Originally Posted by skipmac
T............ One question, your OI41 only draws about 4.5' I think. What was the depth
like from your recollection? OK for a deeper draft
is 4'3" and the most shallow location between Manasquan and Absecon Inlets is between the Point Pleasant Canal and the Mantoloking Bridge with an area of soft mud at 4'6". Six feet of draft can be taken from Absecon Inlet to Barnegat Bay, but I would agree as Dave (Chef2sail) stated that the passage
is often narrow with shoals and swift currents. There is much skill involved in ICW
passages without grounding. When my wife and I first navigated the entire Atlantic ICW
in 1972 we ran aground thirteen times. Now that we've completed 21 passages of the ICW we very rarely come close to grounding.