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A 6' 4" draft is not a problem anywhere in the Caribbean (unless you hit a reef, which is possible to do with a 3-4 ft draft), nor on the East Coast, provided you stay out of a few Chesapeake creeks (and even if you don't, every one eventually runs aground in the Chesapeake, which is why God made the sea bed there so soft ). :)

If you are buying the boat because it is a "blue water cruiser" then draft/bridge problems in the ICW can be avoided with coastwise passages. I may be wrong, but I don't think there are many highly desireable destinations along the ICW that can only be reached by passing under a bridge.

If your life's ambition is to explore every nook and cranny of the Bahamas, buy something with a shallower draft.

Good luck!
 
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