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Old 02-10-2008
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A Cautionary Note About Markers

This morning, I watched as yet another boat leaving Boot Key Harbor went on the wrong side of a marker and went aground, trying to go out through Sister Creek (5' depth). There is a marked channel coming into the harbor from the bridge on the west end (the creek is on the south). The harbor itself is in somewhat of an arc, with the bow on the south side. The marked channel follows the bow to it's apex, which is where Sister Creek is. There is a red marker at the mouth of the creek that on the chart is the number following the previous red marker in the channel. Being at the mouth of the creek though, it seems that people mistake it for a marker coming in, rather than out, so they put it on their port rather than starboard.

It seems an easy mistake to make, whenever you have multiple choices (coming in the Bueafort Inlet comes to mind). In this case, simply recognizing the marker numbers should have been sufficent to take the right course. So remember, anytime you enter such an area to study the chart BEFORE you get there, not when you get there.
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