Originally Posted by Chris
Exactly and at 15 knots we could stop well within the available visibility.
That is the important part, being able to react and stop within the available visibility.
Teignmouth is reasonably well marked, and depending on the state of the tide, you could try to pick up the port hand red marks near the bank, and steer a compass course between them, but if the tide is low, it is much trickier.
Once into the river, past the Green stb'd spar mark, it is relatively easy to follow the line of boats/bouys on the stb'd side of the channel, then just off the commercial docks to poly steps, (where I guess you were?)
The use of the echo sounder is very helpfull.
If course it is made easier with electronics, and a backup, but all of these backups have a common system, GPS, which is not infallible.
Having a small chart means you have the information about the bouys, the channel, and you can plan an alternate using it.
Good job getting back though
You made it, and safely so that is the main point
And it gives food for thought on equipment, and what to carry