The first thing I do if I run aground in a protected area like the ICW
is to determine where the closest deep water
is. A lead line or just a line with knots for reference and a weight will suffice. If deeper water
is to Port or stb. And you are on a sailboat you can heel the boat fairly easily with a line to the top of the mast
run to your dinghy
. Pull of course in the direction you want to move the boat. I could put the rail down on my 40' Alden using this method and used it to enter a creek that had a foot and a half less water than my draf once ahead of an approaching hurricane
. I did the heeling and the wife steered the Alden down the channel I had marked. Every situation is different, be creative. James
Originally Posted by CarolinaDelt
I have a 40' sailboat and recently ran aground on sand/silt/muck in the ICW
. Both channel markers and charts
indicated I was in plenty of water but that's another post ... anyways, after trying to motor
off in reverse for 10 minutes and shifting weight, I wasn't going anywhere. Thus, SeaTow ;( I licked my wounds for a few moments and then carried on for a nice day sail.
However, when I returned to my dock
and hooked up shore power
, my air conditioning
system continually overheated. I checked my filter and it was full of muck and silt. After cleaning
the filter and priming the on/off valves a few times to ensure no air bubbles(read this from prior post), the AC worked just fine.
However, and ultimately my purpose for posting
, now my water pressure doesn't work. Is this somehow related to another clog? It worked fine beforehand so I'm assuming there's an intake somewhere I need to check (akin to the AC). I recently filled the water tank so I know it's not empty; actually wondering if perhaps I overfilled it(I read that in another post too)? If I need to drain water, how? Thoughts?
ALSO, curious what else you'd recommend I check after running aground? I thought about looking at water intake valve/impeller ... I'm 2 months new into this boat so still learning
where everything is located and all the systems. Thoughts?