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    Re: navigation by soundings.
    From: James N Wilson
    Date: 2010 Feb 19, 20:40 -0800

    Concerning using lead lines, I'm reminded of going into San Quintin bay
    in Baja California some years ago. The entry was a bit spectacular,
    having to go diagonally between two lines of breakers. We then started
    heaving the lead line, since the depth sounder was out. But then we saw a
    whale headed out right beside us, and I reasoned that he had a deeper
    draft than we did, and he could see where he was going, so I knew we were
    in the channel. Better than the lead line. We made it in without
    incident, and chatted with the crew of another boat who had taken an
    hour's ride in their dinghy to get a pilot. The went aground only twice.

    Jim Wilson

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