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Old 03-05-2015, 15:21   #31
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Re: Finally ran aground today.

Ten years. Pretty good effort.

I first ran aground when I took a paper chart to literally and believed the depth without keeping an eye on the depth sounder.
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Old 03-05-2015, 21:30   #32
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Just went for a look see. Few scrapes and bumps. Nothing major. The old girl's due for a haulout so I guess this is as good an excuse as any.

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Old 03-05-2015, 22:17   #33
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The TLA is CAG - "Computer Assisted Grounding"
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Old 03-05-2015, 22:47   #34
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Thank goodness for rising sea levels! And my damned plough anchor stuck us a second time when it jammed on the reef and we couldn't get it up, causing us to drift against another bommie. Fortunately the skeg protected the rudder, although it too crunched for a while. Hopefully the cast iron shoe absorbed the punishment.

And the chartplotter said I was outside the reef line. Grrrrr.

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Way the weather is you should still be out.
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Old 03-05-2015, 23:37   #35
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The good thing about centerboards is that they alert you to the bottom getting shallow (numerous times). The bad thing about daggerboards is that they sometimes alert you to the bottom getting close by breaking... :-(
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Way the weather is you should still be out.
No. The bay out the front of the old club croc resort at long Island. Was only stopping for a sundowner, but they've removed all the pennants from the moorings. Thought I'd be smart and anchor between them and the shore. Not smart as it turned out and lesson learned.

But I have anchored on the western side of Refuge Bay with the reef wall about 10 feet from the back of the boat.

I got the Reefmagnet tag going back to the very first time I ever anchored out overnight. Totally miscalculated time for a 25 footer and sailing skill and tide and reached Homestead Bay, St Bees Island about 23:00 on a dark moonless night. Had no depth sounder at that time so anchored using an old laptop running ancient cmap charts. Well the wind turned to the south east overnight and by morning I had a 3 foot swell pounding us in about 10 foot of water with rock underneath and anchor firmly jammed in same. Managed to get out of that unscathed and only got better from there, except for yesterday and that time I bounced the towed dinghy off the southern cardinal mark of Low Rocks. :-(

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My worst was in coron. There was a reef 300 meters out on the chartplotter, I went to look for it, but unfortunately at this point I was already on it. It confused me because I just left anchor and the chart was dead on there.

It consisted of large rocks half meter in diameter. Because of a 1 meter swell, the boat was lifted and dropped on the rocks repeatedly.

I tried to use the anchor and sails to maneuver around the largest rocks, but it was impossible to do much. Eventually the boat repeatedly knocked the rocks out of the way and 15 minutes later I was off.

Later I found 8 holes in the bottom of the keel that had cracked fibreglass. One of them about 6 inches long and half inch wide going in about an inch. Fortunately the fiberglass is thicker than this and no leaks.
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Ten years, what a slow learner

When I got my first boat, a 39 footer, I went a aground for 6 hours the FIRST time I took it out.
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The first couple of trips through the Great Sandy Straits consisted of mostly groundings.
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It's taken 10 years or so, but today I finally ran aground. Not on mud or sand either. It was a hard grounding fair and square on a coral bommie. To top it off, I was doing something totally stupid at the time so let's just say karma got me!...
Ten years without a grounding and you assume it was your blame!!! Congratulations you are a better sailor than many. There are some that assume that is quite natural one to go aground.

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"in the caribbean for example or the pacific running aground is something you can see very often... 5 touch downs in several years is nothing ..."
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Yer no longer a 'Wannabe'...
Now.. your a Real Sailor...
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Bet you dont get near anything fo awhile !
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It's taken 10 years or so, but today I finally ran aground.
I understand. After 10 years you've left the dock...
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My answer to your chart plotter, NEVER TRUST COMPUTER ELECTRONICS...
Hear, hear! One third of the folks who have gone up the ICW on the eastern coast of the US have stories like, "We were going up the channel and the chartplotter showed us going up a cow pasture 300 yards to the left..."
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Three types of ICW cruisers; those that have ran aground, those that never leave the dock, and those that lie.


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