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Old 27-09-2020, 16:42   #1
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Boat tipping

I have a 37’ GibSea Sloop & I would like to head west from indiantown Florida, however, RR bridge to west of us is 49’ and our mast is 52’. Unfortunately, Billy the boat tipper has passed away Does anyone have advice on boat tipping? I don’t want to harm our rig. Water bags? Barrels? Thanks
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Old 27-09-2020, 16:58   #2
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Re: Boat tipping

Is that like cow-tipping...?

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Old 27-09-2020, 18:02   #3
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Re: Boat tipping

barrels or bags won’t hurt your rig - wind tips it regularly, no? I’ve gotten one boat off the beach by flooding barrels, another by tipping via a line to a lateral (off to the side) piling.

Do be aware of sheave angles (better a hefty external spinnaker block than a mast sheave), or a block hoisted to the top by a mast-sheave halyard.

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Old 27-09-2020, 18:05   #4
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Re: Boat tipping

Thanks. That’s my sense too Good tip about the sheaves.
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Old 27-09-2020, 18:21   #5
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Re: Boat tipping

Here’s a video of someone doing it - note the control lines to let the bags out/haul them in....

https://youtu.be/WGAzt-8minI

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Re: Boat tipping

You'll need to heel the boat about 20 degrees to reduce your air draft from 52' to 49'. You probably should allow another 10 degrees for a safety factor. You can get some extra leverage by swinging your boom out. A dinghy filled with water might give you the weight you need. Experiment a little before you set out so you can figure how much weight you need and how far off the centerline it needs to be.
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