OK- here's the situation. The wife and I are relatively new to boating
our first boat in 20 years last summer. We've done some day trips on the St Johns river last summer and found them not as problematic as a cruising guide led me to believe. Caution and a good dose of paranoia kept things uneventful. Boat handling skills came back quickly, so now...
This summer we're thinking of trying a week semi round trip from New Smyrna ICW
, up to St Augustine, then to Jacksonville
, down to Palatka and on to our waiting ground transportation in Deland, with overnights in these towns. Our boat is a 20' Regal bowrider. Yes, not a cruiser, but hopefully not dangerously dinky for the ICW
We have charts
and maps, a really cool Garmin
525 with the appropriate chips that was really helpful on the river, but what has me really freaked out are the hazard descriptions on the ICW in my cruising book and this and another website. On the river it was as simple as staying in the channel on the plotter and looking out for logs
Now we could do several small day trips poking around the ICW and lower St Johns getting a feel for it, or we can jump in (hopefully not literally) and do this trip in one swoop. I remember feeling this way prior to our little St Johns trip and found that my fears were way overblown, but this trips involves estimated travel times and logistics, not to mention shoals and dredging!
Feedback? Suggestions? Warnings? Help!!!