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Gwade -- Welcome to the membership of the Great Grounding and Bonding Society. By now you must know it's not a very exclusive group, but it can get your attention.
First, the boat stayed upright, which means the keel didn't fall off. That's good. But as Goodnewsboy says, check the bilge closely for water, and in particular pay attention to leakage around the keel bolts just to be on the safe side. Chances are all you have is a dent in your keel and that's easy enough to fix when you haul in December.
Second, just be thankful you don't have a winged keel because as some have stated on here before, running aground with a winged keel means instant death! Of course, others of us have different views on that.
Here in the Chesapeake with a preponderance of mud bottoms running aground is no big deal, but if you did hit something on the hard side I can see your concern. Anyway, chances are no harm, no foul.
SailorMitchSailing winged keels since 1989.
1.20.09 Bush's last day the end of an error !! Hopefully we still have a constitution and economy left by then.
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