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Sailing 201 Quiz

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You've run aground in mud on a point. How do you get off quickly?

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No wind, can't use the engine, can't get in the water to swim an anchor or go ashore, can't call or accept help, can't wait for the tide, no current, no power boat wakes to rock you off.

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Less than 1kt wind, main, genoa, asymmetrical spinnaker, danforth anchor & rode, 6 sets of (working) hands.

You have to do something, what is it and in what order?
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I'm thinking you need to heel her and kedge her off, no wind to assist. Put the assym in the water with head on halyard, clews made fast to shoreward rail. Toss anchor to seaward side, or swing it out on boom and drop with a slpknot or quick release. Tense rode to a winch, then winch on spin halyard to heel her toward shore ( a lot) and roll keel into deeper water. Lighten cargo and water tanks if necessary, and kedge off.
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Grab the VHF; say "TowBoatUS; TowBoatUS; This is 'StuckindaMud', Over? Repeat till response is obtained.
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Re: Sailing 201 Quiz

If it's your Sabre 38 with a 6'6" fin keel you may decide to place all your crew and weight on one rail and then the other to pry yourself off, but I would not boather to attempt getting off. Why bother! The conditions you stated were "no wind & can't use the engine". You're probably better off stuck aground than drifting off with the current and with no means of propulsion.
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Chuck the wife overboard. If that doesnt work chuck the girlfriend over too...
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Hey,

I would put the boom out and have half the crew hang on the end to heel the boat.

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Easy, Form the Assy. into a bag, fill with hot air (no shortage of that here) attach to stern cleats, as the boat floats into the air you flap your arms.
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I would put the boom out and have half the crew hang on the end to heel the boat.
These two are the closest to what we did. It wasn't my boat and just sitting wasn't an option nor was calling TowBoat (violation of the Conditions). What we did to get off:

1. Upon realization of grounding, immediately dropped the asymmetrical spinnaker, and released the mainsheet. The intent is to keep from grounding harder.
2. Set the genoa and backwinded it.
3. Put the boom out and hung 3 crew from it. At this point realized that the bow was starting to push a little to leeward.
4. Kept the genoa backwinded to increase the pressure on the bow and increase the pivot force. We only had <1 knot wind so all this was in slow motion.
5. Since it was now apparent that we were not stuck too hard, we decided to kedge. Dropped the Danforth about 1' aft of the pushpit and ran the rode to the port bow. Miraculously, it hooked and we moved the rode to the starboard bow to make the angle better. Two crew pulled and the boat moved a little. Reset the anchor 2 more times in the same fashion.
6. A little wind (1kt) moved the bow, and the head began to swing. Trimmed the main and we were free.

The time that elapsed from grounding to sailing was about 30 minutes, maybe less. While we messed up by grounding on a well charted point, excellent communication and crew work allowed us to get going again. Unfortunately, we lost 2 positions in the race that we were in.
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A few years ago I woke up and was eating breakfast while sitting in the cockpit of the C320 that belonged to my sailing club at the time when it dawned on me that we were NOT moving. Even though it was quite breezy. The wind had shifted during the night and we swung JUST enough to stick the wing keel on a bar.
Ended up getting off by realizing that the wind shifted every few minutes for about 30 seconds. I waited and unfurled the jib and backed it on a shift and gunned the engine when the bow turned down. Off we went.
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