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Embarrassing question - How to physically get from anchor to shore

As you have seen from my post yesterday, I am yet to take my first trip into the Atlantic sound, but feel fairly comfortable on lakes.

However, in watching 'The Travel Channel' on TV, I frequently see a backdrop of sailboats in a harbor approximately 100 yards from the shore anchored with seemingly nobody on board. This makes for a picturesque backdrop to the scenery, but how do those people get to the shore since their boat is still 100 yards out?

Yes, this is a serious question, and I am embarrassed to ask.

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most of us use a dinghy to get back and forth...many mooring fields/towns have "water taxis" that will come fetch you to shore and vice versa, some will even help with your groceries/shopping bags/etc. Many now have portable pump out stations installed on boats, who, for a small fee, pump your holding tank for you...

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Sometimes they take a water taxi or call a launch.

Sometimes they own a dinghy and use that. If you don't see it, they're probably ashore using it.

Sometimes they swim.

And sometimes, some very very rare few times, they simply walk on water. Walking on water is generally discouraged, as it tends to start religions.
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Thank you for the quick replies. Since I have only a 22 foot boat, I suppose a dinghy is out of the question. I suppose, in my case, it would be water-taxi or swim.
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Many marina's have dinghy or shuttle type service. Many very popular harbors have water taxis, some if not all marines have dingy docks. Many sailors have dinghies of their own. some row, most motor. inflatables are the quite popular with the cruising types. Having your own dink also opens up a whole world of exploration when in quite bays and coves that are not lined with residential properties.

Dinghies are carried on the bow upside down. some are deflated and rolled up and stored for the longer trips. many are towed. Many hang off davits on the stern of larger boats.
There are some very small plastic kayaks that would not be a prob for you to have in tow behind your boat. or stored on deck.. stranger things are done!


PS; with a 22ft boat. you may be able to beach it. what model make is it?

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And sometimes, some very very rare few times, they simply walk on water. Walking on water is generally discouraged, as it tends to start religions.

now that's just funny.....
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Thank you for the quick replies. Since I have only a 22 foot boat, I suppose a dinghy is out of the question. I suppose, in my case, it would be water-taxi or swim.
Nope a dinky rollup dinghy plus a 2 hp clockwork yoyo [outboard] can easily be carried on most 22 footers. I had a Jaguar 22 [ Catalina 22 ] and both fitted in the port cockpit locker.
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Thank you for the quick replies. Since I have only a 22 foot boat, I suppose a dinghy is out of the question. I suppose, in my case, it would be water-taxi or swim.
Kayak?

Stay in a marina?

I used to have a very shoal draft 27-foot catamaran. I could often anchor within easy wading distance. What do you draw?

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PS; with a 22ft boat. you may be able to beach it. what model make is it?

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You can beach any boat. Some are just easier to shove off.
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