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Everybody touches the bottom every once-in-a-while. As you become familiar with the area where you sail, you'll learn where the shallow spots are. Get a chart of the area, and study it. It'll show you most of the shallow spots. Usually, if you're in water that is marked on the chart as being deep, you don't have to watch your depth sounder so carefully. Sometimes you have to sail through a shallow area, and when that happens, slow down so that, if you touch bottom, you won't go hard aground. If you're going slow when you touch bottom, it'll be easier to get free. If you touch, it's usually best to back out the same way that you went in, because you know that the water was deep behind you, just before you touched bottom.
The more familiar you are with the area, the less you'll worry about the depth.