GLADSTONE harbour was not a boatie's paradise for two sailors on Monday morning.

The yacht was heading towards Lilleys Beach at Boyne Island when it ran aground on the outgoing tide.

Gladstone Volunteer Marine Rescue was called at 8am, but crew members found the skipper of the yacht unshaken when they arrived at 8.45am.

Unit training co-ordinator Trevor Davies said once the yacht had run aground there was not much they could do.

"You're there until the next high tide," he said.

"They have to walk their anchor out into the water and then pull themselves out as the tide comes in."

The banks between the main channel in Gladstone harbour and Lilleys Beach are notoriously troublesome for boat operators.

RUN AGROUND: A yacht ran aground on the way to Lilleys Beach on Monday morning, leaving two people a long wait for the tide to come in.
RUN AGROUND: A yacht ran aground on the way to Lilleys Beach on Monday morning, leaving two people a long wait for the tide to come in. Mike Richards

"The harbour looks wide and beautiful for cruising around everywhere, but there are shoals they need to watch out for," Mr Davies said.

"If you don't have a chart it really is pot luck."

He said it would be difficult living on a yacht stuck in the sand.

"It's a strange way to cook your breakfast," he said.

"They won't be sleeping in their bunks because they're on such an angle."

He said it was important for people to understand the risks involved when they took to the water.

"A lot of experienced sailors get in trouble," he said.

"If you become a member of the VMR we can come and help you at no extra cost, but if you don't it's another story."

FIVE TIPS:

  • Check contamination in fuel before leaving shore
  • Use a deep cycle battery not one from the car
  • Take a VHF radio, not just a mobile phone
  • Understand your boat's fuel consumption
  • Know how to read charts, not just your GPS

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