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Re: Oh what to do? boat on rocks/reef/sand/mud

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In my first sailing course the following advise was offered:

When you run aground on Spanish Banks, the first thing you should do is take the largest towel that you have on board and use it to cover your transom.
That demonstrates a guilty conscience. Get off the boat with a brush and start scrubbing the bottom - then it looks intentional and VERY salty - you are "careening" just like Nelson.

P.S. after doing most of my sailing around here, where Spanish Bank is just about the only non-rock bottom anywhere, I have to say that running up on sand or mud hardly qualifies as "running aground" - it's just "rubbing" bottom. If you don't have to do some work on your keel at the next haulout, it doesn't count as a REAL grounding.

I, myself, personally intend to continue being outspoken and opinionated, intolerant of all fanatics, fools and ignoramuses, deeply suspicious of all those who have "found the answer" and on my bad days, downright rude.
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This method can easily drive you further aground if not careful.
Very True! It all depends on the wind direction and knowing the charted depths immediately surrounding the boat. If everything 'clicks' the solution is to heel as much as possible and try to make a 180 turn. You do need some moderate wind (from the right direction) to make it work. In another instance, I've used the heeling approach while motoring a 5 foot draft boat through 4.5 foot depths in and out of the approach to Spring Cove Marina in Rock Hall. Looks a little dare-devilish negotiating that channel with the full jib unfurled.
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Re: Oh what to do? boat on rocks/reef/sand/mud

If you are the US Navy just tell the authorities to call the embassy ...then wait for salvage operations to cut your boat into tiny pieces......Oh, of course blame the charts....because your seamanship is beyond reproach.
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Re: Oh what to do? boat on rocks/reef/sand/mud

OK here is my list. It assumes that I am in passage making mode.

Drop dink and fit OB aprox 200lbs.

Sound the area from dink using oar which is marked with the boat's draft

Layout kedge in direction of deep water and tension using cockpit winches.

Drop both anchors and all chain from bow. 2 x 50lb anchors and 400ft chain 770lbs.

Empty water tanks 150 galls 1200lbs

If it has not refloated the boat would be heeled over using a masthead halyard. [ I would use this strategy earlier if help was on scene or I had crew onboard. ]

The strategy of heeling the boat using a masthead halyard is the key to getting most boats off in my experience. Not bilge keelers or wings though !

In 10 years of liveaboard cruising I have helped in a number of rescues. A call on the VHF often produces a dinghy squadron.
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Re: Oh what to do? boat on rocks/reef/sand/mud

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OK here is my list. It assumes that I am in passage making mode.

Drop dink and fit OB aprox 200lbs.

Sound the area from dink using oar which is marked with the boat's draft

Layout kedge in direction of deep water and tension using cockpit winches.

Drop both anchors and all chain from bow. 2 x 50lb anchors and 400ft chain 770lbs.

Empty water tanks 150 galls 1200lbs

If it has not refloated the boat would be heeled over using a masthead halyard. [ I would use this strategy earlier if help was on scene or I had crew onboard. ]

The strategy of heeling the boat using a masthead halyard is the key to getting most boats off in my experience. Not bilge keelers or wings though !

In 10 years of liveaboard cruising I have helped in a number of rescues. A call on the VHF often produces a dinghy squadron.
+1. I tried a bunch of stuff and this strategy really works! I also like the idea of dropping the main anchor and chain to reduce weight.

I keep a leadline handy for sounding from the dinghy. I use it all the time.

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