Hi sundown,, my wife and I took our C&C
38 with a 7'6" draft through some of the areas last winter and here are some of my experiences.
I think the Army Corps of Engineers owe me a hefty sum for doing some of the dredging. Lets see... Inside the Long island
, outside of NJ, up the Delaware river, along the chesapeake bay
, is all doable and very pleasant. Then in hampton VA, you'll definately have to go outside and around cape hatteras. You will not take 10' through coinjock and alligator river which is the ICW route inside the Cape Hetteras.
Then, while further south, 8' tidal swings in SC and Georgia
will enable you to bring it through some ICW areas but its not worth it. And then again, florida
is a nightmare. They owe me too for dredging the Okeechobee and ICW area
I also found that those updated MLW depths are not very reliable. Nobody really knows how to avoid some of the shoalling in the ICW which made it very hard to relax. What amazed me is how exhausted I was after motoring in the ICW all day, with anywhere from 3 feet to less than a half-a-foot under my keel
. I couldn't relax even for a bit. Next time, I am definately taking the outside route.