Nov 12, 2013

how to run your boat aground... twice


1. Ignore all warnings that the Army Corp Engineers has not maintained dredging the Intracoastal Waterway through Georgia. Your wife wants to go to Savannah, and you'd better well take her to Savannah. Sailing around Georgia by way of the ocean is simply not an option if you want to maintain the stability of this relationship.

2. Forget the usefulness of modern electronics.

3. Trust that the channel markers are in the correct location. (Sometimes inexplicably, they have been moved…)

4. Run aground for the first time.

5. After freeing yourself, continue to travel onward, despite radio traffic warning you of another vessel run aground five miles ahead.

6. When you approach said vessel, be sure to ask their advice and believe them when they say you can make it.

7. Proceed with confidence.

8. After firmly grounding your vessel for the second time, send your wife to the bow and instruct her to jump up and down. Surely the weight of her 115 lb. body will rock the 5 ton boat free from the sandbar.

9. Take comfort in the fact that you are not the only sailboat stuck on this sandbar and remember that if all else fails, the tide will rise eventually.

10. Have a good laugh at your own misfortune and happily check "running aground" off of your list of things left to experience.

14 comments:

  1. Hahahaha, sounds like you had a little trouble. Oh well what's an adventure without a little trouble along the way right?

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  2. Hah! It's like that old adage "happy wife, happy life." At least you got a good story out of the journey to Savannah! Did you have to wait for the tide to rise, or did you get freed up?

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  3. At least y'all are laughing about it! Very good attitude!

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    1. I think we were just so grateful that it wasn't worse we couldn't help but laugh about it. :)

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  4. Haha I was looking forward to hearing this story! At least you got out of it and can laugh about it now!!

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  5. Haha! Oh no!! That's really funny...and memorable. Keep up the good attitude!

    -Amy

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    1. Oh yeah, we will never forget our first (and second) run-aground experience! Haha. We were so glad to check that off of the list with a good chuckle. :)

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  6. Ha! This post made me chuckle! At least you are keeping in such good spirits about these mishaps! x

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  7. I love #4. Because of course to run aground TWICE, you need to run aground in the first place. Amazing. I'm so very much enjoying reading about your adventures!

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  8. HAHA! I can totally see you trying to jump up and down and making do difference whatsoever! You little tiny thing you :)

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    1. I had to do it with other boats watching too! Can you even imagine?! ;)

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  9. Haha. Oh no! At least you're both ok! :-)

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  10. The tide will always come in. At least you are adding memories!!

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  11. Hahaha. I think my favorite is "proceed with confidence." Whoops!

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