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Old 07-15-2013
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Across Herring Bay Shoal

I read here last year that most boats coming out of Tracy's Creek/Rockhold Creek could cut across the big Herring Bay bar that exends close to the south end of Herring Bay by making your heading 140 when you get to the green right outside the break. I did this successfully last year in my boat with 4' 10" draft, but now I've got a boat with 5' 5" draft. I just wanted to report that I tested it today and it is still doable, even for my draft.

I went pretty slowly just to be safe, two hours after high tide, and don't think I ever saw less than 7 feet of water on that course. This is a great shortcut if you're heading north or if you're day sailing and don't want to get stuck in the iffy air that sometimes seems to trap you at the southern end of the bay.
Tom K

2000 Beneteau 331
Northern Chesapeake Bay

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