messing about in boats

Beaching Legs, Tides & Bilge Keel Yachts

Posted in Sailing by Joseph Moore on January 16, 2010

I was reading an interesting thread last night, I think it was on the cruiser’s forum, which was started by a chap asking if people ever intentionally ran aground or beached their boats. It struck me that many of the American posters on the thread had never so much as seen some beaching legs, let alone bilge keels. It seems they just didn’t get the tides or need the space to ever let a boat dry out on the beach. Not like the British coast where large tides and little space mean we squeeze little boats onto every available inch of harbour mud between tides.

I’m not really going anywhere with this, it just struck me how alien some concepts which we take for granted could be to people and made me wonder what we might be unaware of just because it’s not a necessity over here?

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