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    Default Franks Tract gotcha's?

    Looking at a nautical chart, the Franks Tract "island" is mostly 5-7 feet deep. I've always stayed on the east side in the Old River channel, or right along Bethel. The charted depth should mean the middle is full of Egeria (that nasty water weed). The NW "corner" is indicated 1-3 feet deep. There have been times when I've wanted to cut across but always go around as I'm not sure what to expect (weeds or depth/snags). All those flooded "islands" scare the crap out of me.

    So, you longtime south Delta peeps, is Franks Tract one of those "need to follow someone that knows" kind of deals? .... or just GO AROUND?!
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    Been across it many time's during high tide, there are only certain places to cross. I'm sure NP or Mr. Waffle know them in their sleep.

    Going around is by far the cheapest for prop repair.

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    Franks tract, last year at high tide.
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    If you head into FT from Old River side off of the SJR then take a heading on the tallest trees in the distance, theres like 3-4 Poplar trees on the shore that are taller then all the rest. Head straight for those trees and stay on track until you get to the other side and then turn left and you'll see the Rusty Porthole Windsock. Thats the way I do it every time and have never had a problem with depth, usually stays about 6-8 ft all the way.

    At WOT theres not much boat in the water.... if you chug along and drag yer ass your gonna hit something.... someday!
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    Just keep it aired out and you wont hit anything.

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    Nor-Cal has held ski races out there for years without problems. Lots of boats pulling skiers that covers most of the open area. NE corner is more shallow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WINspeed View Post
    Just keep it aired out and you wont hit anything.
    Now THAT's comforting. I guess with the motor jacked up and doing 80 it's almost a fan boat,... still, there's just something about not knowing what lurks beneath.
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    still, there's just something about not knowing what lurks beneath. [/QUOTE]

    I will make sure i go around Franks once my pile gets here in another month. I'd rather spend the extra $$ on fuel instead of prop/drive repairs and whatever else it would take out, call me whatever you want.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shortbus View Post
    something about not knowing what lurks beneath.
    Add a Go Pro camera to the front of your boat and WIFI link to the Iphone on-board and you can watch...

    "WHAT LURKS BELOW THE DELTA"

    Wow now that sounds like a great new cable TV show for the Discovery Channel!!!!!
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    Default Watch out for the waterfowl !!!

    Quote Originally Posted by ptc View Post
    Add a Go Pro camera to the front of your boat and WIFI link to the Iphone on-board and you can watch...

    "WHAT LURKS BELOW THE DELTA"

    Wow now that sounds like a great new cable TV show for the Discovery Channel!!!!!


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