Sailing Vessel We Be Jammin went aground after a storm in early January 1999. She was approximately 250 feet from deep water and was high and dry at low tide with only a couple of feet of water under her at high tide. She Draws 5 feet! --click on small pics to make em big--
Now that's a predicament !!
Here is how the crew at Dolphin Landings safely pulled the We Be Jammin to deep water. No line was chafed, no damage to anything or anybody. With the methods employed on this day, we figured we could have pulled a sailboat off twice her size with no problem!
With the use of a VERY LARGE 6to1 block and tackle borrowed from the HMS BOUNTY...and the use of a stationary piling,(a large anchor was standing by if this wasn't in the right place), A small motorboat was able to pull the working end of the purchase(6to1).
The first movement was tested by 6 of us pulling on the block and tackle, we actually pulled manually the 1st length of the tackle!
Then we reset the tackle... Hi Dino!
and we pulled...
As you can see this whole operation took less than one afternoon.
Professional Towboat operators currently think you must destroy the bottom land by digging a trech to a stranded vessel using their propwash...thus taking longer & usually causing damage to the ecosystems involved if not damage to the vessel itself... We have proved that is not the only solution!