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Six foot draft is not really a problem. Boats deeper than that regularly go up and down the ICW. The only thing is the deeper the draft, the more care you must take. As for the St. Johns River your draft will not be a problem. There's lots of water all the way to green Cove Springs (that's as far as I've been). Lots of good sailing in NE Florida. If you're going to be based in the Jax area or Ortega River there's lots of water.

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jagbch -- a couple of comments -my former sig other and i did it after the annapolis boat show a couple of years ago - we did come down the ditch to avoid the cape - a couple of things -
first does your insurance company know you are bring your boat to fla at the start of hurricane season??
second -- get boatus unlimited towing - just in case as you do have to pay attention all the way down the ditch and a few yards can put you on the hard -- no big deal - as they say there are sailors who put her aground and those who say they never have are just not telling the truth
third - get a good guide and the latest edition you can for the ditch and read and study it
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the two of us did it and went off at cape fear river for a long run but the flu finally forced us to put in at cape canaveral
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Hey Rick...I was plowing through the mud in the Ortega River last spring with my 6 ft. ....has it been dredged?? I got in through the bridge but the approach was hairy!!
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The problem with the entrance to the Ortega River is the approach. It is very difficult to get the right line heading for the first mark. Coming out is a lot easier. My first time in I was anchored out the night before because I was a bit wary. A boat drawing six or seven grounded and Towboat US came out, got her off and towed her in. I watched all this on my radar overlaid on my chart (brand new toys then) and the next morning followed the towboat's track in. No problem, I draw 5 1/2.

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"those who say they never have are just not telling the truth "
Hey, Chuck. Some of us have only been sailing twenty years or so, and still can't figure out how to run aground. But if I can borrow *your* keel, I'll be glad to try harder. Ain't gonna say I haven't come close, am gonna say I haven't gone aground yet.

I'll rockhop on request, but my personal preference is never to sail in water that's shallower than masthead height. That way, I can even *roll* the boat without getting stuck on the hard bits.

Give me another ten years or a good reason to try sneaking in someplace, and I'll send you a postcard when I do.
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