Monday, 22 June 2015

High and Dry on Batz Island

We beached ! 

The anchorage was a bit crowded (a weekend in June on a “must visit” island) and we re-anchored 3 times before deciding where to settle for our first beaching, or drying out.  We arrived at high tide with 8 meters of water, and as the tide went out, we settled into the hard sand / mud mix.  

When we arrived...

...and the next morning...
I worried that we would swing with the incoming tide and end up too close to the beach incline or too close to the small fishing boats next to us, but the anchorage was so well protected that we barely budged.  As Mareda settled, she creaked and cracked intermittently like an old house on a hot day, but the second beaching was quieter… or maybe we were just used to it and slept through it.

With a bit of water remaining from an outgoing tide, we pumped up the dinghy and rowed ashore.  The problem with rowing ashore in an outgoing tide is that you have to wait until the water comes back again to get back to the boat.  We visited Batz for over 6 hours.  We walked all over the island.  Twice.  And had a long boozy lunch.  And waited some more.  We walked out to Mareda but the mud became ankle deep and we had to turn back.  Trying to haul a dinghy back to the boat over the mud would have been quite a spectacle for the tourists sipping drinks on the terrace.

Another beaching discovery:  if you want to flush the toilet, you have to add water from your freshwater tank or think ahead and have a bucket of seawater handy.  The sea-water intake for the toilet is also high and dry.

We’re still in a state of wonder with our new boat and everything she can do.  Having a lifting keel changes everything and opens up so many more anchorage options, especially here in Brittany.  We’re eager to give it another go!


Astrolabe Sailing said...

Wow that looks awesome!!!!

The Cynical Sailor said...

Neat! Strange to think about deliberately beaching your boat, but so cool.