I have sailed an Irwin 25 with 3' draft and an Endeavor 32 with 4' draft for several years in the Keys, and have touched bottom with both. Luckily, the three times when I have gottten into too shallow water and hit the bottom it has beeen on the bay side, and the bottom has been soft and sandy. The worst was the day after I had gotten the bottom painted on the Endeavour.....I got outside the channel leaving the yard and ended up burrowing into a sand bar. No realy damage other than expediting the ablation of the bottom paint and significant bruises to my ego. I always paid much more attention to depths on the ocean side of the Keys, because the bottom there is mostly jagged coral and a grounding would likely cause significant damage.
1981 Endeavour 32
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