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Old 31-08-2009, 05:51   #1
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'Insta' Boat Stands

Have this idea I've been mulling over for a while, input ,ideas welcome. Having a modified full keel that rests nicely standing up. I'm pondering the idea of having two oversize downwind poles that would securely attach to sides of boat to be used as stands for yard free maintenance. I have two forestays for running gullwind and a heavy 1/4" wall, 160" long 3" downwind pole now. I picture pads that attach to ends and some kind of lockable adjustable brackets for attaching upper end of poles. I've stood boat on keel before with anchors and lines out both sides, something instant that has multiple purposes is what I'm thinking. Anyone out there seen anything like this on a keelboat?
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What you are describing is shear-legs. They used to be quite common in drying harbors in the UK and France so that the boat remained upright when the tide went out. I saw a modern 40ft sailboat with them recently, his home port was a drying harbor in the UK.

He was on the hard but also had stands as he considered the legs unsafe by themselves. They are usually heavy timbers like 4x4's on very heavy swivels with a locking devise that allows them to lock down or to fold horizontally when sailing but poles would work if sufficiently robust.
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Have seen this in the UK. Works. Just make sure the bottom is even and not soft to the point that becomes completely useless for support.

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