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Posted - 03/08/2017 :  09:20:52 AM  Show Profile  Visit Admin's Homepage Send Admin a Private Message
With our current transition of the seasons; conditions are right for there to be some foggy days on the horizon. I firmly believe that if they have never been disoriented on the water in a heavy fog before, well then you simply have not been on the water in a fog enough. This past fall I was fishing in my flats boat in the back creeks of Clarkes Sounds when a fog rolled in from ocean and eclipsed all visibility beyond 10-feet. Since I use this particular boat for strictly inshore fishing it is only equipped with a depth sounder, no GPS. Thank goodness for smartphones and Google Earth as this technology provided me with a road map back home. Obviously GPS and radar add a level of comfort to navigating in the fog but at the same time I am reminded of a March fishing trip offshore a few years ago when a thick fog rolled in. I had my position pinpointed on the GPS Chart plotter, I tuned in my VHF to Channel 16 and fired up the radar. I was tracking two very large container ships on the radar about 3-miles out when I passed a 50-foot plus sailboat within a 75-feet that went totally undetected!

This months’ Boat US Online Magazine goes into great detail on how to operate in a fog. I would encourage you to check it out here as sooner or later you will find yourself socked in!

Captain Tim Pickett
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