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"Hang" storage for a fin keel sailboat?

I'm looking at a 25' sailboat with a fin keel, which is stored on what looks like a powerboat rack. It displaces 3800 lb.
There's no support under the keel and with 1800 lb of ballast, I would think that weight is putting stress on the hull.
I realize when a boat is floating there's no support for the keel either, but pressure on the hull is more evenly distributed.
The boat has been hanging there for a couple of years. Do you think there's a potential for hull damage?

A survey is not an option because the boat is a low priced fixer-upper.
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Re: "Hang" storage for a fin keel sailboat?

"Buyer Bware" then! But it's probably ok. not like a larger boat with way way more ballast.
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Re: "Hang" storage for a fin keel sailboat?

Since it's just 'hanging there', you should be able to see any evidence of deformation or dimpling along the rack it's sitting on.

Not a real heavy boat so it could be OK.. presumably the rig is down too?
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Re: "Hang" storage for a fin keel sailboat?

The mast is still up.
It's looks like a nice dry boat on the inside, well right now, anyway.
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Re: "Hang" storage for a fin keel sailboat?

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The boat has been hanging there for a couple of years. Do you think there's a potential for hull damage?
As suggested above, if there were any hull damage, you ought to be able to see with your own eye any deformation or un-fairness to the hull that would be a consequence of hanging on those racks. If the hull looks fair, then it probably is fair!

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A survey is not an option because the boat is a low priced fixer-upper.
A survey is always an option, it's just that you don't think it is worthwhile in this case.

I had a survey done when I bought a low priced fixer-upper, because I thought it worthwhile in that case.
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Re: "Hang" storage for a fin keel sailboat?

I will take a closer look at the area along the boards that it is resting on to see if the fiberglass looks stressed.

Thanks for your comments.
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Re: "Hang" storage for a fin keel sailboat?

Give this a quick read,How To Do your Own Marine Survey by a Marine Surveyor and then go look her over,
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Re: "Hang" storage for a fin keel sailboat?

My 0.02:

Bolt on Keel: Look for separation at the keel/hull join; a crack is maybe ok, actual separation would be really bad. Look especially for a change in this area when she goes back on her keel.

Encapsulated Keel: The keel is not an issue, look for depressions in the FG at the rack supports; they will likely pop back out.
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Re: "Hang" storage for a fin keel sailboat?

In terms of self-surveying, Don Casey's book "Inspecting the Aging Fiberglass Sailboat" is a pretty good guide. Do you know if the hull of the boat you are looking at is solid fiberglass, or a cored construction?
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Re: "Hang" storage for a fin keel sailboat?

I'm not sure if the fiberglass is cored.
It's a 1980's Tanzer. I like Canadian built/designed boats.
There seems to be mixed opinions about whether there's a potential for damage.
I can't easily visit the boat to take a better look to see if there is damage, and waiting to see if the fiberglass changes once it's properly blocked doesn't sound like a good idea.
There's a reason why sailboats are stored on their keels.
I think I will pass on this one.
Thanks for the comments and links.
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