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Old 09-03-2016, 08:35   #1
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ICW with a big beam?

Wondering if the 26' beam on my tri will prevent me from sailing the ICW?
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Re: ICW with a big beam?

Nope. Tugs with tows (they actually push them) are wider than that.


Your beam may make it hard to find a marina slip though.


When entering a narrow waterway or the rock pile in NC, you should make a call on the VHF warning other boaters.
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Re: ICW with a big beam?

Thanks for the heads up, and the good news that if the weather precludes sailing outside, we can go down the ditch some day.

Will make a note of the rocks!
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Thanks for the heads up, and the good news that if the weather precludes sailing outside, we can go down the ditch some day.

Will make a note of the rocks!
The danger in the rock pile is that a barge will be coming the other way. Even in a standard sized boat it's a good idea to call before entering to make sure a barge or wide vessel is not coming towards you.

Elliot Cut near Charleston, SC is another narrow area with a swift tidal current. I wouldn't want to meet you there.


BTW: I used to live near Adamstown. Hyattstown, to be specific. Retired to SC ten years ago.
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