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ICW in Mid-Winter?

I live on the Delaware River just outside of Philadelphia and would like to head south via the ICW in Jan or Feb of 2011. I know this time of year is a bad time to be offshore, but is the ICW "do-able." I know it will be cold and miserable, but is it otherwise safe?
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I did a section of the ICW in mid-December....just before Christmas, during some of the coldest days of the month. A lot depends on how well found your boat is. If your boat is dry, and has a good heating system of some sort, then you should be okay. If you don't have heat, then I would highly recommend you wait until it gets warmer.

Ice may be an issue, and it would be wise to call some of the marinas that you may want to stop at to see if their open and what the local conditions are like.

I'd point out that you'll really want to stick as close to the center of the channel as possible, as there is a lot of debris in the ICW from all the winter storms we've had.

IMHO, unless you really need to move the boat in Jan/Feb, you'd be better off waiting until it warmed up a bit and the locals had a chance to clear some of the debris.
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