We left the marina late the Saturday before last, about 5:30 PM. So we decided to head for Swan Creek again. Figuring I knew it well enough to navigate safely at night.
No problem getting across the bar headed for the red "2" between the range markers which is a way point on the GPS. No problem finding the red marking the entrance to Swan Creek off Gratitude Marina. But geeeeeezzzz, after that nothing, no lighted markers of any kind. It was overcast and blowing pretty good that night. Knowing that the depth around the entrance can be shallow, I was a little stressed. With the spotlight we located the can buoy's eventually with not incident.
They should really put at least two lighted markers in there. I would not like to keep my boat there and have to navigate the entrance in bad weather with the current channel markers
, especially in a southerly blow...yikes!
Amazing how your depth perception changes at night.
Oh..then there was the 50' Sport Fishing Yacht barreling straight toward us at a high speed like a freaking torpedo with NO
running lights. A little to close for comfort. I hailed him on the VHF 16 with no success, but hopefully the DNR or Coasties heard me and got the dumb ass.