Boat aground off Ballard

It appears a boat has run aground off Ballard. Daniel sent us this photo and says it is just off the point at the entrance to Shilshole Bay.

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Ballard Bob
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Ballard Bob

Entrance Buoy.

Seajay
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Seajay

Out of town boat for this weekend’s regatta?  

Shrewzard
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Shrewzard

People will never learn! People run aground there all the time. Learn what the buoys mean.

Mike G
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Mike G

Red Right Return. 

Cking
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Cking

Luckily the tide will come up and they should get out just fine…

maggiehood
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maggiehood

 Woops!

Chris L
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 So basically people sail as bad as they drive in this town.

Gurple
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Having just watched  John Carpenter’s _The Fog_, I think we should proceed with extreme caution.

guest
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guest

Winsome … YouLoseSome … 

sorry kids, couldn’t resist – watch the buoys

Chrisley Colwill
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Chrisley Colwill

oops :) 

Chrisley Colwill
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Chrisley Colwill

oops….. 

Chrispy
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Chrispy

 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.

Xyzzy
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Xyzzy

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.

jim
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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? 

PugetSoundMaritime.com
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PugetSoundMaritime.com

 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.]