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      We have a 2007 shallow keel 30 Cruiser and wonder if she can dry out on her keel. Will the hull/keel take the weight?

      Anybody dried out a small bav on it’s keel?


        I dry out my B38 2 or 3 times each year wih no probs.


          We’re drying out on piles later this week with our 2000 Bav 37 shoal keel … It’s been mentioned that it isn’t good for the rudder bearings for the boat to sit back on the rudder … so a couple of questions come to mind ..

          1) is it true?
          2) Does a shoal keel with bulb sit back – or does it remain on the keel?
          3) If I drain the water tank (stern) and do everything I can to reduce weight aft – can I put an acro prop under the stern (I have one so don’t have to go and get one!)

          Ok – that’s 3, not two …


            I would be concerned about weight on the rudder if the boat ‘sits’ on it. I don’t think the rudder bearings would be the problem – the shaft just ‘slides’ through them. The problem would be where the weight is transferred to the rest of the boat. This could be from the top of the rudder blade hitting the hull or the quadrant inside hitting the fixed guides (if the system is anything like on Playtime). Neither would be good. So, you must keep the rudder off the shingle IMHO.

            When the boat is horizontal on the hard standing, is there much clearance below the rudder? If so, then you should be OK with just transferring weight from the stern to the bow, or just removing it from the stern, so she floats slightly stern up.

            If there is not much clearance then I would seek further advice (ideally from some one who has dried out a similar boat). You could try the PBO Forum, if you can stand the jokes!

            Let us know how you get on – I’ve never dried out Playtime (deep fin) although I have done it with other (medium keel) boats.

            Good luck



              Thanks Roger ..

              Unfortunately I didn’t take detailed photos of the boat in her cradle. The rudder is slightly shorter than the keel – so it will only touch if the boat rocks back.
              I’m planning on emptying the 150L water tank – don’t have one up forward though and unfortunately still have a full diesel tank …

              I know a deep fin Bav 34 rocks back and the guy who owns it now ties the bow down to a ring in the wall where he dries out. But our Bav37 has a longer bulb (more torpedo) on the bottom and may be enough to stop the boat going back – the tip stops about 1-2 foot forward of the saildrive leg – so I guess just in front of the engine.

              Given that I’ll have the mast up still, all the chain & anchor in the front locker – I’m hoping that will counter the weight of the engine & fuel tank. I also have a couple of bikes in the bow and could move the inflatable & liferaft from the rear locker – although it doesn’t weight huge amounts!

              Picture of the rudder where it meets the hull:

              Picture of the keel (before prep and antifoul!!)

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