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Old 24 April 2013, 03:33   #1
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Beach Broaching Tips

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What a lovely day yesterday out on a 8m with the dogs in Cornwall so I thought I old pull up onto a beach and buy a sandwich and ice cream at Cawsand. It was a rising tide so i anchored the boat on the beach. The only problem is on my return the boat was broached. We got off (with some people watching ) but scratched the skeg in the process. I am pretty new to Ribs and I don't fancy repeating an embarrassing experience. Any tips?
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Old 24 April 2013, 03:42   #2
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Anchor off and use a tender or anchor bow and stern and get wet as you return.

I could go into various complicated ways of dropping kedges, but you've got such a big tidal range there that realistically on a rising tide it won't help much (unless you put the stern anchor up the beach and can pull on the line hard enough to break out the bow anchor, which is a bit of a feat)
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Or anchor off the beach a little and have the anchor rope on a loop. Disembark then pull the rib away from the shore anchoring the other end of the loop on the beach. Reverse technique to bring the rib closer not forgetting to pull the rib clear of the beach before you lower the outboard and start up.

Obviously many of the techniques will only be any good with the right sea conditions.
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Has anyone used anything like this "Anchor Buddy"? Tuggy Products - Quality Marine Products
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Not too sure what it'll be like with tide and waves acting on a tonne or two of RIB?
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I quite fancy that for when anchoring in sheltered bays or inland especially with the safer method of using it alongside your normal anchor line. I wouldn't leave it for any length of time on an exposed open beach unless Im sitting on the beach. I wonder how much they are.
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Nice idea, but round where the OP keeps his boat there's a 5m tidal range so anything like that isn't going to work on a beach unless it stretches a very very long way.
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Short of tying a few of them together... I think Hightowers idea is probably the most sensible given the tidal range.
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Thanks everyone for the tips. Having people watch me make a tit of myself means that i will give them a go and practice. I have even thought of a pulley on the anchor. I throw the anchor over the bow as I approach attached to a large loop I attach the bow rope. I disembark and pull the loop taking the boat out to the anchor and fix the rope to a rock. On my return I do the opposite and pull it in. Has anyone tried this?
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What ever you do or how you rig it make sure that the rope can run free under load without getting fouled up
It's one thing trying it all out on dry land but in reality when everything's getting pulled at different angles & under load .

A pulley block or a large stainless ring or a large shackle eye is better than trying to pull the rope through something small such as just a link on a small anchor chain ,

I wouldent rely on tying the shore line around a rock on shore just incase you can't find a suitable one , a small grapple anchor may be more usefull at least it can be buried in sand or shoved into a rock crevice or between 2 boulders ,

It's a similar set up to rigging a Breeches bouy rescue .
In some areas it's quite a common way of mooring up all sorts of boats .
Though don't forget a lot depends on the local area ( I know a few shallow beaches that may go up to 100 metres out to sea and still only have a depth of a foot or so .

One advantage is that if waves build on a shallow beach up you can get afloat & pull your self out into deeper water before dropping the outboard .
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