I got the BoatUS towing added to my regular membership
just in case something went bad on a weekend trip last year.
Guess what? It did. I was following a bunch of old tracks on my chart plotter when the depth sounder went from 2.8ft(under the keel) to flashing which means, apparently, you are now aground, quicker than I could react.
I was about 100ft from the Houston
Ship Channel hung up on an oyster
shell dumping ground that I had passed over at least 4 times before. Of course those times were not after the wind
had been from the north for a week, blowing all the water out of Galveston Bay.
The worst part was every time a ship went by it would suck all the water away and the boat would lay hard over on her side. Then that water would come rolling back in as a black, stinking, standing wave about 4' tall.
My dear wife, who has never been aground before, was pretty scared. When the second wave came in I got her into a life jacket which I think freaked her out even more.
I tried everything I could think of to get free but only managed to get the boat turned so the cockpit
faced away from the incoming waves. That was a help but not much.
After a short call to BoatUS explaining where I was and the situation they had a towboat on the way. 30min later the towboat arrived and in about 5min had us free.
If I had had my dinghy
I could have kedged off no problem but I didn't have it.
The tow would have cost $650 but was "no charge" with $125 unlimited towing I had purchased a couple of weeks earlier.
My dear wife still makes snide comments about me being scared because I made her put on her jacket and I also put on mine. I have tried to explain to her that it's my responsibility to make sure all passengers are safe and in an emergency
that means in a jacket.
Next time I may just check to see if her life insurance
premiums are paid up and skip the harassment.............