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Swain Basin soundings

by Jack and Jude 12 Jan 04:45 UTC 9 January 2018
Swan Basin is a shallow inlet giving easy walking access to Ocean Beach © Jack and Jude

Our first sortie after returning to Banyandah was a week in Swan Basin, the shallow inlet a few miles south of Strahan. It has always been challenging for keelboats to find their way through the shallows into the basin, which provides superb protection from just about any wind.

A few years back we bumped our way in, and put online the track we’d successfully followed going out. This time getting in was easier although still a bit frightening. No one wants to run aground, especially in Macquarie Harbouor where sticky mud prevails. So, on the calm days Jude and I jumped aboard the Green Machine with a sounding line and proceeded to delineate the area where Banyandah would float meaning a minimum 1.8 m of water. We’ve plotted the results and revised the online map. Surprisingly, the bottom is not gentle, but has a couple of lumps, one too shallow for us to get over. Click here for google map.

This article has been provided by courtesy of Jack and Jude.

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