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annisquam river open?

We are bringing our new-to-us boat home from york harbor, me to narragansett bay sometime in the next week or so. I've heard differing reports about the bridge over the annisquam being closed or recently opened. Any first hand knowledge would be helpful.
Also, any opinions about whether or not using the Annisquam would really save time when heading toward Cape Cod Canel?

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I suggest calling the Annisquam YC at 978-283-4507. They are on the North side of Cape Ann, but would know the status of the bridge.
It is pretty much a toss up about time saved vs going around Cape Ann. But probably the dominant factor is when the current in the CC canal is favorable. That is like a gate that is open half the time and shut the other half (at least for sail boats). There are more options for places to overnight if you go through the Annisquam river.
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If the wind and weather is favorable, it'd be easier to go around Cape Ann, IMHO, since the Annisquam is pretty shallow in many areas, and if you don't catch the bridges at the right time it can get squirrely.

Timing the Cape Cod Canal is very important, so it might be worth consulting Eldridge or Reed's and planning accordingly. Try not to go through if the wind is out of the Southwest, since that can cause some nasty standing waves at the Buzzards Bay side.
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Depth in the Annisquam River has never been a problem for me. (Allied Mistress with a 4.5 ft. draft). Plenty of water in the channel, but figuring out where the channel is can be challenging. More of a problem is the two bridges. The RR bridge has a 90 degree turn just north of the draw, with no visibility and not enough room for two boats to pass in the draw. The Blynman canal bridge (the one that might be locked down because the keepers office was about to collapse into the canal) is a problem only because of the current that runs through it. However they have probably the most capable bridge keepers on the East Coast and will work with you to make sure there is no problem.
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