Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Three Mile Harbor, East Hampton, NY
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While you did not have the paper chart, a closer look at the Chart No. 1 would be a very good idea. The key is the typeface. The italic "rk" in that particualr typeface is an indication of the bottom, useful for anchoring. It has nothing to do with depth. The buoy is there to mark a safe passage, but your draft (and the height of tide) are huge variables and it is often safe (and often unsafe) to pass on the other side of the buoy. By the way, given your location the captain sould have mentioned the buoy. They make a loud clang when you hit them.