What do you do when your boat gets stuck?
First off, don’t get stuck.
The odds of getting stuck are low if you plan ahead by identifying safe routes before your trip.
When running through new waters, you should turn around and pay attention to your wake to see if you are kicking up mud or not.
Real World Example
Here’s a video of my flatboat running through shallow water, and you can tell when it is getting a little too shallow.
It’s pretty obvious when the boat is in more mud than water, right?
When you see that, turn towards deeper water, keep going and don’t stop!
But if you do get stuck, be prepared to sling some mud! Trim your motor up to gain some thrust but understand you may overheat it.
When it does, the alarm will go off and you should let it cool down.
Try rocking the boat side to side to get release the suction of the mud bottom to the hull. You may have to get out and push.
It’s a good idea to have a SeaTow membership. The Coast Guard is not coming to get you if you get stuck, they have bigger problems on their hands.
SeaTow is a marine assistance provider employing local captains to come get you unstuck at no cost to yourself, if you are a member.
Memberships are less than $200/annually and worth every penny.
Don’t feel bad about getting stuck. It happens.
It’s not a matter of if, but when. After all, this is inshore fishing, not Pokemon.
If it’s any consolation, I got an airboat stuck with tourists aboard! You can’t top that!
Sometimes pulling on a rope is better than pushing on the boat.
At the end of the day…
If you are unsure of an area and it’s depth, DO NOT go in there!
Use common sense, have a life line and wear your kill switch!