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Old 06-09-2011, 13:02   #16
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Re: Stand on its Own Keel ?

While there are always exceptions, swing keels, etc., I would be (and have been) VERY upset if I found the yard had not blocked the keel on my boat. The hull isn't usually designed to support the full weight of the boat on jackstands braced against the side of the hull. The keel should bear most of the weight of the boat with the jackstands just keeping it from tipping over. To do otherwise risks distorting the hull and is just plain bad practice.

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