- 14 Feb 2007
It may not be particularly difficult for those of us who adopt a conservative approach, or locals whose window is a good bit wider, but the penalty for getting it wrong could be the loss of one’s boat, certainly the case in the days of wood. A yacht would ground on a falling tide in fair weather with a falling barometer. Before the tide had lifted her off an easterly gale had developed and the boat would fill with shingle, causing it to fall apart. I know of no cases where this has happened but it is described in the old books.I think you are right about the reputation being worse than it actually is, although I haven’t navigated the Deben before and need to bring my new-to-me boat, to the Medway.
I must admit to feeling a little nervous given the reputation it has amongst some sailors.
Although after looking into it, scanning the charts and reading the ECP, I felt fairly confident.
As recommended, I spoke to John White first, who was extremely helpful, we both agreed that the safest option would be to wait for the new bouys to be in place, especially given that I wasn’t familiar with the area and have a 1.8mt draft. I just hope the Easter weekend is not a wash out!