ICW

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ICW: The Magenta Line

The magenta line was first added to charts in 1913. It was created to aid commercial navigation up and down the East Coast and around the Gulf Coast. To aid pilots running through the convoluted mix of waterways, a magenta colored line was drawn on the charts to indicate which ...read more

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What’s Better than “Half Tide Rising” on the ICW?

Travel on the ICW is made simpler if you follow the mantra “half tide rising”. If you are headed towards and planning to transit one of the infamous ICW “trouble spots,” the advice is: enter the area on a rising tide and exit the area before the tide starts to drop precipitously. ...read more

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Inside or Outside When Sailing the ICW

Last April, my wife, Marjorie, and I decided to take our Tartan 4100, Meri, north to Maryland from her winter home in Hobe Sound, Florida. This, in turn, meant deciding whether to stay in the “Ditch” for the duration or go offshore part of the way. Although we had both been ...read more

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ICW: New Route for Dawho Creek

Dawho Creek STM 495 has been a growing area of concern. It has shoaled to less than 6 feet at MLLW and you do not have to be far of course to see less than 5 feet. There are USACE surveys through Dawho Creek from the fall of 2017. They show a deep-water route to the north of the ...read more

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ICW: Ramshorn through Watts Cut

13. Ramshorn Creek STM 570 As you pass G39 and R40 there are reports of shoaling near the red. It is recommended that you stay on the green side if your draft is over 6 feet. On our track on the green side, we saw 7.3 feet MLLW. A deep draft sailboat with us was too close to the ...read more