I live in Eastern NC, and love my shallow draft trimaran
for the local cruising. It has come in handy in numerous transits of the ICW
, Keys, Belieze and Bahamas
. If going up Guatemala's Rio Dulce, 6' is the max draft
, and then, ONLY at high tide.
I regularly anchor
out on the entire length of the ICW
, when others have to get dockage every night. There are COUNTLESS advantages to shallow draft!
The Eastern Caribbean
is the only place I've been where deep draft was not a problem, and even there I could usually anchor
closer to shore, in a more protected spot. At sea, my 3' draft drops to 7', with the centerboard
, and I get a gentler motion and windward ability as well. So... I think shallow draft
has a LOT of advantages.
Around here, (the Neuse River, Oriental, Pamlico Sound, ICW etc.), the monohullers usually limit their boats to 5' draft. The tides are more driven by the wind
than the moon, and on a windy day, from the right direction, the water
just goes away! Also, due to lack of funding
, the controlling depth
of the ICW is now closer to 5' in areas. For your time here, and on the US east coast
, as well as the shallow places I listed, you really limit your options with draft of 6' or over...
Perhaps a centerboarder?