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Giving Your Boat Some Legs

As many cruising sailors know, one drawback of a typical single-keeled monohull sailboat is that it will not stand upright on its own when you intentionally take the bottom on a falling tide. During the 22 years that I've owned my 28-foot Pearson Triton, Atom, I have often looked for a practical method of standing her upright when drying out between tides to clean or paint the hull, or simply to make repairs below the waterline.

Most of the time I have made do by careening, which is to let the boat lay over on its side as the tide drops and, if necessary, heeling her over even further by hauling on a halyard connected to a secure point on shore.   more...


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