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If it is flush the more support the better as long as there is not any point loading on the drop keel. The lower hull structure alongside the drop keel should be the strongest part.

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This only applies to FIXED KEEL boats... not canting keel or swing keel boats AFAIK.
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The boat's weight should be supported on the keel. That is the strongest structure of the hull. The trailer bunks are there only to stabilize the boat. Hulls often get deformed by improper support from trailers or boatyard jackstands.

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At least it's not an old post.

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"MOST" TS style boats are able to be supported by a couple of longer 2x's on a trailer. The CB would then be lowered to the trailer frame and set there while trailering,. Or at least that is how most I have delt with were done. Roller style trailer were not supportive enough.

As far as the iron CB. You could do as we with iron fixed keels, is epoxy then bottom paint for protection. Plan on every removal with having what I call blisters, or spots that rust gets thru, you sand the spot, apply some epoxy and bottom paint before launching again.

We did the same thing with the 21' CB sloop my parents had while grwoing up that we kept in Lk Washington. I do the above with my Jeanneau I keep in PS.

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