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Foster20
08-19-2013, 12:01 PM
Need some advice. I'm staying at my buddy's lake house over Labor Day weekend. There is no slip but there is a sandy beach spot right in front of the house that they beach their boats on. I'm really nervous about pulling my boat up there in fear of damaging the hulls gel coat.
What are y'all's thoughts? Do you beach your boat?
Definitely don't want to mess my hull up during my first few months of having my boat, as far as that goes I don't want to mess it up no matter how long I have it... I was reluctant to beach my 03 bayliner in that spot even w a keel guard...

Harry Reynolds
08-19-2013, 12:09 PM
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broncotw
08-19-2013, 12:09 PM
I would anchor it a few feet out in the water just to be safe.......

mikeg205
08-19-2013, 12:10 PM
Same here.....

mcLove
08-19-2013, 12:12 PM
There are FOUR things you'll need. 1. A Box Anchor. 2. Two Slide anchors. 3. A round buoy.
The best way to do this is anchor the boat backwards so the get won't get scratched. Get close to the beach and have people in the water, cut the motors and let the boat stop. The people will turn you around. Take the two slide anchors and hammer them in the sand(if you don't know what a slide anchor is they are on youtube), don't tie the ropes us yet.Throw the box anchor is to the water about 10-20ft in front of the boat and tie it to a hand rail or cleat; leave no slack. You will want the buoy connected to the box anchor rope to people don't run over it. Now connect the ropes from the slide anchor to the little hooks where the tie down straps go. your boat will be solid with that.

fletch_n_me
08-19-2013, 12:15 PM
Just my 2 cents but I personally have never beached any of the MCs I have owned. Between hull abrasion, tines, water pickup and the prop & rudder assembly, I just never felt comfortable with it. I actually decided not to buy a boat when the owner posted several pictures of it beached on this forum. I was buying sight-unseen and it made me nervous seeing it sitting on the running gear on a rocky shore.

I usually anchor the bow facing out and then tie a stern line (something with elasticity) somewhere onshore or anchor it in the sand/dirt - all depends on the wind direction and velocity. I don't lose sleep that way and it's just a short wade out in the morning.

Hope that helps.

fletch_n_me
08-19-2013, 12:23 PM
You will want the buoy connected to the box anchor rope to people don't run over it.

That's good advice on the buoy...I usually assume nobody would cut it that close, but you know what happens when you assume? Your boat gets dinged apparently.

jmorone
08-19-2013, 12:32 PM
I have never beached my boat. Probably never will.

gweaver
08-19-2013, 12:36 PM
Get an anchor buddy and about 100 feet of line, use that to anchor the boat away from the shore. The stretch of the anchor buddy will allow you to pull your boat in to load/unload. Release the rope and your boat will be pulled back out to a safe distance from shore.

http://www.tuggyproducts.com/images/1_To%20Shore%20-%20Small.jpg

Not sure how to describe it best, but the 100 ft line runs from the end of the anchor buddy to shore. I've tied a couple of loops in it- one attaches to the ski pylon, one to the stern/transom loop. There are two more loops tied in the line which I use to allow the boat to float farther from shore for mooring and closer when I need to get on/off. I use a concrete stake on shore to tie off the stern line, hooking the loops over it depending on my needs. As mentioned in an earlier post, use a buoy to mark your line when you're out using your boat.

G

scott023
08-19-2013, 12:40 PM
I would anchor it a few feet out in the water just to be safe.......

This is what I would do too.

Indyxc
08-19-2013, 12:54 PM
A big no.

I never understood why people beach their boats. It's usually one of two people. Either those who can afford to buy a new boat easily, or those who don't take care of their things.

Traxx822
08-19-2013, 01:20 PM
I have to get in on this :D

Does this answer your question?

A weekend isn't going to hurt your boat.

But be careful, make sure you know the angle of the bank. In this photo believe it or not the prop is in 4-5 feet deep water.

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Traxx822
08-19-2013, 01:22 PM
A big no.

I never understood why people beach their boats. It's usually one of two people. Either those who can afford to buy a new boat easily, or those who don't take care of their things.

I bet my boats cleaner than most.

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snork
08-19-2013, 01:24 PM
Your boat, your bill
My boat will never touch earth, water only

Foster20
08-19-2013, 01:28 PM
Thanks for the input. I'll be buying some more anchors and line. I already feel better about the holiday weekend!

JDC
08-19-2013, 01:31 PM
The PO of my boat beached it (seemed like they did it regularly), and it had damage all the way through the white bottom to fiberglass. I did a home repair with a kit I bought, but I'd rather not do that again.
As long as I own it, it won't be beached. I'll use an anchor buddy (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kBWravGEwp4), or simply anchor it away from shore.
I have to get in on this :D

Does this answer your question?

A weekend isn't going to hurt your boat.

But be careful, make sure you know the angle of the bank. In this photo believe it or not the prop is in 4-5 feet deep water.

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I'll be the guy in the boat to the right of your boat :D

Traxx822
08-19-2013, 01:32 PM
I wouldn't anchor off shore overnight parked stern to beach with just and anchor and bungie. Too much risk finding your boat beached the wrong direction in the morning, or slamming against something.

Earth isn't moving. Throw out two good anchors off stern on each side and tie the nose rope to a tree tight. And sleep soundly that it will be there in the morning.

It's two days. And I almost never beach my boat. Obviously if you did it every day it would cause damage. But the two times a year we are down river or out east I'm not gonna cry over a scuff (if you can even see it) I can buff out.

In the end, it's your boat.

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AZDave
08-19-2013, 01:36 PM
I camped at a lake once and saw a boat owner come up with a novel approach. He hammered a 4 ft stake into a shallow section, tied off the boat and used an inflatable raft to get to and from his site. We had a 60mph storm hit and the boat stayed put.

Coffeyman76
08-19-2013, 01:42 PM
I always keep mine bow in still. Get it close to beaching then drop the box anchor (awesome awesome awesome anchor) off the rear, let it stretch and catch then drive the slide anchor into the beach. Take a few seconds and get the bow and stern lines tight and she doesn't move even with the rollers.

This allows me to be off the sand (no scratches) but have the bow ladder (yay pickle fork) dropped down and touching the ground or very close and still have the swim platform in deep enough water to jump in/hang out/use and not worry about the prop/shaft dragging. Its a pain to wade in 5 feet every time I want to get into the boat when it is reversed in, plus my islands/beaches can get crowded and getting backed in/turned around can be a pain too. The several times I backed in I ended up with the prop in the sand having to push off/empty ballast to get off the back. Just seems like more trouble to me.

Secured properly it doesn't move even with idiots throwing big breakers on the beach trying to look cool cruising close by. If it starts to rub I few adjustments of the rope and it is fully off the beach again.

Example pic attached. Probably 5' deep off the stern and a solid 12 to 18 inches under the bow but the ladder is on the sand.

monsterwake
08-19-2013, 02:41 PM
My son and I make 5' "T" posts out of 2" PVC and a 2" auger bit. Drill it into the ground using a 3/4" PVC handle put through a hole in the top. We use bungee dock tie's for the rope so it doesn't hang in the water.
We park for hours at a beach away from the bank and they don't come loose. Even boats driving by and running wake up on us.
Last weekend we had 2 other boats tied to my boat and these anchors never pulled up.
Almost every V-Drive and D-Drive on our lake has a pair.

Indyxc
08-19-2013, 03:25 PM
I bet my boats cleaner than most.

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Probably not the bottom! :D And definitely not mine. I don't even like water spots. 8p

Traxx822
08-19-2013, 03:31 PM
Probably not the bottom! :D And definitely not mine. I don't even like water spots. 8p

This all depends on how you look at it :D

I clean mine only once a season. The rest of the season I wipe it down. :D can't really call it a legit cleaning. If I do get it home ever I will vacuum it.

But the way I look at it, I get it detailed after every season and it shines like brand new ... Even the bottom :D has an interior that is less than a year old, stereo, tower, rub rail, all new. So it's "clean" if you know what I'm sayin.

Seen your boat Indy. You have mcocd for sure. I was just teasing :D

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XtwentyNot
08-19-2013, 04:08 PM
I quit beaching when I noticed how flat the v on the bow of my old boat was getting. It took years to get that way, but that was it for me. A friend has a keel guard that seems to work well, but these days I anchor.

mzimme
08-19-2013, 04:43 PM
Hope you beachers dont have tracking fins...

Traxx822
08-19-2013, 04:44 PM
Hope you beachers dont have tracking fins...

I didn't think about those mc with fins. I would not beach with fins.

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starman205
08-19-2013, 05:28 PM
Get an anchor buddy and about 100 feet of line, use that to anchor the boat away from the shore. The stretch of the anchor buddy will allow you to pull your boat in to load/unload. Release the rope and your boat will be pulled back out to a safe distance from shore.

http://www.tuggyproducts.com/images/1_To%20Shore%20-%20Small.jpg

Not sure how to describe it best, but the 100 ft line runs from the end of the anchor buddy to shore. I've tied a couple of loops in it- one attaches to the ski pylon, one to the stern/transom loop. There are two more loops tied in the line which I use to allow the boat to float farther from shore for mooring and closer when I need to get on/off. I use a concrete stake on shore to tie off the stern line, hooking the loops over it depending on my needs. As mentioned in an earlier post, use a buoy to mark your line when you're out using your boat.

G

I have used the anchor buddy for years with no issues. Gives me peace of mind!

uplander
08-19-2013, 06:11 PM
the first time I left my boat unattended I slept in it, and it was on a trailer. If you leave it out in the water tied up I could not sleep. I would trailer the boat each night

Foster20
08-19-2013, 06:23 PM
I plan on trailering at night, just want to anchor long enough to eat and chill at the lake house for a couple hours...

Foster20
08-19-2013, 07:16 PM
Just bought a box anchor. Gonna give that a go. Thanks for all the info.

mikeg205
08-19-2013, 07:35 PM
Just bought a box anchor. Gonna give that a go. Thanks for all the info.

Box anchor is on list of things to but this off season.... but that months away... ;)

dihrdskir
08-19-2013, 07:55 PM
Never beach. Fill up your wet underpants with beach sand and go for a jog for 10 mins. the underside of your hull will not feel it like you will but the effect will be the same..:D

coz
08-19-2013, 08:01 PM
Oh my! :eek: you call it abuse, I call it everyone gets out without having to swim :wavey:

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm258/cozaz/060-2.jpg (http://s298.photobucket.com/user/cozaz/media/060-2.jpg.html)

Gunford
08-19-2013, 08:15 PM
I always keep mine bow in still. Get it close to beaching then drop the box anchor (awesome awesome awesome anchor) off the rear, let it stretch and catch then drive the slide anchor into the beach. Take a few seconds and get the bow and stern lines tight and she doesn't move even with the rollers.

This allows me to be off the sand (no scratches) but have the bow ladder (yay pickle fork) dropped down and touching the ground or very close and still have the swim platform in deep enough water to jump in/hang out/use and not worry about the prop/shaft dragging. Its a pain to wade in 5 feet every time I want to get into the boat when it is reversed in, plus my islands/beaches can get crowded and getting backed in/turned around can be a pain too. The several times I backed in I ended up with the prop in the sand having to push off/empty ballast to get off the back. Just seems like more trouble to me.

Secured properly it doesn't move even with idiots throwing big breakers on the beach trying to look cool cruising close by. If it starts to rub I few adjustments of the rope and it is fully off the beach again.

Example pic attached. Probably 5' deep off the stern and a solid 12 to 18 inches under the bow but the ladder is on the sand.

That is exactly how I do it. Can pull it in close enough to load all the beach crap without wading through water.

pap
08-19-2013, 08:47 PM
I cringe every time I see someone beach their boat. just don't understand it.

I paid too much for mine to abuse it like that.

XtwentyNot
08-20-2013, 12:08 AM
Oh my! :eek: you call it abuse, I call it everyone gets out without having to swim :wavey:


I have an anchor buddy, no one swims and I don't beach it.

So I mentioned earlier my old boat was wearing through the hull from doing this.
You could put a keel guard on to prevent this.

I didn't know any better, got it when I was 20 years old and didnt care. It had tracking fins, those never got damaged.

What did happen is big rollers would come along and slam my rudder aground. One year my steering was hard. On inspection I found the brass bearing housing that supports the rudder had broken from the abuse. It was cracked and I wouldn't have noticed but when I hit the zerk with a grease gun it forced water out of the crack all the way around it.

In fact that's how all of the people at my beach got anchor buddies that were beaching, a roller would come along and I would point out the rudder absorbing the impact and explain what repair they could expect from it. This was also not the same beach that damaged mine, so it's not isolated to one particular beach.

gweaver
08-20-2013, 12:33 AM
RE: concern about rudder damage when anchoring stern in. I use an anchor buddy but set it up so my boat sits about 20 feet off shore. There's more than enough stretch in the anchor buddy to pull it in to board, and with the slope of the lake bottom, I still have about a foot or so under the rudder. I haven't had any problems with rollers and the boat moving, but where we anchor at night, we're in a reasonably quiet part of the lake.
G

XtwentyNot
08-20-2013, 12:48 AM
Maybe I should have been more clear, all the damage to my hull and rudder was from beaching.

I have experienced no damage from using my anchor buddy.

Thrall
08-20-2013, 03:06 AM
I'd like to kick the guy's @ss that beached my boat repeatedly. I wouldn't freak over beaching a white boat as much provided it was soft sand but not a dark color.
Can't see it when it's in the water but looks scuffed up when it's sitting on the trailer.

CantRepeat
08-20-2013, 07:08 AM
I use the longer boat buddy and a 25 foot rope while at the islands and at a lake house we use. Pull the boat in, everyone gets on and the boat buddy pulls it back out.

coz
08-20-2013, 07:24 AM
I have an anchor buddy, no one swims and I don't beach it.

So I mentioned earlier my old boat was wearing through the hull from doing this.
You could put a keel guard on to prevent this.

I didn't know any better, got it when I was 20 years old and didnt care. It had tracking fins, those never got damaged.

What did happen is big rollers would come along and slam my rudder aground. One year my steering was hard. On inspection I found the brass bearing housing that supports the rudder had broken from the abuse. It was cracked and I wouldn't have noticed but when I hit the zerk with a grease gun it forced water out of the crack all the way around it.

In fact that's how all of the people at my beach got anchor buddies that were beaching, a roller would come along and I would point out the rudder absorbing the impact and explain what repair they could expect from it. This was also not the same beach that damaged mine, so it's not isolated to one particular beach.

The rollers you see coming in on the pic are as big as they get, this is a no wake area so the boat doesn't get bounced around. On the other hand I wouldn't beach at a spot where the wakes are slamming against the shore.

Traxx822
08-20-2013, 07:41 AM
I wouldn't beach the boat everyday. Everyone on here seems to just have beaches to stop at. Where I am at on the river I almost never beach. But for the two times I do beach a year. I'm not going to cry about it and baby my boat.

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gwozhog
08-20-2013, 09:54 PM
Hope you beachers dont have tracking fins...

I thought those fins purpose was to anchor the boat still every time I beach my boat. Come on guys it's a mastercraft. Our boats are built like tanks.

roush611
08-21-2013, 12:03 AM
Hope you beachers dont have tracking fins...

My family along with all our family friends have been beaching our '86 Malibu and several of their ski boats with tracking fins never had any issues.

As far as the hull goes no damage at all.


I mean I guess it all depends on the sand too. We never beach when we are at the lake. Only at the delta where the sand is not all that harsh at all.