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Comming in at night while pretty boozed up. Comming back up the river and I could not see the channel lights. I thought I was just not close enough. Ended up north of the channel and ran aground softly. Lake st. Clair has pretty much mucky bottom. Was disorentated and did not know where I was. Tried gunning it in forward then finally full steam reverse got me out. Bummped the keel several times before getting to deep water. No water in the boat so I think all is well. Made for a long night and a rough morning getting up at 4 to go to work. Hit 5 knots with just my 100% jib up so it was a good night of sailing.
 

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Yup, that story has all the ingredients of busting your cherry.

booze, your jib 100% up, disorientation, ignoring warning signs, softly sliding your hull into a slit of river, getting stuck then gunning your engine in forward and in reverse, having a long night, and then work the next day.

Ain't mis-spent youth and sailing great!

Don't worry, your boat still loves you.
 

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Comming in at night while pretty boozed up. Comming back up the river and I could not see the channel lights. I thought I was just not close enough. Ended up north of the channel and ran aground softly. Lake st. Clair has pretty much mucky bottom. Was disorentated and did not know where I was. Tried gunning it in forward then finally full steam reverse got me out. Bummped the keel several times before getting to deep water. No water in the boat so I think all is well. Made for a long night and a rough morning getting up at 4 to go to work. Hit 5 knots with just my 100% jib up so it was a good night of sailing.
Good for you! Now that you have got that out of the way and can legitimately claim to be a real sailorman...

...you can start working on spelling and grammar.

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I ran aground last Sunday night while feeling my way through an important local shortcut that changes form each year known as Snakehill Channel (Great South Bay)
Made through the usual spots and then saw two boats ahead with folks out pushing. Made a correction and found more trouble as the final tide ebbed from below me I was in 26" of water. Thankfully no chop to speak of. I made dinner tossrd out a light anchor and lay down. Eventually got up and tried all sorts of utterly useless things and at 11pm went to bed(tide had turned) awoke 2:30am boat swinging free motored to known safe territory dropped hook set snchor alarm and slept. Morning sail home was drop dead gorgeous...such is the Gunkholer's Life :)

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Brad, that's not drinking too much booze, that's not drinking enough booze.

If he'd had a bigger glass and fell down drunk, there would have been no problem.

Or as Craig Ferguson said about drunk driving: "I don't understand this drunk driving thing. Drinking needs your full attention. Driving needs your full attention. How can you possibly do both at the same time?!"

Now, let's work on getting abe his first BWI conviction, so he can give his full attention to drinking.
 

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Comming in at night while pretty boozed up. Comming back up the river and I could not see the channel lights. I thought I was just not close enough... Was disorentated and did not know where I was.
Sounds like it's time for you to make the switch to power, instead of sail...



Too bad you didn't do any serious damage to your boat, it might have taught you something...

Alcohol affects judgment, vision, balance and coordination. These impairments increase the likelihood of accidents afloat - for both passengers and boat operators. U.S. Coast Guard data shows that in boating deaths involving alcohol use, over half the victims capsized their boats and/or fell overboard.

Alcohol is even more hazardous on the water than on land. The marine environment - motion, vibration, engine noise, sun, wind and spray - accelerates a drinker's impairment. These stressors cause fatigue that makes a boat operator's coordination, judgment and reaction time decline even faster when using alcohol.

Alcohol can also be more dangerous to boaters because boat operators are often less experienced and less confident on the water than on the highway. Recreational boaters don't have the benefit of experiencing daily boat operation. In fact, boaters average only 110 hours on the water per year.

Alcohol has many physical effects that directly threaten safety and well-being on the water.

When a boater or passenger drinks, the following occur:

Cognitive abilities and judgment deteriorate, making it harder to process information, assess situations, and make good choices.

Physical performance is impaired - evidenced by balance problems, lack of coordination, and increased reaction time.

Vision is affected, including decreased peripheral vision, reduced depth perception, decreased night vision, poor focus, and difficulty in distinguishing colors (particularly red and green).

Inner ear disturbances can make it impossible for a person who falls into the water to distinguish up from down.

Alcohol creates a physical sensation of warmth - which may prevent a person in cold water from getting out before hypothermia sets in.

As a result of these factors, a boat operator with a blood alcohol concentration above .10 percent is estimated to be more than 10 times as likely to die in a boating accident than an operator with zero blood alcohol concentration. Passengers are also at greatly increased risk for injury and death - especially if they are also using alcohol.

Boating Under the Influence Initiatives
 

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Well...one less thing

Now you know how to stick you keel in the bottom to stop before you hit that brown stuff on the chart:laugher

I will leave the judgement to those without sin regarding the booze, most of us have had a few too many out there;)
You were probably listening to that rock and roll music as well:eek:
 

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Yup, that story has all the ingredients of busting your cherry.

booze, your jib 100% up, disorientation, ignoring warning signs, softly sliding your hull into a slit of river, getting stuck then gunning your engine in forward and in reverse, having a long night, and then work the next day.

Ain't mis-spent youth and sailing great!

Don't worry, your boat still loves you.
Well my jib was not up by that time.
 
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