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ICW from VA to FL

Which part of ICW is most boring to motor south?

I have only motored most of the FL part of ICW. It was not too bad, plenty to see along both sides. Yes, there are plenty of bridges to go thru and I don't really mind.

I wonder how is like for the other part of ICW that we should consider go outside of ICW. We need 52 ft clearance or 6 ft water; I don't think it will limit our choices.
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Re: ICW from VA to FL

I did the ICW northward from Florida to the Chesapeake this summer. I'm glad I did it just to have seen it. I jumped in and out quite a bit. When I go south next I will probably go outside most or all of the way. Inside was neat to see but tiresome in a sailboat with 50 ft air draft and 5 ft draft. Lots of narrow and shallow water in the Carolinas and Virginia between Norfolk and Cape Fear. Not much scenery, other than swamps, which are pretty but can get old after a few days. Plenty of places to anchor without trouble.

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Re: ICW from VA to FL

Worst part, to me, is Southport, NC through Myrtle Beach, SC, but then you're on the Wacamaw River, which to me is the prettiest.

As a singlehander, I prefer outside, and you can pretty much go from Beaufort Inlet to the Keys in overnight hops (first hop is 2 nights).
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Re: ICW from VA to FL

Thanks gentlemen.

It will be two of us. If the weather is good, I want to go outside as much as possible. Although I don't mind to get some experience going thru ICW and get struck here and there.

From Norfolk to Oriental NC is less than 190 nm sailing outside, so it will be less than 40 hours non stop. The bad part is going into the inlet at night, or we can skip Oriental to head to Beaufort.

We can't afford the time to sail to Fort Pierce Fl in one trip, so we must fly back home and stay for a week or two and then go back to pick up the trip again. So getting to a city where easy to fly in and out is a plus. I beleive our wives will be joining with us when we get to Charleston or Savannah.

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Re: ICW from VA to FL

Been thinking the same myself for the trip south. Which inlet would you use to get to Oriental? Ocracoke, Oregon?
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Re: ICW from VA to FL

Unless you just want to go to Oriental, doesn't make much sense to go there if you're outside. For me, it's 2 nights, Beaufort Inlet to north end of Hilton Head, over night to St. Augustine, then one more night to Fort Pierce, on the outside.
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Ocracoke, Oregon?
Neither.

If you really want to go to Oriental, I'd just go down the ICW, then go out Beaufort Inlet.
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Re: ICW from VA to FL

i am sitting on beaufort right now, had to skip oriental due to a fuel leak before that part of the canal came thro the pamlico sound which is 80 miles long and can get pretty rough seas. i dont suggest going thro this sound just bc its so long and the waves stack up close. i plan on leaving the icw in the morning and riding the coast or going off shore wind is suppose to be 15-20 knts so dunno yet.
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i am sitting on beaufort right now, had to skip oriental due to a fuel leak before that part of the canal came thro the pamlico sound which is 80 miles long and can get pretty rough seas. i dont suggest going thro this sound just bc its so long and the waves stack up close. i plan on leaving the icw in the morning and riding the coast or going off shore wind is suppose to be 15-20 knts so dunno yet.
Have a safe and fun trip. Wish we were southbound! Not in the cards this year.
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Re: ICW from VA to FL

Sigh... My reasoning was I wanted to avoid the ICW, I'm figuring 4 knts average speed so it's about 40 hours from the Chesapeake to Ocracoke. Planed on visiting friends in Oriental. I guess it won't kill me to do the ICW for the first part.

I spent my summers as a kid sailing small boats on Albemarle sound, I'm well aware of how thin the water is and how it can get whipped up in no time.

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