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Old 04-07-2011, 09:11   #1
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Lessons Learned After Running Aground . . .

Here's a few things I learned after going aground yesterday.

- Spend the extra time to make sure you don't run aground, it's worth it. Think twice act once.

- Act slow, only go as fast as the crisis requires. I was stuck in calm shallow water, things weren't getting any worse, I didn't need to be anywhere, why was I in a hurry to get unstuck?

- Use the opportunity. That would halve been the perfect place to clean the prop and scrub the bottom. The water was chest deep and the bottom was nice and sandy. I was kicking myself later when trying to clean the prop while swimming in deeper water.

- A well set anchor will hold more pressure than you can put on it. I set the anchor a ways out then wrapped the line around a winch. The anchor held even after I couldn't turn the winch any more.

- Have a plan for when the boat is freed. "Grabbing the swim latter as the boat goes by" should NOT be part of the plan. Things start to happen very fast and it helps to be prepared

- Watching your boat sail away while still in the water is not very fun. It can also turn a decent swimmer into a floundering mess. Luckily the anchor held or you wouldn't be reading this post.
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Old 04-07-2011, 09:54   #2
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- Act slow, only go as fast as the crisis requires. .
I agree with you. I force myself to stop and think about the situation before I do anything, and then stop again often as I go through my proposed solutions.

I don't think theres too many situations where instant, unconsidered, action will help a disaster thats already occured. Better to sit down and think


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Old 04-07-2011, 10:04   #3
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Re: Lessons learned after running aground...

If in danger or in doubt, run in circles scream and shout.
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Old 04-07-2011, 10:12   #4
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- A well set anchor will hold more pressure than you can put on it. I set the anchor a ways out then wrapped the line around a winch. The anchor held even after I couldn't turn the winch any more.


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Old 04-07-2011, 17:39   #5
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Re: Lessons learned after running aground...

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Here's a few things I learned after going aground yesterday.

- Spend the extra time to make sure you don't run aground, it's worth it. Think twice act once.

- Act slow, only go as fast as the crisis requires. I was stuck in calm shallow water, things weren't getting any worse, I didn't need to be anywhere, why was I in a hurry to get unstuck?

- Use the opportunity. That would halve been the perfect place to clean the prop and scrub the bottom. The water was chest deep and the bottom was nice and sandy. I was kicking myself later when trying to clean the prop while swimming in deeper water.

- A well set anchor will hold more pressure than you can put on it. I set the anchor a ways out then wrapped the line around a winch. The anchor held even after I couldn't turn the winch any more.

- Have a plan for when the boat is freed. "Grabbing the swim latter as the boat goes by" should NOT be part of the plan. Things start to happen very fast and it helps to be prepared

- Watching your boat sail away while still in the water is not very fun. It can also turn a decent swimmer into a floundering mess. Luckily the anchor held or you wouldn't be reading this post.

I think you should change the title to"

"Things to do when anchoring with your keel"


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Old 04-07-2011, 18:18   #6
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Re: Lessons learned after running aground...

The first thing to learn is to get towing insurance. It's relatively cheap and gives you a lot of peace of mind. I've had it for about twenty years and luckily did not ever need it until the last few years where I've used it three times. Twice last year!! I like Towboat US.
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Old 04-07-2011, 22:38   #7
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Re: Lessons learned after running aground...

I've gone aground a few times, most in a local river with rather poor holding. Last time I found the high spot in the river at low tide. Control depth was suppose to be 7' and it was 10' right before. Alas one spot was about 3 feet in the middle of the *&&$% river, on a -1' tide. I'll not forget that spot!

But no stress as boats go aground now and then. After tossing the hook out, I went below, made lunch and watched a movie. 2-1/2 hours later, I pulled the hook up and backed off the bar and continued on.

As long as I don't go aground on a high tide and the bottoms soft, I don't stress about it.
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Re: Lessons Learned after Running Aground ...

Lesson 9 - Keep the galley well-stocked.
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Old 05-07-2011, 07:27   #9
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Re: Lessons Learned after Running Aground ...

One more lesson to remember

You will do it again..
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Re: Lessons Learned after Running Aground ...

I don't know about getting unstuck slowly. As we all know, there are buried huge vise-grip pliers type devices buried in that mud and as soon as you disturb the mud those clamps start to tighten on your keel.
- - And then there is humiliation of being stuck too long and passing boats laughing at you and blowing raspberries toward you.
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- - And then there is humiliation of being stuck too long and passing boats laughing at you and blowing raspberries toward you.
I'd always helped those who'ed run aground. And I'd always received hejp when I'd run aground.

If the cruising community has morphed into laughing at others troubles instead of helping each other, I'm glad I nolonger cruise.
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Re: Lessons Learned after Running Aground ...

Currently being relocated back inside USA waters, the ratio of "cruisers" to general recreational boaters is quite low. As uncivil and rude as folks are getting on land, they are also doing the same on the local waters.
- - But eventually, a real "cruiser" or old time local boater will come along and offer help rather than derision. But it could be a long wait, so you had better have towing insurance.
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Re: Lessons Learned after Running Aground ...

I know all about being aground!! This wasin the Bahamas at Coco Cay.

Youcan get the full story on my blog, it was posted in April.

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This really sucked!! We where stuck a full day waititng for the tide
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I know all about being aground!! This wasin the Bahamas at Coco Cay.

Youcan get the full story on my blog, it was posted in April.

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Re: Lessons Learned after Running Aground ...

Danforth anchor. Was quite surprised how well it held.

I also think running the prop in reverse blew some of the sand away. The water was pretty turbulent when in gear.

Never really noticed before, but boats are never completely still when in the water. When everything is suddenly still you know something's wrong.
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