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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 have run a ground so much that I don't even care to think about it. I lost count years ago. Actually, it never occurred to me to count.

I have to negotiate a narrow channel getting my 25 footer out of and into my slip and if a norther blows the water out of the bay, I have been known to just sit in the slip, on the bottom and just list a bit.

I have run down marked (sorry about that!) and unmarked crab traps, miscellaneous unknown debris, a number of sand bars, an oyster reef or two and to crown my indignity, I ran a trailer.

Yes, I was sitting on the boat ramp with my little Galilee in the fading twilight trying to figure out why it just won't get on the trailer even though I was cranking the loading winch for all I was worth. Hint! When I lifted the center board, she slid home like she meant it!

But then, it is all quite understandable, 'cause what could a 'possum possibly know about boats?

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I was cranking the loading wench for all I was worth. Hint! When I lifted the center board, she slid home like she meant it!
Oh sweet Jayzuss I'm tempted.
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Re: The run aground poll

I prefer to say, "My keel touched the bottom," because when I say that I ran aground, I know that non-sailors imagine my boat lying up on the beach like the SS Minnow.
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Oh sweet Jayzuss I'm tempted.
Glad you exercised restraint. Loaded wenches...

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Re: The run aground poll

I find talk of "those that have and those that will" somewhat alarming. My sailing area is very deep with very steep shore in general. I've been within a boat length of the shore and still been in 40' of water so for me running aground means I have run into an island.

That all changes in some of the glacial fjords we visit. On our last trip I very nearly touched bottom…depth from the sounder went from 40+' to 9' within about a boat length. I expected to touch, I sounded off with a hearty "Oh S*&%!" but we got lucky.
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I've been within a boat length of the shore and still been in 40' of water
Heck man, be honest, up here being a boat length from shore in 40 feet is a great anchorage.

I slept this weekend on 4 to 1 scope with my stern so close to shore depending on the wind direction that I could nearly touch it.

As far as running aground, we did it the day after we bought our boat.
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Re: The run aground poll

I ran aground in my transient slip this past weekend. Keel buried at low tide. That count?
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I ran aground in my transient slip this past weekend. Keel buried at low tide. That count?
I believe it doesn't count since you weren't moving. You 'were' aground but you didn't 'run' aground. (However it's a legitimate grounding in terms of your bottom paint.)

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Re: The run aground poll

When I was learning how to load mine on the trailer, I did a doozy. I was bringing mine up to the trailer and missed. Instead of throwing her into reverse, I brought her about. The ass end swung towards shore, I heard a scrape and puckered. Then a BAM! and was thrown off my perch as Penelope came to a hault.
I had stabbed the boat ramp nicely. I had no power after that even though the outboard still whirred. Busted that little rod that's supposed to bust so the prop and motor don't get damaged when it hits.
With about 10 lookie-loos on shore, I hopped off the boat into the water, worked it off the ramp and then tied a rope and dragged the thing to the trailer with a red face.
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Re: The run aground poll

Can we just refer to it as "insufficient heeling"?

Then yes.
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