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Re-floating techniques after running aground
Every now then you will run aground, it is part of the life of an adventurous cruising sailor.

Getting in without power or wind by a dinghy tow
If you are becalmed and have an engine failure the vessel is effectively helpless and other means of propulsion are required to get the vessel in.

Dealing with a fouled prop
Occasionally you will get a rope or bag around the propeller that will drain away all the propulsion or, as is often the case be it a mooring line, tether the vessel to the spot.

Shutting down a diesel engine that fails to stop
Diesel engines stop via a stopper system in the injector. On older systems a cable is attached to a lever that shuts down the fuel or modern systems use an electrical solenoid. Boats have a mixture of both systems depending upon the engine and age. If the solenoid fails or the manual stopper slips on the rail the engine will not stop once started.

Towing a boat along a pier or canal
If you have to move a boat that is being serviced alongside a pier or do not wish to start the engine it is a difficult challenge. If you pull from the pier the energy draws the boat towards you continually bringing it to the harbour wall or canal bank.

Quick and easy leak repairs
Leaks

Getting in without power or wind by heaving buckets
If you are becalmed and have an engine failure the vessel is effectively helpless and other means of propulsion are required to get the vessel in.


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