While sailing The St Lucie River to get accross the state, when there was enought water
to do it, I met a fellow with a wooden 35' sailboat. We anchored together and I went over to his boat that evening. He had just got back from an around the world sail, that took him 12 years.
When I came alongside with my dink, I noticed a bronze plate, inset in the hull
, below the rail, amidships, with a metal plug
in the center of it.
I asked him about this, and he said it was for the boats "legs"
In the bilge
he carried the legs, which were metal poles, with flat plates on the ends. If in need of a haulout and not in an area with a railway or lift
, he would bolt the legs on to each side of the boat, on a dropping tide, tie them off fore and aft, and wait for the tide to go out.
I thought it was a great idea.
He had a big bilge