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Old 18-07-2011, 10:34   #1
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How to Heel Boat in Slip for Hull Work ?

In order to expose more of the side of the hull, I do a rig up something to heel her over?
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Old 18-07-2011, 10:44   #2
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Re: How to heel boat in slip for hull work?

Try securing the main halyard to a line on a cleat on the next slip and crank the top of your mast over exposing the hull below the waterline on the opposite side. If you are in an end slip, you will have to turn your boat end for end to swing the other hull side up out of the water.
Using a line on the cleat to fasten the main halyard to will reduce schafe on your halyard by avoiding taking a turn on the cleat with your halyard.
If possible, secure your halyard forward of amidships to avoid undue pressure on the masthead halyard sheave. Capt Phil
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Old 18-07-2011, 12:23   #3
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Re: How to Heel Boat in Slip for Hull Work ?

I wonder if I should use both the main and jib halyards. Secure the main halyard a little aft and the jib halyard a little forward. That way I wouldn't be pulling as hard on a single masthead sheave. What do you think?
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Old 18-07-2011, 13:19   #4
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I put the boom out on the beam, with topping lift and main halyard attatched at boom end...then heave her down with a block and tackle or vang attached to the pier...saves off axis dynamic wear on the sheaves at the masthead...
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Re: How to Heel Boat in Slip for Hull Work ?

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I wonder if I should use both the main and jib halyards. Secure the main halyard a little aft and the jib halyard a little forward. That way I wouldn't be pulling as hard on a single masthead sheave. What do you think?
Good idea.
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Old 18-07-2011, 19:10   #6
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Re: How to Heel Boat in Slip for Hull Work ?

Works for me... the main concern is to ease lateral force on the main halyard sheave. The topping lift sheave is probably less robust than the main halyard and can be more prone to failure. Zopi's plan seems reasonable. Capt Phil
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Re: How to Heel Boat in Slip for Hull Work ?

Now know why my boat has four halyards as two are presently holding the self-furling jib and main. (Tightly furled main is hidden behind the mast.)

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Re: How to Heel Boat in Slip for Hull Work ?

In that case, I'd move my all beer to the leeward side... CP
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Re: How to Heel Boat in Slip for Hull Work ?

Pull a swivelling snatch block with a doubled line through it to the masthead with a halyard,then tie off one end of the doubled line to the dock and crank the boat over with the other end.

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Re: How to Heel Boat in Slip for Hull Work ?

Now things are starting to make sense. Thanks a bunch.
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Re: How to Heel Boat in Slip for Hull Work ?

If you have port and starboard water and fuel tanks, you can always drain the ones on the high side, this will help as well. Capt Phils idea works too. Shift all the beer or wine to one side.
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Re: How to Heel Boat in Slip for Hull Work ?

Using halyards to heel a boat sounds easy. But for anything over 10 or 20 degrees of heel, you will be pulling at about a 90 degree angle to the axis of the sheaves and really putting a load on the upside shrouds. If you don't damage the sheaves or masthead exit, you will certainly induce a lot of abrasion on the halyards as you pull them against the sidewalls of the masthead exit. And since you are pulling athwartships and downward there is a strong risk of taking the mast out of column - just like pressing down on one end of a bow and arrow bow - it will want to warp/bend in the middle.
- - Using the masthead halyards to heel the boat is really an emergency procedure useful in getting unstuck from a grounding.
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Re: How to Heel Boat in Slip for Hull Work ?

I have seen this done on a "Mini 6.50" racing yacht. The skipper had a VERY long 4-part tackle. He made one block fast to the marina pontoon and hoisted the other one with the spinnaker halyard. Then, he canted the keel fully to the side, beginning to heel the boat, and requested the help of passers-by (me and other people).

We just had to walk on the pontoon, pulling on the rope, and soon the mast was horizontal.

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Re: How to Heel Boat in Slip for Hull Work ?

How about doing the Okeechobee Limbo?
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