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If you do have to heel (lean) the boat, don't use any weight on the deck itself. You want as little weight on the boat as possible and a weight hanging from the top of the mast. The hanging weight needs a couple lines to it from the cleats on deck so you can control how far it hangs from the boat. To far from the boat (and to high off the water at the same time) and you'll get much more heeling than you bargained for (understatement).
You'll also need a way to keep the weight from getting too close to the boat, especially if you are using less weight than needed. (Enough weight will heel the boat enough to stay away from the boat, just don't pull it in too far or you'll have to restart and push it away.) You want the weight several yards away and you don't want it swinging back. The boom coud be used, as Tempest suggested.
Water works great as a weight because once it hits the water, it doesn't weigh anything. So you won't over heel.
Finally, you may be able to sell your diesel back to the marina, to help lighten the load. Diesel has a relatively long shelf life if it's kept circulated, and sailboats must provide enough agitation to qualify.
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