Can't believe they accomplished this without a very strong tug/towboat farther offshore with a long hawser. The seaward "pull" looks like it came from little more than an 18(?) hp outboard or two.
Wow. Kudos to the backhoe operator with the magic touch. Whatever gel coat or fglass they needed to fix the transom counter was well worth it , and would've been much worse absent the operator's skill.
I kind of wonder why they didn't try to kedge off, once the crane had spotted the boat close to the water. The boat would have floated out on its beam ends, with the keel dragging almost effortlessly behind if they had been able to rig a purchase from the mast head to a significant kedge anchor or a mooring set for the purpose (obviously expense was no object). This would have been easier on the boat than prodding it with the excavator and trying to push the keel through the sand.
Ask me how I know. I had to kedge my boat off the beach after it chafed through its mooring pennants during Tropical Storm Noel in 2007. I rigged a 3-part tackle to the mast head from anchor windlass to a mooring offshore. First I had to winch the boat upright and the let her splash onto the other bilge. Then I winched her down until the portholes were just about in the water...and she floated free as easy as you please. Sorry, no video; I was working solo by the light of a Coleman lantern at 2:00 AM to catch the high tide.
Kedging off is a text book self-rescue technique and I can vouch for its effectiveness.
Some time the crew gets lucky and the boat don't as any luck with the crew
I see a beach I see a sand bottom, I see an anchor on the boat roller ready to be deployed. Can someone explain why they did not tried to anchor the boat?
I see what you mean Paulo. It almost looks as though he was trying to beach her. And the wind was what, around 20-25? May we assume his engine wasn't working? Even so, if his running rigging and sails still worked (rudder too, that's important), would seem he couldve sailed her away from the beach, maybe without even tacking, on stbd tack. Failing which, you're right, the anchor, set out before he had drifted into the shore break, may well have held her.
Easy for me to say from a dry keyboard and desk I know, but there it is. But from my halting French, I get that "trop puisse" means "too exhausted", which may explain his inability to try to keep her off the shore. Growing up, I heard more than once from my father, "son, the boat's tougher than you are"..
I used to work with this guy, until our hospital non-renewed his contract. Normally when I hear that I a doc I work with is a sailor I can't wait to go out with them. This guy on the other hand, you couldn't have paid me to get on a boat with him, and that was before this happened! He is a really nice guy though and I'm glad everything turned out okay with this event.