About Going Aground at High Water

1. Donít.

2. If you do, waste no time and do everything you can to get off immediately.

3. If you donít get off immediately, plan to and prepare to roll over nearly on your side. This includes closing all through hull and cabin and deck openings as the water comes back in. It also includes removing as much weight as possible. Your boat is buoyant, but sometimes suction of the mud along its side will tend to hold it down.

4. Immediately call a tow boat operator and tell him exactly what your situation is and ask for help immediately.

5. Some try to hold themselves upright by planting anchors out from either side of their masts. While this can work, it can also be very dangerous. It can also provide a false sense of security. Sometimes lines and masts and fittings break and sometimes the anchor pulls out.

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