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The rudder on the Catalina 36 is only slightly shorter than its wing keel. I may be assigned a slip in which the Catalina will sit on the bottom (mud) when we have an extremely low tide.
Are any of you in that same situation? If so, what has been your experience?
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mrmac
 

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I have a Catalina 28 with a wing keel, so the rudder situation is similar, only slightly less depth than the keel. In the winter, when tides can run quite low, there are a few times we sit on the bottom. Our bottom is soft mud, so the keel/rudder just sinks into the mud and rises again when the tide comes in. After several years of this, we haven't had any issues with keel/rudder damage. I guess the main concern would be the type of bottom under your boat...
 

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This happens to all the sailboats at our marina several times during each winter...just not ours. I'm not aware of anyone reporting issues/damage due to this...
 

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At our marina, we have enough water that I don't think any boats ever sat on the bottom, but if the tide ever went down low enough for that to happen, I doubt any damage would occur. The mud bottom is so soft, the keel could easily sink 2' into it before the bottom could even begin to support the weight of the boat.
 

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We have a new process when dealing with the winter tides...in the slip across from us, on the piling at the end, there is an oyster shell in an usual position. If that oyster shell is visible, we don't bother leaving until the tide rises....we've tried before and our boat doesn't move. When this oyster is visible the boat still rocks back and forth when boarding and walking around...so we aren't completely stuck in the mud...but we will wait for the rising tide before departing (fortunately we've never had to wait all that long)...
 

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Our Lancer sports a wide shoal keel but the same relationship. We once anchored along a channel. During the tide change we swung over the shoal and set down. We were in 12" of water! That's 18" deep in mud. Tide came back, floated us off. Money changed hands on the dock. We slipped sail bags over our heads and motored out. No problem . Ask me about the dinghy episode sometime!
 
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