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Re: Overboard South of Montauk LI

if my math is correct, even a 1knot current will place you 30ft away from an anchored boat in under 10 seconds. 6 knots, you'll be almost 200ft away before someone throws you a floaty!

Many people...especially non-sailors, have no idea how quickly that current moves.

I throw my dive flag out on a 100' foot line before I jump in for a swim from an anchored boat. First it lets me see how fast the current is moving, second it gives me something to grab onto if needed.

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