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Old 07-20-2014, 08:26 PM   #41
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I say, stay near the middle of the channel unless there's an important need not to. (Here, supposed 8-foot-deep channel through 2-to-4-foot shoals.)

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Old 07-20-2014, 08:31 PM   #42
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Old 07-20-2014, 09:21 PM   #43
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I say, stay near the middle of the channel unless there's an important need not to. (Here, supposed 8-foot-deep channel through 2-to-4-foot shoals.)
Where the guy went over the red buoy... is about 75 feet wide between the buoy and the sod bank...inches deep on the inside of the buoy and its a 90 degree turn in the ICW.

Towards the bottom of the picture about the same width is a sandbar that high and dry at mid tide also.

In the pic yellow is the ICW the red object is where the buoy is.

It's a challenge to tow barges and dredges with 1000 foot dredge pipe around that sucker.
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Old 07-20-2014, 09:41 PM   #44
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Here's another fav of mine...Guy ran over the buoy and got the buoy chain up over his wheel and went aground.

I dive and found the buoy chain but the boat was sitting on it so I disconnected the buoy anchor...too heavy to throw on my boat so I dragged it to the beach. I then had to dig the guy off the sand bar and started towing him to his marina. Halfway there...the buoy and chain slithers off and by the time I get him to his marina...he radios..hey everything is working...Thanks!

So I now have to call the USCG and tell them their anchor is on the beach...hurry up before the tide comes in and by the way...your buoy and chain are headed for sea out the inlet. Customer happy, USCG not so happy...

This morning we had a 20 foot Scout center consol salvage...it's amazing how some people will screw in a bilge float switch with screws a bit longer than the hull is thick...

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Old 07-21-2014, 07:19 AM   #45
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Can't say for sure but you can always check with the office...there's usually a huge turnover in the business so you never know...
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