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Old 17-07-2014, 10:44   #31
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Re: Thrown off the Boat

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Originally Posted by Scot McPherson View Post
They very well may have been in the center of the gulf stream. It's not that far out in the Key Largo Miami area. In fact it's about 30-50 miles out. Not exactly far.

I was navigator on a race boat when we used to do the fort lauderdale to key west race every january. That slot is where the gulf stream comes closest to the florida coast.

The problem a navigator faces is that if you get too close to shore you run the risk of hitting a reef, especially at night, and if you get too far offshore you get in to the gulf stream going the wrong way. The width of that favorable lane is only two or three miles for much of the race.

I found that the depth sounder was a valuable tool for staying in the lane.

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