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Irwin on the grid?

I recently purchased an Irwin 37 CC sloop here in Southeast Alaska. We live in a remote village, so haulout isn't really a feasable option, but we do have a good grid. The boat is a shoal draft. Does anyone know if I can put this boat on the grid? Do I need a cradle?
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Re: Irwin on the grid?

Irwin made about 11 models of 37, not including 2 competition models. The only profiles I can find are shown below. Either would be fine on a tidal grid, properly tied to pilings of course. Cradle not needed.
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Re: Irwin on the grid?

Observe the grid and approaches in advance. Consider wind, tide, currents and waves. Research first, there are articles about this, probably blogs too. You can run your halyards to anchors either side to help balance her. I've used 4x4 legs lashed to chainplates, in addition to the anchors. Be CAREFUL. Do not let your boat fall over, especially if you are under it. If she's might lean or list, think about the tanks and gear. There have been threads here about careening or beaching boats. You can do it too, but think and plan first. Bring a ladder to get on and off. Let us know how it works out.
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Re: Irwin on the grid?

OK I give up! I read allot, thought I knew a few things too, what's tidal grid mean?
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Re: Irwin on the grid?

I'm lost here..someone help...oh..okay...well..there are huge tidal flux up there...I'd pick a bay with slow tidal infux and hence slow tidal outflow...the local estuarine topography will affect tides hugely....Then the winds that day will play into things too remember...good luck...and maybe remember to take some pics...and post...happy haul-out!..(however brief...)
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Re: Irwin on the grid?

A tidal grid is a structure of heavy beams with pilings on one side or both sides. They used to be more common on the west coast but are less so now. There used to be one in Vancouver at Burrard Civic Marina - not sure it's still there.

You move the boat over the beams which run side to side and tie off to the pilings. As the tide lowers you can clean the bottom or whatever is needed, keeping in mind that you will be floating in a few hours again.

Least expensive haulout available. You have to be quick though.
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Re: Irwin on the grid?

Outstanding, thanks so much for the good advice. The Taylor Marie is a shoal draft, I'm guessing the smaller of the two profiles in the pics (thanks, Brian), but I won't know for sure until I see it. I've been on this grid a couple of times with my 40' wooden fishing boat, so I'm pretty familiar with it. I will definately take photos and post them when I get this project going...
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