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View Poll Results: Have you ever run aground when sailing?
Yes, I have run aground 123 79.35%
No, but I'm lying, I have run aground... bump there I go again 32 20.65%
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Re: The run aground poll

Does bouncing off a rock count?
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A lot, but not as much as I used to when I first started sailing.

The first year I had a sailboat (3.5' draft and a full keel), I think I ran it aground about every other time I took it out. Thankfully, I'm a little better than that now.

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The third time the East Coast Lady was taken out, my sailing partner drove it up on a sand bar that. I had purchased the BoutUs unlimited so it was no problem. it was the last hour ov the imcoming tide. if he would have been patince he would have floated off. So, realy I have not been aground yet but the Lady has.
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I ran ours aground about 2 minutes after taking the helm for the first time. Repeated a few more times that first year. Soft mud thank goodness.
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Never in a sail boat but I was periphally involved in a grounding incident in the channel on approach to Charleston on a nuke submarine.
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Someone lost their job on that one I am sure

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I berth and sail in some pretty skinny water. Usually, two hours out of each tide cycle, I'll be "aground"
Due to this challenging feature, I tend to mind the tides carefully.. Thinking I I had it timed right one morning, I ended up softly aground, directly in front of my dock, in the "channel"! Only hadda wait a few minutes. due to forethough on leaving on a rising tide
Did haft a wait to park the boat one day coming in bit late, too.. There's a little 'bump' in the groove I've worn in the bottom of the slip, and I hung up on it coming in. Once again; wait a while, stow the gear, flake the sails and THEN shift the boat to position,
There *was* thatone time last season when in supposedly plenty of water, that we sorta bounced across asand bar next to the channnel Only slowed us a bit!
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Which boat? Ha! Haven't hit anything with the Islander, yet!. We use the cb in the catboat as a depth gauge. When we feel it bouncing off the bottom we know it is time to alter course.

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Re: The run aground poll

I more interesting poll would be how many times have you run aground

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I wonder how many people would be in the >10 group. I am at a proud 8 currently. Should hit 10 soon!
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Here in Chicago all my groundings on my boat or others have been in the harbors. The lake was so low last year we hit in the middle of a mooring field. We obviously have no tides to worry about but a bad seiche can take level down a foot.
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Re: The run aground poll

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I more interesting poll would be how many times have you run aground

>20
10-20
5-10
2-4
Once
Never

I wonder how many people would be in the >10 group. I am at a proud 8 currently. Should hit 10 soon!
I figure that once disaster minimisation and recovery becomes a reflex reaction, it doesn't really matter.

It then becomes a bit like asking "How many times have you accidentally gybed?" - more than once really is too often..

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