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post #50 of Old 04-12-2014
engineer_sailor
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Re: The run aground poll

We were getting ready to raft up with another boat on a creek in the Chesapeake. The other boat was looking for a good spot to drop the hook and we were following. They turned and we delayed the turn to give them room to set. It's blowing 25knts and we are watching them anchor and planning our approach instead of watching the depth gauge. Before we knew it we were aground. It was clear that our 18hp two cylinder diesel wasn't going to get us out. After a few expletives, I started thinking clearly and unfurled the headsail. The brisk gusty breeze gave us enough heel to break free. It was embarrassing to run aground while family members watched from the other boat, but my wife and I did receive lots of kudos after the razzing for our use of the sails to quickly get back underway. One thing to love about sailing is the need to be resourceful and the many ways to solve the problems.
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