Was fishing with a buddy today on some shallow flats. He could paddle around ok on them, but they were too shallow to use the mirage drive. and I DONT like paddling the AI. So every time it was proposed that we moved spots, he would point to where we are going next, I would head straight out into the channel, sail down as close as I could without running aground, roll up the sail and head in, My way was twice the distance but still always got there first
Then came a really scary moment, I had pulled in the sail and was heading shallow but still using the mirage drive, I figured I stall had a good 50 yards or so before I needed to keep the fins up and grab the paddle. Boy was I wrong. I was coming in with the wind at my back, and was peddling at a really good clip.
The fins dug into the hard sand bottom and the boat slammed to a stop... the fins were imbedded in the bottom, I couldn't raise them.
I figured no big deal, I'm not that far from the truck, I can just wade and drag the boat around, the day is not a total loss, Ill order parts when I get home and by next weekend everything will be fine.
I get out of the boat and lifted up on it enough to get the fins out of the bottom and walked the boat in deep enough water to the drive out.
No damage, none whatsoever, not even bent a little. I was floored, the entire weight of the boat, my, gear, beer.. jammed to a sudden stop and they took it like nothing happened.
Just wanted to share.