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Old 28-05-2008, 17:00   #1
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Does your boat have "legs"

While sailing The St Lucie River to get accross the state, when there was enought water to do it, I met a fellow with a wooden 35' sailboat. We anchored together and I went over to his boat that evening. He had just got back from an around the world sail, that took him 12 years.
When I came alongside with my dink, I noticed a bronze plate, inset in the hull, below the rail, amidships, with a metal plug in the center of it.
I asked him about this, and he said it was for the boats "legs"
In the bilge he carried the legs, which were metal poles, with flat plates on the ends. If in need of a haulout and not in an area with a railway or lift, he would bolt the legs on to each side of the boat, on a dropping tide, tie them off fore and aft, and wait for the tide to go out.
I thought it was a great idea.
He had a big bilge area!
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Old 28-05-2008, 17:42   #2
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What type of boat? Where was he from? I think that would be great for aa tidal area. I hate the idea of paying a yard to clean and paint the bottom. At this time I wait for extreme high to chekc this out.
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Old 28-05-2008, 18:08   #3
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He's Not the Only One…

James Baldwin, the noted minimalist & fiercely independent cruiser, uses a similar set of legs on his yacht, a twenty-eight foot Pearson Triton bearing the name Atom.

He's completed several very interesting, practical modifications. He may not be everyone's cup of tea, but one has to admire his ingenuity and pragmatism.
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Old 28-05-2008, 22:04   #4
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I have seen this done, but just poles, nothing actually fixed to the hull like you describe. Good idea though.

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Old 29-05-2008, 00:09   #5
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Yes! My recently bought 37' Oyster Heritage came with a set. Yacht Legs

Looking forward to trying them out soon.
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They are fairly common for boats that typically sail in tidal areas where the range is substantial.
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Old 30-05-2008, 13:59   #7
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L.F. Herreshoff describes them as used on the Tranquilo in The Compleat Cruiser.
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Old 31-05-2008, 05:05   #8
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They are fairly common for boats that typically sail in tidal areas where the range is substantial.
Yeah, but the bigger the boat the more of a PITA if they are used all the time..........Actually, on a small boat they are a PITA also!

But I would say useful on an occassional basis. Traditionally made of large chunks of wood (heavy and awkward to manhandle on deck and then stow), but aluminium / alloy seems to be the way to go. Even do them collapsible nowadays.

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