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Touching Bottom


By Bruce Caldwell

Kirsten , my Mystic 20 catboat, draws just about two feet of water with the centerboard up. However, the charts for Long Island's Peconic bays are peppered with 1s indicating where to find just one foot of water at mean low tide. Finding these low spots without a chart is easier than I imagined. 

One afternoon at low tide I sailed slowly north out of Reeves Bay and into Flanders Bay with a light southwesterly wind. Soon I was well out from shore, moving along at a stately pace under the full 282 square feet of gaff-rigged sail carried by the boat. I set a northeast course for the green can buoy on the far side of the bay.


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All I can say after years of touching bottom on sandy reefs and a few rockey ones I decided to for get sailing and get a Hinckley Talaria 44FB with twin 440 Yamar Diesels and Hamilton New Zealand Jets with a joy stick. Draft 24 in. and the T29R is 18 in.. however good by to Sail. J.C.L.1/28/2008 3:22:04 PM
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