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04-15-2010 10:46 AM
blt2ski "MOST" TS style boats are able to be supported by a couple of longer 2x's on a trailer. The CB would then be lowered to the trailer frame and set there while trailering,. Or at least that is how most I have delt with were done. Roller style trailer were not supportive enough.

As far as the iron CB. You could do as we with iron fixed keels, is epoxy then bottom paint for protection. Plan on every removal with having what I call blisters, or spots that rust gets thru, you sand the spot, apply some epoxy and bottom paint before launching again.

We did the same thing with the 21' CB sloop my parents had while grwoing up that we kept in Lk Washington. I do the above with my Jeanneau I keep in PS.

marty
04-15-2010 01:39 AM
mitiempo At least it's not an old post.
04-15-2010 01:29 AM
sailingdog This only applies to FIXED KEEL boats... not canting keel or swing keel boats AFAIK.
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The boat's weight should be supported on the keel. That is the strongest structure of the hull. The trailer bunks are there only to stabilize the boat. Hulls often get deformed by improper support from trailers or boatyard jackstands.
04-15-2010 01:27 AM
mitiempo If it is flush the more support the better as long as there is not any point loading on the drop keel. The lower hull structure alongside the drop keel should be the strongest part.
04-15-2010 01:08 AM
teredosn Ah, I see where you were going with it. No, it doesn't have a stub like, for example, an O'Day 22. It has a centerboard trunk in the cabin and a flush slot on the bottom.
04-15-2010 12:49 AM
mitiempo Does the swing keel pivot up into a stub or is it exposed? If it is exposed the hull should be supported evenly on both sides of the keel for a substantial portion of the boat's length. If it pivots into a stub it is strong enough to take the weight and the boat should be supported by this.
04-15-2010 12:13 AM
teredosn
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The boat's weight should be supported on the keel. That is the strongest structure of the hull.
This is a swing keel. If one were to support the weight of the boat on it all 1400 lbs of the hull would be concentrated at the pivot point. No?
04-14-2010 11:28 PM
mitiempo The boat's weight should be supported on the keel. That is the strongest structure of the hull. The trailer bunks are there only to stabilize the boat. Hulls often get deformed by improper support from trailers or boatyard jackstands.
04-14-2010 10:28 PM
teredosn
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Originally Posted by Liquorice View Post
(...by the way, they are real easy to get out)
sam :-)
I imagine. In theory it is the same as on my SF Pelican but 580 lbs heavier... Once I get the trailer up to my house on Saturday I'll look at it. I figure there is at least some chance that I could get the rack it sits on out of the way and simply raise the trailer up and away from it.

I admit I'm shy about supporting the weight of the hull on anything other than trailer bunks or the sling hoist as I see elsewhere. I did happen onto one web site where the owner floated the boat off the keel leaving it sitting in a 4x4 rack on the trailer. That seems iffy to me for some reason though.

Thanks for the replies so far.
04-14-2010 09:07 PM
Liquorice It's been on there since 1976!
I doubt previous owners have been as worried as you.
If it looks OK now, a few months won't hurt it too much.
(...by the way, they are real easy to get out)
sam :-)
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