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Re: What's your biggest bonehead move sailing?
Originally Posted by TerralTheSeeker
Sigh. Two weekends ago in Pensacola Bay on Fairweather (Catalina 25), headed into Big Lagoon traversing the narrow channel between Sherman Cove (NAS Pensacola) and 'Roberston Island' where people anchor on the beach to do some partying. After hanging out in Big Lagoon (1st time ever anchoring on my own) decide to try the OTHER channel closer to the outlet to the Gulf and lo, I ground. Fortunately I got off the hidden sandbar with a mere turn in reverse with the outboard and off I went...to be grounded again. Apparently the sand shifts a lot there at the entry/exit to the Gulf so now I'll be keeping a close eye out and operating with heightened paranoia from here on out.
I keep wanting to try getting up in that channel with my 5 foot draft, but I always chicken out.
On the northern Gulf of Mexico.
"Best thing to do is get her out on the ocean. If anything's gonna happen, it's gonna happen out there." Captain Ron Rico