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Old 10-15-2011
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With that deep draft, I'd go Virginia Cut; the COE will only guarantee 6' on the Dismal route. The Gilmerton bridge is now closed during rush hours 6:30-9:30 and 3:30-6:30. (although if you're lucky they'll open for commercial traffic and you can go through with them) Time your passage to reach it for the 9:30 or 10:30 AM opening, then the next two timed bridges are pretty well in sync. Plan to stay overnight at Great Bridge (mi 12) after going through the single lock. Tie to the canal wall (free dockage) BEFORE the bridge but after the lock. You can walk to groceries, laundry, and a nice Mexican restaurant. 2nd night, anchor near Buck Island (mi 55 or thereabouts depending on wind direction); or marina at Coinjock if you're marina types.
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