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Re: ICW in a Nutshell

How hard do you want to work? Norfolk to Charleston, about 10 travel days of 50 miles per day. Add in weather, currents, bridges, and tourism, and you can make it last as long as you want. We figure about 3 weeks southbound in autumn for that stretch. About the same Charleston to Miami - luckily the farther south you get, the less you worry about the weather. Still, 6-7 weeks for a pleasant trip.
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Re: ICW in a Nutshell

When we went south, in 2003, we left Great Salt Pond near the end of October. I'm not sure of the exact date but I do know that we were in Elizabeth City, NC. for Halloween. We went to a wine and cheese party in the cemetery of the Episcopal Church that night. We arrived in Brunswick, Ga. November 25th. We made stops of a few days in places along the way to do the tourist thing. Places like Charleston and Savannah.
Brunswick is where we keep our boat. It's another nine days of travel on the ICW. Again there are some interesting places to stop, for example St Augustine. I would definitely recommend going outside at some points but especially from Lake Worth to Port Evergaldes (Ft. Lauderdale) to avoid the 21 bridges you have to have opened. At that point you will have to go outside again to get to Miami because the Jean Tuttle bridge I mentioned previously. Going outside gives you a chance to sail.
Most importantly enjoy the journey or it will be a bitch of a trip.
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I am guessing that there are some good places to go outside. Any recommendations? How long do you usually stay outside? Is there any anchoring or docking available outside or do you just sail through the night?
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There are plenty of good places to go outside. Any of the class "A" harbours like Charleston, Brunswick, Port Everglades or Miami are good. Whether it's an overnighter will depend on the distance and what the destination entrance is like. For example to go from Brunswick to St Augustine I would want to arrive in good light but from St Augustine to Brunswick I have arrived in the dark. There are places outside to avoid, Hatterass for example and places inside like the stretch from Lake Worth to Fort Lauderdale. Many people dislike the Ga ICW because it snakes through the marsh lands of coastal Georgia, the tides are large, anchoring can be tough and marinas are few and far between.
As far as I know there are no places to anchor once on the outside. You are after all in the wide open Atlantic. So before you venture out make sure of your weather window.
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The ICW navigational markers are distinguished from other navigational aids by a gold colored square or triangle on the signage. Greens have a gold square; reds have a gold triangle.
In a perfect world and in books, this is true. I have had reports from other forum members who live or boat on the ICW that not all ICW markers have the yellow squares/triangles.
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I am guessing that there are some good places to go outside. Any recommendations? How long do you usually stay outside? Is there any anchoring or docking available outside or do you just sail through the night?
There are plenty of places where you can go outside. Maybe the biggest obstacle to doing so is the distance you must travel to get from the seabouy to a suitable anchorage -- in other words, the distance in and out. In many places, it can take a couple of hours to reach the seamarker. If you spend 2+ hours at both the beginning and end of the day not making progress, you won't make much progress on the "outside". On the other hand, there are a few spots that set up nicely for runs on the outside (Beaufort / Wrightsville, Cape Fear / Little River come to mind as good day runs on the outside).

One way to make some time is to make an occasional 24-30hr run on the outside. If you run outside for 30 hours instead of 8, you significantly lessen the impact of the time heading in / out and the number of possible outside runs increases greatly. However, you need to factor in the fatigue that accompanies coastal over-nighters - particularly if you are solo or 2-up, it may take you time to recover from short overnight trips.
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I am guessing that there are some good places to go outside. Any recommendations? How long do you usually stay outside? Is there any anchoring or docking available outside or do you just sail through the night?
The "Waterway Guide" is a very good guide-book.
[url]http://www.waterwayguide.com/publications

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I am guessing that there are some good places to go outside. Any recommendations? How long do you usually stay outside? Is there any anchoring or docking available outside or do you just sail through the night?
Uhhh, given that query, I'd politely suggest you stick to The Ditch on your first trip south... (grin)

While I actually have anchored outside on a number of occasions, it's not something routinely done, and the conditions and location have to be pretty ideal...

Enjoy, it's a great trip... Here's one guy's take on it...

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Re: ICW in a Nutshell

Ditto on Active Captain. They seem to have a good list of problem spots. I just finished putting every one of them, from Norfolk to Beaufort, as markers in my plotter. There were 19 just from this section. I make text notations right on the charts so as not to need to wonder why I marked a spot.
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