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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

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.
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Re: The run aground poll

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
Yup..did this one too.
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Re: The run aground poll

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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Re: The run aground poll

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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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Re: The run aground poll

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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.
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