Originally Posted by svHyLyte
You have obviously never been to Two Harbors (Catalina). Harbor Reef (where the water can be as shallow as 18") on the southwest side of Bird Rock reaches out and grabs a few yachts every weekend. While marked, many of the weekend warriors have so little knowledge/experience that they don't recognize a hazard mark. Moreover, many boats are arriving late in the day with the sun relatively low in the western sky and a nice glare off the water making it difficult to see the impending shallows. (We used to do a pool as to the number of boats that would ground between 1800 Friday and 1800 Saturday. One one occasion we had 6!)
Actually, I am familiar with that reef. In my younger days in a powerboat (24' Searay) we crossed over the reef. We were heading to that shallow spot and my wife spotted it breaking the surface. Bank then, the harbor master would track reef crossings and list the number on a board the the foot of the pier. We were credited with a crossing.