Learning how to beach a boat is actually quite simple. Of course, there's always the accidental way of beaching a boat—that usually involves hitting a barely visible sandbar or hitting super shallow water on accident or because you think it's just deep enough to get through. However, we're talking about purposefully beaching a boat. Generally, you'd beach a boat, say on an island, so you could hang out there for the day and have easy access to the boat.
- Make sure you're allowed to beach the boat wherever you plan to beach it. Some beaches or islands will no longer allow boats to beach themselves on it. This is because it causes erosion to the beach. So, before beaching your boat, make sure it's legal.
- Find an opening on the beach. You want to find a space you can easily fit your boat and not run into any people or other boats.
- Trim up the motors. If you are able to, trim your motors up. If they hit the sand, you can cause serious damage to the props or to the engines themselves. You could also clog up the engines with sand. You want to be able to get home eventually.
- Idle towards the sand. You don't want to gun it up onto the beach or you can cause serious injury to your boat, yourself or others on the beach. Just point your bow towards your open space on the sand and idle up to it. Once your bow touches the sand you might give it just a tiny bit of gas to get it a little further up on the beach.
- Anchor it to the beach. Depending on the size of your boat, you may or may not need to anchor it up to the beach. But it's always a good idea. You don't want your boat to float away while you aren't looking. You can tie the anchor off to a front cleat and put the anchor in the sand up on the beach.
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