What is the meaning of Beaching?

Beaching is the process in which a ship or boat is laid ashore, or grounded deliberately in shallow water. This is more usual with small flat-bottomed boats.  It is defined as taking the ground intentionally as occurs for TWO reasons-

  1. To prevent the loss of the vessel when damaged below the waterline.
  2. When it is the intention to refloat after watertight integrity has been restored.


  1. Take on full ballast before beaching.
  2. Consider bow first if bow damaged and stern first if stern damaged at about 90 degree to the tide.
  3. Consider letting go the weather anchor first, this would prevent the vessel from slewing parallel to the beach.
  4. Should the vessel be damaged stern then stern first approach would be desirable. In this case it could be made in the form of a Mediterranean Moor, letting go both anchors which may be used to heave the vessel of when the time comes.
  5. Anti slew wires to be used in conjunction with the anchor.
  6. Make internal and external soundings after beaching.