Originally Posted by D&D
We will not cross WBB at night.
Neither would I
Without making any judgement on the changing nature of navigation
, I find it interesting to reflect of the different approaches as highlighted in this thread.
I have only crossed this bar a handful of times and it was all pre-GPS.
The standard procedure (as I recall) was to time your in-bound crossing so that the neap tide was at about half flood ideally around 10 am, certainly never after midday. If any later, the outside leads could not be sighted from ocean-side due to sea haze etc. If necessary, anchor
under the lee of Double Island Point (very very rolly as posted by others) until the above conditions were met. Southerly winds less than 20 Kts were best.
Get the latest info from VMR (Tin Can Bay) which really consisted of "current channel a bit "xyz" of the leads or depth
is now "abc".
After that, you were on your own, stay right between the left and right breaking waves either side of you, keep yourself positioned with relation to the peaks and troughs (not all that easy) and when the worst was behind you, turn to port to pick up the inner leads. This bit was sometimes tricky! Anchor
up as soon as you were inside and crack a beer
in celebration of (another) safe entry or to calm the nerves if the weather
No waypoints, no accurate positions, just eyeball the water, the leads and do the best you can
. Sometimes for me it wasn't worth the risk and one would push on up the outside of Fraser Island.
If VMR Tin Can Bay suggested the bar was closed, you (or at least I) didn't argue; they always knew more about it than me. They would not be too happy to rescue
someone who came to grief after being advised the bar was "closed".
However AFAIK, Factor is right, they can't "close" the bar in a legal
sense. Only a Harbour Master can do that and AFAIK, the Wide Bay Bar is not in the confines the Tin Can Bay Port or any other official port.