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Re: Near-shore tide what to expect. "Need some Guidance"
Something else to be aware of is that tide tables are based on algorithms (not direct observations), and are frequently off. The current will vary significantly on where you are (shallow vs deeper water) throwing another big variable in your calculations. Add to that, the surface water doesn't really start going back the other way after a tidal change for more than 1/2 an hour (in Charleston harbor, at least). Offshore, I would be willing to bet that current is downright unpredictable once you get away from a channel entrance. Sorry-- I hate to rain on your parade, but this stuff is full of all kinds of pitfalls...
Man, I hope you're not going anytime in the next few days... brrrrrr!
Last edited by Irunbird; 01-06-2014 at 08:31 PM.