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03-29-2012 02:20 PM
Brent Swain
Re: Grounding on purpose

When I was sailing my last boat, a single keeler, I had all the dryout places, where there was a flat bottom alongside a rock face , dry at low tide only, cased out. I was never very far from a place where I could lean her against the rocks, take a halyard to a tree, and dry her out. Never had to do a haulout.
03-29-2012 01:54 PM
SloopJonB
Re: Grounding on purpose

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At low tide now if you do a transit between posts it's will inshore of the extent of the bank. Very steep drop off, though, and watching the sounder it's possible to sail by within easy hailing distance of people walking on the beach (and talking to the redfaced owner of the boat lying there on its side)
He's only red faced because he's scrubbing so hard, not because he's embarrassed.
03-29-2012 01:49 PM
Faster
Re: Grounding on purpose

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It took a lot of groundings before word got around that the fixed markers had effectively been "moved inland" by the continuing buildup of the Bank. I stay well clear but I understand the edge is pushing 100 feet out past them now.
At low tide now if you do a transit between posts it's will inshore of the extent of the bank. Very steep drop off, though, and watching the sounder it's possible to sail by within easy hailing distance of people walking on the beach (and talking to the redfaced owner of the boat lying there on its side)
03-29-2012 01:44 PM
SloopJonB
Re: Grounding on purpose

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When I did my first navigation course, the following was a bit of advise.

WHEN you run aground on Spanish Banks, the first thing you do is take the largest towel you have on board, and cover your transom (and the name of your boat).
It took a lot of groundings before word got around that the fixed markers had effectively been "moved inland" by the continuing buildup of the Bank. I stay well clear but I understand the edge is pushing 100 feet out past them now.
03-29-2012 09:26 AM
BreakAwayFL
Re: Grounding on purpose

Waves aren't be too much of an issue in the Keys. You could stand at water's edge for an hour and not get your ankles wet. Wake, however, I'll have to be careful about.

Thanks all!
03-29-2012 09:25 AM
jackdale
Re: Grounding on purpose

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And then there's those folks who run aground on a falling tide... and quickly get out the brushes and the buckets and start scrubbing as the boat dries to make it LOOK like they did it on purpose!
When I did my first navigation course, the following was a bit of advise.

WHEN you run aground on Spanish Banks, the first thing you do is take the largest towel you have on board, and cover your transom (and the name of your boat).
03-29-2012 07:42 AM
Silvio
Re: Grounding on purpose

"And then there's those folks who run aground on a falling tide... and quickly get out the brushes and the buckets and start scrubbing as the boat dries to make it LOOK like they did it on purpose!"Faster

bwaahaaaahaa
03-29-2012 07:24 AM
jimjazzdad
Re: Grounding on purpose

Here is a photo comparison - two photos taken 4 years and 200 feet apart, on my waterfront. One boat is definitely aground, although there was no damage, so maybe I could argue it was careeened The other boat is clearly drying out for a shaft seal and propeller replacement.

Hunter 37 Cutter and Albin Nimbus.
03-29-2012 01:40 AM
SloopJonB
Re: Grounding on purpose

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And then there's those folks who run aground on a falling tide... and quickly get out the brushes and the buckets and start scrubbing as the boat dries to make it LOOK like they did it on purpose!
Nope - THAT qualifies as careening. No one said it had to be deliberate. If they sit in the cockpit for 12 hours looking worried, THEN they are aground.
03-28-2012 09:38 PM
Faster
Re: Grounding on purpose

And then there's those folks who run aground on a falling tide... and quickly get out the brushes and the buckets and start scrubbing as the boat dries to make it LOOK like they did it on purpose!

One thing to look into before attempting anything like this on purpose is to know which way your boat will 'settle'.. many masthead fin keelers will tend to settle bow down, esp with raked keels, others like fractional rigs may tend to go stern down since the keels are sometimes further forward. Settling sideways onto a spade rudder might not be a good idea. Long chord fins like yours may want to sit essentially level/flat on their keel. Your keel tip is not parallel to the waterline and so may tend to nose down somewhat.




I know... I know... yet another advantage to the full keel set!
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