80 degree weather brings out the best and the worst in PNW Boaters:
Driving over to the marina today I crossed over the Swinomish Slough bridge between Burlington and Anacortes, Wa. around 1300 and looking to the North of the railroad bridge, what do I see? Looks like yet another boat . . . . maybe a 28' Sunbridge Bayliner high and dry on the sand flats at least 150' outside of the channel on a minus tide. Anybody else see this?
I always wonder how these things happen in a well marked channel, broad daylight, weather and water were perfect? A friend of mine runs a rescue recovery boat and he says he's pulled many boats off these sand flats:
So what do you suppose the skipper would have to say:
- Boat lost power?
- No tide tables?
- Anchored in too shallow water?
- Using a cafe place mat chart or no charts?
- The wife or son were driving the boat.
- The other boats were going too slow, so I passed them.
- The Coast Guard didn't mark the channel well enough.
- There should have been "shallow water" warning signs.
- I'm from Seattle and no one mentioned the shallow water.
It's amazing how many boaters, sail and power, run aground way outside of this channel and my friend says he has heard everyone of these reasons?