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post #12 of Old 10-04-2011
smurphny
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Not too cautious at all. Have passed down LIS many times and never cut the buoys. Jeppesen shows only 9' on that shallow spot. It would be crazy to try clearing over it to gain a few minutes. There are also some weird currents around the points that are not worth dealing with. If you time the current right, staying mid-Sound is always a better idea. The only time I'd even consider cutting inside buoys is if I had personal knowledge of the area. A couple of years ago I hit bottom and did some damage while IN the channel on Lake Champlain. Was too close for the low water condition and should have been another 100 yards off to be safe. The lesson: Don't only stay in the marked channel but give the buoys plenty of room.
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