Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: western LI sound, L.I., N.Y.
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Re: What else could I have done?
Sorry to hear you wound upon the beach, happy to hear minimum
damage and you still have a rudder!
I just made it to my mooring last Tuesday morning after beating
into the build up all night Monday (from Orient to Steppingstone
70 miles/14 hours).
During Hurricane Gloria 1985 my current boat was 2 months old,
chafed thru pendants and landed on a sandy beach also.
For what its worth, right or wrong...I dug a huge hole around the keel and the rudder (more around the rudder) so when we pulled
the line from the bow the boat stayed parallel to the beach and flipped. (not as dramatic as it sounds) Boat had some immediate
buoyancy and was no real resistance on the rudder as she has
pulled to deeper water.
As we are also exposed, being right on the sound...
Big fan of using as long a mooring chain as allowed.
Shackle on a extra lazy pendant. (polydyne) when severe weather coming.
Removing all sails, bimini etc.
Then just have to worry about the neighboring boats going bump
in the night.