We entered Astoria in an unexpected/unplanned stopover some years back. The crossing was uneventful entering and leaving; we were fortunate to have benign conditions, but we missed the markers for the channel that hangs a sharp right and follows the back of the spit.. consequently suddenly noticed very shallow water on the rhumb line to the Astoria bridge. We turned quickly and found the channel... a few days later observed a fishboat high and dry on the same flats.
In hindsight this was a foolish move, our skipper had not planned to stop here and did not have the necessary charts.. however at the time we had little choice. Live and learn...
".. there is much you could do at sea with common sense.. and very little you could do without it.."
Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)
1984 Fast/Nicholson 345 "FastForward"