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Re: HMS Bounty in trouble...

Originally Posted by JulieMor View Post
Or blind confidence that navigational aids are actually there. Case in point: Chart says 55' lighted tower. When you arrive there you see a 55 gallon drum painted fluorescent orange. The Bahamian Harbor Master says, "Oh that tower! It blew down in a storm years ago so we put a 55 gallon drum in it's place."

No big deal. It only marked the entry into the harbor on which either side sat shallow shoals that would ground any boat with a draft of 3' or less.
Aids to navigation are notorious for breaking, and disappearing. Especially outside the states. But they are just that, aid's. I looked for the green flasher off the north end Of Isla Mujeres till sunrise the first time I sailed there. it had been broken since Gilbert. I assume they are'nt there and and rejoice when they are, but I alway's know where I am on paper.

" Some are boat wise and some are other wise"
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