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Old 01-18-2016, 10:57 PM   #81
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Reminds me of a story. We loaded up a buddy's boat(Boomerang...which is now owned by a TFmember) with all of us and our women with the intent of making it to a particular restaurant/bar in a shallow bay(Dickinson Bay). Well...we got stuck. We were kind of expecting it. As we sat there we were trying to figure out our strategy to get the boat to float again. Well we figured there was a bunch of people on board and if we got some people out of the boat then it might float. Ironically, it was all of the girls that got out of the boat first....and the boat floated!!!!! Although all of the boys looked at each other with a smirk...and the girls noticed.... not a word was said!!!!!
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Old 01-18-2016, 11:20 PM   #82
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Is it possible to run the AICW without running aground? Yes. It's also possible to win the Powerball. I suggest that those of you that think running aground is not an accident, try the AICW.

The odds of making it up or down the ICW without running aground are not quite that high.

A great many of those that touch bottom are either out of the channel, even though they will swear they were not, or not playing the tides as they should.

So for the most part Eric is right. Running aground is rarely a true accident. Even on the ICW.

But there are of course exceptions. Like how the ICW near Haulover Inlet in Miami had an unmarked hazard right in the channel. But after a certain point it was pretty common knowledge it was there. So I guess you could say hitting after that was no longer as much of an accident.
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Old 01-18-2016, 11:26 PM   #83
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Old 01-19-2016, 08:39 AM   #84
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Beaching a boat is pretty hard on the bottom paint and gelcoat. OK for smaller trailer boats but I would never intentionally do it to my trawler. Beaching also puts the time of departure in nature's hands, not yours.
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Reminds me of a story. We loaded up a buddy's boat(Boomerang...which is now owned by a TFmember) with all of us and our women with the intent of making it to a particular restaurant/bar in a shallow bay(Dickinson Bay). Well...we got stuck. We were kind of expecting it. As we sat there we were trying to figure out our strategy to get the boat to float again. Well we figured there was a bunch of people on board and if we got some people out of the boat then it might float. Ironically, it was all of the girls that got out of the boat first....and the boat floated!!!!! Although all of the boys looked at each other with a smirk...and the girls noticed.... not a word was said!!!!!
That is funny! Any photos?
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Beaching a boat is pretty hard on the bottom paint and gelcoat. OK for smaller trailer boats but I would never intentionally do it to my trawler. Beaching also puts the time of departure in nature's hands, not yours.
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Beaching is really not a big deal if you know the pitfalls...even bottom paint survives unless you REALLY wallow in sand or plow through it.
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Old 01-19-2016, 11:33 AM   #88
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Beaching is really not a big deal if you know the pitfalls...even bottom paint survives unless you REALLY wallow in sand or plow through it.
What are the reasons for beaching vs. anchoring and using one's dinghy to get to shore?
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Is it possible to run the AICW without running aground? Yes. It's also possible to win the Powerball. I suggest that those of you that think running aground is not an accident, try the AICW.
Was that your boat tied to the dock for a few days at Great Bay Marina?
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Nice way to keep the bottom clean. In Alaska there still a few places you can dock your boat over a frame. When the tide goes out, you have access to the bottom, until the next tide.....
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Beaching is really not a big deal if you know the pitfalls...even bottom paint survives unless you REALLY wallow in sand or plow through it.
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What are the reasons for beaching vs. anchoring and using one's dinghy to get to shore?
All depends where you are, what you look to do, and how well you can handle the attributes and/or downfalls of beaching. Much needs to be taken into consideration. YRMV
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All depends where you are, what you look to do, and how well you can handle the attributes and/or downfalls of beaching. Much needs to be taken into consideration. YRMV
Just curious and so was asking those who do beach, why? Trying to understand that which I don't currently.
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Just curious and so was asking those who do beach, why? Trying to understand that which I don't currently.
B - Please refer to my post #42. - Art
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Easier than anchoring in the right conditions.... but you do have to have the right boat, being able to stand and walk around your boat, being able to leverage against the bottom to work on your boats bottom, your dingy is missing or unusable, you are on fire or sinking

In the assistance boat I would say I nosed into the bank 50 -100 times for every time I dropped an anchor to hold position. 26 foot, full keeled inboard.

Very comfy doing it with the towboat....right conditions and I may try with the trawler.

What you generally don't want is high, rude traffic volume ...
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Easier than anchoring in the right conditions.... but you do have to have the right boat, being able to stand and walk around your boat, being able to leverage against the bottom to work on your boats bottom, your dingy is missing or unusable, you are on fire or sinking

In the assistance boat I would say I nosed into the bank 50 -100 times for every time I dropped an anchor to hold position. 26 foot, full keeled inboard.

Very comfy doing it with the towboat....right conditions and I may try with the trawler.

What you generally don't want is high, rude traffic volume ...
Thanks. Makes sense in the assistance boat. Most of the towboats are designed well for it and you don't intend to stay long. On the lake, pontoons did it a lot and I've seen catamarans do it frequently in the Bahamas. Obviously on fire or sinking you're not going to take time to anchor. Also, in center consoles with outboards it's easy. We do it with our RIB's frequently.
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I read #42. Told me what you did but I didn't quite grasp why instead of just anchoring. It seemed like just as much work but perhaps seems more in writing than in person.
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Just curious and so was asking those who do beach, why? Trying to understand that which I don't currently.
Sometimes it's just for the fun of it. And it makes for a neat photo op.
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