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Tide charts are fairly accurate, but will not be exact, unless you're at the spot they're calculated for. The further you get from a tide station, the spots where the depths are calculated fairly precisely, the less accurate it will be.
Also, geography and terrestrial features, like points and necks will change the timing of the tides slightly. They're not meant to give you to the minute data for every location, but an approximate idea of what the tide will be doing at roughly what time.
Weather can also affect the effective height of tides... a constant west wind will cause water to "pile" up on the eastern side of a bay....
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a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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