Going aground is not necessarily any biggie. Calm conditions ,sheltered waters, a tide on the flood and of course a big 3 blade
below all favor an early exit from your snafu.
The situation described by the OP calls for alarm
bells and possibly quick deployment of an anchor
to windward to prevent craft from being driven further aground with attendant expense.
Once aground and with wind
pushing the craft into increasingly shallow water
with each passing wave it is going to be more difficult to refloat as time goes by. Even with a rising tide and flat seas there is need for concern because as the rising waters lift
your boat even a light breeze will push your hapless craft further aground. Once aground your boat will probably end up somewhat beam-on to this breeze where the wind
has maximum deleterious effect.
What to do?
Get an anchor
to windward ASAP from the bow and heave the rode
bar taut; this will prevent boat from getting into shallower water
and get the bow pointed in the direction of deeper as the tide rises and the stern swings downwind. Now,at least your motor
will be pushing you in the right direction. Getting the bow to pivot towards deeper water is critical for any boat that I can think of , to be towed off stern first is a recipe for major rudder
damage and any properly designed and loaded craft will not come off readily by this approach.
What if no dingy to get your lightweight anchor to windward? Use a fender
to float and swim it out. I was once on a delivery
where the owner wanted to throw his danforth off the bow to kedge off.I scoffed at the idea but to my surprise it worked! Quick action without panic saved the day.
With the exception of Maine
most of the coastal US waters on the East coast
are quite thin and having made 3 cruises to the very shallow Bahamas
I have had so many unintentional groundings that I even put my 35' steel sloop
on deserted beach to paint
the bottom with full assurance that i could get her off with my own devices after a day or so.
Pretty proud of that act of seamanship but would not try that again. There are still so many other stupid acts of bravado that I need to cross off my list.
....................................Love you all..........mike................................. .....