Originally Posted by Chompnoles
I just bought a 1979 hunter
27 and plan on taking it to Tampa and keep in at regatta point marina. Is it clear to sail up the intercostal with a draft
of 4'3" ?
Absolutely, but do study a paper chart. That Intracoastal probably isn't unique in this way, but there are some 90º turns in the channel that you*really* don't want to miss.
Regatta Pointe is located ideally. There are no bridges between you and the Gulf, and typically you can sail most of the river rather than motor
(there are some places where the channel is narrow enough that the wind
direction will have to be good.
Things to know about the Manatee River: the entrance is surrounded by VERY shallow water
, and the channel itself isn't all that deep in some places. The waters there can get very rough in confused even in weather
most here would call "moderate," so ... heads up.
Enter the channel on the south side, not the north side. Have your boat in good balance if it's rough. If I were you I would start the engine
and have it in neutral.
Watch your depth sounder
for signs of water
getting shallower where you didn't expect it; the channel is shifting.
All along that stretch of coast, the south side of the channels is nearly always the deeper side. So when in doubt, go to the south side.