Originally Posted by rtbates
Any full keel sailboat, or cat or tri CAN be beach. NO sailboat SHOULD be beached on purpose. Beaching a boat is for power boats that don't live in the water, hence no bottom paint
, nor the smarts to know that all it takes is one sharp rock right under the sand or a pipe to really ruin ones day.
I'm new here, but I've been sailing and cruising for 40 years. Forgive me if I'm overstepping, but I've got to disagree with the statement above as WAY too much of a generalization.
I used to own a deep-draft, bluewater
boat that I would never dream of beaching, but that has been sold
and I'm discovering the joys of owning a shallow-draft gunkholer on the Chesapeake Bay
thanks to the new-to-me Menger 19 catboat recently acquired. It's a classic
, beamy, heavily built, New England-style catboat with a keel/centerboard, relatively shallow forefoot, 1'-10" total draft with the board up, and the prop well-protected in an aperture forward of the barn-door rudder. In short, it's a perfect example of a small cruising sailboat
that is completely appropriate for beaching.
Whisker lives in a slip in the water all season with good ablative bottom paint
on her, but I plan to pull her out on her trailer
for the winter. Any wear to the bottom paint
from beaching can easily be repaired while the boat is on the trailer
Discovering the joys of beaching this summer has been a revelation. Shallow draft
allows you to come close enough to scope
out the beach well to determine whether it is indeed soft sand, and the relatively low stem and lack of bow pulpit and lifelines
on a traditional catboat make it easy to hop ashore and clamber back aboard without even getting your ankles wet.
If you are in an appropriate boat cruising in an appropriate area, don't let a narrow viewpoint deprive you of the joys of beaching!