Hi all… this list has been very quiet of late! I will be off cruising for August – this year the English south west coast and, weather permitting, the Scilly Islands.
Something I have never done is to dry out over low tide alongside a harbour wall, although I have seen others do it. I imagine lots of fenders are essential, and it would seem important to me to ensure that the boat lies into the quay a bit – perhaps I would take the main halyard ashore to cant the boat over slightly. I imagine the long keel of an MG30 would provide enough fore-aft stability. The trouble is, once embarked on, there is no way out of seeing it through.
Does anyone on this list have experience of this? And how critical is the bottom? Soft mud would not be good. Some ports are described as hard. Sand might be uneven. And what about stones? Any advice/ experience would be welcomed.
Happy sailing – Tony