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Old 11-27-2016, 07:53 AM   #1
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Run aground

First time off dock and I run aground. Unbelievable!. Got 4 hours to wait for a higher tide. Hope I can bump it off. Embarassing. Literally 200 yards from slip. Any ideas? $1300 for tow as just purchased yesterday so not in effect until midnight. On south river. Mayo, Maryland
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Old 11-27-2016, 07:55 AM   #2
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Old 11-27-2016, 07:58 AM   #3
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Unfreaking believable. Has to be the most narrow channel and shallow marina on the chesapeake.
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Old 11-27-2016, 08:05 AM   #4
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Wait till ins. takes effect if you are comfortable on your boat.

Any boaters traveling south from St. Augustine Florida through Matanza and into Palm Coast, take warning. Channel markers have shifted from Matthew. It can go from 18ft. to 2ft. in a heartbeat. Tow Boat is in my marina and out most everyday for that exact reason.
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Old 11-27-2016, 08:09 AM   #5
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Unfreaking believable. Has to be the most narrow channel and shallow marina on the chesapeake.
Were you up near the bridge? Hopefully, the good news is that most bottoms on the Chesapeake are soft and forgiving. Don't forget to check your seawater strainers after you get off. They will fill up with mud quickly .
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Old 11-27-2016, 08:17 AM   #6
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I am in holiday point marina
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Old 11-27-2016, 09:10 AM   #7
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Instead of calling for a tow you are better off waiting for the tide. Being pulled off will typically due damage to your rudders almost every time.
Six hours in mud beats six days in the boat yard and two boat bucks.
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Old 11-27-2016, 09:14 AM   #8
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That's what I an doing just hope the high tide is enough
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Old 11-27-2016, 09:32 AM   #9
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Welcome to the Chesapeake! We've used our 'solid state depth finder' quite often on the sailboats. We once stuck one on a falling but nearly high tide. 10 hours. See the pic; note that she's under full sail and the anchor's out ready to kedge.

We have not yet stuck Revel, but it's inevitable.
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Old 11-27-2016, 09:40 AM   #10
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While your signature doesn't state the make / size of boat, unload your fresh water if you are full. If there are others aboard, send them to the bow, and try to ease out.

Grounded this summer with 4 hours to low tide looking for a better fishing spot. Me and two others. Put dinghy in water and did manual soundings to find deeper water, then sent the others to the bow and spun the boat into the area where I found deeper water. If you own a boat long enough, you will run aground.

This is why I don't trust Navionics' sonar chart....

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Old 11-27-2016, 09:47 AM   #11
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What kind of boat? If a full keel single, prop is well protected and you can "power off". Full keel twins, depends on if keel is deeper than props. If your prop is the lowest thing on the boat, then you need to wait on the tide. Safest thing is to wait on tide anyway, you don't really know what is down there. Unless you get out and walk around.
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Old 11-27-2016, 10:01 AM   #12
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Make sure you have a kedge out - dingy it towards the deep water if you can.
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Old 11-27-2016, 10:02 AM   #13
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Welcome to the unexpected anchorage club. Grounded my first boat in the mud just outside the marina on the maiden voyage too. Toss the anchor out, kick back in the cockpit and pretend to enjoy the wait for the rising tide. Make sure the through hull fittings are clean.
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Old 11-27-2016, 10:24 AM   #14
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38 ft Chris Craft Commander. Twin 350s, 3.8 ft draft. Had someone in a skiff move my anchor out to deeper water and listening to NFL. I appreciate no posts yet telling me how stupid I am.
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Greetings,
Mr. B. "I appreciate no posts yet telling me how stupid I am." It's a pot and kettle thing. IMO the only way to never run aground is to never leave the dock.
Re-read post #2.

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I appreciate no posts yet telling me how stupid I am.
Nothing stupid about running aground in an area where you cannot tell the depth by looking at the color of the water. It all looks just alike up there. And we've all run aground at one time or another. Some of us more than others. Towing insurance is not a luxury, it is a necessity. IMO.

Running out of fuel, now, that might have gotten you a few caustic comments.
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There are two kinds of boaters.

Those that have been aground, and those will be aground.
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Instead of calling for a tow you are better off waiting for the tide. Being pulled off will typically due damage to your rudders almost every time.
Six hours in mud beats six days in the boat yard and two boat bucks.
I beg to differ.

In 13 years I never damaged anything on an inboard boat.

Either you dig out the props and or rudders and raise the stern by blowing water under it...or you tell the captain that just pulling might cause damage and you recommend waiting for high enough water to come back and safely do it without damage.

I am sure I am not the only assistance towing captain with that training and outlook.

And for the record...I safely pulled the vast majority of grounder off without waiting for higher water.

Now if you have a big inboard boat, and call from a distant location on a rapidly falling tide....then guess what.....yep you are probably going to wait. No rocket science there.

If you are in a large boat and starting to heel a lot....and the tower acts all cowboyish.....then be darfur what they do if you don't have protected props and rudders.
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Free at last and motoring. No tow needed and no damage visible or noticable.
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