Yep - generally, I'd avoid Georgia and northern FL on the ICW - they will give you problems with your draft. When we headed south we did the ICW from Norfolk to Beaufort, jumped offshore to Charleston, jumped offshore to Ft. Pierce. I wish we had stopped by St. Augustine but it was night when we were passing it and I didn't feel like heaving to for 8-10 hours (I don't like entering an unknown inlet in the dark unless it's a major port i.e. regular dredging and accurate charts).
03-16-2011 11:46 PM
Here is a good article about the ICW: An Insider's ICW | Cruising World
The author, Jon Eisenberg (a member here), has a few other articles that are of interest at cruisingworld.com and is a delivery captain, photographer and writer.
From what I understand the Georgia coast ICW is pretty unreliable and fairly easily avoidable with a weather window.
If you take the ICW all the way down you will likely find the bottom at least once.
03-16-2011 09:40 PM
Cape May, NJ to Miami advice needed
Am planning to take my boat - a Pearson 10M (6' draft, 48' mast) down to Miami. I can leave either April 1st or April 15th but have not decided what route yet. I was thinking of going up Delaware bay and down the Chesapeake to Norfolk and then sticking to the ICW from that point on. If you had a boat like mine would you take it of shore for more legs of the boat? Any advice on what parts of the ICW might cause me trouble with my 6' keel?