I was out on the Long Island Sound
yesterday on a friends O'Day 27' that has a winged shoal keel
. We planned to do an overnight and were cajoled by a local to try a more secluded but shallower anchoring
We found the bottom of the next cove with the keel
on an outgoing tide. We tried to back off with the engine
while unloading crew as well as kedging with an anchor
to no avail. We spent the next 5 hours watching the tide recede and come back in again while the hull
remained upright and stood on the wings of the keel along with the rudder
even after all the water
was gone from around the keel. We were high and dry on land, truly grounded on the rocky but nearly level bottom.
Five hours later the tide refloated us and we motored into Norwalk Harbor (CT) with no apparent damage except to the captains ego. I haven't heard about wing keel boats behaving in the manner of a Westerly before but this one did.