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Re: Knapps Narrows depth?
I raced (singlehanded) from the vicinity of Annapolis, to Dunn Cove in the Choptank River, with the Chesapeake Bay Pearson Sailing Assoc.
There was a 2 knot, fair current and 15-20kts of northerly breeze. We made the trip in 3.5 hours and I surfed my old P30 up to 9.9kts SOG, and up to 9kts STW. I averaged nearly 7 knots.
The northerly blew all the water out of the Bay, and I knew that I would not be getting through Knapp's Narrows that afternoon to return home, so I rafted up with all the other Pearson's (Tritons and others) and spent the night.
6am was high tide and the northerly had abated.
I got underway at 7am. BoatUS reported that the Narrows was passable, so I went. I favored the port side as directed, and got 6.5' on the depth finder. I start touching bottom when it reads 4 feet, so that means I only had 1.5 feet of water under the keel at high tide.
Alacrity, 1981 Tartan 33 #168