Originally Posted by Vasco
Charts and chart plotters are not to be trusted in the ICW
. The actual depths bear little relationship to charted depths. There is bad shoaling in many spots, usually near inlets but not always. The depths can change from the time you head
south to the time you return north. There is little money
for dredging. In some spots you have to feel your way through, slowly.
In the story I mentioned earlier, one or another of the other boats ran aground every day for three or four days running. If I remember right one guy ran aground two days in a row and these were experienced ICW
sailors, not newbies. I think we were in North Carolina
when this happened. Myself I have been aground a few times but luckily got off by myself every time except once when a small sailboat pulled me off.
The Wilmington District seems to have many of the bad spots.
Wilmington District Navigation Branch Home Page
I did not realize it was that bad.
If I go with you some day I can lead and call the depths as I can motor
easily in 3-4 ft.