Originally Posted by techmans
A refillable water
bag hoisted on the main halyard
and controlled outboard
with a line will let you accurately control your angle of heel while under power.
For a 53' mast which is say 55' above water
, an angle of heel of 30 will reduce that to 48.
So, depending on how often you have to negotiate those bridges this would seem the cheaper way to go and should be fairly simple to set up.
That's a good idea, and fun to experiment
with. Do you have a spinnaker
pole to hold the halyard
out? Use a very large bin liner inside a sail bag? Try it in the Marina, attach the bag/s, pole it out, poke the washdown hose/s in, winch
the empty bags 5 feet up from the dock
, turn the hose on, and wait for her to heel sufficiently. Don't forget to turn the hose off <grin>. That'd take 5 or ten minutes once you get it down to a fine art, do you think?
I've used a slightly similar technique (but not quite as clever) to get my keel
off rocks. Had to tilt her over around 45 degrees using the main and mizzen halyard winches, errr, more than once.