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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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I've never run aground - really!

I've hit rocks 3 times and rubbed bottom twice in 40 years but never been stuck or needed a tow.

So far.

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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Me and the Mrs hit rocks in narragansit bay just when we thought we were all that and a bag of chips....

Is that technically running aground...?

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Me and the Mrs hit rocks in narragansit bay just when we thought we were all that and a bag of chips....

Is that technically running aground...?
Heck yes. If you hit the ground, it is running aground. Use the oh **** test. If you think "oh ****", you ran aground.
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We're aground right now in front of Skippers Pier in Deal, MD. S&S Apache 37 Draw 6 ft and came in just after high tide. Luckily the wind is blowing hard from the south. Should free us in the am so we can leave. A regular occurrence here on the Chesapeake Bay.
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I ran aground coming up the channel on the way to a haul out/bottom painting job. Inattentive me turned on the wrong side of the marker and drove right up onto the bar..

I radioed the yard who quickly dispatched a powerboat to pull me off so I could get to the lift..lift operator on a tight schedule (and cranky in general anyway) was oh so nice when I finally got there..

So..yeah
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I ran aground smack dab in the middle of the ICW on two separate occasions. I wondered how it could be that the dredged ICW channel just disappears until I hear the tug boat operators talking about how they will just "plow" the channel back. I guess they are self-regulating.

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Just like with a bike...Those that have hit the ground and those that will
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I think the poll is too judgemental, too black & white. What it should say is,

When you ran aground, why did it happen:
  • asleep?
  • drunk?
  • showing off?
  • bad/wrong/no charts?
  • texting at the helm?
  • tired of moving/depressed?
  • depth sounder broken? (mine once beeped AFTER I got to the bow to release the anchor to kedge off)
  • forced onto sandbar by inconsiderate bare-chested fascists in motorboats?
  • busy gawking at at bikini-clad girls accompanying above pseudo-mariners?
  • all of the above?
  • other?

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I think the poll is too judgemental, too black & white. What it should say is,

When you ran aground, why did it happen:
  • asleep?
  • drunk?
  • showing off?
  • bad/wrong/no charts?
  • texting at the helm?
  • tired of moving/depressed?
  • depth sounder broken? (mine once beeped AFTER I got to the bow to release the anchor to kedge off)
  • forced onto sandbar by inconsiderate bare-chested fascists in motorboats?
  • busy gawking at at bikini-clad girls accompanying above pseudo-mariners?
  • all of the above?
  • other?
My most spectacular grounding was sailing by a barrier island on the sound side, full of boats and people, thinking how cool I looked, going by on a beam reach, when I ran up on a sand bar that I have been knowing about all my life, and had even been flounder fishing on the year before.
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Me and the Mrs hit rocks in narragansit bay just when we thought we were all that and a bag of chips....

Is that technically running aground...?
Nope - that's hitting bottom.

Running aground is when you either have to be towed off or wait for the tide.

At least IMHO.

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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