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Postby Bill McIntyre » March 28th, 2019, 12:55 pm

Now and then on Spearboard I'll see someone in Florida asking about a wreck or other thing and referring to it as having a "public number." Here's an example.

http://www.spearboard.com/showthread.php?t=198543

I'm wondering what that means. Is it on a list of numbers published by a government agency, or just a spot that is on a commercially available list of spots, or what? In California we can buy Chart Guide books with lists of wrecks and reefs with their lat/long, but I've never heard those referred to as public numbers.
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Re: Public numbers

Postby phil herranen » March 31st, 2019, 8:19 am

The state dropped a lot of wrecks ,bridge spans, drill pipe , and other artificial structures, if you go into any tackle shop or have a good GPS it will show all these spots and are "public numbers"

People have found other natural structures and planted their own or found other peoples planted artificials and these are privat numbers
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Re: Public numbers

Postby phil herranen » March 31st, 2019, 8:24 am

Out of Panama city we dive structure as small as a 4'x6' chicken coops out in a sand flat on deep water 100' to 200'+
And get some really good fish off them ,it would be very hard to find our private numbers and someone asking for your numbers is like them asking for naked pictures of your wife
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Re: Public numbers

Postby va12 » May 20th, 2019, 1:28 am

Classic joke that works great in real life:

"Do you have any pictures of your wife naked?"

"What?! No, of course not!"

"Want to buy some?"
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Re: Public numbers

Postby Bill McIntyre » May 20th, 2019, 9:41 am

phil herranen wrote:The state dropped a lot of wrecks ,bridge spans, drill pipe , and other artificial structures, if you go into any tackle shop or have a good GPS it will show all these spots and are "public numbers"

People have found other natural structures and planted their own or found other peoples planted artificials and these are privat numbers


Sure. It's the same thing out here. There are books and lists of structures, both man made and natural. You could call those public. And most of us have waypoints for reefs or high spots that are not on any public list.

But my question was about terminology. I never see posts about California diving where they use the term "public numbers."
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Re: Public numbers

Postby Behslayer » May 20th, 2019, 10:23 am

If it's on the charts. It's Public Numbers. For example in Ca, Buoys, or Oil Platform Structures, Sunken Ships, that are listed on your charts or perhaps not on your charts yet but listed publicly in your LNM (Local Notice to Mariners).

I can't imagine sharing numbers on an open forum, even if they are listed.. some people don't want to do any homework.
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Re: Public numbers

Postby Bill McIntyre » May 20th, 2019, 11:01 am

I guess I’m just unable to get my point across.
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Re: Public numbers

Postby Nate Baker » May 20th, 2019, 1:54 pm

Bill McIntyre wrote:I guess I’m just unable to get my point across.


I'm guessing that's because, in practice, all numbers are private numbers here. ;)
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