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Old 13-12-2013, 07:19   #16
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Re: mast height

smj is correct: according to the charts, the Julia Tuttle (I-195) bridge is 56 ft. The fixed bridge to Dodge Island (from downtown Miami), which crosses the ICW at the south west end of Government Cut is 65 ft.
PDF versions are available at NOAA Charts PDF Format.
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Old 13-12-2013, 23:31   #17
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Re: mast height

Not sure of the accuracy, but the following site has listings of bridge heights and schedules as of July 2013:

Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) Bridge Schedule & Lock Restrictions

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Thanks, all useful info. Was thinking of the practical value for all of us in having a single reference document showing bridge height from Chesapeake all the way around FL and back through AL, MISS, LA and TX. As it is, it seems like you have to wade through many publications to get to that. My specific reason for needing this info is that my research phase of which cat to buy is at the point of needing to be pared down. I know the category of boat (<40')' I know where and for what purpose I will use it, and think the smart thing to do now is let environmental conditions drive the design. Something like, the biggest affordable boat that fits under the lowest bridge in most areas but still have shallow enough draft. Out of production PDQs are showing their age, Legacy 35 was my #1 but is almost too narrow, Leapords are really nice but mast too high. My list has some great Aus and SA designs but many are not here and it's complicated enough without having to deal with remote decision making variables in unfamiliar geographies.

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One single website will show all bridges: ActiveCaptain.com

I traveled the ICW a year ago with a 60' off-the-water stick and had no trouble. That's about as tall a mast height as I'd want.
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I'm pretty sure what I'm about to say is correct. We've done this trip quite a few times so going of memory and this is only for the ICW and fixed bridges.
From the Chesapeake.to Appalachicola Fl. all fixed bridges are 65'except the Julia Tuttle in Miami which is 56
From Appalachicola to Pensacola there are some 50' bridges.
From Pensacola to Louisiana 65'
Louisiana through Texas 73'. There is a 50' bridge in Aransas Pass but you can bypass that by going through Port Aransas.
As I said going by memory so if I'm mistaken please chime in!
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Old 14-12-2013, 07:33   #21
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Re: mast height

You don't have to limit yourself to a 36' boat because of mast height. There are plenty of 38-42 foot cats out there that will do the ICW. Also the cats in this range only draw 4' or so. My boat is a Lagoon 410 and the mast is 62' from the water. With a 3' antenna on top I had no problem coming down the ICW. Of course once at Lauderdale you have to go outside to Miami, which is a piece of cake, just watch the weather. One word of caution, when you enter the channel at Miami, call the Coast Guard and find out if Government Cut is closed due to cruise ships being there. It's a drag getting 3/4's of the way up the cut and be turned around. If it is closed you just take the commercial cut to the left of Government Cut.
If you do find a cat that you love, but the mast is say 3-5 foot too tall for the ICW, do what one of my clients did to their boat. They cut 4 foot off the mast and recut the sail to make it a flat top. You don't lose much sail area and the cut makes up for it. I think it ran them about 5 grand. You do have options...
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Re: mast height

From my recollection besides the Julia Tuttle which most are aware of, there are other bridges on the AICW which may be less than the nominal 65 feet. One that comes to mind is the one at the end of the Alligator/Pungo canal which is north of Bellhaven. In addition depending on wind conditions in non-tidal stretches the bridges might not have 65 feet.
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One word of caution, when you enter the channel at Miami, call the Coast Guard and find out if Government Cut is closed due to cruise ships being there. It's a drag getting 3/4's of the way up the cut and be turned around. If it is closed you just take the commercial cut to the left of Government Cut.
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Just count the cruise ships. If there are none you can go through Government Cut. If there is one you can go through Government Cut. Just keep to the north side of the channel. If there is more than one cruise ship in you have to take Fishermans Channel south of Dodge Island.
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Re: mast height

I have a 64' 10" mast, plus antennas - 67.5'.

I time the tide and go under the 65' bridges.
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