I think I have seen several sunken ships that are partially buried in the mud and muck, depending on where they went down, but these are archaeological sites, rather than a more modern vessel being sunk recently.And I'll ask what is probably the most stooopid question of all - but, of course, I'm cool with that.
I've seen like photos of half-submerged boats to just rigging sticking up out of the sand. So my question is - can the sand really swallow a boat over time? Or does the sea just break it up at some point?
I'm also interested by Bene's question above. Sounds like insurance (or lack thereof) always has a lot to do with it. In any case I've always wondered about inflatable "jacks" (i.e. - a crazy strong "raft") that could lift the boat a few feet to clear the keel, float it with the tide, be towed out, then deflated for the re-float. I know they use something like this in emergency situations to lift heavy crap. Would it work here?
Add to that potentially putting more sand around your keel.one word of warning—if you're running your engine when the boat in grounded, you run the very serious risk of running sand and other sediment through your cooling system and that can tear up the impeller pretty badly, so you'll probably want to inspect the impeller at your earliest convenience.
Next time anyone knows of a good boat stranded on the east coast, let me know via PM or via email to Bene505 *at* hallmont dottt com.I'd like try to free a boat like that, should the opportunity appear, and should the boat be worth the trouble.
I agree. I bet you built sandcastles as a kid too. Just think of how rewarding freeing a stuck sailboat would be. There's something special about it.What differates us all from them is the willingness to try to free the beached boat. My belief she was damaged severely before she came ashore. Note broken main mast. Some of us who cherish and love our boats will go to the end of the world to prevent, free her unfortuneately these people did not. Yes a Shame. But very true the shore and water is peppered with wrecks.
Yes, it would take a lot for the whole thing to go under the sand. It probably has some flotation with respect to the sand. (It may not be as dense overall as sand is.)Smack,
I do believe that this boat was torn apart by a storm and the debris floated away. I don't think it was buried whole in the sand.