I'm in a bit of a tight spot and need some advice.
I've arranged to keep my boat (Cal20) on land at a local marina where they have a fleet of Cal20's that they launch via a small crane hoist. The hoist attaches to a ring bracket that attaches to two keel bolts
in the cabin
. My problem is that my boat does not have this bracket and they didn't tell me that I needed that bracket until after I had the boat there and ready to hoist. It was only when I asked where the straps were that they informed me of their method. I asked several times before arriving about using their lift
and they kept saying that "It's really easy don't worry about it". I even asked where the sling was and they never mentioned the need for the bracket.
So now I have my boat there in a spot where it can only stay for a couple days and I basically need to do something over the weekend to either get my boat on land via their hoist or sail it somewhere else and use a sling. But sailing somewhere else this weekend is definitely not ideal.
My question (and it might be a newbie dumb one but here goes)
Is it safe to loosen two keel bolts
and attach the required bracket while the boat is still in the water
? This doesn't seem like a good idea to me but I figured I'd ask anyway... maybe it's doable. I could probably do 1 bolt at a time.
I've attached two pictures, 1 with the bracket I'm referencing and the other is a still of my boat without the bracket.