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Old 01-14-2014
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Re: The Magenta Line Is Back

My favorite quote:

“The problems of the magenta line’s misplacement, which had been developing over the past seven decades, were aggravated when some boaters assumed that the line indicated a precise route through safe water – although it actually went over land, shoals, or obstructions.”

I'm new to boating. I made my first overnight trip this past summer, moving our boat from MD to NJ, including parts of the ICW that are generally considered to no longer be part of the ICW (i.e., between Atlantic City, NJ and Barnegat Bay). Even _I_ knew to follow the channel markers and to use the magenta line as a guide. It's a line on a chart, and the chart hasn't been updated since ??? The USCG and local authorities update the channel markers MUCH more regularly. And that's not even the parts that go across LAND! Are people really THAT clueless?
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