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Old 09-03-2016, 13:56   #16
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Re: Mast Clearance = 69' and The Ditch

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I beg to disagree... isn't there a 64ft fixed bridge 30minutes south of Norfolk Virginia?

(I maybe wrong... I have been wrong before, my mother recalls...)
Tons of bridges on ice south of norfolk but no problem with norfolk and anchorages close by. Your mom was right.

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Re: Mast Clearance = 69' and The Ditch

ICW! Going to smash this phone that thinks it is smarter than I am.



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Re: Mast Clearance = 69' and The Ditch

Stay outside and enjoy the trip
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Re: Mast Clearance = 69' and The Ditch

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This is brilliant. I have sent the link to the admiral several times. This boat is a near dead ringer for us but we are not as elegant. We are 80 feet air draft and 58 LOA. 'SHE' will not hear of it.
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Old 09-03-2016, 19:24   #20
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Re: Mast Clearance = 69' and The Ditch

Charts, guidebooks, and Active Sam will give you the exact bridge heights. In the macro sense, entering a commercial harbor from the ocean will generally be issue free, but CHECK charts. I live in Charleston--open access to/from ocean via shipping channel. Nothin in the way. ICW runs through the harbor going N-S, and in either direction on that you will come to an abrupt halt in front of a 65' bridge.

You'll have to go outside Hatteras. Wait for a good weather window and enjoy. Day and a half to Norfolk or less if you ride the edge of the stream. Entering the Chesapeake at Norfolk, same principle. Entry from the Chesapeake Bay to most harbors is fine. Lots to see. Go to the top of the Bay and out to the Delaware River/Bay via C&D Canal. No worries. You will have to go around Cape May and enter from the Atlantic Inlet. Bridges on Cape May Canal too low. If you cross from Cape May to Block Island and north, it is open ocean. If you go up the Jersey shore, the major inlets can be entered with your mast from the ocean.
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Re: Mast Clearance = 69' and The Ditch

If you really must try the ICW you will have very few choices with fixed bridges. At 66 to-instruments there are very few for me, and I have wait for mllw... Even then it's very nervy ...

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Whatever clearance they SAY you have... assume its 2 feet less

Helps you to avoid hitting stuff if you add a margin.
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Cape May is less than 69, but you can go around and into the marinas
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