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Topic Review (Newest First)
09-14-2010 03:52 PM
Chris McCubbins How about a Mcgregor 25? With the swing keel up it should rest there just fine.
09-14-2010 02:32 PM
5hortBu5 An O'Day Javelin only draws 6 inches with the centerboard up. Of course, you'd be wasting about 9 feet in slip length
09-13-2010 10:45 PM
davidpm O'DAY 22
Draft about 2'
Lots of similar small boats with a cabin.
09-13-2010 09:24 PM
hellosailor A foot deep?

Maybe a Boston Whaler. How did you come into possession of something that shallow? Win it in a poker game?
09-13-2010 05:25 PM
casioqv
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Originally Posted by rikbass View Post
Low tide drops about down 1 to 1.5 feet.
Are you saying your slip is only 1 foot deep at the lowest tides?

That's not a boat slip- that's on the beach! If the bottom is soft mud and not rocks/coral you might be able to find a beachable boat, which won't be damaged sitting on the bottom. Even most small swing keel sailboats draw more than 1' with the keel retracted.
09-02-2010 04:42 PM
hellosailor Rik, if you have your own private slip, whatever you can fit in it is what you can put in it. If it sticks out two feet over your yard, that's your business.

If "your" slip is part of a dock-o-minimum or other association, you'll have to consult the deed and association rules. Overhangs may not be allowed.

Offhand I'd expect a "not more than 26-foot-er" with a centerboard or a lifting keel, so it could squeeze into three feet of water. You'd need more than four feet at dead low tide to stick even a typical 24' sailboat in it, so a centerboard or other lifting keel is going to be crticial for you. Unless you're looking for a powerboat.
09-02-2010 04:06 PM
CapTim Maybe a smallish cat? a pair of sunfish might be fun...
09-02-2010 03:55 PM
SlowButSteady The answer also depends on how much (if any) your marina will allow your boat to stick out beyond the end of the slip. Where I keep my boat (King Harbor, Redondo Beach) the limit is three feet, everything included. So a 25' slip can (in theory) accommodate a 28' boat. But, as was said above, draft is going to be your main problem. Could be worse, the tidal range in California is generally about six feet, eight feet during extreme Spring Tides.
09-02-2010 03:30 PM
SecondWindNC Water depth is going to be your limiting factor, and you need to base it on the low tide depth, not the high tide depth; otherwise you'll be stuck looking at your boat sitting on the bottom, unable to get it out of the slip except at high tide.

As far as sailboats for that slip/depth, you're going to be looking at pretty small daysailors, probably centerboard dinghies, maybe a Hobie Cat. Going to be hard to find something with a cabin for water that shallow.
09-02-2010 03:12 PM
remetau With that shallow of water, I can't see any sailboat ever fitting in there. Maybe a shallow draft power boat, but even those draw at least 1 foot.
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