NOTHING BEATS A DAY AT THE BEACH — except perhaps a day at the beach when you arrive by boat. So it’s understandable that many boat owners beach their boat when it’s time to go swimming. But while driving the boat into shore with the outboard or sterndrive trimmed up is the simplest approach,
leaving your boat bow to shore presents drawbacks.
First, it’s easy to get stuck. A falling tide, wind, or waves pushing onshore – or even a large
wake from a passing boat – can easily leave you high and dry, and a quick survey
of Internet boating forums shows that’s a common occurrence. Second, even if
that passing wake doesn’t push the boat ashore, it can swamp the boat, riding up
and over the transom, which – depending on how far up the beach you left your
boat – may be lower in the water than usual. Even if you deploy a stern anchor
So you want to beach your boat and leave again, unscathed? Here is a useful technique
for small- and medium-size powerboats BY MICHAEL VATALARO
to keep the boat from being pushed out of
position, you can’t eliminate the possibility
of stranding or swamping.
It takes a bit more effort, but anchoring
your boat just off the beach, bow out, can
prevent these problems and offer easier
access to and from the boat via the stern.
Follow these steps:
1. Remove your anchor from the bow locker
and carry it to the stern of the boat, making
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Never back toward the beach! It’s
dangerous to swimmers and far too
easy to bump bottom, damaging the
prop and/or sucking sand through
the cooling system.