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Re: I need advice ..off shore or Intracoastal NJ to Florida

We brought our Allmand through the ICW from Atlantic City to Forked River in NJ about 2 months ago. I wouldn't try it with an 8' draft. We bumped bottom a few times while in the channel and the channel is VERY narrow in spots (we have a 3'10" draft and 11'3" beam). Didn't full-stop run aground (except in the Cape May Canal, but that's a separate issue), but we knew we were in SHALLOW water. I'd go North, up the canal and out the inlet, then South along the NJ coast. You can probably hit Atlantic City in a day. Given the boat's condition as you've described it, I wouldn't suggest going at night. Hang out in AC that evening, and figure out what to do next. If you need to, winter in AC and deal with everything while you're there and get her ready for next year.
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