Being a "dry sailor" I keep Baggy Wrinkles on a trailer safe and sound between her auditions. With the debris and weather, a tremendous amount of deterioration is avoided by keeping her covered on a trailer.
In my opinion, the adventure of heading to the ramp is more dramatic than when she's 2nd reefed, heeled over in 25+ kts of wind!
After putting the new coating of mono-urethane on her hull, I have taken great care to make sure she gets on and off the trailer without scraping any parts of her hull and leaving that paint on the trailer. One tendency of the dory hull is that sometimes it seems to miss the keel alignment boards and noses between the upper bunks and the bottom keel opening supports. This makes for an awkward and inappropriate positioning of the hull. Call it dangerous for a paintjob.
So some brainstorming for a quick and easy solution. Rubber? Foam? More structures on the trailer?
Going with the old adage used in the military schools that "less is better" at this juncture, I decided to just increase enough rubber and foam to protect the entrance of the keel board alignment area in order to nose the dory into its cradle, just right. Some trailers look as if they are overbuilt while others look woefully inadequate. So, after scratching that gorgeous paint job I took a month to produce, I made a couple of "preventers" at the opening of the keel bed to preclude any false entries at haul out.
If this does not meet the need, I will look to put some sort of preventer which will go from the entrance of the keel bed to the first bunk support or the stiff rubber tubing which will decisively prevent the hull from entering either the left or right of the bed.
|Yeah, the hoses extruding from the bunk look rather silly, but meant to guide the keel as the dory enters the keel guide.|
It's not a big thing but when you want the underneath to look as pretty as the deck, you've got to take serious measures to protect the keel from nicks and scratches.