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Author:  beaj [ Mon Sep 09, 2013 4:48 pm ]
Post subject:  Odd boat pattern off Garden City beach

We watched a boat running in a strange pattern off Garden City beach today. It looked like a commercial boat say 30 foot with twin outboards. It was silver-ish and had a single pilot house. No flying bridge, no outriggers, no trolling net, no lines in the water, only 1 person on board....

What was storage were its precise pattern that she would make. She would be about 500-750 feet off shore traveling exactly parallel to the beach for about a 1/4 mile then make a 90 degree turn onto shore and come right into the breakers before turning 180 degrees back away from shore. Then turn 90 degrees and head north about 1/4 mile then head into shore again. Looked like a grid search pattern.

We guessed they were mapping the bottom or searching for something.

Anyone have any idea what they were doing?

Author:  patrish [ Mon Sep 09, 2013 8:45 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Odd boat pattern off Garden City beach

Wally and I are unable to help...sorry. Hopefully someone else will chime in.

Hope you're having a wonderful vacation!

Author:  beaj [ Tue Sep 10, 2013 8:19 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Odd boat pattern off Garden City beach

Thanks!

Well yesterday evening we see this guy in a Gator riding on the beach stopping exactly at the point where the boat was coming toward shore. He would get off the Gator and walk toward the water with what looked like a GPS on top of a long stick. He stopped every ten yards or so....

I chatted with him and he explained that they are measuring the slope on the shoreline. The boat came in at high tide then at low tide the Gator guy could walk into the water and overlap the boat's measurements. He went on to say that they go as far up to the street to make the measurements.

This is a yearly activity.... Interesting!

Author:  patrish [ Tue Sep 10, 2013 9:17 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Odd boat pattern off Garden City beach

Mystery solved! And once again, I learn something from one of our message board members! Thanks! :cool:

Author:  ScarletBegonias [ Thu Sep 19, 2013 11:32 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Odd boat pattern off Garden City beach

Wonder why they need to know this? Doubt it just for fun. Interesting!!

Author:  beaj [ Sat Jan 11, 2014 11:16 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Odd boat pattern off Garden City beach

Interesting.... A similar, maybe even the same, boat was used for beach replenishment surveys in NJ. I guess they got into the breakers and capsized.

http://www.app.com/article/20140105/NJN ... nking-boat

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