Starlight, thanks for the tip on mosquito control, will check it out.
I really like to make some tracks offshore
when I can, and spend leisurely days at anchor
- rather than taking the entire ICW
down. This way I can hop from one favorite place to the next, or go inside when weather
, crew or whim dictate. That said, if you are not on a timetable, then go at your leisure and stop regularly. It's not as much fun if you are on the move all day every day, in my opinion.
Echoing others opinions, your draft
is fine if you stay in the channel and watch the tidal ranges for the shallow areas. Cruisersnet has updates for the ICW
, check that site out for sure. I brought my new boat home from west coast
FL a couple of years ago, drawing 4'. Didn't have a depth sounder
but staying in channel kept me off the bottom.
Favorite spots are Cape Lookout and Beaufort
, NC, Cape Romain, Charleston, Cumberland Island. Some good overnight+ hops are from Cape Fear to Charleston Harbor and Charleston Harbor to St Simons or perhaps St Marys.
Someone mentioned Okeechobee, and I think that is doable for you with your height. Dismal swamp is worth doing, and should be reasonably pleasant in June. Both of those sections are a little unique and worth checking out if the water
levels are right....which there is a good chance they will be.
Hope you have a great cruise-