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Old 30-08-2017, 16:28   #1
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Markers or Chart?

My rule of thumb when near an inlet has always been to follow the markers, especially the small movable ones. This is based on the premise that these markers are often moved around shoaling areas in inlets and these moves don't necessarily get reflected on the charts and I might have missed it in the LNM. This failed me for the first time at the New River inlet in NC. Marker 72B on the ICW has extensive shoaling on the red side and the magenta line makes a radical turn towards the green side. This is the first time in my experience that movable marker has been wrong and the chart has been right. At least we didn't hit too hard.
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Re: Markers or Chart?

Follow the markers. The chart you're using is probably 30-years-old, or more. Stay in the middle of the channel unless traffic dictates otherwise.
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Follow the markers. The chart you're using is probably 30-years-old, or more. Stay in the middle of the channel unless traffic dictates otherwise.
Usually true but not this time. The chart was updated to reflect the shoal in April(I checked), but the marker is still in it's original position. If you stay in mid channel here and draw 4 feet you will hit bottom at low tide.
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“New River Inlet [heading south]. New red buoy 72A up the river from the waterway crossing at red #72.
Must look 90 deg. up river and spot this marker, it has recently been moved. When we made this crossing last week there was a square marker tied to a tree limb directly ahead from red day mark 72 and if you go to it, you will be aground. You must turn to the right and look up river to see the red 72 C buoy and go to it.
Phillip Mullins”

“Yesterday went by the New River Inlet area. I’d say stay away from N72B but go very close to DM72. Mid-tide saw 6ft. Much lower near 72B and away from 72.
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