Originally Posted by Q. Helm
How tricky is the west entrance to Gorda Sound between Mosquito island and Virgin Gorda on a 42' cat with 4'3" draft
IMHO given your draft it is not difficult or risky at all if it is your own boat and there is no heavy sea provided you are careful (slow, use transits and/or GPS route
over ground, spotter in the bow, etc).
I use the west entrance every time with a bit more draft than that (4ft6in). I had heard so many things about that entrance that took the time to map it with a dinghy
and handheld echosounder. I can go straight through the middle of the channel but at low tide the bar is a bit tight, hence I prefer to turn 90 degrees to the right after going through the narrowest part and just before the bar. That way I never had less than 12in clearance below the keel
(that would be 5ft 6in depth). Then of course I need to turn left again to avoid hitting the beach.. I do not have waypoints here but should have them when I get to the boat next week. PM if interested..
All that said, I do not suggest you do this on a charter
boat because the charter
companies typically do not let you go there..