Originally Posted by Suijin
So the foot of your mast
is 3' below the waterline...and your mast
is 57'6" long
Just checking. I've never tried going under the Cape May bridge, with a air draft
of 55' plus antenna
. Maybe I can try it with a spring neap tide. Going around those shoals adds a couple of hours :\
There's a pair of the 55' MHW fixed bridges in the Cape May Canal. You could pass under at any of the times between mid and low tide. Our only times that caused us to come close were related to our desire to make the favorable current
on the Delaware River. It's easy to anchor
on the east side of these bridges near the US Coast Guard station, but there's no good anchorage to the west. I've anchored in the channel west of the bridges waiting for clearance. This was in daylight and with VHF
contact with passing vessels.
I know my exact clearance because, as an avid gunkholer, I passing under about one hundred bridges a year,- about half fixed and half opened. I have seven bridges between my present location and the ocean. I've met long time sailors that have never opened a bridge. 'just depends on where and how you crusie.