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Macavity123

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I have just bought a halcyon 23 fin keel but im on a drying mooring and was thinking wich would be better a cradle or beaching legs
Thanks Harris
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This is the boat

 
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colneclipper

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Hi Harris. Well done you have purchased a sound design . What part of the world will you keep her? Legs are not very good if for instance you ate based on the muddy thames estuary. Bw John

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Hi Harris, very nice looking boat.As John has said legs are not so good in mud. Both methods have their merits depending on your location. Legs are a simple easy to use system providing the bottom is not to soft, cradles are a bit more complex and need to be ballasted correctly to avoid problems manovering in and out. Is the mooring your own or rented, if it's yours have you considered piles.
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Hi thanks i keep it on belfast lough northern ireland in a creek
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so probably a mix of sand and hard mud? I think i would think long and hard about using legs and leaving the yacht for periods of time, there is a danger of one leg bending or straining breaking  whilst you are not around. if the bottom was a concrete slipway it would possibly be ok. There are 2 ways that a cradle works - possibly more but i have only seen 2 -  a cradle made from wood and weighted on the bottom that you drive the yacht into, as the tide ebbs the cradle touches bottom, and the yacht is secured to the sides of the cradle. bottom weight is quite important with this type otherwise you will come a cropper!!!  the second method which we have a few of in the river colne is a short section of pontoon ( or floating raft with a deck)  that is moored fore and aft, the yacht comes alongside moors, tide ebbs and as the section is quite wide and we have a lot of  soft mud here the yacht just leans against the section. i have seen the first in Bridlington Harbour ( dries) where the bottom is quite sandy.

I will see if i have a pic of the second method and post it.... good luck

john

ps do you fancy  bringing your halycon to Holland this year for our OYCOA rally!?

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Thanks but im sorry i could not as im only 14
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Don't worry, in a couple of years we'll surely organize another rally
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