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Firmly washed ashore! Crewmen exam-
                                                                                                                       ine a vessel to determine the best
                                                                                                                       method to remove it from the beach.
                                                                                                                       Heavy equipment was brought  onto the  23
                                                                                                                       scene to assist.

                                                                                                                         An anchor set in sand, as all of these
                                                                                                                       were, in 5 or 6 feet of water will not hold
                                                                                                                       without a deep bite and long anchor line.
                                                                                                                       Even then, they should be closely moni-
                                                                                                                       tored.  Boats are often declared a total loss  [     MID-AMERICA BOATING
                                                                                                                       after they fill with sand when drove ashore
                                                                                                                       as the seas wash into them.
                                                                                                                         If storm warnings are posted, or dark
                                                                                                                       skies appear or even a freshening breeze
                                                                                                                       comes up, boats left at anchor should be
                                                                                                                       removed to a safe harbor or hauled out on
                                                                                                                       a trailer. MAB
                                                                                                                       Perils of the Freshwater Seas, an anthology
                                                                                                                       of stories and experiences written by Captain  ]     JULY 2021
                                                                                                                       Fred Davis is available for $22.30 (includes
      attempted to head toward a safe harbor.  this boats damage because I was called to remove a third ves-           shipping) E-Mail:
      Being unfamiliar with the area and unable  sel that had also fallen victim of the storm. I’m quite sure it
      to handle the growing seas, the boater was  must have been extensive.
      soon on the rocky reef.  The large waves  The third boat, a 22 ft. aluminum inboard/outboard had
      washed him back off of the reef but left him  also been left anchored offshore.  The waves literally drove
      with the only choice to save his life, one  this boat, anchor and all right up on shore.  The damage to
      that called for a dangerous maneuver. He  this boat was very severe.   Its drive boot was torn right off of
      had to turn his boat around and head back  the boat and the engine mounts were broke loose.  Heavy
      to the beach he had been trying to avoid  equipment and lots of manpower were required to remove the
      and run his boat up on the sand leaving it  boat and get it on a trailer.  It was then towed up a sandy dune
      to the mercy of the waves.  All this occurred  to the nearest driveway before the owner could survey the
      as darkness fell so the owner could only  damage and take the boat home.
      hope his boat would survive the night.  The  All three of these boats and many more had been anchored
      next day the boat was removed from the  in a peaceful sea and where holding well but the storms fury
      beach with a tractor and loaded onto the  broke anchors loose.   Although no one was hurt and no pol-
      owner’s trailer.                      lution fines were levied in the three cases I described, each
        I was unable to follow up on the extent of  received extensive damage.
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