I thought everything was done with my swing keel until it got stuck down. There was no way to lift
it up. All I could do was to navigate with the 1,5 m of draught. My catalina 250 could have a 0,5 m of draught.
The turbidity of the water
prevented underwater visual inspection
. I had to have the sailboat lifted, there was no other solution. East of île d'Orléans on the rivière Saint-Laurent, no lifting apparatus where to be found.
Until I observed at the Baie Saint-Paul marina, at lower tide where the boat sits on the sédiments once the water
recessed, that the keel cable was slaked.
The keel pushed by the bed
of sediments, had loosened the keel cable. I just took the slack from the cockpit
and then the keel cable was operational again. No more trouble and 0,5 m of dvessel draught.
Happy to share the solution.