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Have you ever run aground when sailing?

  • Yes, I have run aground

    Votes: 124 79.0%
  • No, but I'm lying, I have run aground... bump there I go again :)

    Votes: 33 21.0%

  • Total voters
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Glad I found Sailnet
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Here's quick poll on running aground. Please be honest when you answer.

Regards,
Brad
 

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An old saying...you've never been to the Chesapeake(or lied) if one hasn't run aground at least once...:D
 

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Wandering Aimlessly
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Not only have I run aground ... I've done it on purpose.
 

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Some people say long distance cruising is about fixing your boat in exotic places. This is very true. It is also true that it about running aground in exotic places (or at least trying not to run aground, but not always being successful).
 

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On Barnegat Bay if you have four feet of water under your keel you're in deep water ! :laugher

The good news is it's usually a bump on soft sand not a hard grounding.
 

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I have sailed the Bahamas Turks and Caicos ICW Chesapeake and the Potomac.

Off course I have run aground, sometimes under sail, sometimes under power and sometimes when at anchor.
 

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Not yet. *crosses fingers, toes, anything else that will cross*. Here, aground usually means at best you have hit a large rock causing damage, or you are hard aground on a rocky shore.
 

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I should say, my husband ran aground! I pointed out the shoal to him well in advance but as we got closer it "looked" ok to him despite what the depth sounder (and charts) indicated, lol. I was down below quickly grabbing some food and when I felt the large bump and came up, he got the stink eye! But, we were in a race and the others that sailed by us haven't let us forget it! We have our badge of shame...
 

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I think the fact that I have yet to do so is indicative of something I'm not doing right. I don't have a depth finder, so I play it safe. Probably too safe. I bounce harbor to harbor and never anchor. That will change this season, I hope. Not the running aground thing, the anchoring one!
 

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Even the pros get it wrong.

OOPS I am on a reef!

MAJOR OOPS I am on a reef that is shown on the charts!

MAJOR OOPS WITH KNOBS ON I am on a reef that is shown on the charts, AND I am on the wrong side of the channel markers!

 

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I have run aground on hard and soft bottoms, in the fog at night, and in so-called "channels". Have always managed to kedge off without calling for a tow. When poking around slowly, when you might run up on an uncharted/questionable bar, it helps to have a light anchor (I have a small Danforth) to quickly throw out as far as you can in the appropriate direction to get a quick bite and pull off.
 

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The first time I ever put my boat in the water, I ran aground almost before leaving the dock. I got it off the trailer, parked the truck, got in the boat, and put the outboard in reverse. The outboard mount was not low enough in the water, so the motor could hardly move the boat. As I revved the engine, I managed to get a boat length back form the dock, and the crosswind took over, and blew me aground into the harbor wall. I had to jump in the water and drag the boat back to the dock. It was a proud moment. That said, setting the bar that low has made all of my subsequent sailing excursions seem like rousing successes.
 

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Well, does hitting a floating object that is attached to the ground count?
If so, then I have run aground on your boat.

If you haven't run aground yet then you are not taking enough chances.
 

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Sailin in the Gulf of Mexico, If I don't run aground at least once when I'm out sailing, it means I'm not trying hard enough to have fun.
 

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This poll is crap because I have done the ICW. :(

Talking about mud larks... :rolleyes:

Who built that channel and then half filled it in? :eek:

Did they know I was coming? :confused:


But at least I got myself off all 4 times :laugher



Mark
 

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ye aint been around if ye aint been aground.

when yer aground ye wont drag anchor


i always park my 6 ft 6 deep draft sail boat in 5 ft of water. no problem.....it will float a couple times a day harder to steal it that way.....

rodlmffao...

we touched ha ha ha ha ha bottom in my uncles boat when i was 8 or so...and some few times thereafter...... get out the lead line seehow much water we have....


every so often moving around here i touch bottom, until i was anchored in about 5 and half feet water with my deep keel...lol i am 6´6 draft. stands up proud and tall on her keel, as she is designed to do .
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More like I've had the ground come up at me. Anchored in water that was too shallow for the tidal range and ended up on the hard.

Nearly lost two fingers in the process.

But I have not yet sailed a boat onto the ground and got it stuck.
 
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