15 thoughts to “Boat aground off Ballard”

  1.  That area can be really deceptive.  Any of you long-time sailors never touch ground?  That can go from bad to worse real fast.  I’ve never been there, but I’ve been lucky.

  2. Maybe he wants to clean the bottom?   Once upon a time a common way to clean the bottom was the let the tide run out on a sand beach.  It’s even a way to paint the bottom or change a through-hull.

  3. I once snapped the cable to my retractable keel and ran it aground in La Conner, let it lie over, dug the sand out from under it. replaced the cable, waited for the tide to come back in and was drinking a beer at Sucia by midnight. Who knows? 

  4.  That’s a tempting bit of water to cross. Heck, I do it all the time in my boat, which draws less than two feet! I think I would avoid it in a keelboat, however.

    By the way, don’t believe the caption in today’s Seattle Times. I think somebody got their USCG press releases mixed up. I guarantee that Coast Guard Sector Columbia River did NOT send a 25-foot response boat from Cape Disappointment station, and the sailboat did NOT head back to Astoria, Ore.[Confidential to Seattle Times: If you need a maritime editor, I’m available.]

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