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I almost feel dumb asking this, but, ...... there are notes on my Hot Spots map that I do not understand. Would someone explain please?

What do the following notations mean?
Crib sometimes it says "depth over crib"
Outfall
obstr (I'm guessing obstruction, but what kind(s) can they be?)
piles (pilings?)
ruins (are they old walls or piers or...?)
foul

Thank you in advance
 

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Good questions.

Crib - Usually a submerged wood structure. Could have been a number of man-made things at one time but was removed or abandoned. Usually only the base remains. Depth over Crib is the water depth over the structure at the mean water level.

Outfall - Not sure exactly, but I believe some are drains

Obstr - you got it, could be any number of things

Piles - Usually old dock pilings/supports. Round posts driven into the bottom.

Ruins - You got it. Usually old foundations of buildings, walls, lighthouses, etc

Foul - Kind of like Obstr, but I believe it's usually used in dumping ground annotations. I interpret it mean "be careful, we have no idea what could be lurking under here."

Someone correct me if I'm wrong. I didn't look them up. One other note, never try to fish one of these areas, it's not worth it.
 

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Obstructions may be underwater during certain times of the year.

A great book is: Chart No. 1, United States of America, Nautical Chart Symbols Abbreviations and Terms. It is published by the Department of Commerce. I think it cost me $2.50 a few years back. It is about 100 pages, in color and explains everything.

Very good reference book for everyone.

The defination for FOUL "Remains of a wreck or other foul area, non-dangerous to navigation but to be avoided by vessels anchoring, trawling etc."
 

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boatnfish, you ought to know better than to give out incomplete advise! For shame.

There's a symbol for a foul that matches what boatnfish posted and another foul symbol for one that is a danger to navigation.

I didn't check the price, but you can download Chart 1 for free in pdf formats if you can handle 85MB of data - that's a while even with broadband, but manageable with a fast connection.

I'd recommend the (K) rocks, wrecks, obstructions at 4.5 MB.

Cribs can be water intakes too like the one down by 8 Mile or so. Outfalls are usually drains like the one near 10 Mile.

Fiker - there are no dumb questions. This is a great refresher topic too.
 

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Don't listen to those guys....'Foul' is where the ducks are.
 

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Dr P,
You're confusing the Canuck spelling with the American English spelling...
 

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In the US,
You shoot waterfowl

and don't run your boat over water foul (unless according to Ron Shearer you were the tournament favorite and you've skunked, they you DO run over the water foul and hope your motor parts from your boat so you can says something like "I had 'em, but I couldn't make it into the weigh in).
 
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