Was number three crew on the delivery
of a 46' Carver with two big Cats and modern electronics
. Did all the trip planning and navigation
since the Capt. and 2nd had never used any electronics.
On the leg from Egmont Key to Dog Island, a day trip at eighteen knots, I plotted a waypoint route ending right in the middle of the channel at the first pair of markers.
Me and 2nd swapped out on the helm all day while the Capt. slept mostly. Approaching the pass I was ready to give the helm over but was told to keep it and don't slow down. All that mattered was eighteen knots to the Captain
The boat split the channel markers on center. A couple of +1 or 2 curved it around the pass and through. Then -30 or so lined us up on the first ICW
pair of markers. Enjoyed the hell out of that and got to see how the other half lives.
The next day I got to hand steer that beautiful curvy section going in at Appalachicola. At eighteen knots, that was even more fun.
Edit..... forgot to add we didn't see another boat all day on that crossing. And there were two or four eyes at the helm always.