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Old 07-03-2012, 20:49   #1
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Sorry but no my boat is not for sale but I just noticed a couple of days ago that my boat leans to port side. It's barely noticeable but I've measured it and there is a difference of 3" between port side and starboard side from the top of the hull amidships to the water.
I've emptied the water tanks and that did make it a bit better. I can't figure out what it could be. The house batteries (four of them) are on the port side but not very far off center.
I don't know if this has always been like this or if it's new. All I know is that I've never noticed it before. I am the only one whose noticed it too so maybe I shouldn't be too concerned?

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Is the mast centered laterally properly?
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Old 07-03-2012, 21:03   #3
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Assuming you mean side to side? Yes I believe so, although I haven't measured.
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Just a thought,,if the mast is leaning or rigged more towards port or starboard then it would affect the list angle,,no???

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Assuming you mean side to side? Yes I believe so, although I haven't measured.
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Old 07-03-2012, 21:21   #5
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Ya I suppose it would. Tomorrow I will measure to confirm that it is centered. I have looked at the mast carefully and it appears straight (not bent).
Thanks for the suggestion.
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Old 07-03-2012, 21:31   #6
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Re: New... listing

Just sail on a port tack if you want your best performance. Kidding aside.

How is the interior laid out, more wood on one side?
And your storage spaces. Where is the extra chain and anchors or canned food supplies?
Are your water and fuel tanks on opposite sides?
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Old 08-03-2012, 19:06   #7
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I'd say that everything is fairly well balanced. Port side hosts the galley (stove/microwave etc) one head, one water tank below and all the chain (400 feet are equally stowed on either side of the bow (at the bow). There is also one anchor stowed on port side (at the bow though) and one 70lb danforth stowed amidships/portside that I didn't take into consideration.
Starboard side has another water tank, hot water tank. The fuel tank is centered behind the engine and there's another water tank centered in front of the engine.
Maybe the stove, microwave, water tank (yes it is steel) and that anchor are enough to cause it?
The good news is, I've been watching it ever since I noticed it and it isn't getting any worse.
Maybe tomorrow I'll try moving that anchor over to the starboard side.

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Old 08-03-2012, 19:09   #8
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Re: New... listing

When we bought our boat it had a starboard list. On starboard were the 2 house batteries and the start battery. During our refit, I built battery boxes for 2 golfcart batts on port and two on starboard with a small start battery. Lo and behold the list is gone, but I can't tell any difference sailing the boat.
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Old 08-03-2012, 19:16   #9
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How big is your boat Sailmonkey? Other things on port side are house batteries (four) and windlass batteries (two). Although the windlass batteries are in the forepeak so they shouldn't add too much too it. Neither would that small danforth (damned now that I talk about it all, it does seem that we have a lot of extra weight on one side.
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We've got and 32' Allied. I suppose I'll update the my info to reflect that
Anywho, it's 15,000lbs 10'5" beam full keel. The batts sit about 50% of beam max. I didn't really think it would make that much difference, but it did.
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Our Tartan 3500 has lead ballast bolted behind the settee .......
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Re: New... listing

To check your mast angle just take your halyard and run it down to the toerail one side and then take it to the other side to see how it compares.
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Old 09-03-2012, 12:22   #13
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Thanks SkiprJohn, I will do that.... after the gale subsides though. Today is has been designated as an indoor day.
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Re: New... listing

It's not uncommon for boats to have more weight on one side. and may list the other way when the water tank gets low etc. Standing on the rail makes one list a bit... might only take a couple hundred lbs off center to make the difference....if sailing or motorsailing you wont know the difference... 3" is quite a bit though... make loading adjustments?
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Old 09-03-2012, 12:57   #15
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Is 3" really that much though, because it would translate to 1.5" low on one side and 1.5" high on the other. So it's really only 1.5" on balance. When my 120lb wife steps aboard, she makes the boat list.
So when the storm passes, I'll check out the mast lean, move the danforth anchor over to the other side and remeasure.
One other thing I'm wondering about is how low she sits at the stern. The water is right at the waterline and right now our water tanks are empty and the fuel tank is nearly empty. Under the aft berth and under the sole of the aft cabin floor are 100lb lead ingots. I was wondering if I should move some of them further forward, like up to the main salon.
I guess I should probably see how she sails the way she is first though eh and make adjustments if needed.
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