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Re: Full or fin keel?
Paulo, while I enjoyed your video posts, and there appears to be little or no damage to the keels or the hull keel joint, it requires a experience eye to determine how bad the damage. Just ask the crew of the Cynthia Woods.
Wolfenzee, having spent 35+ years boating the PNW, some of it commercial fishing, some of it cruising throughout many rivers and inlets of BC, Alaska and Washington including the Fraser, a river that moves 20 million tons of sediment every year. Keeping this in mind, if you're outside the channel markers on any arm of the Fraser River Delta you're on your own.
This should have actually been beneficial as 1 meter is about 3 feet. If your were siting in 5 meters of water, thinking it was 5 feet, it would be closer to 15 feet; so I really don't understand where you're going with this thread, other than sinking deeper into the sand.
By the by, the quote you attribute to Slocum wasn't actually by him and the fact that his circumnavigation took place in 1909, effectively removes him from the argument with today's availability of modern charts, GPS and the like. (I have to add that Slocum disappeared in November 1909 while aboard his boat, the Spray) While I applaud your attempt of rationalizing incompetence, it's a ludicrous idea that in these modern times with the availability of updated charts and depth sounders that "you're not a boater till you've grounded out". Perhaps this argument should be employed in the defense of the Costa Concordia's captain.
At high tide, fish eat ants; at low tide, ants eat fish. ~ Thai saying.
The only times I ran aground on the Frazier was once when avoiding bine run over by a tug and the other when I was waaaaaay off shore during low tide in a year that was running way below mean (that delta extends really far out). Each time was a slight bump...the first I just reversed off of the other was simply an unerving bump followed by thropuwing the helm hard over.
Last edited by wolfenzee; 05-14-2012 at 08:19 PM.