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Resting on the mud
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posted 09-08-2003 11:53 AM ET (US)
Is there any potential damage to the hull or integrity of the structure when leaving my OR 24 for a period of time resting on very fine mud? During typhoon season I occasionally lay my boat up behind the mangroves for a week until the storm passes. The boat seems to be fine resting on the hull. All antifouling paint is still on.
posted 09-09-2003 06:31 PM ET (US)
Your post has been hanging with no responses.
I don't see any problem with letting the boat sit in the mud. Concerns might be rocks or sharp objects hidden in the mud might damage the bottom, but if there are no obstructions, no problem as the mud will support the entire boat.
Other concerns might be you getting stuck in the mud, be careful! But, as you've done it before, you likely know what you're doing.
posted 09-09-2003 07:45 PM ET (US)
I agree, as long as nothing is hard and sharp under it, should be a good place. At least it will not be bouncing off the dock all the time!
posted 09-09-2003 08:18 PM ET (US)
A buddy of mine runs his boat far up into the mangroves when the occasional hurricane threatens our area. Since the bottom in the cuts is soft sand and mud, he's never had a problem. The boat is tied from all six cleats to the mangroves with multiple lines in a web-like distribution from the hull. The boat sits on the bottom almost the entire time. He's never had any problems.
posted 09-09-2003 11:02 PM ET (US)
We go to Maine every summer and I've had my eye on an old Nauset that sits in the mud all the time. This guy has been doing it for at least 4years that I can remember.
When the tide came up I went over and took a look the the Nauset, it was mint. The owner kept it cherry. So if that guy thinks its okay, it must be.
Just don't forget to lift the outdrive up!!!!
posted 09-10-2003 10:42 AM ET (US)
As others have stated, if nothing sharp is under the mud, it's a great method to store the boat...no growth, full hull support, protected. The only potential problem I see is with the tree huggers...black mangroves are protected in Texas. Tying up to them will get your boat cut loose, scuttled, or worse...
posted 09-11-2003 03:23 PM ET (US)
No problem with beaching it. Water may lay in it and do damage if on its side being it can't drain properly but I doubt it. My bud in Cape cod has a boat that sits most of the time on land. The tide comes in and she floats again. It is a slow process and everyone up there has no issues with it.....I doubt you will.
In FL parking your boat in the mangroves would park your butt in jail.
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