Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Gig Harbor, WA
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Ran aground on Saturday
For many of you on the East Coast, this would not be an unusual event. For me, it is a very rare event. Saturday I was going into inner Oro Bay at a very low tide. The "channel" is marked and I was 5-10 yards inside the green marker. Being a cautious soul, I was creeping along under power at about 1.5 knots against a 20+ knot headwind (yet another rain squall coming through). I was keeping a close eye on the depth gauge but my wife had stood in front of me it for a moment.
About then I had the unpleasant feeling of no movement. Yup, the depth sounder said 4 feet (we draw 7). Between the wind, current, and backing the engine I was able to get off the mud, turn around and make another attempt only closer to the red marker this time.
It is just an odd experience since it so rarely happens. Most of the time the depth of the water I sail it is measured in hundreds of feet, not less than ten.
M/V Kinship, North Pacific 43
S/V Legacy, Catalina 400 MkII, Hull #328