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post #4 of Old 09-26-2006
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I have cruised the upper Bay pretty easily with 5'-6" draft, and a little more cautiously with 6'-6" draft. I have raced up there on boats drawing 8'-0". You always hear people talking about the desirability of shallow draft on the Chesapeake. There is no doubt about it that there are a lot of backwater places that are not accessible for deeper draft boats, but the Bay has so many deep draft places that you can pretty much make a decision to trade off a little better sailing ability, seaworthiness and speed to get to further places for a little less draft and more places closer to home.

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