balancing" on the keel is common practice, and has been for years. I tried to find some pics, and these seem to be a pretty accurate representation of what it's like.. I remember seeing them like that with the sea bed bone dry, so you don't need water. My grandfather had a set of those legs on his boat in case we got caught somewhere while the tide was going out.
For what it's worth, keel type doesn't matter.. you may need more support aft if you have a fin keel, but it's the same principle
EDIT - I don't have enough posts to post images, so here's some links.. copy/paste is in order..
.. Adendum: I'm not going to pretend to assume all boats are created equal - make sure that your hull is both strong enough and sound enough to be supported in this fashion... or you may very well find yourself to be in possession of a "Red-Neck Handy Man Special - Lift-Keel Edition" .. But to make a long story short, what you want to do is very possible, and very feasible.
Last edited by TintedChrome; 07-11-2008 at 02:57 AM.