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Just had my 1986 Catalina 27TR trucked to Florida. It went in the water on Wednesday.
Tides have been very low around here (east coast of florida) and the boat sits on the bottom at low tide.
Will this damage the boat at all?
Never had a slip that I had to worry about this before.
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If the boat is sitting on the keel it won''t harm the boat. Boats in the yard are set on their keels and usually propped up with a few jacks to keep them upright. The boat is built to take that kind of weight.

If the rudder is also in the mud it could be a problem.

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But it''s too bad if you want to go sailing. Hopefully, their slip fee is proportionally low. Sounds like it''s time for the owners to make some noise to get dredging done. Good luck
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Steve,
I can think of more negatives than positives to this type of moorage. How many other sticks in the marina with you? As I enter a new marine or mooring, either by land or water, I always search the sky for sticks and note if they are grouped together.

A couple of things to consider:
1) Type of bottom - coral? sand? clay/silt? The clay/silt type bottoms sometimes will grab the hull and be a bear to break loose on the fill.

2) Wakes- Is the mooring/slip subject to the wakes of passing boat traffic? Wake forces on a keel immobilized vessel can generate a lot of stress on the keel root and rudder tube stocks.

3) Must be hell on bottom paint!!

Would be curious what you find as to "local custom".

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Ahoy bottom feeder, HE HE HE , me vessel routinly sits in de sand and has done so for years. No worries except if your thru hulls don''t have the valves shut and she sinks. Timing your ventures out with the tides can be annoying but I generally want to go with the tide high and let the current take me out and back in. Engine failure and snapped spars do much better with the current! Pirate of Pine Island
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