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Old 14-10-2014, 09:34   #31
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Re: Self-Rescue Strategies for Running Aground?

As soon as I saw the subject matter I started looking for that same video.
Pretty neat trick.
Fortunately it's been a long time since being aground but like all things of this type it's just a matter of time until it happens again, especially in unfamiliar waters.
Using the boom or mast to heel the boat is the most direct solution, using the anchor to kedge also helps but it all depends on what kind of keel you have.
On a full keel boat heeling and reversing may work, if not your going to have to use a combination of kedging, heeling and motor power.
Or, just wait for the tide.
Only been stuck waiting for tide once in 35 years, fortunately the cooler was full of beer and the passengers were happy with that.
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Old 14-10-2014, 09:44   #32
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Re: Self-Rescue Strategies for Running Aground?

Years ago I ran aground in the St. John's River (Jacksonville, FL). No big deal, soft bottom, and I could push my 19 ft Cape Dory Typhoon off the bar. Just as I was about to jump in an alligator nearly as long as my boat swam by. I decided to wait for the tide to float me off.


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Old 14-10-2014, 11:22   #33
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Re: Self-Rescue Strategies for Running Aground?

I'm not aground, I'm careening. Grab a brush and help, the tide's coming in soon. No, really.

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Re: Self-Rescue Strategies for Running Aground?

I will say that 99% of the time I have been able simply to reverse off.

The more difficulty 1% of the time, a single anchor dinghied out sideways, with rode led to the genoa winches has always done the trick quickly and easily. . . . so long as you get it out without delay before the tide drops any significant amount.

If you wait/delay/mess around and the tide has dropped, it is just best to wait until it comes back up, because you can potentially do some damage pulling a boat off which is high and dry if there are even relatively small rocks in the path.
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