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05-14-2013 01:55 AM
mad_machine
Re: Clear water anchorages on the east coast USA?

at least things have gotten better in the ocean here ince NYC stopped dumping raw sewerage at sea
05-13-2013 08:28 PM
hellosailor
Re: Clear water anchorages on the east coast USA?

xort, in the northeast there is LOTS of run-off from the rivers and the coast. Lots of fertilizer making lots of plankton blooms, too. Visibility may run from 4-40' but calling it "good"...we natives tend to call six foot visibility "good" up here. Ain't gonna be like Abacos.

You will want a double watch cap or wet suit hood on your head, so it doesn't hurt when you keep banging it against the hull. And at that point, six foot vis is about four feet more than you need. (G)
05-13-2013 06:55 PM
mad_machine
Re: Clear water anchorages on the east coast USA?

I can tell you that very few is any places in the mid-atlantic will fit your description. Green is the best way to describe the water here, unless you want to dive on your boat in the open ocean
05-11-2013 09:30 PM
xort Thanks to those who actually answered my question.

Cleaned er good in Abacos just before leaving last week.

Might try the Beaufort spot if I have the time on the way up.

Dove on er last summer in Northport LI, surprised by how silty it was.

Any places on the south side of Cape Cod that would fit my requirements?
05-11-2013 05:49 PM
CapnChuck
Re: Clear water anchorages on the east coast USA?

There are very few places where you can't get in the water and clean your bottom with enough visibility to see what you are cleaning. But other than the Outer Banks and south Florida. none of the ICW is going to be very clear. Once you are into New England, your back in clear water. If you clean the bottom before you begin and only sit for short periods, the bottom is going to stay pretty clean. Chuck
05-11-2013 03:06 PM
Minnewaska
Re: Clear water anchorages on the east coast USA?

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Originally Posted by chef2sail View Post
Minnie,
Xort will be coming north from the Islands, He is a live aboard cruiser.
Got it now. Which islands that don't currently have enough visibility, but up north might? I think X needs to focus on getting over the need for great viz.
05-11-2013 02:50 PM
chef2sail
Re: Clear water anchorages on the east coast USA?

Minnie,
Xort will be coming north from the Islands, He is a live aboard cruiser.

Ed you could wait till you get up here to Chucks and the murky Magothy Have you started north yet? Its starting to warm up here.

Dave
05-11-2013 02:03 PM
Minnewaska
Re: Clear water anchorages on the east coast USA?

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Originally Posted by PBzeer View Post
He's on an open-ended cruise Minne. I imagine he wants to know if there's places where he can dive on his boat along the way.
Well that's pretty cool. I'm trying to think of how great it would be to think I might take the next several weeks or months, just to get somewhere to clean my hull !

I just pray the diver will show up on time on Saturday morning, so I can get out of the harbor and not screw up my weekend !!
05-11-2013 12:48 PM
PBzeer
Re: Clear water anchorages on the east coast USA?

He's on an open-ended cruise Minne. I imagine he wants to know if there's places where he can dive on his boat along the way.
05-11-2013 12:01 PM
Minnewaska
Re: Clear water anchorages on the east coast USA?

The question just doesn't sound answerable. How would you travel anywhere along the East Coast of the USA just to clean your boat?

More practically, its seems the issue is psychological. Poor visibility creeps people out, more than being a real impediment. Generally, you don't need more than a few feet of viz to work, as long as something is gently wisking the silt away.

But, having the creepy feeling that critters may be all around you can get into one's head. I was once certified for black water rescue. You didn't even bother bringing a light or at least trying to use it. In fact, the light itself was more likely to attract the critters.

A full body suit helps most get over much of the anxiety. Thickness should be relative to water temp, but even a thin 2 or 3 mm suit will prevent a sting from anything in the water. Fabric as thin as pantyhose will prevent a jellyfish sting. A hood and gloves and you're invincible. Seriously.
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