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Old 24 August 2011, 04:04   #31
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If it's calm with no tide running, then approach the beach slowly, bow first, ready to kill the engine. Prior to landing, drop an anchor 20' offshore attached to a floating ring. Run a rope through the ring and tie it off on a stern cleat.

Once you've landed and everyone is off, raise the engine, and haul the stern rope. This should pull your boat back out to sea. Tie of the painter and stern rope. Job done.
You boys have so easy

Don't think this method works down here when there's a 12m tidal range which can disappear down the beach 2 or 3 miles
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Old 24 August 2011, 04:30   #32
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I always back onto a beach. I've been doing it for years with various sizes of boats, it works perfectly.

I whack on a shorty wetsuit only worn to the waist as neoprene shorts, line the stern up with the departure area, give it a blap to get the boat going astern, switch off and fully trim, the boat should serenely drift towards the beach. The waves/slop then hit the pointy end where they have least effect, I, in my shorty shorts hop in and hold on to either the lifelines or the frame to keep her off of the sand and pointing out to sea, the gang depart over the end of the boat which is nearest to the water.

When all out, give it a shove, hop in and anchor off. Repeat for reloading.

I've seen the pointy end first approach go wrong often. Usually, the action of the sea throws the stern around and the boat ends up broadsided on the beach being violently rocked from side to side which can lead to a full swamping.
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Old 24 August 2011, 04:37   #33
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Nothing to do with abilities but a handy bit of kit is one ofthese

Anchor buddy

Works a treat. Also available from other suppliers
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Old 24 August 2011, 04:41   #34
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He-red says it would be easier to dig a big hole and stick the dog in it.
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Old 24 August 2011, 04:47   #35
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12m tidal range which can disappear down the beach 2 or 3 miles
You would need a fair bit of rope.
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Old 24 August 2011, 04:55   #36
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At the air show in bournemouth the other day a chap turned up in a very expensive scorpion with twin large HP engines and attempted to anchor in the flotilla of other vessels watching the show in about 12M of water. He tried about 5 times and each time the anchor would not hold, I asked him how much chain he had and he replied 6feet which was probably the problem, I suggested 6Metres would be more like it due to the routh conditions, I expect he will go and buy 6Metres to put on. He certainly wasn't an idiot just inexperienced I believe, but im sure he has learnt from his experience.
At the Air Show as well I saw a 29 ft cabin cruiser drop about 10 meters of chain and anchor (in the 8 meters of water I was moored in) and drift spectacularly into a a sailing boat first and another motor boat shortly after. He then drove away in embarrasment, with most of the chain and anchor still hanging off the bow! It's not training, it's mostly common sense that is lacking.

Motor powered boats are worst because new owners think that they are like a car, and they're just not! At least sailors travel fairly slowly and mostly tend to recognise the difference.

Undestanding the weather, allowing for wind and tide and taking your time will get you through most situations. Mind you 40 odd years of sailing and using motor boats helps as well!

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Old 24 August 2011, 05:21   #37
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I whack on a shorty wetsuit only worn to the waist as neoprene shorts
This is key, isn't it? When He-red first said "shall we get a boat?" we were on the beach watching a tractor recovering a safety boat. There was a chap in fishing waders at the pointy end. I looked at He-red and looked meaningfully at the chap in waders. He-red said "OK, OK, I'm doing that bit."
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Old 24 August 2011, 06:15   #38
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Doesn't anyone but me anchor off the beach and row ashore in an inflatable dinghy?
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Old 24 August 2011, 06:28   #39
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Doesn't anyone but me anchor off the beach and row ashore in an inflatable dinghy?
Yes, bit it's a bit of a faff getting a boat full of people and kit ashore using 2m rubber dubber.
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You should post a thread entitled how best to anchor my small dog

That should make for an interesting discussion.
Best to keep it on a short scope ,,
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