Crossing a bar can be the most dangerous boating we do, watch this video on timing a bar crossing.
This is the bar at Bermagui. You can see at the beginning the bar looks nice and calm. But then watch as it grows. Sometimes the lulls aren’t as long as this.
You must standoff and really watch and learn the sets. If the bar isn’t too bad you can pick a lull to steam across. Of course there are days when a bar should be left for another day (we’ve stood off all night waiting for a calm bar during the day).
Remember bars can be the most dangerous boating we do – there are lots of other aspects to consider as well, keep following us for more tips and advice.
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About Jackie and Noel
We are a husband and wife team. All our watery-life has been together, except for a few years (pre-wife), where Noel built boats and sailed a few oceans!
Now we combine our years of international recreational and commercial experience to demystify all things boating in a fun and logical way.
After all – a boat is a simple thing.
We share our experiences; in Navigation we turn paper-chart work into reality, and we explain the underlying reasons behind the processes and procedures through every element.
New skills breed confidence and go a long way to ensuring you stay safe on the water. That leads to becoming more relaxed while on board (it also helps combat seasickness!) and enjoying the cruising lifestyle more – that’s what we all want.