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 Post subject: "Beaching" on concrete
PostPosted: Mon May 28, 2012 4:39 am 
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I'll be sailing alone, but the boat ramp I'd prefer to use on my lake has only a narrow (10 feet) concrete skirt next to it onto which I'd "beach" my Bravo. Just past the skirt is a rock wall dropping straight down into the water. After unloading the Bravo from the trailer, I'll have to leave the boat on the concrete skirt while I drive the trailer back off the ramp and park.

I'm worried about damage to the hulls while they're sitting on the concrete. The concrete in not very smooth, and unless I drag the boat all the way across the concrete and out of the water, the waves coming ashore will be rocking the boat while I park my vehicle.

I guess I could lay some kind of a cover (rubber? carpet?) over the concrete, and just hope it was still there after I got back from sailing.

Or I could lash some kind of cover to the bottom of the hulls that I could remove when I shoved off the shore.

Any suggestions?


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PostPosted: Mon May 28, 2012 9:22 am 
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If the water is not too deep, why not make a little cheap (concrete block) anchor and anchor it out a little way while you are parking.


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PostPosted: Mon May 28, 2012 10:02 am 
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Thanks again, Bahama Bravo.

The drop off on either side of the boat ramp at this location is pretty steep, but I'll take a closer look to see if I can anchor the boat anywhere nearby.

Do you know of any way I can reinforce the bottom edge of the hulls so that a few minutes rocking on the concrete wouldn't be too damaging? I don't mind particularly if the solution slows the boat down a little, so I'd consider even something like a thin strip of metal applied directly to the bottom edge of the hulls.

Is that feasible?


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PostPosted: Mon May 28, 2012 10:14 am 
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Location: Saint John, NB Canada sailing on Washademoak Lake
You could try a skid plates like on Old Town canoes:
http://store.oldtowncanoe.com/products/ ... kid_Plates

They are not pretty, but they work.

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PostPosted: Mon May 28, 2012 11:20 am 
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Thanks Marc.

The skid plates may be just what I'm looking for. They're kinda expensive, but a lot cheaper than repairing the hull. As for looks, I'm not very pretty either.


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