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08-23-2012 07:11 AM
Re: Running Aground West coast vs East coast

I don't know about the west coast but you can't geralize about the east coast. From the glacier formed granite ledges of Maine to the shallow bottom of the keys it is pretty varied. With the low water temp and fog in Maine running aground is pretty serious.
08-23-2012 03:21 AM
Re: Running Aground West coast vs East coast

No issues running aground. Soft sandy bottom, a swing keel and 12 inches of draft on a 23 footer. However, I really wish they would put some reflective tape on the marker buoys. The other night coming in around 1 am KNOWING there is one close by, I was solo and knew I was getting close. Looking with my spotlight and not seeing a damned thing putting along slow as she will go then coasting in neutral to keep the speed down. Finally i see a shadow off the barely visible moon to my starboard side. I had missed the buoy by about 6 inches..
08-22-2012 11:15 PM
Re: Running Aground West coast vs East coast

Sailing small boats in Morro Bay, I doubt that there's an inch of mud that I haven't hit. In this boat, I used to freak out if we had less than 20 feet.
We've gone aground once, in San Diego Bay leaving Gloretta Bay. I thought I was in the channel because I was. I heard/felt a groan and I quickly looked at the depth sounder and it said 6 feet and we draw 5.5. We slowed to about half our speed and then we were free again. I had just been on the internet a half hour before looking at a picture of a boat aground about 200 feet away from the spot that I hit.
08-22-2012 10:49 PM
Re: Running Aground West coast vs East coast

Years ago I had a 35' trimaran without a depth finder. I learned the entire coast of Georgia by the Braille system.
08-22-2012 10:39 PM
Re: Running Aground West coast vs East coast

So the lookout says: "Captain, Captain I see ducks"
Captain: "Be they standin or be they swimmin?"
Lookout: "They be standin captain"
Captain: "ReadyAboutHardAlee"
08-22-2012 07:48 PM
Carlos Schaefer
Re: Running Aground West coast vs East coast

Yes Sir!! in the West Coast of Florida (Sarasota area) I run aground coming in from the ocean to the channel leading to New Pass drawbridge beeing 150 yards from the first marker (just in the middle ob both!) because the tide was very low ...and I was very stupid... The damage was a bend rudder post, cause the waves kept banging my old lady Sabre 38 for 30 minutes, till the tide released me. BoatUS saved me because I the rudder couldn´t turn below the hull. 900 bugs repair ..and a nasty experience.
01-16-2012 05:04 PM
CarbonSink62 In 2010 the water in the lake dropped throughout the year; I found a rock in July that wasn't there in May. I hate that sound!

My brother and I ghosted past another huge rock in the same spot a few weeks later. We probably had 8 feet of water under us, but this rock was this size of my Ranger pickup. We now avoid the whole area. I hope to avoid the lake entirely this year!
01-14-2012 08:09 PM
smurphny Now here's a captain who really knows how to ground a boatNews from The Associated Press
01-14-2012 08:05 PM
Originally Posted by svHyLyte View Post
You have obviously never been to Two Harbors (Catalina). Harbor Reef (where the water can be as shallow as 18") on the southwest side of Bird Rock reaches out and grabs a few yachts every weekend. While marked, many of the weekend warriors have so little knowledge/experience that they don't recognize a hazard mark. Moreover, many boats are arriving late in the day with the sun relatively low in the western sky and a nice glare off the water making it difficult to see the impending shallows. (We used to do a pool as to the number of boats that would ground between 1800 Friday and 1800 Saturday. One one occasion we had 6!)
Actually, I am familiar with that reef. In my younger days in a powerboat (24' Searay) we crossed over the reef. We were heading to that shallow spot and my wife spotted it breaking the surface. Bank then, the harbor master would track reef crossings and list the number on a board the the foot of the pier. We were credited with a crossing.
01-14-2012 06:59 PM
NCC320 Broad Creek off Pamlico River near Washington, NC. I have a "deep water slip". That means that with 4'10+" draft, I have roughly 8-12 inches under the keel in the fairway and first part of the creek. Fortunately, there is only wind tide to contend with, and bottom is typically sand or mud. Keel washes a hole in the slip, so usually when wind blows adversely, boat just settles down and floats in the hole. If the wind blows 20+ for a couple of days, water in the creek blows out and all boats just settle down in their slips (most often upright) and are steadied by their lines. Once I get into the river, there's deep water....that would be 9-10 ft. typically except for the shallow areas. There are a few holes pushing a good bit deeper. Soft grounding is not unusual at all, but usually of no consequence. Most boats that do touch usually manage to get themselves off. In 40 years, I've never had to be towed off when I touched bottom, but in my old age, I have started keeping a current SeaTow membership. After a while, you learn where you can go and where you can't. The amount/height of barnacles showing on the piling and wind predictions generally tell me whether or not I can go sailing on a particular day.
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