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How not to get wet

At my beach we get some swells comming into the beach. I have two dinghy's. One is fiberglass and one is inflatable.

They both have the same problem.
Once you hit the beach the rollers come in and wash over the boat.

With the fiberglass boat I turn it around and beach it stern first because we row that one. That helps but not always.

The inflatable with the motor I have to beach nose first and then the wave will just rush over transom.

Is their anything that can be done?

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For ocean beaches, I use what I call a Navy Seal landing. Idle offshore a bit to get the engine cool. Click the raise-engine lever so the engine will raise itself when you hit the beach. Then follow a swell in, riding on the back of the wave. You want to zoom forward near the end, so you actually want to be further back from the back of the wave. Once the wave breaks, follow the foam and zoom forward as the foam hits the shore. Brace yourself so you don't do cartwheels and summersaults off the suddenly-stopped dinghy.

Once clear of the waves and high and dry on shore, pull the lanyard to stop the engine.

I only do 1 of these a year on average. Not sure it's good for the engine.

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Nothing like sucking sand....

into the engine that is....

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Nothing like sucking sand....

into the engine that is....
Keeps the hard mineral deposits down... Haha! Wink
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This is what you need to make a dry beach landing.
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For ocean beaches, I use what I call a Navy Seal landing. Idle offshore a bit to get the engine cool. Click the raise-engine lever so the engine will raise itself when you hit the beach. Then follow a swell in, riding on the back of the wave. You want to zoom forward near the end, so you actually want to be further back from the back of the wave. Once the wave breaks, follow the foam and zoom forward as the foam hits the shore. Brace yourself so you don't do cartwheels and summersaults off the suddenly-stopped dinghy.

Once clear of the waves and high and dry on shore, pull the lanyard to stop the engine.

I only do 1 of these a year on average. Not sure it's good for the engine.
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Nothing like sucking sand....

into the engine that is....
That's one reason the way we learnt to do it as kids (no matter what type of dinghy) was:
  1. Drop the dinghy (sand, grapnel) anchor over the bow just outside the shore-break.
  2. Stop the outboard and raise it.
  3. Ease out on the anchor line keeping the bow into the waves. With a bit of practice you can time the "eases" to allow the bow to rise over the waves as you back in.
  4. Tie off the anchor line and jump out over the stern onto dry land.
This method also makes it easy to leave without getting wet - simply jump in, haul yourself into water deep enough to start the outboard and go from there.

Hope this helps
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David, I not sure I understand what you're asking.

You say that " once you hit the beach, the rollers come and wash over the boat"

So if I understand you correctly, you have no problem getting to the beach..( sand?) dry.

It's AFTER you get to the beach..the waves swamp the boat? This is long island sound yes?

Is it a steep drop off or something? Can't you just, lay off, time the sets and ride the back of one of the swells in, step out and pull the boat up on the beach?

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David, I not sure I understand what you're asking.

You say that " once you hit the beach, the rollers come and wash over the boat"

So if I understand you correctly, you have no problem getting to the beach..( sand?) dry.

It's AFTER you get to the beach..the waves swamp the boat? This is long island sound yes?

Is it a steep drop off or something? Can't you just, lay off, time the sets and ride the back of one of the swells in, step out and pull the boat up on the beach?
You are right I shut off the motor and lift it and the waves propel me to the beach just find.

I see your confusion. You aren't visualizing myself or my passengers.
We are old and creaky. Once the boat is stopped it takes several sets of swells for use to get out of the boat. By then we are all soaked.

You method would work if once the boat hit the beach we would immediately hop out. Not going to happen.

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That's one reason the way we learnt to do it as kids (no matter what type of dinghy) was:
  1. Drop the dinghy (sand, grapnel) anchor over the bow just outside the shore-break.
  2. Stop the outboard and raise it.
  3. Ease out on the anchor line keeping the bow into the waves. With a bit of practice you can time the "eases" to allow the bow to rise over the waves as you back in.
  4. Tie off the anchor line and jump out over the stern onto dry land.
This method also makes it easy to leave without getting wet - simply jump in, haul yourself into water deep enough to start the outboard and go from there.

Hope this helps
That sounds really nice.
I have a small maybe 5 lb mushroom would that work in sand?
How do you retrieve the anchor for the last trip of the day?

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