La Bonita's First Trip to the Florida Keys

"Looking up from chart I see sign "clearance 19 feet" - Bonitas' mast is 22'. Superb math skills indicate a minor problem. Emergency bat turn rudder hard over, motor hard over, rev to the max. Bonita is super, a complete 180 degree turn while the top 3' of her mast is 6 - 12" from bridge. Wino on bridge applauds - I'm smug. Radio call to dockmaster inquiring as to sailboat exit from marina, as my chart must be outdated. Smart a$$ dockmaster asks "what is a sailboat exit?" Sigh... I tell him I need just over 22' of clearance. He chuckles, not a good sign. "

 (Submitted by Noel Sat Jul 17, 2004 )


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