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post #3 of Old 05-23-2006
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I don't think the canal is as much of a problem as what you do at the other end. Since you ask the question, you are not very comfortable with sailing at night in unfamiliar waters. Think about what you do at the other end. The canal is not much of a problem. It is well lit. Monitor 16,13 and you will hear about any ship traffic. Passing ships is not as much of a problem as you might think. The canal is deep right up to the edges (well for recreational boats anyway), so give the ship the middle and you take the edge. There is LOTS of room - realize that ships can meet and pass in the canal. And don't make a securitay call, listen instead. You probably don't need to warn other boats that you are coming through the canal. And the ships will give you plenty of warning.
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