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"ICW" means "Intracoastal Waterway." Along most of the coast of the US there are protected waterways (you might think of them as similar to canals). When taking a boat from the Chesapeake Bay to Florida, for example, you might sail it in the Atlantic Ocean in calm weather, and then, when the weather gets boisterous, take it into the ICW, where it will be more protected from high winds and big waves. Sometimes you can sail on the ICW, but often, it is so narrow that you have to motor.
I also had a Catalina 22 at one time, and it is a wonderful small boat to get one started racing or cruising, but it is designed and intended for use on an inland lake, or in a protected bay, or in calm, coastal waters, and never far offshore or away from a protective entrance to the ICW.