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Get the help of a motor boat. Ty the mast to the motorboat in a way you maintain the 40 heel. Now you have a strange cat but your boat should be stable sailing at 40 of heel and most of the steering can be made by the motor boat.

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Half an hour is not that long. I have to go through 2 drawbridges-one of which is opened at hourly intervals at :40 past the hour. I've been doing this for 40 plus years. Healing my boat is not an option.

We sailboaters have learned to schedule our sailing around the tides, which are normally on a 6 hour schedule. If you are in so much of a hurry that you can't live with a half hour schedule, maybe you should get a power boat.
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FWIW don't you have a 8-10 foot tide height there? If so, about half the time you may find enough clearance to squeak under ( maybe skip the masthead fly), or a more modest heel may be needed. Maybe near high tide you'll just need to wait.

I race on a boat with 7 foot draft, low water level in the harbor channel is 5-6 feet, so within an hour or so of low we need to heel the boat as needed. I would say swinging the boom out with two people on the end is good for about 30 degrees.

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