Originally Posted by scoobert
Yes, but do they then transit the icw
Except for a small bit of Georgia
I have traveled the ICW
from Hampton to Stewart, Fl with a 6' draft
3 times, inside and out. It's doable but there are a few tight spots. McClellanville SC (Jeremy Creek entrance) to Isle of Palms, and Brunswick, GA to Jekyll Island (Jekyll Creek) are two notable areas. But most of the way there is about 10-12 feet.
My first trip down the Chesapeake was my best sail to date. Avg 5.5 knts and all at night (114 km). I found out that travel at night is not as bad as you think if you have the crew to keep alert. Watch the weather
and outside can be the most relaxing, no need to worry about depth
. Big ports
are the best to come back inside (Savannah, Charleston, Brunswick), other inlets can be easy, too (St. Catherine's, St Helena) but some can be tricky (Wassaw, St. Lucie). Pick your times for those.
I. too, took to sailing without much experience and did some stupid things in the beginning. (Reefing the sails
in a 25knt blow/w 5' seas without being tied in, for one).
If you have unlimited towing by SeaTow do not be afraid to use it. That and TowBoatsUS is the best insurance
you can get. It pays for itself 10X over the first time you need it.
I have since done some great sails
, spent some cool nights at anchor
, and met many great people. I will never go back to a house. I am currently in Daytona, going to Cocoa December 1st.