Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Central New Jersey, sailing on the Navesink River and Sandy Hook Bay mostly.
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Re: Greetings and a question?
It is difficult to say exactly, as I am not familiar with your boat. I've done it both ways on Macgregors and Catalinas, out of the water seems easier to me. A lot depends on the type of shackle which attaches to the keel, how deep the keel fits into the "pocket", how long you can hold your breath, how cold the water is. We did a Catalina 22, with the bow on the trailer, and the keel 3/4 down, but easy is a relative term. IMHO this is one of those routine maintenance items, so you might want to learn how to DIY. The unrestrained keel on my Macgregor, punched a hole in the keel trunk. There were some other bad decisions there, lack of locking bolt, but damage is a real enough possibility to treat your cable with great caution. Welcome and good luck.