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aground in slip
I arrived at the boat this evening to find her hard aground in the slip due to the unusually low tide (caused, I assume, by the long day of strong north-westerly winds in the Chesapeake).
So I have a couple of questions:
How can I reduce risk to the rudder? It was locked centered when the tide dropped. It is definitely deep in the muck now. Should I leave it locked, or let open the brake and let it swing? (i.e. is the pressure on the wheel steering mechanism the greater danger, or is pounding on an off-center rudder the greater danger?) What else can I do? (I have already moved some weight forward.) What is the likelihood that it gets damaged? (It is a spade rudder that is at least 6-12" less deep than the keel.)
Is there a source of information where I can find out how much lower than mean-low-water we are? If I am less than 2 feet lower than mean low water, I would like to try to get the marina to move me to another slip. They insisted that there was 7 feet in the slip, but it has seemed like much less based on depth sounder over the few weeks we have been here.
Last edited by mr_f; 05-26-2013 at 12:12 AM.