Don't Rush Off
More than a few boaters have pushed off, or been towed off, a grounding only to have the boat sink out from under them. Planing inboards are particularly susceptible to this, since the rudders and shafts can get pushed through the boat's bottom. Outboards and sterndrives can also suffer damage to mounting hardware, despite the "kick-up" feature they have built in. So check your running gear, as well as transducers, through-hull fittings and bilge, from bow to stern, looking for any breach of the hull before you start playing African Queen.