And, on a different topic — Here’s a link to a video showing the Nordhavn 62 that went aground a couple years back. I still don’t know the story as to why this occured, and probably never will.
I had my own “close encounter” with the bottom last year, and since then, I’ve been staying as far as I can get from shore. There’s a bit of a story from our trip to Costa Rica that is related to this topic. When we were cruising south, I had on board a friend who is also a captain. As we were rounding a point, I steered a course that was a good mile off of shore. My friend felt we should cut the corner, and corrected my course in the auto pilot when I wasn’t looking. As soon as he wasn’t looking, I moved the waypoint again, moving us further out to sea. He pretended not to notice but we wound up discussing the incident later (over an adult beverage). I explained that I’ve become a big fan of deep water. I’d much rather arrive a bit later than cut it close.
One thing that has always amazed me is watching the sailboats along the coast of mainland Mexico. The majority seem to be running within a quarter mile of shore. Perhaps I’m overly conservative (which is certainly true), but I have a healthy skepticism about the quality of the marine charts outside the US.