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Re: Sailboat on reef in New York Harbor
A reef in NY Harbor? What, we got invaded by cold weather corals?
That's not a reef, it is just a SHOAL. There are wide expanses of the harbor, especially near Liberty and Ellis, that are a whole four feet deep, and the ferries really do need right-of-way at all times because those are the waters they are threading.
Years ago I saw a similar "wreck". It was the Pioneer, IIRC, doing excursions out of South Street Seaport, and trying to just be invisible while waiting all day for the next rising tide.
NY Harbor is actually considered a horribly SHALLOW port, not a deep water port at all in the scheme of things today. The main channel is only navigable for commercial shipping because it is dredged on a regular basis.
If you're sailing the harbor regularly, it pays to literally redline large areas of the charts. Between shoals, collapsed piers and pilings, there are plenty of places to get stuck.