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Old 05-12-2014, 07:34 AM   #21
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This spot is about 100 ft wide from beach to beach, not counting what's under water! Is there no fix coming from ACOE?
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Old 05-12-2014, 08:03 AM   #22
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I have made that trip a bunch of times in the last 3 years. I would say its 50-60 ft wide in spots. The first time we traveled on a low tide so we could see the rocks out of the water. Unbelievable !! When others see the rocks, they dont even think about passing someone on a plane. I followed a catamaran all the way through at 4 kts. Oh how I wanted to pass him, believe me it was a grueling hot day with no wind. However, I just stayed directly behind him and took my medicine. So in short, its so narrow you cant even pass a Cat. Now that's narrow.
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Old 05-12-2014, 09:07 AM   #23
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I came through the Rock Pile last week. It is narrow, there are rocks, and you can't see them. In addition, my Garmin showed me traveling on land, so it was useless for this section (there is a VOR right on the waterway that reports say effects some instruments). I made a security call on 16 and 13 and proceeded at my usual 8 MPH. No problems but it certainly had my full attention.

Active Captain has hazards marked at both ends with good commentary.

Doing this section at 18 knots would be a white knuckle ride. Passing at that speed would be beyond irresponsible. Not only would the sport fisher be at risk, their wake while passing that close would put the passť at risk.

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Old 05-12-2014, 09:24 AM   #24
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Bay Pelican went through totally unaware,and we had 6 or 7 sailboats following behind as we were the depth sounder for the sail boats.
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Old 05-12-2014, 10:56 PM   #25
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I had my boat pulled today for a bottom job and I met a lady at the boatyard that grounded last Friday on the RockPile. She was in a 38' Silverton traveling 18 knots on plane at low tide. Ended up destroying the shaft, prop, and rudder, along with cracking the hull on the port side on her way from Florida to Rhode Island. Her draft was 3.5' but on plane I imagine it is more than that and she said she was in the middle.

People please slow down in this area and stay in the middle, otherwise it will ruin your day. AS stated earlier, your GPS will show your boat on land. Do not go by that, stay in the middle of the channel.
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Old 05-12-2014, 11:18 PM   #26
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Sounds like her boat may have been the one in the article... The photo posted could have been of a Silverton.
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Old 05-12-2014, 11:24 PM   #27
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I also prefer sand.
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Old 05-12-2014, 11:31 PM   #28
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No way! Rocks! (I love watching the second boat.)

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Old 05-12-2014, 11:39 PM   #29
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No way! Rocks! (I love watching the second boat.)

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Good video, that second is quite cute. It's funny when you look at the waterline whilst it was going through it looked as if it was doing 10 knots because of the current.
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Old 05-12-2014, 11:50 PM   #30
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Slight hijack. Sydney Harbour, a big secure harbor with 100,000 ton cruise ships visiting, has the "Sow and Pigs" reef mid harbor. Breaks at low tide and has 4 cardinal marks all around it. Occasionally the inevitable occurs, normally a pleasure boat not looking or racing sailboat pushing the margin, I know a very embarrassed ex Navy sailboat owner who has done it. Were I Harbour Master I`d consider dynamite, but the fish, environmentalists, and fisherpersons might have other ideas, and who knows what losing it might change.
Could dynamite fix the Rockpile?
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Not sure Bruce but am willing to bet the lady in the Silverton is game to give it a go if she had some.
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Slight hijack. Sydney Harbour, a big secure harbor with 100,000 ton cruise ships visiting, has the "Sow and Pigs" reef mid harbor. Breaks at low tide and has 4 cardinal marks all around it. Occasionally the inevitable occurs, normally a pleasure boat not looking or racing sailboat pushing the margin, I know a very embarrassed ex Navy sailboat owner who has done it. Were I Harbour Master I`d consider dynamite, but the fish, environmentalists, and fisherpersons might have other ideas, and who knows what losing it might change.
Could dynamite fix the Rockpile?

I think a suitable size backhoe with an ugly bucket would do the job. From the looks of it the area is too small to blast, even if they could it would take years for the permits and butt ton of other environmental related things for the city and county.Click image for larger version

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