Friday, while kicked backed enjoying some fog and rain, I had two boats pull up to me and ask for help.
First asked me where they were at. Yup, can you tell us where we are at? I asked them if they had charts. He showed me his paper chart and I told him where he was in relation to the chart as he was 10 miles off the map. He took off and a mile or so later headed in the direction of some rocks, I tried to hail him on the radio and then watched him in the binocs until he was clear.
A few hours later the second boat pulls up to me as I was pulling shrimp pots. They asked me where Whittier was. I asked them if they had charts. He said just this crappy one from the tunnel and shows me the map brochure they hand out when you go through the tunnel. I gave him distances and directions to make it to Whittier. We were 35ish miles out at this point.
So I don't know what to title this other than to say, please please don't head out into the salt without being prepared. It's one thing to put yourself in danger but where there are several other wide eyed people on the boat it's no small matter. There are a lot of rocks and dangers out there.
This morning a boat pulled past us really slow and my 8 year old daughter says "maybe they need directions".