Having done the run from Stuart to Miami
and back 3 times on the ICW
in a sailboat with a 50 foot mast
I can attest to the fact that it is a pain in the you know what.
I have to point out though that with a trawler
that only requires 22 feet of clearance a vast majority of these bridges will not need to be opened for you and you can go right thru. I don't know exactly how many have a clearance over 22 feet but I would guess that half of those 39 bridges have a greater clearance than that.
Good luck in your travels and if you do the ICW
, do the run from Lake Worth
on week days... weekends are awful! (At least to a sailor who gets waked all day long by boats that don't pass with courtesy, for some reason south of Stuart courtesy seems to go out the window... to anyone that might take offense to that who does slow down, I am sorry, we truly appreciate you folks who pass politely, you are rare in south Florida!).