||Your Boat's Aground -
What do you do
when you find yourself aground with the potential of being set further aground as the tide
We had lots of good
responses to last week's question. Many of you had good, logical ideas that I have put
- Shut off engine to
prevent sucking in mud.
- If in a sailboat, lower
sails, and raise centerboard and rudder.
- Check for any damage and
make sure you are not taking on water.
- If the hull is damaged
and water is leaking in, stay put. Getting the boat into deeper water may allow the boat
to sink, compounding your problems.
- If there is damage, deal
with that first. Use a plug, rag, PFD, or other means to plug the hole.
- Good idea to request
that everyone put on PFD's.
- Put out a kedge anchor
to windward. A kedge anchor is a small anchor set out a distance from your boat to
windward and in deeper water. Kedging is the act of moving the boat by pulling on the
anchor line usually with the help of a winch.
- Raise outboard or I/O
- If you are not too hard
aground you may be able to "kedge" yourself off.
- If you are hard aground
and tide is still going down try to protect the hull with cushions and extra PFD's.
- At this point you have
two solutions; call for towing assistance or wait for high tide to float you.
Docking Tips continued
Maneuvering in a Narrow Channel
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