I've run aground only twice. The first time I was out sailing with a lady friend, and the wind
died. As we motored toward Toronto Island, she saw some people having a beach party and thought it would be fun to join. I told her we couldn't go in too close as the water
shoaled very gently and we'd go aground. Well, after about 15 minutes of nagging, including point out the Tanzer 22 sitting right up to the beach, I told her ok, on one condition. We get stuck, she gets us off. She readily agreed and we motored in at dead slow. Sure enough about 200 yds off shore, we bottomed out. And were well and truely stuck.
So I told her to pay out the rode
while I rowed out with the anchor
. Once I had the hook set I told her to start winching it in. After a while she asked if I was going to come back and help, I said no, I had to make sure the anchor
was staying put.
Anyway She was a good strong Russian girl, so eventually we got loose. That was when I told her the Tanzer was a center board boat and was floating in 18 inches of water.
The second time was near Kingston Ontario
, west a bit to the 3 brothers islands and I brought her into the lee of the island so we could fish
and swim. Terri and I jumped over board, and took the anchor onto the beach. Then Ian jumped over and went for a swim. He decided to pull the boat in a bit closer. No problem. So we end up swimming, did a beach BBQ and had a laff. Scrubbed the bottom, did some fishing
, a good time had by all. Until it was time to leave. With all 4 of us aboard we had dug a nice rut for the keel
. So I go over the side to push. No joy. Ian comes over the side, we both push. Still no joy. Anyway, Terri is at the helm
and gets the bright idea to have Ians' lady friend, who was quite stout, move from side to side and put her weight over the side by hanging on to the shrouds. That did the trick.