- Jun 11, 2004
Good point. No disagreement on the technicality there but that mark is regularly passed by sailboats well to landward. It is over 100 feet deep at the buoy and shoals to about 60 feet 2/3rds of the way to shore. The only navigational danger to other than large commercial craft is the kelp. I pass it on the inside or the outside depending on the wind direction but being well aware to stay out of the visable kelp on the inside.Also, the RED PV buoy marks a danger (shoal) zone that lies inshore of it. True. It’s still deep enough there for a sailboat of 3-ft draft where the “zone” is not a threat to yachts passing close, and not making much leeway toward shore. But it’s a “stand-off buoy” and an “aid to navigation.” One really should not pass on the inshore side it unless maybe close aboard.