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Old 09-05-2007, 06:31   #1
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Bridge Clearance on the Intracoastal Waterway

For those that run up and down the ditch.
What are the heights of the fixed bridges? I'm looking at a sailboat with 67' air height. Where am I going to run into trouble?

Especially on the east coast please.

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Old 09-05-2007, 06:57   #2
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AICW Bridge Clearances:
Controlling bridge height from Norfolk to Miami is 56 feet. With a single exception, all the non-opening bridges have a project height of 65 feet. The one exception is a fixed 56-foot bridge at Mile 1087 between Fort Lauderdale and Miami (36th St. Julia Tuttle Causeway).
The fixed Julia Tuttle Causeway Bridge sets the height limit for the ICW between Fort Lauderdale and Miami at 56 feet, crossing the ICW at Statute Mile 1087, south of unlighted daybeacon #39.
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Not east coast but there is a max opening height 50ft bridge on the ICW at Houma, LA.

67ft puts you in that ICW no man's land..... so you'll enjoy (as I do) jumping in & out

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With 67 feet you just need to forget about it and buy a copy of Dodge's guide to east coast inlets!! (G)
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In east central Florida water levels are currently running about a foot higher than normal. Bridge clearance is 64 feet.

You will have to go outside.

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Old 09-05-2007, 10:49   #6
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Well.....

I need to replace the mast anways. The in-mast roller furling system is more or less shot. I was wondering if it would be worth it to cut a few feet off the new mast height. 64' or so max... sounds like for the one bridge at 56 feet I would just have to head out and dodge anyways. probably a fair number of people need to do that.

I was planning on keeping the same mast cross section, so it should be stronger relatively speaking and it should fit back where it was without a problem. And then I need to get new sails.... hmmmm...

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Remember that if you cut the mast down to 64'...you'll still need to make sure everything on top (windex, antenna, navlights, etc.) is mounted lower--not above.
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Talk to a sailmaker

If you're thinking about re-rigging that extremely, you'll want better advice. Make sure you can hoist enough sail to keep her sailing in your home waters. Hans Christian's aren't known for greyhound-like performance; you might want to reconsider cutting off that much mast height and just plan to go outside regularly. (Would love to see a gaff Hans... could cut more than a few feet off and still have the sail area.)

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Ok

In the interest of saving money on sails, brain cells for me and heartache for everyone involved, roughly how many fixed bridges are there on the east coast version of the canal?
IE roughly how many times would I have to jump outside for a section because I had an overheight mast on a trip from NY to Fort Lauderdale?

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Please see Bridge Regulations to my knowledge the best info available ... and it is out of date & innacurate .... Hell ... that's what ya get fer livin in a 3rd world country.
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Here's the rest:
Intercoastal Waterway Bridge Schedules

Bottom line...if you want to use the ICW...get a mast 64 or less unless you enjoy Cape Hatteras!!
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I highly recommend Tom Dove’s free on-line ICW Guide, written by contributing cruisers:
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In the interest of saving money on sails, brain cells for me and heartache for everyone involved, roughly how many fixed bridges are there on the east coast version of the canal?
IE roughly how many times would I have to jump outside for a section because I had an overheight mast on a trip from NY to Fort Lauderdale?

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2divers,
Is your boat really a Hans Christian 38? If so, its mast height can't be 67 feet. Probably more like 56.

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Old 11-05-2007, 19:23   #14
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Paul,
I realized that about 24 hours ago after looking though some sales listings... Then I called my dad who (still) owns the boat and got some minor info change.. It's a 40' LOA Christina and I still have a hard time believing 67 feet, but I can't verify. I hope I've been told wrong and it is ~56' as that would make life a lot easier. But I still have to replace the mast, I've seen that personally. I'm not a real proponet of in mast furling anyways being an engineer. I happen to like the KISS principle as it always cost less in the long run.

My bad, you are right!

Too everyone else who responded, THANK YOU! The knowledge base on this board continually astounds me as I probably would not have found those links on my own.

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2Divers...I can't find the spec on the 40 but the Christina 43 has a mast to deck height of 50' so to waterline is maybe 56 feet. Hard to believe the 40 would be any higher...but a tape measure on a halyard will tell the tale. You might even make it under the Julia Tuttle!

BTW...the Hans Christian owners group does not show a 40 being made. Are you sure it is not the 43?? Maybe he isn't counting the bowsprit!
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