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Old 02-03-2013, 17:05   #91
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Re: S/V Primrose grounds and sinks on ICW near Ponce

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Usually, it's not a big deal, as people who sail there have contracts with Towboat US or Seatow, where you pay a modest fixed price per annum for unlimited tows.
A lot of people do have towing contracts, but take your time before calling for a tow. A hard tow if you're stuck can result in damage. Often there is no great rush in trying to get off, and if you can wait for the tide to help it is gentler to float off or at least get less stuck. More than once I have simply shut things down, put out an anchor towards deep water, and had a snack or something while waiting for the tide. One time in the Keys we fired up the grill and had a nice dinner while waiting for a few inches of tide help. Sometimes a passing powerboat wake gives you just enough lift to help you back into deeper water.
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Old 02-03-2013, 17:31   #92
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Re: S/V Primrose grounds and sinks on ICW near Ponce

I do have a Boat US towing policy and I have been aground on the ICW many times since our first trip in 1971; however I've only called for a tow once in the past 40+ years and that was not related to a grounding. If I can't move from aground with a kedge, I'll wait it out! ......... 'snack tray. a few chapters from my book and a round of champange ususally lifts me off!
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Hmmm, never tried the champagne during a grounding.
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Re: S/V Primrose grounds and sinks on ICW near Ponce

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Hmmm, never tried the champagne during a grounding.
You haven't? For SHAME!!! I usually down a few cold beers, wait for the obligitory elimination, and BINGO the boat is lighter and off I go
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