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Re: Blog about going south on the East Coast ICW to FL?
I had a similar experience in 1996 in early May, bringing my boat from Ft. Pierce to Beaufort, NC. We did the 600 mi. or so in 72 hours, thanks to going offshore and picking up the Gulf Stream. The last few hours had us motoring into a 30 kt squall as we approached the lighted buoys into Beaufort Inlet. The unlit side channel to Beaufort was a worry, but no problems in the end.
This, however, is not what the thread is about. It is a lot easier going north to New England from Florida. I would like to head south on the ICW before swallowing the anchor, so I will be looking at the information available on this and other sites. I'll undoubtedly update my charts and pick up some of the printed info available at reasonable price if I do ever head off to the south. In my favor: my 35 footer has an air draft of about 46 ft. and my retractable keel and rudder will allow me to float (or refloat) in less than 2 ft.