(Originally posted February 10, 2020)
This is from a cruising yachtsman in The Bahamas this month:
Here is another “oops” story!
We met a sailorwho has a large power catamaran. He loves to anchor at the south end of Big Farmers Cay.
He told us he took a short cut to get out of the anchorage and ran aground and had to power through the sand to get out. We couldn’t believe he even tried it.
He said his plotter showed 7 feet there and he had a Garmin. We insisted he come aboard and look at the paper Explorer charts (which he had, but left home). He was amazed that the data on the plotter was not the same as the chart.
He also said he had his iPad aboard but he had updated it and lost the Explorer charts on the Garmin Blue Charts app.
We included a screen shot of Navionics for that area and he ran aground north of the wreck while trying to jump the bar. Navionics shows 7’.. .
We explained to him that Explorer data was no longer on that Garmin plotter. We told him he should be using his eyeballs but he trusts his instruments.
We explained why that doesn’t work in a Bahamas boating scenario!!!