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09-12-2013 05:56 PM
Re: Sailing 201 Quiz

There's always something to learn, I think that's one reason I like sailing.
09-12-2013 03:21 PM
Sailing 201 Quiz

We were a mile from the finish of an overnight race and had been sailing and racing for about 24 hours. There was no way that we were going to wait for the tide and watch the fleet pass us by. And we couldn't get a tow as that would disqualify us. So we had to do something.

This reminds me of a time when a family member had their sailboat engine quit outside of an inlet peppered with breakers. His first and only action was to call for help. When I asked about lessons learned, his response was to make sure that he had good insurance. I shook my head in disbelief that he'd learned nothing.

There is always something that can be tried. Choosing failure as the first option isn't a path to success.
09-12-2013 08:40 AM
Re: Sailing 201 Quiz

Practice with the anchor tied to the halyard. You would be surprised at how effective that is at pulling the keel up. Fishing in FL's 10,000 Islands I got lots and lots of practice, some of it unintentional.
09-09-2013 11:51 AM
Re: Sailing 201 Quiz

Originally Posted by Lothario View Post
I actually hopped over the bow once and forced the boat back; this was a 26' Cobalt speed boat tho! But couldn't this theoretically be done in a small sail boat, assuming it not the fin..
Yes, anything that will make the boat tilt will reduce the draft, sometimes getting a big guy either on the aft rail, or the bow spirit can work. It is the same concept as swinging someone out on the mast, just on most sailboats it is a lot easier to make them go side to side.
09-09-2013 12:49 AM
Re: Sailing 201 Quiz

I actually hopped over the bow once and forced the boat back; this was a 26' Cobalt speed boat tho! But couldn't this theoretically be done in a small sail boat, assuming it not the fin..
09-06-2013 05:40 PM
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Take a nap and wait till the tide comes in or wind picks up? Or keep drinking the beer until the boat is lighter and you float off? I guess you have to let go over the rail after it is processed.

I have swung out on the boom and it will make a boat heal surprisingly it can work, but not good if you are single handing. But without engine and no wind you won't do much once you get off but drift so as they said you are likely better off staying where you are till the wind picks up.
09-06-2013 03:03 PM
Dan Diego
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I am new to sailing and have not raced at all but racing in such light winds must be challenging to say the least. Thanks for sharing your solution as I have always had the benefit of a dagger board or retractable keel to solve my run-agrounds. I know I will not always be as fortunate and will use your advise if the situation presents itself.

09-01-2013 11:56 AM
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having run aground several times (luckily all mud)... the boom trick, kedging, and if you have a dinghy w/ a motor (and have crew), tie a very long line to one of the halyards and motor the dinghy a beam to pull the boat over even more.... as the keel pops out of the mud.

one thing to be careful of here is which way is the current going? this is why the anchor is important to not let the boat get any worse than it is already...
09-01-2013 10:06 AM
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I was successful a couple time in just heaving light danforth about 30 feet.
It is amazing how far you can chuck one if motivated.
09-01-2013 09:12 AM
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IF assistance is available - and you don't have a wing keel - here is what we did one day when inattention got us stuck:

Attach the main halyard to the assisting vessel with as much slack as possible to minimize upward tension on that vessel, and have it motor out abeam of you. This will pul the boat over, reduce draft, and permit you to motor backward to safety. Without an engine? possibly backwind the jib?
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