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Old 08-28-2015, 09:09 AM   #15
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Originally Posted by Bay Pelican View Post
Rodney Bay, the northern anchorage in St. Lucia is subject to a large number of charter boats coming from Martinique (24 miles away). Just about every year a charter boat tries to anchor under sail. Usually because they can't get the engine(s) started. Damage almost always follows.

What is the sad is that the anchorage is huge with vast areas for anchoring that are empty, yet the disabled boats continue to try and sail into the pack. I have talked to a couple of these guys after the fact and asked what they were thinking. First time it had happened to them and they didn't think it would be a problem to sail to an anchoring position.
As an assistance tower...I hear about every excuse in the book.

I know I haven't heard them all...but I get a kick out of how many tell me they have been boating for 50 years, or running this channel for 35 years, or I have been a member for 20 years and this is the first time I have used my membership, I can't believe this happened to me, I have plenty of experience.

Until I got into the Marine Trades about 15 years ago, even though a seasoned boater, cruiser and highly trained USCG officer....I have to look back and realize I didn't know shi*.

I have emails from highly respected people in the industry that thought I did, which I was proud of...but now I know I didn't and neither did a lot of others that wrote books, articles and posed as marine experts.

I know there is so much to know...being an expert is pretty elusive in the marine business.

So when a guy who has been boating for 50 years or so on weekends and vacations, sails into a crowd of boats and surprise to me...
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