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Thursday, February 4, 2010

Careening the Boat

ca·reen Pronunciation: \kə-ˈrēn\ Function: verb Etymology: from carine side of a ship, from Middle French, submerged part of a hull, from Latin carina hull, half of a nutshell; perhaps akin to Greek karyon nut Date: circa 1583 transitive verb 1 : to put (a ship or boat) on a beach especially in order to clean, caulk, or repair the hull 2 : to cause to heel overintransitive verb 1 a : to careen a boat b : to undergo this process2 : to heel over3 : to sway from side to side

Not more than a month after buying the boat, Truman decided that he would careen it and inspect the bottom. The boat had been in its slip for over 2 years without any extracurricular activities. We expected to find barnacles, sea weed, and all kinds of things growing for miles underneath it!

Truman found a spot on the sandspit that he trusted, a beach in plane sight and easy access. He anchored the boat on a high tide and then let the tide run out. This was the result!

The bottom wasn't as bad as we expected, but getting the boat submerged again took 2 more days of waiting for another very HIGH tide!

Lessons learned:
-pick a medium high tide to careen
-pick a higher tide to get your boat off the beach
-bring lots of snacks because you could be out there stranded for a while
-make sure your lights work because the sunset may come before the work is done!

Additional Captain's note:

When careening I would suggest a call the local coast guard to make sure they know it was careened on purpose. Inspecting the area before hand is important, you want a flat sand bottom. And I also highly suggest not careening on the highest tide of the month or even the day. The daily mid tide will work for most inspections and repairs and make for plenty of water to sail off. I careened on the high tide and as the top three pictures show at the hieght of mid tide the water wasn't even close to high enough to right the boat.

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