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The "Narrows Report"

Let this thread serve as a central reporting point for the various narrows and channels in the Chesapeake that require regular dredging.

At this time, it seems that both Kent and Knapps Narrows are shoaled in too shallow for sailboats with no definitive date for clearing.

Also, I received word from a person on Smith Island, that the west entrance to the Big Thoroughfare is also shoaled in to the point that the tour boat that departs from Point Lookout State Park is unable to gain entrance to Ewell, Smith Island. Currently, there is no date for re-opening. The channel is effectively closed to all sailboat traffic.

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Let this thread serve as a central reporting point for the various narrows and channels in the Chesapeake that require regular dredging.

At this time, it seems that both Kent and Knapps Narrows are shoaled in too shallow for sailboats with no definitive date for clearing.

Also, I received word from a person on Smith Island, that the west entrance to the Big Thoroughfare is also shoaled in to the point that the tour boat that departs from Point Lookout State Park is unable to gain entrance to Ewell, Smith Island. Currently, there is no date for re-opening. The channel is effectively closed to all sailboat traffic.
That is a great idea for a thread!

Is more specific information available? What is "too shallow for sailboats" translated into actual depth? 'Sailboats' come with a large variety in draft...
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I've stated this over the years..get local knowledge..ie; call Tow Boat US/Sea Tow..which ever is active for the area in question. I've also called charter fishing captains for their local knowledge in questionable areas.. And don't forget the various USCG District 'Notices to Mariners'...
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That is a great idea for a thread!

Is more specific information available? What is "too shallow for sailboats" translated into actual depth? 'Sailboats' come with a large variety in draft...
The tour boat draws about 3 feet and cannot pass the channel. Use that as your guide.

For aajy- There was no NTM on the Big Thoroughfare closing at that time.

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For aajy- There was no NTM on the Big Thoroughfare closing at that time.
Just making a general statement...as I just recently did an offshore and AICW passage to include a south to north transit of the Chesapeake(via the eastern shore) and wanted as much local knowledge as possible as most on here have probably never been too..
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The west entrance to Smith Island, 20 years ago, was 7 feet deep, however, it only takes a single, strong NW storm to silt it in to 3 feet or less. The tour boat, which is owned by Captain Alan Tyler, was plowing mud when I saw him trying to get in last summer. So, I'm sure that Alan is pretty upset, mainly because those tours are what kept much of the island alive for years. Sure, there are still lots of commercial fishermen residing there, but the days of making a good living as a commercial fishermen ended decades ago. Consequently, tourism is currently the biggest industry on Smith and Tangier Islands.

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Some fresh news: Knapps Narrows dredging funded in proposed federal budget | Environment | stardem.com

I actually had an article that stated the allocation of funds for dredging 3 important points on the Chesapeake but I lost it. I'm trying to find it and I'll post it as soon as I do.
It listed Kent Narrows, Knapps Narrows and a spot up near Baltimore. No word on dredging the west entrance to Smith Island, yet.
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I went through the Kent Narrows a few weeks ago on my way to the Wye and saw nothing less than 6 feet at mid tide

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I went through the Kent Narrows a few weeks ago on my way to the Wye and saw nothing less than 6 feet at mid tide
That's good to know. I don't know why I keep seeing reports that it's as low as 2.5 feet at low tide.

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I don't know why I keep seeing reports that it's as low as 2.5 feet at low tide.
Probably, the same as the anecdotal Active Captain "reports" seemingly by mariners that are 'out and away' from the deeper water. Ie.: those that religiously and anally follow the 'magenta line' on the AICW.

Too bad the Active Captain 'reporters' aren't classified as to how many TowBoat/US and SeaTow 'meetings' they have had ... in the past month, etc.
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