|XO Checking the Approach to Cucumber Beach|
2. The VHF channel 16 traffic included "Warship 44" in a variety of clearly American dialects. Warship 44 turned out to be the USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44) on an exercise and port visit to Belize. An LSD is a "Landing Ship Dock." In particular the Gunston Hall is designed to carry four LCAC's (Landing Craft Air Cushion) in its well deck. One of the LCAC's was ferrying crew to shore and decided to make a close pass of Reboot and Hobo II on our transit from the Drowned Cays.
|Belize Port Authority Boat|
|Belize Navigation Aid|
Note the clever use of old T-shirts to distinguish this mark. Other versions include bleach bottles, white T-shirts, white sticks, etc. I have already mentioned in the blog that the charts are totally useless. The general shapes of things are fine but improperly located and there are no depth soundings. In North Belize this is a real issue as much of the water is 8 feet or less deep.
4. When I left Milwaukee soon after the current recession hit (depression?) I commented that with the exception of Lake St. Clair (that was filled with laid off auto workers drawing pay to fish) most of the marinas were quite empty. The same seems to be true for the "Mayan Riviera." In both Mexico and now in Belize the resorts, beaches, ferries, etc. are empty. And this is high season. The economy is really hurting.
More to follow later ...