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Ran aground .. advice?

This is my first post, been reading the forums for a little while..

I sailed a lot as a kid, and recently got back into it after a few years of not sailing

So a friend and I were cruising on his Tanzer 22 on Lac Deschene, and we suffered a touch of 'is that the channel marker or the shoal marker?' ..

.. Well.. it was the shoal marker.. .. sailing on a close reach in light winds, doing maybe 4 knots and *thud* / slight bounce we come to a dead stop..

Dropped the sails immediately and kicked on the outboard while trying to heel the boat using our weight .. we were able to pivot around a full 360 degrees, but not make headway in any direction, so it looks like our keel hit and bounced on top of a rock

Thankfully it was race night and a crashboat heard our whistle.. A couple of friendly gents took our spring line and towed us our while we hung off the port shroud to heel the boat as much as possible..

no discernable 'scraping' or knocking as we came free.. so i guess we were not held as badly as we thought..

checkd the bilge when we got back to the marina, and it was was dry as a bone as were the keel screws (what's the proper term for those) .. Anyways we're wondering 'how bad could the damage be?' and should we haul it out early, or let it soak as long as possible to see if there's any cracks or leaks that may surface over the next few weeks.

Any advice is appreciated! .. It was quite a scare, and the first grounding for both of us.. .. a story to tell and a learning experience that *hopefully* won't result in an expensive repair ..
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Sounds like little to no damage done. I'd just keep an eye on things around the keel bolts and wait to assess any damage at your normal haulout which can't be too far away! We all hit bottom and most boats are tougher than we think and most damage is immediately evident if serious. Chances are all you will need it a bottom paint touch up. Welcome aboard!!
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Yes, we are all "well grounded" in the sailing experience around here!
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Doesn't sound like too bad a grounding... Just remember there are two types of sailors—those who go aground and those who lie about never going aground.
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Oh I'll admit to my own stupidity any day of the week! .. I'm just happy my first experience grounding was in a relatively indestructible Tanzer 22 ! .. Apparenltly they're well known for their ability to take a beating and sail away from it

We made the mistake of following the guy ahead of us isntead of reading and thinking about the markers.. he cut the buoy on the wrong side too, but got lucky

Never assume the guy in the other boat knows what he's doing I suppose
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With the motor running, trying running out the jib to heel the boat over. Unless you're really stuck, that usually does the trick.
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I ran aground a few times...but never on a full keel boat...yet...and I hope not to do it....

However, this summer, on a particular anchoring place, when the tide went down, my keel touch the ground, and we had a 10ş list....so she's not a virgin anymore...bottom was sand. Took the opportunity to clean water line on one side!!
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You have ten feet of draft.... I take it you were using the dinghy to clean the bottom..
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.. Well.. it was the shoal marker.. .. sailing on a close reach in light winds, doing maybe 4 knots and *thud* / slight bounce we come to a dead stop..

Dropped the sails immediately and kicked on the outboard while trying to heel the boat using our weight .. we were able to pivot around a full 360 ..
I wouldn't have dropped the sails....I would have cranked the engine to hopefully get pointed in the right direction and then put up more sail.

I'm in North Carolina, so I can think of very few sailing seasons when I haven't hit ground. I've had anchors on halyards and winches many times. But fortunately it's usely mud around here.
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I try to do as little as possible and let the tide come up. Keep an eye on the health of your impeller if you run the engine after running aground...
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