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Re: The run aground poll
Mine was the first time I took her out of the marina. I got out of the entrance, turned down the inlet to the lake, and made it maybe a hundred feet. Realized it felt like I was starting to slow down suddenly, so my first thought was "oh great, I busted the outboard somehow..." I was checking to see if the prop was still on, everything SEEMED normal, and then dawned on me that I wasn't rocking at all. The next words were "Seriously? Are you kidding me?". I felt like an idiot, even though I only accept 99% of the blame. There was so much mud and junk coming down from the lake, that it filled quite a bit on the bottom of the inlet. So much so that where there's normally 8-9 feet of depth, and I managed to hit mud with a near 5' draft.
I grabbed the anchor, heaved it out into the water, gave it a minute to touch, and muscled the bow around. I didn't even let it bruise my pride, since well, who on earth expected a 4 ft deposit of mud within a week of coming through? I just came through there the previous weekend! Rinsed off the mud from the deck after getting the anchor up, and went on my merry way. (this was about a month ago, I'll add. First boat, first voyage out after getting her to the marina, first grounding, first successful freeing of said grounded boat).
1970 Islander Excalibur 26 - Constant Resto
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