Cormorant Rock

Sailing up Buzzards Bay along the western shore and rounding West Island to head for Mattapoisett or Marion, the only hazard to navigation is Cormorant Rock. When the tide is low you can see the rocks and it’s easy to see from a distance during the day. The picture above shows the rocks at mid tide, along with all the cormorants drying their wings.

However, when the tide is high the rocks are mostly underwater and all thats visable is the daymarker. This can be difficult to see. Not to mention, the green square for the daymarker appears to have fallen off. (I thought there use to be a green square, not a red square, though I’ll have to look that up).

In any event, the easiest way to avoid hitting the rocks if the visibility is low is to to just set your course from the red bouy off West Island to the green bouy at Nye’s Ledge and you can’t go wrong.

Addendum: I looked up on the online NOAA charts what navigation marker is suppose to be on Cormorant Rock. It’s suppose to be a Green & White Daybeacon. As the picture above shows, it’s definitely missing. So, as you’re approaching these rocks all you have visible is a single pole sticking out of the water. Be careful!! By the way, all these years I’ve been using the wrong terminology. I went online to the US Coast Guards website to review navigation aids (investigating for this blog) and discovered the correct terminology for these types of markers is “Daybeacon”. I’ve always called them Daymarkers. Another thing I learned, actually probably forgot long ago, is that the big daymarkers ….. ere…… daybeacons that have three or more pilings (telephone pole sized poles) are called “Dolphins”.

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