Does anyone know a good boat dealer i could talk to who may have the answer
the answer to what ????
TRY TAKING A LONG LENGTH OF WOOD AND PUT ONE END AGAINST THE LOWEST PART OF THE KEEL. PUSH THE WOOD UP UNDER THE BILGE. THE ANGLE CREATED BY THE HORIZONTAL AND THE WOOD IS THE APPROX ANGLE THE BOAT WILL HEEL TO WHEN DRYED OUT.
The short answer is a lift keel Sonata is not suitable for a drying mooring.
I had mine on a very soft mud berth for a while and that was fine as she would sink into the soft mud. The complication is that soft mud will work its way between the drop keel and the keel housing causing it to jam. I also thought that it was putting more strain than I wanted on the rudder bearings.
On harder ground the lift keel Sonata heels over a lot. It still has a stub of nearly 2ft. I wouldn’t want to do it to my boat. I very quickly got a deep water mooring.
I noticed last week that there was a Sonata L/K in Penzance tidal harbour – it had a pair of aluminium legs and seems to be happily taking the ground twice a day – I don’t know how long its been there, or if the keel is still free – I was only there for a week. I also looked at a Sonata L/K last summer that was for sale with a similar pair of tubular aluminium legs – they were quite light and looked purpose made for the job and bolted through riencorced pads on the hull, with a stay fore and aft. The owner seemed to think they had been a common item on the L/K version, but hadn’t used them recently.