That's an interesting solution.
I don't think I would ever get into having a tender with a motor - but I am nervous about getting close to a beach. In perfect flat harbour conditions I can slow manoeuvre like a pro, but I can just imagine a Mr Bean moment heading my way and being the laughing stock of a beach crowd as I fumble around trying to land my now embarrassed family!!
Much of this is technique and confidence. None of which I have. But as I'm quite happy driving ridiculously wide sports cars down narrow lanes, I'm sure I can master a RIB. Famous last words!
Despite this cocky attitude the phrase "the sea's a cruel mistress" is echoing in my mind!!
I'm out and about today as it happens with a couple of mates - going over to the Folly for lunch.... The beaches are safe, for the moment.....
Having read and re-read - this solution from Steve seems the most logical technique.
Originally Posted by 250kts
Agree with all before.
From experience we have used the following technique. If the wind is blowing onshore, drive the boat until the depth is such that you need to raise the engine, at the point turn the boat into wind and lower the anchor. Once it bites, kill the engine and raise then ease out the anchor line. The boat will drift towards the beach with the nose into any waves, until you can literally walk off the stern, into inches of water. Secure the line and enjoy the beach. If on a falling tide, once the family are off, pull the line in until at a safe depth, secure and leave the boat.
Reverse the process when you want to leave.
If the wind is not onshore you can still do it, but must use the engine to reverse towards the beach and have a second small anchor attached to the stern to keep the boat pointing into any surf.