I went through 2 weekends ago on the way to the Wye River ...and it was a white knuckler as it always is. I took the long way home ( Eastern Bay, Bloddy Point,. I have been through the Narrows probebly 5 times on the last two years and bumped 3 times. I draw 4'6 with the centerboard up.
On ther north side of the Narrows
The channel is well marked, but the major shoaling is at the north end between markers #5 and #6. abd #8 and #9. There is a small green in between where they have teemporarily moved narrowed the channel btween these two sets. We saw 5 ft a mid tide in this area. As you approach the new route 50 bridge which you can get below the current is very swift so dont get to near this area until its time to go thorugh the bridge.
On the south side of the Narrows
Shoaling between the Red# 6 and Green#5 ( set apart in a line
) to the next two marks Green#3 and Red#2 which are right across from each other. We saw 5 ft in this area also
I always go fairly slow in these areas as the current isnt bad and if iI touch its a bump vs a hard grounding and easy to feel my way to the slighhtly deeper water. I also try and follow a bigger boat ( to get their general line
), but not always possible.
- Its doable in a 5 ft draft and you can save a load of time if thats why you are doing it, but if its just to take the great circle route I would say stay 2 days on the Chester or stay 2 days on the Wye/ Miles and dont give yourself added aggrevation.
Rememberthe bridge opens on the 1/2 hour ( I think they monitor 13 if I rememeber), the boats with the current have the right of way first.