we go to tashmoo very often. We just came back yesterday. Tide range is not that much (maybe 1.5' either direction, give or take)... but it makes a difference!
Our 5' 6" draft
is fine. On low tide I WILL bump the sandy bottom entering/exiting, but can get out. I wouldn't attempt to enter/exit tashmoo with a 7' draft at low tide, unless you want to dredge a new channel!! Either way, enter/exit with some moderate throttle and speed, don't want to get stuck! you should be able to plow through the sand if you get stuck, if you have some momentum.
Entering, watch out for middle ground. I can get over it. But 7' might be pushing it.
Also when at the entrance, stick to the left side of the channel. I always get stuck just outside if I am not to the very left of the entrance.
In the channel, stick to the very left, almost like you can jump to shore close, it is the deepest water
. It may feel un-natural, but you will ground if you go in the middle of the channel.
mid to high tide, I have about 6"-1' below my keel
once I enter, Once into the pond I have no problem. anchoring in the deeper part of the pond is mud and eel grass - ie have a very good anchor
, and watch for wind
shifts. You will have your anchor
pop out and not reset if it shifts if you have anything other than a modern style (spade, etc) anchor. been there. done that. got the tshirt. You should see other sailboats anchored. thats where you will anchor. I use about 80' of rode