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post #11 of 14 Old 01-19-2012
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Look for a Tidal Grid first, there are a few around. Or at least a solid bottom with some good dolphins to tie up to. My old man use to use tidal grids in the 80's (around Vancouver) for his fish boat which was 40ft and had a deep chine. he said you just tie up in the grid, pop in a few 2x4's between you and the dolphins, and wait for the tide to go out.

I'd say the biggest issue with a sailboat is your keel, and the type of beach your standing it on.

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post #12 of 14 Old 02-24-2012
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Used beachlegs very successfully in Quebec

My Tahitiana 32 "Kuan Yin" has a full keel and she carries her own beachlegs - actually they are building support columns usually seen in basements holding up floor joists.

While sailing from Toronto to Newfoundland down the St. Lawrence I had to install a new Cutless bearing. Rather than pay for a haulout I opted to go into a bay with a 3 metre drying height on a night with a spring tide and 5 metres at high water. "Kuan Yin" draws 1.6 metres. By charting the bay at low tide and going in at high tide, I was able to reach a flat level spot. Next morning the mechanic walked out in his rubber boots and we did the work.

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Haven't done it personally but have read of others doing it. As usual the devil is in the details, you need legs that are solid enough to hold it. To make some accomodation for the bottom (spike into it, or add a mud plate, etc.) and if you are tying to a piling or seawall or dock, to be well-fended.

And of course, to secure things on the boat so that if you should go over, it won't flood you below. I think I'd plan the first time in "half draft" to see how well the legs held without placing the whole burden on them, then try a second time doing no work but just seeing they held up the load.

Bear in mind that if your stern tips down and you impact the rudder, that can do a lot of damage, so if there's any chance of them, make sure the stern is up, or there's a fifth leg behind.
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My boat, an Etap 26 has a retractable bulb keel. The owners manual has drawings showing how to mount the optional legs that they sold. I don't have them, but at least I know how they would need to be done. I was surprised at how far aft they appeared to be mounted.

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