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Re: novice sailor /sail to Florida from Baltimore
Do you have a chartplotter at the helm? If not I suggest at least a handheld chartplotter along the lines of the Garmin 78sc (or a laptop/tablet with appropriate software and GPS). Navigating while singlehanding can otherwise be challenging particularly around unfamiliar inlets (and worse in the dark with poor weather).
Agreed and the navigational marks where inlets and channels cross the ICW can be confusing.
And don't blindly follow your plotter. The ICW and it's shoals move around with storms. You need to keep an eye on the buoys (you have a good pair of binoculars right?) and it's not a bad idea to sit down with Active Captain and ICW specific web sites and read about the area you'll be transiting the next day for any surprises.
The Waterway Guide is also a good investment https://www.waterwayguide.com/shipst...roducts_id=263
Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (AICW, ICW, The Ditch)
“The sail, the play of its pulse so like our own lives: so thin and yet so full of life, so noiseless when it labors hardest, so noisy and impatient when least effective." - Henry David Thoreau