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Old 16-07-2010, 16:56   #1
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Tidal Issues

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I moor my boat (Wauquiez 32) in a tidal area. At certain times the vessel is on the hard on a muddy bottom. Will having the keel on the bottom result in any damage if this occurs fairly regularly?

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Old 16-07-2010, 17:12   #2
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shouldnt unless you pound like in a surfline.
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Hard to answer that question - it depends on the amount of movement during the time the boat settles and re-floats - is the bottom purely mud? no stone or other abrasive material? Many parts of the UK, boats dry out in estuaries , tidal rivers without much harm. Many are bilge keeled to enable the boat to remain vertical.
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Hi Brian,

Is she a Wauquiez Centurian 32? With the nature of the keel and rudder fairing I would be cautious about letting her ground when the tide went out, as that seems to me to place undue strain on the fin type keel of that boat. It would also put strain on the rudder and rudder fairing. I have no idea how the keel is attached, but I would not want to do that very often on a hard bottom, particularly as the keel will have to support the weight of the boat asymmetrically until the incoming tide provides enough water to float her again; additionally the incoming and outgoing tides will try to swing the boat and this will increase the strain on the keel. Boats with full keels can often get away with that, but I suspect it is not a good idea with your type.
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Yes. Don't do it. That sort of thing is what old fashioned chunder-beast boats are for.
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For really soft mud that takes the form of your hull? No. If you have a long spade rudder that sticks down in the mud? Maybe.
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Any hard bottom surface dragging on a keel is going to result in damage. especially to the paint plus you'll get twice the barnacles. Just depends on what your preferences are and type of suffrages your willing to take.
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Tidal stuff

Thanks for all the replies...Yes she is a Wauquiez Centurion 32. The tidal area is on a small river, muddy and does not flow much but I still am concerned...May have to move but that has other challenges.

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