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I am a bit new to sailing and have noticed that a lot of folks sailing up and down the East cost use the ICW a lot. Is this my perception or is this the normal mode of travel. I am going to sail from Jacksonville down to Miami at Christmas and want to make sure that I am not missing something in the fact that I will be sailing "on the outside." I realize that if the weather turns bad I can then go to the ICW but otherwise I plan on staying on the coast. Is this okay?

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be prepaired to wait for bridges to open as some have various openning times.also railroad bridges wont open if there is an approaching train.also watch the tides and currents in the inlets as many times they may be barred over or otherwise impassable.also be diligent about staying in the channel ,keep a depthfinder alarm on and listen for it.you dont have to be far off to hit bottom.also dont stay too close to the coast as it will have all the dangers of a lee shore should you loose power.If you stay outside have an anchor ready at all times
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Don''t get to far off shore as you will be beating aginst the Gulf Stream and it will make going slow. In the evenning you may want to get a few miles out so you have some distance between you and the shore. Around West Palm the Stream is right on shore Sebastian inlet is kind of nasty bad shoals outside and inside as well (local Knoledge)the ICW is a good place to lay up for the night or if it gets rough and your tired.Don''t cut the markers to close.use allot of Yes sir on the bridge tenders it helps remember some bridges don''t open in rush hour traffic.
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