HTRDLNCN said:depends on how crappy the boat is, nice boat would never touch land, crappy boat,beach that baby..
Doesnt apply to us on lakes but back in Florida my
uncle would give us his boat (23 Performer with Merc454/TRS)to use on the weekends when we were kids, only condition was we had to clean the bottom as best we could.He kept it in the canal in the keys so it would get barnacles and crap on bottom making it slow as hell, my cousin would go WOT and trimmed way the hell out right over the nearest sand bar , seconds before touching he would cut the engine and raise the drive.
We would hit the sandbar at about 50mph and travel right over it and out the other side, bottom was now 90% clean!! Boat would pickup7-9mph every time. (in the late 70s 60mph boat was faaaaaast)
Since engine was off and drive was up and it was soft sand no damage to drive and no sand in engine. Amazing the crazy **** you think of when you are a teenager.
Bop said:I never really understood the issue with bringing it up to the beach. How does it damage it? I haven't done it but I am picturing coasting in engine off, drive up and can't see how that would damage anything.
I agree, and yet I've seen some of the bigger boys (at Lloyds Creek) nose into the front edge of the cove there next to the inlet.lil red boat said:I think anytime a hull touches land is too much....jmho