In marine language, piloting basically means navigating by landmarks rather than latitude and longitude. To get in and out of Elizabeth Harbor, that is just about what you have to do. When we left this morning, getting out into the open water involved following the coast of Stocking Island until a stone tower on Stocking Island and several pink houses with white roofs on Great Exuma were in a line, then following that line until the bearing on the radio towers in George Town was about 180°, then turning to a course of 308° until the we had a bearing of 173° on the houses, then keeping the stern on the houses until we had a bearing of about 130° on the tower on Stocking Island, then keeping the tower on our stern until the houses were at 165°, then keeping them on our stern until we were clear of all the reefs. Kind of complicated, right? According to Dad, we'll be doing that a lot in the Bahamas.
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