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Re: "Careening" sailboat while floating ?
We have careened a small 24 foot day racer to facilitate scrubbing the bottom .. this was a lightweight (2600lb) boat, rather tender. Using the spin halyard and winch we were able to get perhaps 20 degrees heel by tying off on a float a boatlength or two abeam. It did not go over easily.
The other issue is the boat tends to skid over towards the dock you're working from, so unless you can tie it off across, you end up with little room to work alongside the dock.
Practically speaking getting more than 10 degrees heel this way on a typical cruiser racer (with 35-45% ballast ratio) is probably going to be hard to do. Unless it's absolutely calm conditions trying to do anything other than scrub (ie paint) would be problematic.. you'd still have pretty limited access to the bottom of the boat.
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