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Old 10-08-2009, 11:55   #1
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Sailboat Listing to Port

My 26' sailboat is listing to port. I've owned her for a week now. The other day I decided that some listing to port is expected because 80% of the cabinetry is to port.

Any suggestions or insight out there?

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Has the balast shifted? Some people put bags of lead shot in the bilge or transom
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Where is the anchor chain, batteries, water tank, fuel tank. What about tender and engine. How much fluid does she have on board (water and fuel)


When you have the answers to these questions, it should be possible to answer the questions.
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Check your off center tank levels. A 26 foot boat can be very sensitive to weight. I'm sure you feel her list just by stepping aboard her at the shrouds. So we could be talking about only 100 pounds or so. 12 gallons of water weighs 100 pounds. So it does not take much.
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What type keel does your boat have? What is the fixed Ballast. Many smaller boats such as yours can have the center of gravity and center of force dramatically effected by many items, such as those already listed. How much these effect you will be determined on what the intrinsic value of your fixed ballast.

Give us more info on the boat, manufacture and type, and any info on keel.
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Check your tank levels. A 26 foot boat can be very sensitive to weight. I'm sure you feel her list just by stepping aboard her at the shrouds. So we could be talking about only 100 pounds or so. 12 gallons of water weighs 100 pounds. So it does not take much.

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wow, thanks for all of the quick responses.

More details:
- 5 gallon gas tank, starboard in the stern
- "27" deep cycle batt, port stern
- outboard motor center (what's the nautical term for center?? )
- 5 gallon water tank, in galley under sink on port
- > 5 gallon waste tank to port
- galley is on the port side
- head on the port side
- cockpit storage locker port side towards the stern
- one small set of drawers on the starboard, 3/4's to the bow
- multiple larger storage areas are on the starboard under the molded benches

I've not seen any extra ballast.
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Looks like the design has al the weight on the port side (very unusual)

Has she always listed or is this something new?

I would be moving fuel and batteries to the Stbd side.
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I've only owned her for 8 days now.

The design definitely has most of it on the port side. The only possible explanation that I can think of is that they're figuring on the crew storing quite a bit in the compartments on the starboard side.
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wow, thanks for all of the quick responses.

(what's the nautical term for center?? )
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another source of info

you might want to check out the website of other people who own that boat. chances are fairly good that someone over there has dealt with this tendency.

Chrysler Sailing Association Web Site
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"- cockpit storage locker port side towards the stern"

I'd look for heavy stuff in there and shift it somewhere else or get rid of it. Get rid of stuff that's not needed.

And if the engine is an outboard, store it somewhere on the starboard side.
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stern"

I'd look for heavy stuff in there and shift it somewhere else or get rid of it. Get rid of stuff that's not needed.
Amen!

It seems brutal but we brought our boat to the dock and took everthing off that wasn't nailed down. We opened every locker, pulled the cushions, emptied all the drawers, and cleaned the heck out of her.

Then we put back only that which was required by regs.

Anything else we bring on board is evaluated for purpose. Once a year we bring the boat to the dock and do it again.

Boats gain weight faster than people.

BTW - Here is a pretty cool site I found on the Chryslers - Chrysler Sailing Association Web Site
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I'm on the Chrysler message board as well

I haven't asked this question there because I was thinking it was more a general sailboat question. At the docks I see others listing as well, but not all.

On that forum my handle is crane
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movable balast

Have you tried sitting on the stbd side?
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