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Old 08-19-2013, 01:01 PM
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Beaching boat

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...
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Old 08-19-2013, 01:09 PM
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I would anchor it a few feet out in the water just to be safe.......
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Old 08-19-2013, 01:40 PM
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I would anchor it a few feet out in the water just to be safe.......
This is what I would do too.
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Old 08-19-2013, 01:10 PM
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Same here.....
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Old 08-19-2013, 01:12 PM
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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.
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Old 08-19-2013, 01:23 PM
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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.
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Old 08-19-2013, 01:15 PM
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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.
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Old 08-19-2013, 01:32 PM
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I have never beached my boat. Probably never will.
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Old 08-19-2013, 01:36 PM
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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.



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.

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