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Since you did not indicate which chartplotter/GPS you were using we can be of very little help.
The buildings in close proximity to the E. River can cut off a lot of satellite access AND if you do not have a special GPS antenna for your sophisticated unit. That is why I recommended a simple handheld GPS like a Garmin GPS 76 as a backup unit. The more functions they build into these things the less functional they become, IMHO.
Fortunately the E. River is well marked and obvious for the most part so a GPS is not really necessary except to record your speed over ground when you hit the following +/- 5 knot current.
Charts are obviously helpful as are eyes and a lookout.
What electronics were you using that that 'played dumb' with you from Execution Rock down to the Verazzanno?
Glad you made it anyway.
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Last edited by CalebD; 10-22-2009 at 02:24 PM.