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Beached Boats
updated: Feb 20, 2013, 5:30 PM

By Edhat Subscriber

I was glad that despite last night's ferocious winds, no boats seem to have beached. But it got me thinking. Does anyone have any stories about beachings of boats in years past? Were there particularly bad storms when many boats beached? Any unique or extra big boats that washed up? Local marine historians, I'd love to hear your stories, even going back to the early 1900s.

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 COMMENT 376807 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-20 05:47 PM

Well...yes, I remember when an entire squadron of battleships washed up right here off Castle Rock. They did manage to refloat them and tow them out to sea where they were being transported up the coast to be refitted at the Navy Yards near San Francisco. Except they ran aground again.... at La Honda off Point Arguello and there they lay today.


 COMMENT 376818 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-20 06:05 PM

On Monday, coming back south on Amtrak, I saw two sailboats aground at Cojo. Not sure exactly the name of the break, but here are the coordinates: 34°27'1.37"N/120°26'42.82"W. Surf was UP. BTW: Who's got the scoop on the pod of Airstreams that occupies the bluff a little further south? You can see them on Google Earth. You can also see a few in the same location on CA Coastline at approx 1.5 miles south east from Point Cojo. Pretty cool.


 INQUIRING MIND agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-20 10:42 PM

807 & 818 = edhat trolls ???

The sailboats at Cojo were featured in pictures on edhat a few weeks back.

It is difficult for boats to wash ashore here in SB when the wind is from the northwest.

The "battleships" were destroyers and they were coming south when they turned into the beach at La Honda. They never saw Castle Rock.


 COMMENT 376946P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-21 05:12 AM

The kids of the Branch Candy family dynasty spend time surfing and "camping" in those Airstreams. They are on Bixby property.


 COMMENT 376971 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-21 07:25 AM

KEYT said that they had moved the sailboats that are normally anchored east of the pier into the harbor for this storm. Maybe that decreased the number getting washed up on the beach.


 COMMENT 376983 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-21 07:47 AM

How about the storm of 84' [I believe], when 20 foot waves were crashing on the Biltmore & throwing boats all over Buterfly beach...until the cliff behind the cemetary collapsed,crushing the boats on the beach & dropping [or exposing] coffins from the grave-yard.?


 COMMENT 376998P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-21 08:12 AM

971: That option, to move into the harbor, is always open for boats moored in the mooring ground east of Stearns Wharf.


 COMMENT 377005 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-21 08:21 AM

Beached boats are nature's boat Darwinism. Survival of the fittest ground tackle.


 COMMENT 377019 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-21 08:42 AM

There once was a little boat. It had powerful engines but here on the shore the engines were of no use. Why was I left here, sighed the little boat? Why did they run off and leave me alone? I wish I had never come to this spot. I wish they had never brought me here. I wish my name wasn't Panga. Maybe my life would have been different if my name had been Bayliner or something like that.

The end.


 FLICKA agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-21 09:41 AM

019, cute. Thanks


 COMMENT 377349 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-22 07:50 AM

Read Danas' "Two years before the mast". He covers anchoring in sb and how dangerous it was when an unexpected storm rolled in. They actually dropped their anchor line with a bouy on it (to find it on return) and headed for open sea as fast as they could. The old square riggers could not sail to windward at all which meant that only the anchor stood between them and the rocks in storms. Many boats dragged anchor and were wrecked on our shores.


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