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Sandy Cay Boat #222767
03/25/2020 09:56 AM
03/25/2020 09:56 AM
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Clifton, VA
desmofan Offline OP
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After reading a thread here last night, I went on Google Maps to look at Sandy Cay, and saw this:

Sandy Cay Satellite View

We haven't sailed past Sandy Cay in the past two years, is this boat really still sunk there? it seems like tht would be a simple place from whcih to remove it.

Last edited by desmofan; 03/25/2020 09:57 AM.

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Re: Sandy Cay Boat [Re: desmofan] #222779
03/25/2020 11:13 AM
03/25/2020 11:13 AM
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Optical illusion?

Are you talking about the shadowy boats moored there?

Might be just a cloud passing over when the pic was taken?


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Re: Sandy Cay Boat [Re: desmofan] #222780
03/25/2020 11:17 AM
03/25/2020 11:17 AM
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I paddled around Sandy Cay in January and didn't see any wrecks.

Re: Sandy Cay Boat [Re: desmofan] #222929
03/26/2020 11:48 AM
03/26/2020 11:48 AM
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I was there last week, no wreck that we saw.

Re: Sandy Cay Boat [Re: desmofan] #222948
03/26/2020 01:46 PM
03/26/2020 01:46 PM
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Looks like a catamaran shaped cloud.

Re: Sandy Cay Boat [Re: desmofan] #222956
03/26/2020 03:10 PM
03/26/2020 03:10 PM
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Hillsborough, NC
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I don't know anything about satellite photography, but I've seen images like this many times on Google Earth. The image has a hazy, ghost-like appearance. My guess is there's some reason two or more digital images, taken at different times, have been combined. I've seen GE images of marinas with some boats appearing very faint and hazy, and even overlapping other images. It's usually in a transition area where two different images,clearly taken at different times, come together - near the boundaries of the different images.

In the Sandy Cay image there are areas where different images come together. One can see water with waves or ripples and completely flat water side by side, hazy clouds and crystal-clear skies separated by a perfectly straight edge. If you look just a few yards SW of the catamaran closest to Sandy Cay (and very clear in the photo) you can see what I think is the faint outline of a monohull (hardly visible). A few yards to the SE of the "clear" catamaran another catamaran that isn't visible initially can be seen as one zooms in closer. There are clouds obscuring it, but the clouds are in a perfectly straight line. There is an edge of another boat touching the catamaran on it's port, aft quarter. The edge piece is very clear. I think the edge piece is part of an image of another boat taken at a different time. I don't think there's a sunken catamaran at Sandy Cay, just the faint image of a catamaran that was captured in a photo at a different time and combined into the satellite view we are seeing.

There was an old dock with a Catalina 22 near my home marina that appeared on GE for a couple of years. The dock was destroyed by Hurricane Irene in 2011 (the Catalina was on the hard) and the dock was never rebuilt. In a GE image with an " imagery date" in 2014 the dock still showed up but it was very faint and hazy. It was in an area where two images came together that were clearly not taken on the same day. I know the dock was not there in 2014. As the GE images are pieced together these "ghost images" show up - at least that's my theory.

Re: Sandy Cay Boat [Re: desmofan] #222957
03/26/2020 03:14 PM
03/26/2020 03:14 PM
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Great Harbour, Jost Van Dykes
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I'm trying to get into google earth to see the image - but shockingly the wifi in BVI is pretty slow with everyone at home these days... I do know that when you view google earth images of Jost on Google earth, sometimes they will show old images and new images overlapped. Like within last few months i have looked at google earth and seen the great harbour church intact and other pre 9/2017 imagery... but then parts of the island seem to have up to date images..


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