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Old 13-09-2018, 12:39   #16
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Re: Induced heel for bridge clearance

Check your engine, too. Some manufacturers say that their engines should not be operated over X degrees of heel for more than X minutes.


Has to do with lubrication, I would think.
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We worked the Volvo RTW village in Melbourne, Australia. The fleet all had to heel almost 45 degrees to get in or out of the village. We were flabbergasted. If it was my boat, I wouldn’t do it.
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We worked the Volvo RTW village in Melbourne, Australia. The fleet all had to heel almost 45 degrees to get in or out of the village. We were flabbergasted. If it was my boat, I wouldn’t do it.
Hi, I am curious, most monohull sailing boats heel 30 to 45 degrees in a good blow so why would you not be prepared to induce a similar heel to clear a bridge ?
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Old 13-09-2018, 16:26   #19
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Good point! We owned a Kettenburg 38 and she loved to sail with a rail buried. I guess watching the VOR boats canted with a line from the top of the mast was just cringe worthy. Sadly, in Melbourne this had to happen twice a day whenever the in port races took place and you couldn't see a thing from the village. $$$$ took over practicality.
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Hi, I am curious, most monohull sailing boats heel 30 to 45 degrees in a good blow so why would you not be prepared to induce a similar heel to clear a bridge ?

The sail distributes the heeling force over the entire mast rather than putting it all on the masthead (via a halyard). The stress distribution is different, and puts greater compression loads on the mast and greater tension loads on the opposing shrouds.


I'm still not sure I would ever do this at all, but I would certainly wouldn't try to pull a boat over to 45 degrees by the masthead.
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Re: Induced heel for bridge clearance

A friend tried it in Seattle, didn't work so good.
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The sail distributes the heeling force over the entire mast rather than putting it all on the masthead (via a halyard). The stress distribution is different, and puts greater compression loads on the mast and greater tension loads on the opposing shrouds.


I'm still not sure I would ever do this at all, but I would certainly wouldn't try to pull a boat over to 45 degrees by the masthead.
On a ballasted sail boat you probably should not be out there sailing it if your rig cannot safely stand the load of heeling the boat over to 45 degrees or beyond.
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