No, because you are actively working to recover your boat. If you decided to get in the dinghy and go and get lunch...then you'd be considered abandoning your boat. As long as you are present near your boat, especially if you are actively trying to recover it, it can not be considered abandoned.
As a point of reference, I can cite the case of the multimillion dollar yacht that was driven aground in the Florida Keys a few years ago. The owner hired another boat and was living aboard near his grounded boat until the conditions were right for refloating her. It was never considered abandoned, even though the owner was not aboard since he was working actively to recover it and staying nearby.
Originally Posted by wind_magic
And if my boat gets grounded and I get in the dinghy to take an anchor out into deeper water so that I can pull my boat out, is that considered abandoning my boat because I got into the dinghy ?
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