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Years ago , we were travelling through the Sandy Straits (Fraser Is) which is infamous for having thin water. We were waiting for the high tide (only an hour off) when a bigger yacht flew past us. Automatically I assumed (yep, dumb move) that with the confidence they were showing, they must know the way.
Well, once past the point of no return, I saw the big yacht on its side about a mile ahead. We were next to hit the sand and it took a while to plow a channel through. We hit again and sat there for another 15min. Now high tide and still stuck, I was getting a little concerned, whilst putting on a nonchalent look to dispel any anxiety to the admiral. (It doesnt work)
A few stink boats went past and waved, took photos as I felt like an idiot. Anyway, a big engine, a bad mood and a good prop will do wonders and we were soon away again.
Previous to this and on a smaller yacht I ran aground in Moreton Bay because I couldnt count to 3 ( the number of stb markers to pass before turning right) Yep, another one of my better moves !
Now I am very wary of shallow water channels, but much more experienced which brings a level of self confidence to trust my own judgement along and when to back off.
So I agree with the tenet that you have to stuff up a little to learn how to get out of it. (whilst not causing your family to be as stressed as you are) You also must (in my view) know exactly to the inch when you hull will touch the bottom. My echo sounder is set to feet and inches ( not metres) for this reason. One tenth of a foot is a smaller unit than one tenth of a metre.
Just my ramblings on a Sat morning.
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Last edited by St Anna; 09-18-2009 at 08:18 PM.