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post #11 of 18 Old 05-29-2007
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"What problem will I have."
Well, if you don't obtain and use charts, you WILL go aground. It doesn't matter what you go boating in, if you don't know the waters you are going to go aground. The only questions are when, and with how much damage.
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I have 10 feet draft and have no problem......
Yes, but you are the "Sailing God" ...besides, if you run aground, that little torpedo pops off and you keep on going...
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Thanks for the input.The marina where I keep my boat now has 6 feet or more water and I may have found the boat I,ve been looking for.So I wanted to know if I should just keep looking. Most places I go now are 7 to 10 feet and occasions I sometime my self creeping in on 4 feet of water.
Get the boat that makes you smile.. .if it has a 6' draft, then you'll just have to be a little more cautious..ie no wheat juice whilst underway
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I repeat...it is FOOLISH to buy a 6' draft boat if you really want to explore NC waters.
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Nah, takes a especially intelligent person to understand that a multihull is a naturally superior mode of transportation... Something most of you lead mine sailors haven't figured out...
Yeah, butt att weast we's cun spels gooder.

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camaraderie - I repeat...it is FOOLISH to buy a 6' draft boat if you really want to explore NC waters.
Cam knows NC a lot better than I do, but SW Florida and the keys ain't exactly deep water either. I will say that if you do get a deeper draft boat, get some davits and a nice dink (or just pull it behind you). You can base the boat in one locale and explore in the dink. That is what we do. I actually think that is the BEST way to approach shallow water. It is a lot less stressful and opens up possibilities that are not possible from a large boat.

However, if you have no interest in that, better follow Cam's advice. It is usually pretty good... usually (smile).

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Cd...thanks (I think!)...Buying a 6' draft boat here is very much like buying one for the keys. Why limit yourself to the Hawk channel? See both sides with 4 ft. and a centerboard!
Just avoid wing keels! (G)
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I repeat...it is FOOLISH to buy a 6' draft boat if you really want to explore NC waters.
I second that comment...

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Just avoid wing keels! (G)
...Which is one reason we went with the wing keel! Draft was a BIG issue for us... that and bridge clearance. I was even looking at a Morgan Out Island 28... nice full keel boat, but what a slug with the 10' beam! Eventually decided on the Pearson 27. We sail primarily in the Neuse River and Pamlico Sound so the wing was a good choice for us.

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Wing keels rule !
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