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post #71 of Old 01-17-2008
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Taking the ground (inadvertently).

Some time ago we did a few bareboat charters in the Whitsunday Islands group (otherwise known as the Sir James Smith group) on the central Queensland coast (Australia).
Reading the log of one boat --- SVAAP ---- was quite interesting.
The young couple from the US had not experienced the 5 metre tides before and found themselves on coral in a known area but without enough water.

The log entry spoke of attempts to cushion the glass hull as it heeled and of the seaplane assistance from the charter company, and the loss of the bond money as a result of the exercise.

The youngish lady in the crew spoke highly of the "lovely brown eyes" of the joint owner of the charter company as he managed the resting and the recovery of the yacht --- a Mottle 33.

Their log entry did the trick for us, we were fully alert to the anchorages and the prospective tidal range from that reading onward.

Lesson learned.

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