Join Date: Apr 2006
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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)