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Floating Objects in the South Bay on Our Trip to Point Loma Marina


Yesterday we sailed out of Pier 32 Marina, bound for Point Loma Marina. Ted and Pam came along for the trip. Ted spotted a large floating object ahead of us in the South Bay and I didn’t know what it was so we made good speed over to check it out. At a distance I thought it was possibly an overturned boat, but when we got closer it looked like a long metal pole with yellow metal pontoons.

Be on the lookout in the South Bay for these floating objects. Use extreme caution at night. I found these yesterday and notified the Coast Guard. I’ll let you know if they’re still out there tomorrow. All 3 were adrift in the South Bay outside of Sweetwater Channel up towards the South side of the Navy base.


A yellow 55 gallon drum


Another view of the yellow 55 gallon drum


A rusty 55 gallon drum with a mooring float


Another view of the rusty 55 gallon drum with a mooring float


The giant partially submerged pole with yellow floaty things.


Birds have already taken up residence on the giant pole

The weather was overcast and the wind was about 10 knots when we started sailing so we only flew the jib. We sailed well at 5.5 knots with the current pushing us out the bay.


We passed our neighbor’s boat from Pier 32 Marina, S/V Sophia Claire, as they sailed past Coronado heading South


The wind really picked up as we passed Naval Station North Island. There was a tall ship coming in with crew up on the lower yardarm furling sails as the winds picked up to 25 knots with gusts to 32.

We tied up to slip 314 at Point Loma Marina as rain started to fall. Ted and I tarped up the boat to keep rain on the outside until I get some more leaks fixed. We enjoyed a walk through Point Loma, visiting the fish market and Navy Exchange before dinner. We enjoyed prime rib with mashed potatoes and green beans.



  1. Wow, thanks for the warning. I’d hate to sail over a “floaty thingy” and break something . . . like a rudder. Sounds like you got some good wind, bet you were crusin’ along!

  2. so glad you saw and avoided it! Hopefully the Coast Guard will take care of it and it doesn’t cause any damage for anyone! Enjoy your weekend!

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