My poor attempt at humor, the only people that have not run aground ever in the Chesapeake are those who ... don't go where you have not been before....
Sorry for the haircut.
Sounds like what I should pick up is either the glow in the dark book, or the The yachtsman's emergency handbook. I done all the ASA classes and none of them really detail well the "Oh S***, moments well enough for my tastes.
Thank you everyone for the replies, seeing that CAT in Nanny Cay really brought things home. It was parked right behind where my boat is docked. The pictures shown here -> 2013 Trip Blog and Diary 2013-02-01
don't do the damage level justice.
I teach Basic Keelboat ASA and I have given lessons on how one goes aground and how one gets off.
Uh, not on purpose though ;-). We draw 6 foot 7, the Lake channels and harbors say they have 8, but not always so.
Have also given lessons on how to tack up the narrow channel when motor won't start, and how to pull youself up said canal by hand when no wind, motor uncooperative, and paddle blade broke (yeah, I know what you're going to say, ha ha, that's what the students said). How to sail into the slip when you have to.
How to wear yourself out trying to start outboard when either fuel valve or deadman's lanyard clip is wrong and you didn't think of that..
What else? How to retrieve a halyard with a makeshift chair, how to pick up real "men overboard" from another "vessel" (jetski) in lumpy weather. How to tow, and be towed. How to ride out a squall.
There may be more. None of this is in the Basic curriculum. But sometimes the best lessons come from the unexpected "teachable moment", even those created by doofus thinking on the part of yours truly, or just bad luck. Or good? Depends on how you look at it.
You'll notice I didn't put this confessional in the "Learning to Sail" topic ;-)