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Old 28-08-2015, 07:44   #1
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Putting a Sailboat on the Hard

I am not sure if this is the correct spot for this question, but here goes.
Does anybody have a good way of accurately leveling out (for and aft and starboard port) fin keeled sailboat when placing her on the cradle.....other than eyeballing it???
I thought sure mine was level last year, but we got a blow in November, and the starboard aft pad ended up being loose; I tightened it a couple times over winter, but that seemed to only force the boat to port, and put extra weight on the port aft pad. When looking at the boat from the bow, it also looked as though the keel moved a little (about 1/2" to starboard).
I am concerned about stressing the hull asymmetrically. The boat is an '87 Ericson 34. She is built sturdily, but certainly don't want to tempt fate. The pads are mounted on large threaded rods.
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Re: Putting a Sailboat on the Hard

I usually put a digital level on the cabin sole, cockpit floor, counter tops, and anywhere else they would have used a level during construction. These rarely agree, so I take the average and call it level. I'm sure this is because my digi is far more accurate than the builders bubble level, if they even used one. Be warned, demanding a perfectly level block out can lead to angry lift operators!
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