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03-17-2012 06:19 PM
gstrazds
Re: Mast height restrictions on the ICW

There are a few bridges that boats with tall enough masts should concern themselves with...


The Wilkerson bridge which is a the south end of the Carolina cut the aligator river being at the north end...

We took a friends boat under this one; where all the instruments where cleaned off... Tide dependent except there are claims that there are no tides there.. 1 knot south bound - I went under it with my own boat - height marker read 65' So with this one you need to practice taking your stuff off the top or tilting the mast to get under it; apparently 63' working height.

I don't know this but reported to me that the bridge at the north end of Moorhead City is of concern

The first bridge at south end of Moorhead City - tide dependence - somewhat concerned at the time

Bunch of new bridges built lately.. and lots of other pitfalls depending on when you show up.. after the spots have been dredged or not..

Florida is shallow..

Glenn
02-29-2012 12:54 PM
RichH There is a bridge across the southern end of the Alligator-Pungo Canal that is probably 64 ft. and does 'stop' a lot of 64-65ft. high boats, especially when there is a strong northerly component wind that brings a lot of wind tide. Ive 'brushed' (antenna, etc.) this bridge with a 63+ high rig when the wind tide was high.
02-29-2012 12:27 PM
paperbird Read recently that some towns are changing the height board at bridges to indicate LESS clearance than there actually is. Something about a recent lawsuit making people skittish.
01-28-2012 06:40 PM
hanleyclifford Between Atlantic City and Cape May there are four bridges fixed at 35'. Does anyone have experience testing those bridges with a height requirement near the 35' mark?
09-26-2005 09:41 PM
MarcellaRio
Mast height restrictions on the ICW

As long as you don''t plan on following the ICW westward through Lousianna some day. There is at least one bridge that has a 50'' clearance and is a ''Lift'' bridge (doesn''t open. Maybe research you guides to make sure even the ones where you are wanting to go are opening and not lift bridges.
Have fun,
CJS
09-06-2005 11:17 AM
camaraderie
Mast height restrictions on the ICW

yeah...but those bridges open! LOL BigGB
08-11-2005 08:43 PM
sidney777
Mast height restrictions on the ICW

northern coast of Florida ICW is @ under 54 ft in many areas.
07-18-2005 06:58 AM
camaraderie
Mast height restrictions on the ICW

Catalyst...have done the ditch several times in my boat which also has a 64'' mast height and have never brushed a bridge even though several are close. Might be a problem in some places with an exceptionally high tide but in normal conditions you can do everything but the Julia Tuttle bridge in Miami. Depths and shoaling are much more of a problem and you should definitely check out skipper Bob''s waterway guide AND his web updates (see link on Gord May''s reply above. The BoatUS.com message boards also ave a waterway update section from Tom and Mel Neale which is most helpful. Finally...if you have an SSB reception capability, the daily Cruizheimers net provides the most up to date comments on ICW problems. (Daily Net on 8152 USB at 0830 ET) Best..BigGB
07-14-2005 04:05 AM
pmills42255
Mast height restrictions on the ICW

all the fixed bridges are good for 65'' but there is a bridge in Miami that is 56. Its anyone''s guess who transposed the numbers. Waiting for the tide is awkward there too, as the ICW is narrow in each direction If you need the clearance, go out in Ft Lauderdale and back in either at Miami or one of the ship channels going into the bay.
06-15-2005 05:39 PM
GordMay
Mast height restrictions on the ICW

Bridge Restrictions - The ICW - Mile Zero Norfolk, VA -to- Key West, FL:
http://www.cruiseguides.com/iwfg/BridgeRestrictions.asp

ICW Bridges Florida East Coast - Fernandina -to- Miami:
http://www.islandhopping.com/bridges.html

Skipper Bobís ICW Updates - Updated June 4, 2005
http://home.att.net/~skipperbob/waterway.htm
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