My worst "d'OH!" moment was up the coast, single-handing a Venture 22 up to Desolation Sound (never made it
). I wanted to get into a large lagoon
called "Hidden Basin", whose entrance was VERY narrow and shallow. I waited outside for a day and a half, studying the charts
and tide tables until I figured I could get in.
I did three things wrong:
1. I left my keel
bolted down. She had a swing keel
, but I liked keeping it down for extra stability and to give me practice sailing a keelboat.
2. I CALCULATED tidal current
, rather than using my senses and OBSERVING it, and
3. I believed the charts
Turned out tide was about 8 knots with me when I went through, and BANG! BANG! depth
was obviously less than 5 feet. The charts said "dries at 2 ft" but locals told me I had 4 ft of water
with a 10-ft tide (ie dries at 6 ft). They also told me I should have anchored just outside the channel and waited for the anchor-line to go slack.
I managed to get the keel cranked up so I could get out (did the anchor-line trick this time!) and get back to Vancouver in a leaky boat. I had some epoxy
sealer that helped stop the leak, but not completely.
Ah.... lessons learned!
"Wind Drift" Ontario