|The traditional British pastime of getting a leg under. Photo (c) The Yacht Leg and Cradle Company.|
One thing last fall's trip to France exposed me to was loads of French beach or beach fascimile (or rocks and limpets and muck) revealed by the somewhat pronounced tidal range of south-east Brittany. It's dependable in that it's well-calculated for most spots (thanks, Bloc Marine) and ranges from about 4.5-6 metres over the lunar month and the state of the winds and so on.
|Legs could be in pairs or just one with some sort of trim ballast and dependent on the firmness of the sea bed. Photo (c) The Yacht Leg and Cradle Company.|
|Cardiff Bay Tidal Barrage: Aside from all this water stuff, it cuts two miles off the bike ride to Penarth!|
|The Bay of Fundy is a logical place to make tidal power. This is the plant at Annapolis Royal.|
|Ar, scrub the barnacles, ye scurvy pre-industrialist workforce!|
|This is easier for full-keelers because they don't tend to heel over enough to have a porthole or hatch below the waterline when the refloat. Photo (c) S/V Moulin-Rouge.|
|The combination of a shallow beach, a big tidal range and a boat that will lay on its own hull this way without falling completely over is a rare combination. Photo (c) S/V Sea Comber|
Also, in most careening situations, it can be hard to impossible to paint or to effectively scrap the last foot or two of the keel as it will never be fully dry. And you have to do the whole process twice...because only one side of the hull will dry out per tide.
|I'm guessing "Malaysia"...the travelift, not the boat.|
Another primarily British method of getting at the bottom of the boat when the tide is out is the twin or bilge keel design. Consisting of two keels offset from the centreline of the hull, and a strong, slightly shorter rudder, bilge keelers will happily sit on the exposed sea floor, allowing all sorts of necessary maintenance.
|A slightly faster looking twin keeler.|
|Now, that looks cleaner, lighter and more compact than even jackstands. Easier to stow, too.|
|It's engineering, sure, but it's not rocket science. It's basically a strut. (c) S/V Panope|
There's no particular reason why one couldn't make them oneself, and in fact, that is where I got the idea: from a Cruisers' Forum thread on making one's own beaching legs, although I had seen them mentioned on occassion in the more obscure cruiser narratives. The poster named "Panope", who has an interesting refit thread of his own here, has a boat perhaps even more densely built than Alchemy,
|There's a family resemblance, I will admit. Photo (c) S/V Panope.|
|The less-confidence-inspiring single-leg option. Hope it stays calm.|