Originally Posted by boristhebold
Just a reminder, with the weather warming up but the seas very cold sea fog can develop at any time. It can be thick and is rather disorientating when your in it. Yesterday I had a lovely trip to Chapmans Pool, however on leaving I encountered sea fog just off St Aldhelms head which stretched all the way along the coast to Poole my destination, I couldn't see more than a couple of boat lengths all around.
Tip - what made the journey through it less daunting was I had pre programmed some safe way points into my plotter along the Jurassic coast line some time ago, so I simply selected those safe way points and followed the plotter course back. (safe way points meaning from point A to point E didn't go through any headland or other danger as long as I did go through points B,C, and D in specific order) It makes an iffy situation far less iffy or nerve racking and gives you more confidence which then makes your passengers less nervous about it.
Yep it can be a problem,although I've encountered Fog in the Autumn too....last year on a trip to the Scillies with Chris from Osprey it came down thick a few miles out from Lands End..despite our best efforts ...we very soon lost each other!
I took a compass bearing (and reciprocal) and although alone in the Boat.....with nil vis miles off shore, the senses really come alive....I stopped a few times to listen for shipping with the engine turned off which is always a good idea...and the silence was total... it was great following Sea swell and remains one of my best and most memorable Boating experiences!
Still a very nice feeling seeing St Mary's Harbour appear as if by Magic out of the Mist!
God bless St Garmin!