I am planning a lengthy trip for Spring 2016 from the BVIs to CT up thru the Bahamas
, over to Florida
and up the East Coast
, and have gotten to Beaufort
, NC in my planning and have a dilemma. My boat is a Jeanneau
that draws 6'8" and maybe more importantly has a 64.7' vertical height. I would like to avoid sailing outside from Beaufort
to Norfolk (i.e. The Outer Banks), but the roughly 205 miles of the ICW
has 7-8 fixed bridges with a maximum clearance of 65'. Will I be able to make the ICW
with the help of tides, or is the tidal change in this stretch of the ICW not enough to help?
The various sounds inside the Outer Banks
(Pamlico, etc.) don't seem to offer any help since they are too shallow in many places.
I also know I could drop the mast
for this 200 mile segment, but that is both expensive and disruptive to the rigging
I'm sure there are plenty of you out there that have cruised this route
, so I welcome any advice anyone can offer.