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You will find it surprisingly difficult to "lay over" your Merit 25. We had a similar Martin 242, 2500lbs with 700 in the keel, and it was all we could do winching the spin halyard to pull her over 20-25 degrees. btw do use the spinn halyard, not the main, as it's designed to be led off to the side.
If your boat can handle a broach or a knockdown under sail without coming apart (as it should), there's no reason to worry about inducing the same kind of heel any other way.. the forces are essentially the same.
But with the right dock situation, getting the boat over even 20 deg makes it a lot easier to scrub a larger portion of the bottom, and with clear water and a long brush handle, a better shot at getting to the keel.
1984 Fast/Nicholson 345 "FastForward"
".. there is much you could do at sea with common sense.. and very little you could do without it.."
Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)
Last edited by Faster; 07-02-2009 at 10:48 AM.