Thankfully we have been warned that Lift Off was not properly on her keel and were able to relaunch her, with care and prevention.

The images show the keel too far back and hanging over.  This meant the boat was tipping on the level and this was even more so when it came launching down the slip.

This shows the importance of bringing the boat out slowly and checking the keel is fully on the cradle before finally bringing the boat out of the water.  If it isn’t, it doesn’t take long to push back into the water and float her forward to the right position.  If this delays others behind, so be it – safety first.


 John  counter balancing Lift Off – until we get the long bar attached.  Note the additional chock under the axle to prevent tipping.





Short of the front edge where the front keel normally rests.





About Dave Grundy

Joined RCSSC after over 25 years gap from sailing offshore and dinghies. I quickly got involved and became the Sailing Secretary, later the Treasurer and for three years RCSSC Club Commodore ( Now title is Club Captain) So glad I found RCSSC.

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