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Old 07-21-2013, 09:50 PM   #1
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So, I made my first 40 Mile trip to Fire Island, and although I have a Garmin 740 chartplotter, the channels are not that obvious when you're bouncing around on the high seas....

So, I watched the ferries, and then tracked behind a old house boat thing going 17 mph, and got the main channel recorded on my Garmin.

The Bay here can be very shallow, and I already replaced my engine couper last year.

Unless, you grew up on a waterway, first time noting the channels is challenging.

Something to be said for rafting up, at then end of your canel.... lot less headaches....
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Old 07-21-2013, 09:57 PM   #2
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Pas......no uptodate chart you can get your hands on.Don't tell me all the piloting tricks I learned in the power squadron classes aren't true.....say it ain't so!

Glad you had a safe trip!!

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Old 07-21-2013, 10:39 PM   #3
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got to pay garmin $100 for the update map, which is the same for around here.

Got to fight that urge to go on plan and damn the torpedoes.

Like going to sector 7 and the bongo straights....
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You go pas! Charts are probably off after Sandy tore through the area.

There are two options: play it safe and follow a local or trust you instinct reading the water. Neither is a sure bet.

Neither should be as bad the as the bongo straights, at least no one firing at you unless you really piss them off
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