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Old 16-09-2018, 08:37   #1
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ICW Shoaling Post Hurricane

I wonder if all this water that's going to be washing down ICW in the next week is going to making shoaling on the ICW better or worst. Are the little run offs going to deposit more muck. Or will the current take out the old.

Wish I wasn't going to be among the first to find out.
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I wonder if all this water that's going to be washing down ICW in the next week is going to making shoaling on the ICW better or worst. Are the little run offs going to deposit more muck. Or will the current take out the old.

Wish I wasn't going to be among the first to find out.
I am not sure if you are actually asking a question or just ruminating....but at the risk of stating the the obvious, some places will be deeper, some will be shallower.

And a corollary: Nobody will complain about the deeper spots.
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No one cares about the deep spots! Nothing about some sections of the ICW are "obvious"
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Re: ICW Shoaling Post Hurricane

And just to be a contrarian, everything will remain exactly as it was and as shown on the charts; just stay on the magenta line - all you need to know...
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"follow the line"

excellent advise if you own a tow company
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Gee, anyone who has been down The ICW knows how WRONG that is
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Re: ICW Shoaling Post Hurricane

You know the deal, either pick your way through or go outside.
Maybe Bob 423 or whatever his name is has gone through and updated AC, he seems to really keep it up.
Besides its a bit early to head South isnt it?
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Re: ICW Shoaling Post Hurricane

You can bet that there are new shallow spots and the ones that existed before will be worse but this stuff is at least soft-ish. I'd be more concerned about sunken logs, ropes, durable household goods, and other debris. Its probably a good idea to let the large commercial barges work their way through that stretch of the ICW for a month or more before heading that way. Or... go outside.
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Besides its a bit early to head South isnt it?
No! Besides you have go through the middle to get to the south.
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I did get a call yesterday from the Florida Corps of Engineers about possibly docking with us in anticipation of being called north. They have stayed here while surveying waters in Georgia. The vessel is a 62' motor cat. They draw around 3', and ran aground coming through Jekyll Creek. . They had no idea Jekyll is about 2 1/2' at low water.

My belief is that there will be many new challenges for the southbound boats this season. I think Ducky should update Active Captain every day. At least when running the ditch. Come on, help your buddies out!
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I try to be good about AC posting. Other than that, people like to follow me as at 64 draft they feel if he makes it, we can make it.
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Re: ICW Shoaling Post Hurricane

If you are reading this thread, I hope you will read and possibly contribute to the following new thread which is focused on reports of the current Status of the ICW Following Hurricanes in 2018.

It is not focused on shoaling, but is more broad, and will include posts about possible damage, possible shoaling, closed facilities, etc.

ICW Status Reports After Hurricanes in 2018
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Re: ICW Shoaling Post Hurricane

I would be at all surprised if all of the "minor inlets" (ie those that are too small for keelboats and have no breakwaters) from Morehead south are not impassable or near impassable from shoaling. That would include the Swansboro area, Sneads Ferry, Topsail/Figure8 area, Shallotte, etc. They can be barely passable in the best of conditions. With surge pushing sand in I expect a few of them will have to be dredged to be passable.
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Wish I wasn't going to be among the first to find out.
Someone's got to do it. Just go on and take one for the team. Be sure to post pictures

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Re: ICW Shoaling Post Hurricane

Luckily, we have a month before setting south from Maryland, but we will definitely avoid ICW from Beaufort to Masonboro, and we may go outside around Frying Pan Shoals as well just to be safe. Lots of crap went in the water last week, and highest winds were from Wilmington to Beaufort.
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