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post #28 of Old 05-09-2010
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I would like to see more land points on the nautical charts.
Any land side feature that cannot be seen from afloat is of no use aboard ship. One thing that does need detailed identification is lights--the flashing red light atop tower that can be seen a good ways at sea can be mistaken for a nearer mark and cause difficulties. Fortunately some are but as Cell-Phone and Microwave towers proliferate along the coast, many are not so one must be sure of the characteristics of a light one is looking for. We had difficulty with this while trying to close with Sanibel Island Pass very late one night and chose to lay off as the lights didn't make any sense. In the early morning some of the lights proved to be installed on towers well ashore.


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