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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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post #41 of 82 Old 04-11-2014
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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..
To some extent what I am asking is what is it like where you sail. Where I sail, running aground is part of normal operations. Running aground smack dab in the middle of a dredged channel that had 12' of water yesterday is not uncommon.



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I have run aground in some of the most beautiful places in the world!
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I've never run aground. I've run amud and asand a few times. I even ran aconcrete once. But never aground.
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Glad to see that many of us have a similar attention span....

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lol i do npt gybe, per my uncles orders and we were punished in creatively sailing manner for each infraction.... we were gooood...gybing hurts our old boats..... we come about like gentlemen.

and we run aground regularly so i cannot remember exactly how many times since age 7 i have run aground..lol...almost hit a small bridge once in lost angeles in holiday harbor, wilmington,,,,,in a 25 ft coronado..lol


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I've had a lot of fun running aground. One great one was a rather windy day with full sails up. I start thinking about tacking before getting in shallow water. Get the wheel turned over and start undoing the Genoa sheet. When the boat comes upright it stops suddenly. Took a bit with the motor but finally backed about a hundred yards to get into deeper water.

It doesn't bother me much around where I sail as it's all thick muck I the bottom. The only time it did was last November with a fresh bottom job I found the shallow spot leading away from the boatyard. Not happy about that one.
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The only working depth finder on my boat is the 550 pound piece of iron that I affectionately call my swing keel.

I have a feeling I'm in for a rude awakening if/when I get a big boy boat, where I won't be able to reduce my draft by 3' with a crank, because I drag my current boat along the bottom more often than I care to admit.
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I more interesting poll would be how many times have you run aground

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10-20
5-10
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Never

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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I've run out of finners and toes counting!

Oh, was on a barge that ran aground......did I mention it was ON purpose! I was in the dumptruck on said barge. only way to get the dumptruck OFF the barge.......come to think of it, the barge was grounded on a boat ramp when I loaded too........hmmmmmmmmmm


I also hear there is a YC in London that has a free membership.........you just have to go aground in a rather large public way to get your invite! LOLOLOL


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The last time I ran aground, wait, I mean the first time, wait, I mean the only time, wait.........what are we talking about?

Well, a few years ago I had my daughter and 7 of her teenage girlfriends aboard. We anchored so they could go swimming, which really means they go floating on rafts and swim noodles out of ear shot of the boat, so they can all talk, while my wife and I make lunch.

Later, I pull the anchor with an offshore breeze, so we're pointed toward shore. I think I will just swing her around, rather than back away. I still recall watching the depth sounder go from 10,9,8,7...... bump....... in a split second. Nothing quite like 8 teenage girls as witnesses. Backed right off, but I wonder if I made facebook?
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We were getting ready to raft up with another boat on a creek in the Chesapeake. The other boat was looking for a good spot to drop the hook and we were following. They turned and we delayed the turn to give them room to set. It's blowing 25knts and we are watching them anchor and planning our approach instead of watching the depth gauge. Before we knew it we were aground. It was clear that our 18hp two cylinder diesel wasn't going to get us out. After a few expletives, I started thinking clearly and unfurled the headsail. The brisk gusty breeze gave us enough heel to break free. It was embarrassing to run aground while family members watched from the other boat, but my wife and I did receive lots of kudos after the razzing for our use of the sails to quickly get back underway. One thing to love about sailing is the need to be resourceful and the many ways to solve the problems.
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