Have you ever wondered how you could scout out a new boating destination to get a handle on where the shallow areas are before you arrive? Going in blind means risking a damaged boat, a damaged propeller, or even having to call a dockmaster to come rescue you? The resources for avoiding headaches and potentially dangerous situations are already right at our fingertips most of the time.
Checking out an area the night before your reservation, or even if it’s while you are approaching a suspect waterway, can be accomplished relatively easily these days with Google Maps in conjunction with apps like Navionics and Tide Charts. The satellite view is a great vantage point for finding potential shallows, as sometimes it’s hard to see well from a mere six feet above the water. Of course, one must keep in mind the lag between when these photos from space were taken and your viewing, but when you combine all available resources, including a simple pair of polarized sunglasses, you will find that your odds of having a damage free excursion increases dramatically.