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Old 13-11-2010, 19:23   #1
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St. Augustine Inlet

Anyone have current information on the state of the St. Augustine inlet ?

I understand that the channel markers move frequently due to shoaling. We draw 5.5 feet and I'm not keen to go aground there.

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stay in the marked channel, favoring the north side. once inside check the bouys carefully - they can be confusing because they lead straight ahead (to st augustine and the ics south), to the left (salt run) and to the right (icw north).

DO NOT attempt the inlet in rough seas. with your draft you can easily be dropped down a square wave in the inlet and hit bottom - not good with a fin keel / spade rudder. in bad weather jacksonville to the north is the closest 'all weather' inlet.

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The inlet has become tricky. We maintain 2 markers with information - check out the blue inlet marker and yellow/orange hazard marker in the area.

I'd also consider calling the local TowBoat US affiliate who's based right inside the inlet and has daily interaction with it.
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sailndive just recently dropped some information on the inlet. There is some new shoaling.......i2f

St Augustine Inlet (Shoaling) Info
SAILING is not always a slick magazine cover!
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FYI, check out the news forum, towboat went down trying to pull sailboat off a sandbar and captain was rescued.
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