Passing Dolphin island at sunset with three onboard a Westerly heading east into Mobile bay, my friend and boat owner asked if we might push on through overnight to Orange Beach, our destination
. I was mate and "safety guy".
I thought it would be a good experience and confidence builder
for a young couple learning
by doing. Conditions were calm enough, two excellent spotlights, MxMariner on Andriod, and wanting to get "home" so we continued.
Plenty of current
so a good lesson in the difference between bow oreintation and course to stay in the channel. And that last straight shot at the bridge from the west sure could use a range marker or light. And a missing flashing green on the east side approaching the entrance to the ICW caused some head
scratching for several minutes. Finally had to sternly suggest a drop in speed including statements about why I came along for the trip.
We made it fine, in fact halfway across the bay I went below to "sleep", to express confidence in my two good friends. Of course when I heard, "I think there should be a one second green dead ahead", I was on deck
before "But I don't see it" was stated.
A good experience for all of us but I will be limiting night travel on the ICW whenever possible.
......mmmmm, chicken tetrazinni MRE for Thanksgiving on a beautiful sunny day in Ingrams bayou. ......... lovin' it. Happy Holiday 'merikans. And all you 'feriners, too. peace.