Originally Posted by ka4wja
Sorry, I've been away from this discussion....
Skip, you are 100% correct...
And, on my charts
(US NOAA and DMA charts), the authorized minimum depth
of each haven is listed on the chart....and is typically only 1 - 2 fathoms above the sea bed
in that area...although artificial reefs
constructed from scraped ships can be higher...
But, there is a minor reason to avoid some of these areas....and that is, during nice weather
many of these havens attack pleasure-boat fisherman who are more concerned with their fishfinders and rod/reels/bait, etc. than they are in keeping watch for other boats....
So, while the "depth" is of little concern sometimes other boats on/near these fish
havens might give reason to avoid...
s/v Annie Laurie
Thanks John. I was aware of the "auth min" depths on the charts
but was always a bit paranoid that there might be nets or something else floating around in the havens. AND, I was right! Fishing
boats might be there.
I have certainly seen fishing
boats anchored at night without lights a few times and I can confirm from personal experience that some of the fishermen don't pay much attention.
Several years ago I was diving
on a wreck in an artificial reef site off Daytona. There were several other boats around so I made sure I had my dive flag flying high and when I was down tried to stay more or less under my boat. Suddenly heard a load clang and looked over to see an anchor
on the deck
of the wreck about 2' from my head
. If I hadn't been so shocked I would have cut the line and carried the anchor
up to find the owner. However, the other team in my boat on the surface had been watching and started yelling when they saw this guy dumping an anchor over the side and he jerked it back up immediately. Of course if it had landed on my head
it would have been a bit too late.
Lesson, never assume someone after fish
is paying attention to anything other than fishing.