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[QUOTE]=Omatako;683963]Anyone planning a coastal ......A good example of this is the east coast of Africa where there are no working lighthouses, no channel markers of any value and a very hostile sailing environment. A pilot of this area can literally mean the difference between life and death in a weather crisis.QUOTE]
Nicely said. My marina is starting to look more like the African waters you describe (the subject of another thread I started), which makes the publications (i.e., Notice to Mariners) even more important, even for familiar waters. Interestingly, a channel marker fell down at my marina, and the chart on the NOAA site (which I cited in the beginning of this thread) had it literally erased withing two weeks (for those looking for corrected charts). On the other hand, the Notice To Mariners was incorrect about some of the extinguished lights. So, while they generally indicated unreliable Aids To Navigation, the info could not be counted on literally.
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