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I would say the only thing you could try to do is throw anchor as quickly as possible and try to get your bow into the waves. Then hope there's someone near to give you a tow!
 

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If you can get your anchor to stick, bring the boat to the anchor, throw the anchor as far as possible, and repeat process.
 

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If you can get your anchor to stick, bring the boat to the anchor, throw the anchor as far as possible, and repeat process.
Bingo, been there...sounds like you have too...but it was in a narrow channel (St Jeromes)and not the surf/ocean.
 

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In addition to getting an anchor out, I would add put lifejackets on everyone, get your flares and your ditch bag, go over safety procedures and get on the radio.
 

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In addition to getting an anchor out, I would add put lifejackets on everyone, get your flares and your ditch bag, go over safety procedures and get on the radio.
HEY that's no way to speak about my wife....

OHHHHHHHHHH you said DITCH bag....my mistake
 

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What happens when it's drifting towards a rock pile or jetty and the engine dies? Just ask Walleye Pete. A minor electrical problem happens and you're in trouble quick.

Always have an achor line ready to go at short notice and leave the engine running when near dangerous structure like that.

But why is it that some fish are engine phobes but others are not? A lot of people will tell you when drifting CCNPP that engine noise is a killer or sometimes around the bay bridge pilings. But when on the CBBT shoals in 10 feet of water it makes little differance? There's no way when fishing the CBBT pilings that any sane individual will turn off their engine. Too many things can happen too quickly and if you hit a piling hard enough... well, just ask Capt Tryt. Except I think he was on plane when that happened, just didn't see the pound net piling.
 

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A heavy duty paddle should be carried onboard.You can paddle a boat fairly well. Maybe not far but enough to avoid it hitting something or going into the breakers.Have someone turn the motor- it will act as a rudder and help steer the boat.

A bimini top can be lowered into a makeshift sail - if the wind is favorable.
 

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A heavy duty paddle should be carried onboard.You can paddle a boat fairly well. Maybe not far but enough to avoid it hitting something or going into the breakers.
Now that is an interesting piece of information. I would think a 27' Grady with the wind resistance of a hardtop would be totally unmanageable in even a slight wind.

I'm going to find out for myself. My paddle is still in the wrapper, but I'm going to pull it out and see how it works.
I think it will do well with the little Aquasport, but I think the Trophy with the top up will be too much to handle.

For SURE, a paddle won't even help a little at the CBBT. I'm in VB right now, and coming in, I had to stay almost on plane just to make headway. No one could paddle a big boat that fast.

I'm one who shuts the engine off regularly. You just have to put yourself in a place where you will drift away from the pilings, NOT into them. Both in the pilings and on the shoals, engine noise makes a big difference. Usually, it's best seen by numbers of fish caught, and size. Big fish in the shallows tend to be spookier than out in the channel. Little fish are dumb and inexperienced. They'll learn after getting caugt a couple of times...

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I use my paddle alot as a poormans electric trolling motor to turn the boat around at CCNPP.

Try using it against the side of the boat- almost like a pry bar.You need a good paddle but can generate a fair amount of thrust.Throw in some adrenaline and you'll move a boat.It really does not take alot to move a boat - even big Rockfish can pull a boat around.
 

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If you are in a really bad spot like a shipping lane,near the shore and your boat is drifting toward shore .Anchor the boat as fast as you can have someone on the radio while you are setting the anchor Say Maday ,mayday,mayday,this is the vessel ?????? we are located at ?????????? we are in danger of ?????? do this on channel 16 repeat this 3 times every minute until you get a response from the C.G. Speak clearly and slow enough for the operater to write it down.Put on life jackets and put a die marker in the water,Get your flair kit,Pull your E perb cord,and press the red button on your VHF.Put your lights on and have someone put your chart plotter in the anchor watch mode so an alarm goes off if you get slippage.Hope this helps.
 

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From somebody who was on a 20' Wellcraft last year that almost flipped sideways in the OC Surf,

PRAY F____G QUICK

then do what everybody else said.

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If you are in a really bad spot like a shipping lane,near the shore and your boat is drifting toward shore .Anchor the boat as fast as you can have someone on the radio while you are setting the anchor Say Maday ,mayday,mayday,this is the vessel ?????? we are located at ?????????? we are in danger of ?????? do this on channel 16 repeat this 3 times every minute until you get a response from the C.G. Speak clearly and slow enough for the operater to write it down.Put on life jackets and put a die marker in the water,Get your flair kit,Pull your E perb cord,and press the red button on your VHF.Put your lights on and have someone put your chart plotter in the anchor watch mode so an alarm goes off if you get slippage.Hope this helps.
Man....you guys are really making a big deal about having the engine stop.....
I'd just put up the jib and if that wasn't enough I guess I'd have to put up the main too.:yes:
 
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