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Old 02-07-2013
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Re: Oh what to do? boat on rocks/reef/sand/mud

Originally Posted by jackdale View Post
In my first sailing course the following advise was offered:

When you run aground on Spanish Banks, the first thing you should do is take the largest towel that you have on board and use it to cover your transom.
That demonstrates a guilty conscience. Get off the boat with a brush and start scrubbing the bottom - then it looks intentional and VERY salty - you are "careening" just like Nelson.

P.S. after doing most of my sailing around here, where Spanish Bank is just about the only non-rock bottom anywhere, I have to say that running up on sand or mud hardly qualifies as "running aground" - it's just "rubbing" bottom. If you don't have to do some work on your keel at the next haulout, it doesn't count as a REAL grounding.
I, myself, personally intend to continue being outspoken and opinionated, intolerant of all fanatics, fools and ignoramuses, deeply suspicious of all those who have "found the answer" and on my bad days, downright rude.
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