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On a LOT of boats the bolts are staggered to spread the load aroumd the keel sump and as such will not be on center

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Originally Posted by ahab211 View Post
..... I have bigger problems than that as the front bolt is off center in the bilge and the keel is also off center at the front.....
This is difficult to fathom.. if the keel is truly off center, it must have been put on that way which sounds unlikely. Any impact that might have shifted the keel would do obvious f/g damage in the immediate area as well.

As SF alluded to, if there's a moulded keel stub and everything's in line, then it should be OK and moving/replacing the front bolt won't accomplish anything.

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.... Also was the weight on the keel using jacks the marina provided adding to the loose bolt problem?
When properly blocked on the hard, most of the boat's weight (and all of the keel weight) should be on the ground via keel blocks. The boat's hull should just be basically supported to keep it all upright. There should be minimal weight on the pads. If you see a concavity in the area of a cradle pad or stand pad, then either it's a very lightly built boat, or there's WAY to much weight on that pad. Try to locate pads in the way of bulkheads if possible.


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Can you post a picture? It would help.
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Jack Stands

Regarding jack stands vs cradle. I have a cradle and I like that it seems to be the most secure way to store my boat during the off season. I will say that owning a cradle does have a few draw backs that are worth considering.

>When bottom painting it is difficult to reach the places where the cradle pads are. We usually have the yard guy hang the boat in the sling so we can finisn these places.

>We have not had to pay for storing our cradle during the summer, but it has been mentioned to us that we may incure a fee for storage.

>Lastly, we moved to a new moring location and had to pay $130 just to move the cradle a few miles. This really did not sit well with me as it was a very simple task for someone with a truck to do.

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