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A friend has offered the use of his boat for a couple of weeks at the end of May into early June. The boat is in the Melbourne area. The kids and wife have never cruised anywhere before and I thought a trip up or down the ICW might be a decent introduction without it being scary.

I have been considering traveling North into Southern Georgia, but would consider South as well. I have family in Jax. so that is one of the draws to go that way and with June being the beginning of hurricane season I was a little leary of taking my friends boat down to the keys. I would love to hear from anyone who has traveled the ditch from Southern Georgia to Central Florida and from Central Florida South and how they compare.

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We have gone from Jax to Key West on the ICW. You are pretty much a motor boat most of the time. You could always sail north with the stream helping you, and motor back down the ICW.

If you want to get off the boat, swim, snorkel, and still sail. I would head for Miami. Biscayne Bay is well protected with good wind for sailing. Lots of anchorages, and beaches. If the mast is under 55ft. you can go all the way to Miami on the ICW, and sail back on the outside.

The kids might get a wee bit stir crazy just doing the ICW?.......i2f
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A lot depends on what "kind" of trip you want. More nature oriented, go north to Cumberland Island. More "civilized" go south.
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ICW Through GA?

I am going through the ditch Savannah, GA to Florida, And im Drawing 5'2 Draft. I have never been on ICW on the East Coast Only on the West Coast of Fl, and in the Keys. Does anyone know if I will have problems through GA, Drawing 5'2 ?
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Capt13, 5'2" can excell in all of the ICW, even at low tide.

Theweenieman, What's your vertical clearance and your time frame? There's some beautiful wilderness sailing and cruising south of Jacksonville on the St. Johns River,- clear springs,- gators lying on the bank & more wide open sailing than you'll find on the ICW. 'take care and joy, Aythya crew
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If I had to choose, given your info, I would head north. South of Stuart the number of bridges, and there timing issues, increases drastically and the only way to avoid this is by jumping outside. Jupiter to Lake Worth to Ft L to Miami. But only if the weather is right. Going north the ICW is a little more open, at least in your view from the cockpit. The Cumberland Island, St Maryís, Fernandina Beach area offer three distinct atmospheres only a day sail or less apart. Every mile of the ICW has something to offer so you can not go wrong. Be mindful of the current on the St Johns as you cross. Dan S/V Marian Claire
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Anybody considering the ICW through Georgia should check out the cruisersnet site hosted by Claiborne young. Up to date info. A lot of that area needs dredging, although with 6-8' tides you can do most of it with good depth.
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I am going through the ditch Savannah, GA to Florida, And im Drawing 5'2 Draft. I have never been on ICW on the East Coast Only on the West Coast of Fl, and in the Keys. Does anyone know if I will have problems through GA, Drawing 5'2 ?
I did it last year, there is a couple of well know shallow spots, try to go
through these at mid tide or better.
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