I went on a 3 hour tour last week in my Compac 27, that took 4 days. My youngest son was off college for Christmas break and wanted to go sailing. Sailed out to "beer can island" in tampa bay, spent the night on the hook. Leaving the next am, my engine died and would not restart. But who needs an engine for sailing. Strong breeze from the south made us decide to sail north up into the bay, where later in the afternoon we ran aground in a shallow area out in the middle of the bay. ...not zooming in close enough on the chart displayed on my cell phone, I missed it on the chart, and hit it with the boat.
Since we could not back off without the motor working, the wind and tide drove us farther up on the shallow bank. Took about two hours to get off, by walking the anchor out to deeper water, and winching on the anchor line with the sheet winches, while I pushed on the stern and managed to grab onto the swim ladder just as we sailed off. By this time, the sun was going down and we decided not to risk navigating the shallows, and spent another night on the hook. We planned to head south, still straight into the wind, at 6am when the tide would be running out and help us.
But in the morning, the fog was so thick we couldn't see even a quarter mile, so we waited several hours and it didn't clear. We finally left at 9 anyway, tacking back and forth in the fog through the narrow deepwater areas. We finally made it out to the clear depths by noon when the fog dissapated, and sailed back home to the marina by 2pm.
But, I couldn't sail into the marina through a sea of boats, so I tied up in a slip vacated by a $23 million superyacht, then called the marina and asked if I could spend the night there while I figured out the engine problem. They threw me out, since the yacht was expected back any time. So we sailed off the dock to a cove just outside the marina entrance, and spent another night on the hook. The next day, I hired a towboat to drag me through the marina to my own slip. About 1/4 mile for $180. My son's college buddies heard all about the fun, so now they all want to come do the same thing at Spring Break. So I AM READY for a long winter's nap!