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03-30-2002 08:02 PM
Cruising NY to Florida -- intercoastal

As you can see, everyone has their own opinion. Big versus small, full keel versus fin keel, deck stepped versus keel stepped. I bought the perfect boat FOR ME, the right charts FOR ME, and went down the ICW sometimes and outside sometimes. I would talk to as many (experienced) people as you can find, take everything they say with a grain of salt (including my opinions), and after a while, you will befriend and trust those who do things (right or wrong) the way you think they should be done. After a trip down the ICW, you will have your own opinions, and think like the rest of us, that everyone else is doing it wrong and you are the only one with his head screwed on right.

My opinion:

I am too much of a coward to go down the ICW without charts, so I bought a good chart book, a good companion book, and asked those I trusted to mark down their favorite anchorages. If you draw more than 6'', you will want to sail outside more than if you draw less than 6''. Everyone occasionally runs aground on the ICW, and I have never seen anyone go to the extremes of getting unstuck like you see in the sailing magazines (filling the dinghy with water while suspended from the boom, kedging off with another anchor, etc.) The first time it happens you will think the world is ending, the 10th time you will swear, hit reverse, and either back off the mud or wait an hour or two for the tide to come in.

The experience will come - the most important thing is to JUST GO!

Happy sailing!
03-28-2002 04:46 PM
Cruising NY to Florida -- intercoastal

Join a towing service ,sea tow ,tow boat US (cost is around $95 a year )and coverage is usually east coast and some parts of caribbean. This will cover you in case of engine breakdown running aground, etc. Like halyardz says you will motor quite a bit, I say the whole time.Mama, chill pill. No thanks what else you got?Duffy , cabin fever . More like exopy fumes.
03-27-2002 11:48 PM
Cruising NY to Florida -- intercoastal

Make sure you carry critical spare parts for the engine cause you are gonna motor quite a bit! Charts are a must have...paper form too as a backup to electronic.
03-27-2002 01:50 PM
Cruising NY to Florida -- intercoastal

We are planning a trip down the ICW from Chesapeake Bay to Miami later this year and have purchased Maptech''s Norfolk to Florida via ICW chart book. We purchased it at a discount at the Atlantic City Sail Expo. It appears to be very detailed and even can even be used if we decide to hop on the outside for a piece of the trip. If it serves us well then we will but the Florida East Coast and Keys for the rest of our trip.

Good luck to you!
03-26-2002 10:40 AM
Cruising NY to Florida -- intercoastal

Don''t forget the indespensible "Skipper Bob Anchorages & Marinas". I think they cost about $14.
03-26-2002 09:57 AM
Don Foley
Cruising NY to Florida -- intercoastal

You might want to look up MapTec''s Embassy Guide to the Atlantic Coast. I''ve been pleased with my ICW wanderings using the Embassy guide.

Of course you need a chart/guide, unless you''re never planning to anchor out, fuel up, water up, pump out, eat out the entire time down the ditch. I''ve found the Embassy to be reasonably accurate to existing facilities, and right on the money with the charts. Only something like $50.

03-25-2002 10:44 AM
Cruising NY to Florida -- intercoastal

sounds like "CABIN FEVER",i''ve got it to!!!
03-23-2002 04:09 PM
Cruising NY to Florida -- intercoastal

I have not been on the ICW yet but it looks like I should stay clear. You guys are suffering from "channel rage", take a chill pill
03-23-2002 03:15 PM
Cruising NY to Florida -- intercoastal

Marc, clear the diesel fumes from your glasses.You should notice on your charts when you come into Masosboro inlet make a hard right into banks channel and yes you are correct ,Wrightsville Beach . If you proceed straight about a quarter of a mile,viola! Wilmington NC. BTW this probally isnt on your charts and wouldnt matter to you anyways ( since your prefered sailing venue is the ICW)but a new inlet is being cut on the north end of Wrightsville Beach.Doug, buy whatever you can afford and remember this is not that ambitious of a trip. Hopefully a channel marker misnumber wont screw you up like it does mark. Just remember north or south its very simple.
good luck thomas
03-23-2002 02:38 PM
Cruising NY to Florida -- intercoastal

Doug ,Get the best charts you can afford & follow them,along with a good cruising guide and you''ll do fine. By the way,you''ll notice on your charts that Masonboro Inlet goes into Wrightsville Beach,NC
Good Luck ,Marc
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