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Re: Breasting my fin keel? Help please.
down, you're not crazy, some folks just have no concept of tradition and think there's always enough money to throw it to outside vendors.
Make sure you've got a bottom you can stand the keel on, preferably without the hemlock block. If you need to put a "ring" on the bottom and fill it with a couple of bags of QuikCrete to give you a level spot, so be it. With a bit of a notch to center the keel.
Traditionally, you'd use two "legs", each from a 2x4 or pipe with some type of foot on the bottom to spread the load, set one forward and one aft on the outboard side to help keep the boat from rocking fore and aft as well as holding it upright against the pier. Lsah on to the pier tightly and do make sure that whatever you're tied to, isn't going to pull out and give folks a show.
Aim bow in, so the rudder is in deeper water, because if the rudder kisses a rock bottom, that can be an expensive kiss.