If the Law and Common Sense contradict, which path should one take?
Many a times I anchored in Biscayne Bay outsidere the channels so as to get a good nights sleep if
No Name Harbor was too jammed with anchored boats.
Even if off the beaten path, some local sport fish charter
boat would come at full speed from Miami
And knowing the waters and the shallows, he would cut corners and get really close to us, despite 4 (four)'anchor
Lights displayed on my boat.
We learned there is narrow channels between the sand banks and would anchor
in the the channels, with all the lights
Some dingbat power boaters saw our lights, top of mast
included, and would try to pass close by because if there is a sailboat
Anchored right there, it must be at least 6' feet of water
Because we were protected in the narrow channels, some of these high speed arseholes would run aground in 2' of water
trying to get close to the anchored sailboat because there is plenty of water there.
Got a warm and fuzzy feeling every time it happened and we were safe as could be.
To find those hidden channels, take a 270 course (not heading) from the entrance to No Name and motor
about 3/4 mile, then drop anchor in 8 to 10 feet, but do a 360 circle first to find the edges of the channel as you will swing with the strong current
Even with that kind of protection, I still used anchor lights, which only lured power boats onto the shallows. Not my problem, they should learn to slow down and keep distance from anchored boats.
With LED lights
on the market these days, there is no excuse for not displaying proper lights when anchored, none, just BS
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