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View Poll Results: What do you call the narrow waterway(s) between Marina docks w/ slips on both sides?
Channel 4 18.18%
Fairway 17 77.27%
Finger 1 4.55%
Something else 0 0%
There is no name for it 0 0%
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Old 13-07-2014, 11:21   #16
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Re: Waterway trivia question - poll

Originally Posted by CaptForce View Post

I formerly struggled with the MDR term on the other thread and finally determined that it's a specific name for a marina in Southern California. We're all "neighbors" on this international forum, but we don't know everyone's neighborhood.
You're right. It stands for Marina del Rey and I should have taken the time to spell it out. Sorry.

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Re: Waterway trivia question - poll

fairway [′fer‚wā] - (navigation) Open water of sufficient depth for navigation; a marine thoroughfare.

(McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6th Edition)

Fairway - a channel for vessels that, by virtue of sufficient depth and lack of obstacles, allows safe navigation across some expanse of water, such as a river, lake, sea, strait, or fjord. Fairways are marked by navigation aids, for example, buoys and leading marks.

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Don't think it's a fairway. Usually refers to navigable water.

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Re: Waterway trivia question - poll

Originally Posted by OldFrog75 View Post
So your vote would be "something else"?

I guess I was attempting to intimate that if the water between finger pontoons is actually a dock, then it wouldn't be a stretch to assume that the water between primary pontoons was also 'dock'. Especially as a fairway indicates an open ended thoroughfair whereas you excellent description and accompanying diagram suggests a cul-de-sac within a "u" arrangement of finger pontoons... a dock!
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Old 13-07-2014, 22:03   #19
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Re: Waterway trivia question - poll


I think what we're seeing here is that different people call the channel-between-the-fingers by varying nomenclature. And, probably, given human nature, aren't going to want to change even if there is a preponderance of opinion! Which won't give you a definitive answer, sorry.

FWIW, I've heard it called a "slipway" (the waterway where the slips are). But I've also heard "slipway" for "haulout facility". I've heard what we enter from our berth called the "channel" that we back out into. I believe it is not a "fairway."

Marina Del Rey is a huge marina compared to most. I suspect the channel leading into it could fairly be called a "fairway", but once you're near the slips (or pens, as they're called here) that's a channel.

But it's just one person's idea of it.

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Re: Waterway trivia question - poll

In a channel:

In a fairway:


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