Originally Posted by Hud3
Be careful of speed limits and no wake zones! Some friends got chased down and pulled over somewherein South Carolina.
I can attest to that. We bought our boat
and headed south just before this past Thanksgiving. I had no problems with the "water cops" on my way south from Annapolis
cruises at 8 to 8.5 knots...but even still there are a large number of places along the ditch...starting in Norfolk/Portsmouth area where you "will" idle along making no wake...or pay a price
. We did in fact reduce speed to 4 knots or even less in areas so as to comply with the posted signs. You will also deal with a number of bridges along the way that have "fixed" opening schedules. Many do not open on request. There are marinas
that only handle boats up to a certain size. There are anchorages
where boats of a certain size and draft
are not safe to anchor
It would be advisable to get your hands on the "Cruising Guides"....don't bother with the ones done by "Maptech"...they are "less than worthless" in that most of them are more than 3 years old and out of date...
Take a good bit of time and familiarize yourself with the "ditch"...on this site: Cruisers' Net - Home
The "cruisersnet" is a daily updated news bulletin/blog of what people are experiencing along the ditch from one end to the other. Invaluable information from people who have done it for those about to do it. I know the information on the site, and the cruising guides
helped us immensely and were well worth the time and the money
spent on the guides. The cruising guides
that you will need can be found at this link: Salty Southeast Cruisers' Net ~ Your home for all the cruising news along the ICW
Do a lot of research
...and go back a ways in the listings...back to last November at least...mark the problem areas on your charts
....you'll be glad you did. There are some relatively serious problem spots in the ICW.... water
as thin as 3' in the center of the ICW channel.... I know, as I found it. Plan on an offshore
jump from Charleston, SC to Mayport, FL.... GA's section of the ICW is a real mess.
I would plan on maybe with a 12 to 20 knot
boat making 70 to 80 miles per day. 60 was about our max...but remember...speed X hours does not equal distance. What determines your achieved distance every day is where you plan to dock