Sinner saved by the blood of Jesus
“Out there” is really a relative term. Because you can get into trouble in the river, at the beach, or anywhere on the water truth be known.I've been in brackish waters and estuaries all about the Chesapeake but never in the kind of open water like the ocean. I think the idea of being that far "out there" wouldn't give me much ease.
I would like to try the mid to late fall fishing in and around Ocracoke based upon the stories I've read about it. I doubt I'll have the free time or money for that though.
There's a great river in the eternal Kingdom. I wonder...
However it is somewhat unnerving the first few times you venture out of sight of land. When I get a little anxious I think about the Mariners of old, who only had a sextant and a sail. It the whalers who harpooned whales from skiffs, brave souls all of them.
Even as a veteran of the USCG I pray before I venture out or offshore. I also do my part to minimize risks and utilize many modern safety devices.
I don’t have a EPIRB yet but it’s on my list. We generally stay within VHF radio communication and or cellular connections. We navigate with GPS with a charts and compass as backups.
We run with a 1/3 rule on fuel, we use no more than 1/3 capacity to travel to locations and fish/troll. We keep 2/3 fuel capacity for return trips. As you never know when you might run 20 miles around a storm. Common sense and constantly monitoring NOAA weather, changing winds and seas go a long way in being safe.
It is a risk every Mariner takes every time you leave shore. Prepare for the worse and Pray for the best. As a scuba diver I’ve been afraid both above and below the water. You cannot let that fear control you.
I seek Jesus in the storms.