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Minimum Depth For Slip?
I hope to purchase a new boat soon, and want to stay in my existing marina.
The only issue is that my marina is mainly power boats, and small sailboats, so it is real shallow.
It appears that at negative tides, I might not be able to get out, which to me is not a big deal. There would probably be around a foot of soft mud under my keel, which i don't believe would hurt my boat. I am a scuba diver, and would personally dredge the area under the keel.
One reason i don't want to move is because it is a very nice, clean, and quiet marina. Some of the other marinas around me are a little ghetto. The boat is currently at a marina that is around a foot deeper, but keeping it there is not an option.
I have guys in my marina that have said anywhere from 1-3 feet is acceptable. One person said as long as the keel is off the bottom at negative tides. I once saw a marina that was so shallow, they had troughs dug for keels, and the boats were pretty much resting on the hulls at low tides. They could only go out at high tide. This seemed kind of extreme to me.
So my question is, what is the minimum amount of water you would want under your keel in your slip?
I appreciate any and all constructive advice.
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Pacific Beach, CA
Last edited by BlueWaterBlair; 07-14-2012 at 10:33 PM.