We reported a grounding in this Problem Stretch back in August and the confusion Skipper Ross mentions could have been the cause. The intersection of the Waterway and Browns Inlet, a Problem Stretch south of Swansboro, has been the site of shoaling for some time. See http://cruisersnet.net/?p=143963 From the two contradicting reports below, a wise skipper will go slow through this Problem Stretch and use your best judgement as to the markers. Let us hear from you.
Browns Inlet mile 236. As you approach marker numbers 60 and 61A, it looks like the colors are reversed. But they are not. You have to zig-zag around the markers. A power boat behind us thought the green marker had drifted off station and promptly ran aground. We saw a minimum of 8 feet MLW in this section.
And we received this report from Skipper McKee that marker #61A is off-station:
Larry, it [marker#61A] was way to the right of the magenta line and to the right of the just previous red as we headed south. I followed the buoy but it got down to 6 feet and we were almost on the shore. Looking back, I would not have honored the buoy.
Just received word from Carmen Salemno who came through this Problem Stretch yesterday confirming that 61A is very close to the shore but with 6ft of water. He also said a 60ft motor vessel was aground in the intersection.