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Old 01-07-2011, 09:02   #1
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I Didn't Run Aground - Honest !

I didn't really run aground. I was merely plowing the bottom as I plan on growing a crop of sea cucumbers.
What I learned: We were heading home after a good day on the hook and I was focusing on the mark with the binoculars while ignoring the depth sounder (note to self; check your depth alarm) before I knew it i was in the mud. A friend helped me off so no biggy.

In hind sight I realized I had lost situational awareness by focusing on one thing only. In worse conditions this could have been catastrophic. In future I will confine my gardening to land.
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Old 01-07-2011, 09:05   #2
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Re: I didn't run aground, honest

ye aint a sailor until ye run her aground.. gotta find bottom to appreciate it i think...
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Old 01-07-2011, 09:20   #3
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ye aint a sailor until ye run her aground.. gotta find bottom to appreciate it i think...
The score so far: That's three for me and one for the wife. I suspect she may be a better sailor than I.
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Old 01-07-2011, 09:31   #4
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Re: I didn't run aground, honest

I like to scrape the bottom to keep growth off keel.
I also like to leave a trail so I can find my way back.
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Re: I didn't run aground, honest

Here in Bayou country; A lot of times instead of anchoring, we would do what is called pushing mud. In other words, the bow would be put hard against a mud bank, the an extra Oomff from the engine and Whala, we are secure for awhile. But you must maintain a watch. Why? The boat might slid off the mud for one, or the wake from other boats may slid you off. And if you didn't time the tide right you could either float off or be hard aground. On the latter, had to have another boat help me once to get off the mud. Errr! the tide went out...
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Re: I didn't run aground, honest

hey, going aground is the only real way to know what value on your depth meter to avoid!
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Re: I didn't run aground, honest

I hit a stump once with my wing keeled Catalina Capri 16. "Thump!" the whole boat leaned forward for about a second then it slid over the stump. LOL And this was in the bayou headed to Lake Maurepaus in Louisiana.
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I didn't really run aground. I was merely plowing the bottom as I plan on growing a crop of sea cucumbers.
What I learned: We were heading home after a good day on the hook and I was focusing on the mark with the binoculars while ignoring the depth sounder (note to self; check your depth alarm) before I knew it i was in the mud. A friend helped me off so no biggy.

In hind sight I realized I had lost situational awareness by focusing on one thing only. In worse conditions this could have been catastrophic. In future I will confine my gardening to land.
Ah......disgraced again.
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I like to scrape the bottom to keep growth off keel.
I also like to leave a trail so I can find my way back.
I see alot of power boaters that just blast on though. Ah the price of a prop.
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Re: I Didn't Run Aground - Honest !!

Sail in the Tidewater area of Virginia or the west coast of Florida and you will eventually find the bottom with your keel.

Been there, done that, thankfully never had any damage to the boats.
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Re: I Didn't Run Aground - Honest !!

We have some friends with a centerboard cat-boat that. when they want to stop for lunch or tea, simply lower their board all the way and run the boat aground. Easier and faster than anchoring!
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Re: I didn't run aground, honest

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I like to scrape the bottom to keep growth off keel.
I also like to leave a trail so I can find my way back.

Those trails have value.
In the 60s friends and I flew a Luscombe and a Cessna 172 on floats.
The reef platform around here is 200 sq miles, and is a graveyard for 16th and 17th century ships driven onto the reefs.
The long straight keel gouges, regrown with coral, are difficult to spot while swimming.
Easy to find from the air. Drop a float from the plane and check it out later.
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Re: I Didn't Run Aground - Honest !!

After 35 years as a professional Captain getting stuck for less than 24 hours is just a bump! You have to go through 2 full tide changes before you are really aground!!
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Re: I Didn't Run Aground - Honest !!

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Those trails have value.
In the 60s friends and I flew a Luscombe and a Cessna 172 on floats.
The reef platform around here is 200 sq miles, and is a graveyard for 16th and 17th century ships driven onto the reefs.
The long straight keel gouges, regrown with coral, are difficult to spot while swimming.
Easy to find from the air. Drop a float from the plane and check it out later.
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Here in Bayou country; A lot of times instead of anchoring, we would do what is called pushing mud. In other words, the bow would be put hard against a mud bank, the an extra Oomff from the engine and Whala, we are secure for awhile. ...
I wouldn't do that intentionally in tidal areas or with an inboard where there is any chance of sucking up mud into the cooling system.
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