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The Delicate Art of Careening

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More years ago than I care to admit, I experienced a cathartic moment while approaching Punta Arenas, Costa Rica. I didn't have a cruising guide and was using an out-of-date Mexican chart. I know, that sounds like a sure recipe for disaster—and it was—sort of. The chart showed deep water to the west and north of the skinny peninsula that shelters a bustling port. Despite the fact that this approach felt all wrong, and that all the anchored and moored boats were tucked up close to land, I put my trust in the good senor who made the chart and swung a wide arc around the peninsula. It was just past high tide at the time, and with a range of more than 10 feet, I had a false sense of security. Suddenly the water started thinning. I eased the throttle, and then I threw it in hard reverse. It was like the water was evaporating before my eyes. It was too late—thunk! I was hard aground.    more...

 



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