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Re: My Horror Story

For a boat the size of yours, you might get a
backup motor" in the form of a dinghy outboard that sits on a liftable mount. Crank her up when you think you might need it for xtra power. Even a 3 hp should push you against substantial current and you can find em cheap on Ebay.
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I want to say thank you to all of those who posted advice and encouragement. I will make it through. Thanks guys.
Nice, you're learning and will gain the experience you need.
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You also might consider getting a trolling motor with a big prop for max thrust and a big deep cycle battery with solar charger. This would be cheaper than a outboard and mount and would provide emergency thrust.
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Re: My Horror Story

"There are only two three kinds of sailors who have not run aground: those who have not left the dock, northerners, and those who lie. "

Your apologies are accepted, Brian. Some of us have the luxury of water under the keel and the option of how much to keep there. Personally, I like to know there's enough so I can roll the boat and not get the mast stuck on the bottom, and that's not uncommon in the northeast.

If I had to *ick around playing inches of clearance in thin water...I'd sail a hovercraft. There's damn little reason to run aground unless you've got to use unreliable shoals and shifting inlets. We've got some of those, but I'd rather do what the old Supertramp song says and "take the long way home".

One day the owner of an expensive boat says to me, (navigating & tactics) take us in on this tack as far as you can. I said how far in do you want to go? and he shouts "I told you, take us in as far as we can go". I said that's OK by me, personally I'd tack in ten feet but you tell me we draw six foot six, so if you really want to push it, I'll be glad to go in to SEVEN feet just remember, if we hit some debris down there, I wanted to tack at ten feet.

We tacked in ten. Rockhopping is a rich man's sport. You lucky sonsasailors just get it muddy when you go aground, that hardly counts as "aground". (G)
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Check your crank case vent, temporarily disconnect it if necessary. That might solve the runaway problem.
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hang in there, harbor- it gets better.
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Re: My Horror Story

Well your clearly in a painful part of the learning curve greatly exasperated by the need to move the boat


In reading what you have said the things that stand out to me are that you seem to think the bottom needs scraping at a boat yard ?

If this is true The boat really will Not get out of its own way and assuming the propeller is equally fouled it would explain why at 3000 RPM run away or not the motor is not able to move the boat

If a dirty bottom slows you down what do think it does to your boat

A dirty prop will cavatite and provide littel or no thust despite being able to still fully load the motor

The prop and bottom can be taken care of with a snorkel and a few hours time
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Re: My Horror Story

There are several things going wrong here, but I feel that voicing my opinion will be counter-productive.

All I can say is, good luck and please report in when you reach your destination.
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It occurs to me that I have done the entire ICW from Cape May, N.J. to Marathon, Fl. without running aground.
Unfortunately, to say that I have to add together bits and pieces from several different trips lol.
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I run aground almost every time I sail here in the Big Bend of FL between Carabelle and TArpon Springs where I tell people "If you can see shore, you're aground". If I DON'T run aground, I figure I'm not trying hard enough to have fun doing something weird. BUT, I sail a cheap old (but very good) boat.
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