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Re: Jeanneau Poker 28ft - Spreaders
Careening a keelboat at the dock is one way to gain an appreciation for what 'righting moment' is all about.
It's very difficult to do, and hard on the halyard sheaves and exit boxes unless you use the Spinnaker halyard - assuming you have one.
Getting a fair lead to a neighbour's dock is tricky. I suppose in tidal areas with a fixed dock you could tie off and let the tide do the work for you, but even then the boat is going to want to skid all over the place as it's pulled over and you need to constantly tend lines. You also need a lot of space (not between fingers) to avoid putting the keel into the float as the boat heels over.
We have done this with a light 24ft/2600 lb/700lb ballast day racer - it was no picnic.
Doing this against a tall pier at low tide is much more do-able, however it's always surprising how tall a rig on even a smallish boat is against a 'tall' pier.
In many ways perhaps renting a manlift is an option.
Going to the spreader tips on a halyard, btw, is no biggie. just have a lanyard you can tie to the shroud, or wrap your legs around it.
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Last edited by Faster; 05-14-2017 at 01:54 PM.