Here at Carefree Boat Club, we pride ourselves in providing useful, hassle-free solutions. In the spirit of such efforts, we are excited to introduce a blog to our new and improved website!
The Carefree Boat Club Blog will serve as an additional resource for information, news and and tips pertinent to members, employees and boating enthusiasts alike. Topics will range from weather and fishing reports across the bodies of water served by our clubs, tips and training for operating a boat, features on members and other industry leaders and more!
This first article topic is “How to Beach a Boat:
When it comes to beaching a boat, our first tip is to not beach the boat completely! While many people consistently do this, it is important to keep in mind that sand is abrasive and can cause damage to the paint, gelcoat and laminate.
Instead of truly “beaching” a boat, we instead suggest the following method as outlined by Boating Magazine:
1. Idle into the shallowest water that you can get and still float and operate the drive.
2. Hop out and physically take the anchor ashore and plant it.
3. Take a second anchor out astern and secure it to keep the boat from blowing sideways across the beach. Depending upon the depth of water, you may need to drop the stern anchor on approach, leaving the end of the line in the boat slack and untied. Then take and secure the bow anchor and pull back on the stern anchor until the boat is secure on the two lines.
4. To leave, remove bow anchor. Then untie stern anchor and bring its line forward–either to the helm if you are alone, or have a crew member bring it to the bow. This way you can back out/turn around without running over the stern anchor line (you may be able to just pull the boat out to the stern anchor and retrieve it by pulling on the stern anchor line; or you may be able to wade out to the actual stern anchor and just pull it and pick it up–all depends on wind, current and water depth astern).
Remember, when boating in tidal waters you may need to make adjustments every hour or so.
Be sure to keep an eye out to ensure your boat doesn’t float away, leaving you high and dry–and angry!
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