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Old 04-15-2018, 08:41 AM
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Default Keel support - long term storage

When your boat will be sitting in it's cradle for a period of time, should you support the weight of the keel or even remove the keel if possible?
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Old 06-12-2018, 09:23 AM
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It is best to support the keel.
I have an EC12 that literally had decades in its cradle and definitely needs to be faired where the bunks have indented the sides of the hull. The EC12 is not a light weight boat and the hull is only molded fiberglass (not fiberglassed wood hull), so I don't know whether every boat would suffer the same damage, but supporting the keel is the safe way to go.
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By all means support the keel when in storage. I actually use a wedge under the keel so I can take 99% of the weight off the hull supports and keep it all on the keel.
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