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Nearer Vancouver there are extensive sandbanks that seem to be magnets for boaters looking to take the 'clear path'.. in some areas the shoals extend 5 miles or more offshore. "Spanish Banks', "Sturgeon Banks", "Sandheads".... all appropriate names.
I've run up on Spanish Banks on my first time out of Jericho. Sounder went from 60 ft to 6 feet in a matter of seconds
Fortunately it was the gentlest of groundings. Like you said I was just cutting it too close.
The shoals in the Straight scare me a lot more due to their exposure... I always try to give them as much room as possible.
s/v Laelia - 1978 Pearson 365 ketch
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