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Keel work

I am trying to contact JIMH about the work he did on his CAL 20. I guess I don't have enough posts to send PM.

My questions are;

What is best method to raise boat on trailer?

I know keel is heavy but with bulb resting on trailer bed how many hands required to wrangle the keel into leaning position so I can sand blast the rust?


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Re: Keel work

Is this a swing keel? I removed the swing keel from a Venture 22. Took it to the sandblaster, blasted the rust off, epoxy coated, faired, yada, yada, yada. Reinstalling
it was a challenge until I discovered the trick.
I did this by myself.
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Re: Keel work

No fixed keel quite heavy (900lbs?) hope to do work right here at the house.

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Re: Keel work

So you want to sandblast the bottom of the bulb?
Me, I'd raise the boat by using tall saw horses and double 2x12 planks. Jack the trailer
and boat up, slid the doubled up 2x12 under the boat, 12 side against hull, support the
2x12 with tall saw horses, lower trailer. should have enough room between bulb and trailer to blast away. I didn't get that much flex when I did it working on the Venture 22.
I did nail the 2x12s together.
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Re: Keel work

Actually its the flange area I am most focused on. I had not thought of jacking the whole rig, I will have to ponder that idea.
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