Ok, so I'm looking at trawlers between 34 & 42'. My plan is to see Eastern North America. Want to cruise
NY state canals, Chesapeake bay
, Coastal and Inland FL, and maybe do the Great Loop. I have a home in Ft. Myers, so plan to do a fair amount of gunkholing around the islands and waterways in SW FL.
When it comes to draft
, it seems shallower is better to a point. I'm seeing a modest number of boats that draw 3' 6" or a little less. There are some very nice boats that draw 4' 6" or a little less. So, does the difference of say 12" get you into some neat places, greatly expand your anchoring
options, and make this kind of cruising significantly easier?
Bridge Clearance Question:
Most of the boats I'm looking at have flybridges with Bimini
tops and mast
/ antennas that lower. For the ICW
, NY canals, and other inland waterways, at what height (bridge clearance) do you go under most bridges versus waiting for them to open? Does a 12' bridge clearance get you under many more bridges than 15'?
Appreciate your insights. Never had to deal with this stuff when running charters in the ocean.