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The Sailng Vessel Bad Captain at anchor off Boot Key

October 16, 2021 - St. Andrew Bay

We entered the Panama City Beach Channel in the early morning hours on Saturday. Again, the "light pollution" from the coastline provided us with another opportunity to work together. In no time, we settled into a pattern of communication, fore and aft, that allowed us to traverse the channel successfully.  

As we made the final turn towards St Andrew Bay, our radio came alive with crossing commercial traffic.  I am still amazed that these large tugboats, pushing and towing barges do not utilize AIS (Automatic Identification System.)  The S/V Bad Captain is equipped with a Class B AIS Unit.

By 3:00 a.m. CST, we settled into an anchorage outside the entrance to CSS Yacht Basin, which will be our home for the coming week as we wait for a suitable weather window south towards Key West, FL.

St. Andrew Bay