I have run aground in several boats over the years. One of my favorite memories was when I was out sailing in the Chesapeake near the South River, we were sailing and ran aground and the 4 of us high school friends immediately sprang into action. The captain (not the owner but the man at the tiller) barked out orders as he came about in the 10kt or less wind. "A: Ready the kedging anchor from the bow. B: backwind the jib on my call. C: Start up the motor and help push us off this bar." We were off in a minute or two.
That was a very soft landing.
"The cure for anything is salt water~ sweat, tears, or the sea." ~Isak Denesen
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