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shape before you put it away for
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This 22-foot sailboat sank when its scuppers were shoved below the waterline by the weight of a winter snow. Water poured into the cockpit and found its way through the companionway into the cabin.
specific requirements for support of the keel,
but at least one manufacturer warns against
putting weight on the keel. If the marina manager isn’t familiar with your boat, check your
manual or contact the manufacturer.
Keels must be supported by wide, thick
timbers — the wider the better to distribute
the load. Cinder blocks are prone to breaking
and should not be used. On powerboats, additional support is sometimes recommended for
inboard engines, fuel tanks, and heavy machinery. With outboard and outdrive boats, weight
should be taken off the transom by lowering
the drive units onto a block.
After the boat is blocked, look along the
hull and keel to make sure the jackstands
aren’t depressing the hull. (Check again in two
weeks, after the boat has had time to settle.)
The deck must also be level or water could
pool and cause stains, mildew, or gelcoat
crazing. Finally, never secure the boat’s winter
cover to the jackstands or support blocks.
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Bob Adriance is the editor of Seaworthy, the
BoatU.S. Marine Insurance publication dedicated to helping members to avoid injury and
boat damage due to accidents and storms. For
an insurance quote, please call 800-283-2883
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