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Old 26-01-2014, 13:37   #31
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Re: ICW Question Re: going offshore...

The AICW is a great cruise. We enjoy it. There are plenty of small towns, some with public docks. In the fall it is my purpose in life to stop at all the Shrimp docks and buy fresh caught shrimp from NC to FL.

Low tide can be helpful as it tends to show exactly where the channel is. Especially true in Jekyll and some other spots in GA.

In the last 7 years we have transited 14 times with 5 ft draft and more years ago. It is easier now as most of the swing bridges have been replaced with 65 ft (+-) spans.

We have identified at least 10 nesting pairs of bald eagles and and even saw Momma bear and two cubs doing what bears do in the woods.

Whats not to like? Go for is easy and fun.

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Old 26-01-2014, 13:45   #32
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Re: ICW Question Re: going offshore...

We always watch the wildlife. Saw a panther in SC once, not a football player either.

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Old 26-01-2014, 16:26   #33
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Re: ICW Question Re: going offshore...

Originally Posted by Tia Bu View Post
Great Dismal Swamp is also beautiful. Buy a screen tent at Walmart that you can quickly drape over the bimini and main hatch when bugs attack in an anchorage. They are usually only active for an hour or so. Take your time and enjoy.
Tia, you clearly have never encountered hyper-aggressive Texas zancudos, they can bite 24/7; and sometimes in numbers that might carry you off.
Almost anywhere else along the ICW in Texas has the salties/zancudos too, along with the gigantic biting horseflies(?) (greenies; again, hyper-aggressive, and you have to practically beat 'em off with a fishbilly), yeow.

The Lower Laguna Madre, especially around a place like South Bay, behind the South Brazos Santiago jetty, is outstanding.

Meanwhile, back on topic, the lowest bridge clearance on the (West)GICW is 48 feet, at Aransas Pass, TX, West ICW mile 533.1, for the State Highway 361 overpass. I know it well, pucker factor peaks out under that one, I aim dead center at lower tide, heel over and hang on
(probably have a couple feet but it sure looks close to the antenna ).

Per NOAA's Coast Pilot #5:
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"7.01) Bridges
(8) Minimum overhead clearance of fixed bridges in this section of the waterway is 48 feet at Mile 533.1. Minimum horizontal clearance is 51 feet at the swing bridge at Mile 63.0."

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