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Old 15-06-2010, 14:04   #1
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Careening a Catamaran in California

I need to install a new propeller and would like to safely careen my Catamaran somewhere in Central California. Currently, in Santa Cruz. We are headed to BC for the summer so advice on any locations North of Santa Cruz, CA would be appreciated. Our boards up draft is about 3' and I need about 1 hour for the job.

Looking for input on proven locations.
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Old 15-06-2010, 23:31   #2
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I don't think it would be wise to careen a catamaran...perhaps you mean beach it?
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Local sand bar should be sufficient, beach is better. Just check it out the forecast with the local fishermen, especially those that haul out their boats. They'll know more about it than anyone. (Suitable reward/gift for sound advice should be considered. Not much, just a thank you.)
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I don't think it would be wise to careen a catamaran...perhaps you mean beach it?
Silly Beach. Perhaps, you should brush up on your nautical terminology as 'Careen' is in fact the correct nautical term. Careening - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Silly Beach. Perhaps, you should brush up on your nautical terminology as 'Careen' is in fact the correct nautical term. Careening - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
You sir are correct. I've just seen the term applied to boats over heeled against a dock...even when not beached (monohulls only). So I assumed it had more to do with the tilting and less to do with the beaching.

Thankfully I've never done it myself...seems scary.
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My understanding too, from historical novels only, is the tilting of the ship to clean the bottom, usually achieved by beaching and hauling the boat over somewhat to allow working access to the bottom of the ship.
Wikipedia is not a sound dictionary, it's opinions under the guise of a dictionary. Perhaps someone can locate 'careening' in a real naval document.
Certainly, in CAT Speak, beaching is the usual terminology.
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If Webster's is good enough it can mean either or both.

Careen - Definition and More from the Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary


transitive verb

1 : to put (a ship or boat) on a beach especially in order to clean, caulk, or repair the hull
2 : to cause to heel over

intransitive verb

1 a : to careen a boat b : to undergo this process
2 : to heel over
3 : to sway from side to side : lurch <a careening carriage being pulled wildly…by a team of runaway horses — J. P. Getty>
4 : career
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Wikipedia is not a sound dictionary, it's opinions under the guise of a dictionary. Perhaps someone can locate 'careening' in a real naval document.
I really hate this sentiment, and I'm seeing it more and more around the internet.

The only people who benefit from high-quality free sources of public knowledge like Wikipedia being slandered are those who make a living by being "official" sources of knowledge. Who exactly told you it's not sound information?

If you had actually clicked on the Wikipedia link, you'd have seen at the bottom of the page the attribution of the entry, linking to the Seatalk Nautical Marine Dictionary entry for 'careen'.

The point of Wikipedia is to build a free, public reference better than anything else in the world, which is what literally millions of people are working to do every day. If you find an error or an omission in Wikipedia, FIX IT. If you're a noteworthy, educated authority on a subject, your "opinions" are valuable; TAKE PART.

I've heard dozens of people claim Wikipedia is anything from flawed to completely false, but in the many years I've been using it - near-daily - I have only once seen a page with incorrect information, which was deliberate vandalism and it was fixed within hours. I haven't seen another error in at least the past five years.

Sorry to hijack, but this ongoing sabotage of the Wikipedia project incenses me.
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