Transmission power on this channel is restricted to 1 watt, so be sure to switch your radio to low power. var absrc = 'https://servedbyadbutler.com/adserve/;ID=170269;size=300x250;setID=296584;type=iframe;sw='+screen.width+';sh='+screen.height+';spr='+window.devicePixelRatio+';kw='+abkw+';pid='+pid296584+';place='+(plc296584++)+';rnd='+rnd+';click=CLICK_MACRO_PLACEHOLDER'; We started looking for dockage in North Palm Beach, some 50-plus miles away, and found nothing until we stopped at a gas dock to fill up (in the dark, I might add) far south of Fort Lauderdale. We often stop in Beaufort's Town Creek Marina because it's so convenient to fine dining (I told you, I love food) and window-shopping. Posted on February 7, 2016 by comocean. Our biggest problem was that the boat was underpowered and would only do 5 kn at best. ICW on a Houseboat by: beached guy My wife and I traveled the ICW from TX to Lake Ontario in a full displacement boat, sturdy and more seaworthy 32 footer, more seaworthy than which a houseboat would be. The trip didn't exactly start without incident. John I have traveled the ICW many times with a small vessel (20ft Sea Hunt), a 28ft pontoon house boat, and finally a 54ft Meridian. It offers commercial, military, and recreational mariners a mostly protected alternative to venturing offshore when conditions turn ugly. Matanzas Pass. Originally built to ensure a secure means for shipping goods up and down the Atlantic Coast, today the ICW is used not just by commercial vessels, but also by a large number of recreational boaters. There we happened upon a delightful farmers market. In 2002, I was turning 50 and when Jim asked what I wanted for my birthday, I asked if we could take our boat down the ICW to Miami for the winter. If you're careless with the grill on board you could hurt yourself, or damage the boat, Latest Coast Guard and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers updates on the ICW, It's the route for boaters along the ICW, but the magenta line is sorely in need of an update. Cruising the ICW. To optimize the time, most cruisers have the lines in at “crack of dawn” (COD) and plan to be off the water with an hour or two of daylight left. The entrance to San Carlos Bay is wide and mostly deep except for shoals to the west. For some reason the number of bridges and occasionally uncooperative tenders seems to increase as you head further south. There are artisan jewelers, arts-and-crafts stores, and several gourmet shops, too. You enter the ICW (Intracoastal Waterway) at Norfolk, at the southern end of Chesapeake. The ICW is fairly flat so even if you don't mount the antenna on the top of the mast you will still get most of the channels (ours is about 10 ft high, just above the aft radar). Channels 6 and 22A are also important to pleasure boaters. Top 10 Choices for Boaters, Intracoastal Waterway Message Board Established, Intracoastal Waterway: Grady White Sneak Peek, Intracoastal Waterway: Adventure in Deep Creek Lock. Coinjock Marina over the North Carolina border is usually our next stop. © ", Two short blasts: "I intend to leave you on my starboard side. It’s well marked and should present no problems except for heavy boat traffic, particularly on winter weekends. These 10 intracoastal ports are must-see stops for snowbirds and boaters alike. 4% back on purchases from West Marine stores or online at, Discounts on fuel, transient slips, repairs and more at over 1,000 businesses. It wasn't so terrible. The quiet creeks where we enjoy anchoring, do not have mooring balls. Nearby is a great restaurant called The Variety Store, offering delicious she-crab soup, shrimp and grits, and blackened tuna as part of its large menu. Charleston has many great restaurants. If your boat has a draft of 4' or less you will be fine. Call TowBoatUS instead. By the way, it's illegal to contact the Coast Guard for a radio check. Much of the boating in South Florida will take you along or across the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW). var plc296584 = window.plc296584 || 0; Posts about Boating written by “Oh Captain My Captain” August 29, 2020. Then I happened to glance alongside the boat and saw a school of 12 dolphins riding our bow wave, jumping, diving, and yes, slapping the water as they landed. 2020 Boat Owners Association of The United States. Author: Tom Hale Publish date: Mar 20, 2020. Copyright © 1999-2020 Boats Group. Nearby trips are available to historic Williamsburg and Urbanna, an artists' hub with antiques and fun restaurants. Stroll over to Ibis on Front Street for upscale clothing, and to Jarrett Bay Boathouse for boating clothes and supplies. You are never out of sight of land, which is the point of the ICW. The ICW is the preferred route for snowbirds heading for Florida, the Keys, Bahamas or Cuba. When you arrive, the marina gives you wooden tokens for drinks at the Dockhouse Restaurant attached, but on the water are several other good restaurants: The Boardwalk Café for breakfast and lunch, and the Dockhouse and Queen Anne's Revenge for lunch. That's one of the best parts of the ICW. From historic towns and peaceful anchorages to big-city bustle and vibrant nightlight, there is so much to see and do along the 1,100-mile stretch that youd be hard-pressed not to find something enjoyable for every crew. Learn how to create your own. We bought so much we could hardly carry it back to the boat. Strolls along the Savannah waterfront. Leaving Oriental, we follow the Neuse River to Adams Creek where we get to navigate using ranges and enter the very narrow Adams Creek Canal. They currently own a Fleming 55. Cruising: Waterborne pleasure journey embarked on … There are two important facts to remember about aids along the Intracoastal Waterway: they run clockwise around the coast and they are uniquely marked. There are artisan jewelers, arts-and-crafts stores, and several gourmet shops, too. Use this channel to announce your arrival to a bridge or lock tender, or to communicate with a nearby ship or other large vessel. One of the funniest experiences we had was in 2002 leaving Thunderbolt, south of Savannah. Given these challenges, reserving a spot at Charleston City Marina's mega dock, a beautiful facility with easy docking, all the amenities you need, and walking distance to the city, is to be recommended. But we accompanied it with a bottle of vintage Bordeaux from the year of our marriage that we'd brought down on the boat, and toasted ourselves on the flybridge under a canopy of stars and a gorgeous full moon in balmy Miami. It's also one of the most challenging to dock in, thanks to strong currents and tides. The Okeechobee Waterway: Cruising the water that connects the seas Florida is best known to boaters for the water around its edges, which is no wonder with more than 2,000 miles of tidal shoreline open to the sea. The boat was running about 8-9 knots in an open waterway, and every few minutes we could hear something flapping. Although we both still worked full time, we had lots of vacation built up and thought we'd enjoy using it on the boat. The farther you travel down the ICW, the more people you get to know, as you often go to the same marinas, see each other at the same restaurants, and eventually start chatting and exchanging recommendations. Or you can continue on the NJ-ICW for 117 miles, and take a short 45-mile run outside into NY Harbor and Liberty Landing. The Beaufort Grocery with its farm-to-table fare and Aqua with small plates and wine-flight tastings are our favorites. Originally conceived in 1802 for commercial use, today it is primarily used by recreational vessels, however light-draft commercial vessels along with small tugs pulling barges will make use of the AICW to avoid exposed open ocean passages. The yellow markings override the shape or color of the lateral markers they are affixed on, and indicate the route of the ICW. He is the former editor of PropTalk Magazine and was the managing editor of the Waterway Guide. Stroll over to Ibis on Front Street for upscale clothing, and to Jarrett Bay Boathouse for boating clothes and supplies. var abkw = window.abkw || ''; While recognized as the most popular segment of the Eastern America’s waterways, the Atlantic ICW links to Intracoastal waterways as far North as the Cape Cod Canal, and as far south as around the southern tip of Florida and along the Gulf Coast to Brownsville, TX. Under inland rules, which apply in most of the ICW, you need to respond with the same signal, and use the signals yourself when approaching other vessels to let them know what you are going to do. We toasted and matched faces with the boat names of cruisers we'd seen regularly since Great Bridge, Virginia, and all had dinner together at the Toucan Grill, enjoying ribs, seafood, and pasta. Be Reasonable When Planning Your ICW Trip. Gordon Pass is the main access to the busy waters of Naples, one of southwest Florida’s premier boating destinations. Winter Boating on the ICW. If you’re planning a trip down The Ditch, plan on paying a visit to at least a handful of the following ports. I had my own experience of that during our 2007 trip, when a four-knot current caught me and I temporarily lost control of the boat. In addition to commercial traffic, The ICW is used extensively by recreational boaters, so you will not be alone on the ICW. Five short blasts: Doubt or danger signal if the signal has not been understood or the proposed action may not be safe. Zahniser's is an easy walk to downtown restaurants, antique shops, and clothing and jewelry stores, and it has a great ship's store and yard. From there we can easily make Norfolk or Portsmouth, where we stock up for the trip down the ditch. The long-awaited birthday and anniversary celebrations turned into a meal of crackers and boxed macaroni and cheese, with aging Girl Scout cookies for dessert. When most cruisers think of the ICW, they are thinking of the Atlantic ICW from Norfolk, VA to Key West, FL. Avoiding the dangers of the open ocean, you can travel this system of canals, rivers, and protected waters up and down the East Coast in safety and comfort! Luckily both are on the ICW so you'll spend lots of time confusing yourself. Because the ICW runs along the shore, the conventional adage of “red, right, returning from seaward” becomes unclear. For many boaters, that means an annual pilgrimage south on the Intracoastal Waterway. After bouncing off several pilings, fending off other boat bows, and pulling out one of our own bow stanchions, we finally got back under control. The NJ-ICW is known for it's shallow waters, shoaling, winds, and tidal changes. You do not need to call on Channel 16 first; Channel 13 serves both as a hailing and working channel. (Photo: Natalie Kendrach). ICW in a smaller vessel by: Capt. It runs April to December every Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. just a few blocks from the waterfront, under spreading live oak trees. (Photo: National Park Service). The Beaufort Grocery with its farm-to-table fare and Aqua with small plates and wine-flight tastings are our favorites. In the 1950s and ’60s the U.S. Army Corps dredged the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) ... Boating around the bay discovering sandbars and seeing what people do on them can make for an interesting day. Channels that are part of the ICW are identified by yellow symbols on channel buoys and markers. You can re… At that pace, completing the ICW would take three to four weeks, provided you do not stop. ICW – Northbound The Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (AICW) is a continuous and mostly protected navigable route from Miami, Florida to Norfolk, Virginia . There are very nice, convenient marinas all along the ICW in these areas, but call ahead to make sure you get a space, particularly during snowbird season. El Nino is not a good thing for Florida – the weather has been down right awful. We also didn't want a mast higher than 60 ft to be sure of getting under ICW bridges which are supposed to be a minimum of 65 ft at high tide but are often lower (64, even 63 ft!). meetings). Here's what the barge's horn is telling you: To be comfortable with the inland rules and understand how they differ from the international regulations, carry a copy of the rules for navigation aboard and brush up on them before you go by visiting the U.S. Coast Guard's Navigation Center. The other big thrill here is to pass a tug and barge going in the opposite direction, though the close proximity in a confined space can be a glute-clenching experience! But that would be a grave mistake. Yes, we are definitely "fair weather" boaters, so, if the wind is high (8+) and/or rain predicted, the boat does come off of the trailer. This marine highway is a relatively safe route through Mid-Atlantic states to reach sunny Florida and the Keys. Try to time your arrival at bridges with scheduled openings, so you don't have to sit and circle with lots of other boats. My first trip on the ICW was in April 1985, when my husband Jim and I delivered our "new to us" Beneteau 35 sailboat from Fort Lauderdale to our home on the Magothy River in the Chesapeake Bay. Jim was driving and asked me to check that the canvas was zipped and snapped down in the flybridge enclosure. Savannah is laid out in squares, each with a beautiful park in the middle. Sunset on the ICW. They've got everything from fresh produce to flowers, grass-fed chickens, jam, jelly, honey, eggs, and handmade soap and laundry detergent. miles. The menu changes seasonally, so don't miss this little treasure. This interactive map makes a fantastic route and trip planner. Privacy Policy, One short blast: "I intend to leave you on my port side. That wasn't something we knew in 2002 when we approached Fort Lauderdale during the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show in early November. (Photo: SavannahVisit.com), Watching wild horses on Cumberland Island, Georgia feed in the marshy grass. So the Coast Guard adopted the following clockwise convention: moving in a southerly direction along the Atlantic Coast, then in a northerly, then westerly direction along the Gulf Coast, is considered returning from seaward. When navigating the narrow channels of the ICW, tugs and barges will signal their intentions using sound signals. have a special place in my heart for the Tides Inn in Irvington, Virginia, and we often stop at the marina for a night or two. Since then, I've made more than a dozen whole or partial cruises along the ICW, both in sail and powerboats. For the record, if I were to live my life over, I'd come back as a food writer or restaurateur, so I thought I'd share some of our favorite places along the route from the Chesapeake Bay to Miami, which tend to be great places to enjoy wonderful, mouthwatering local specialties. Passing to starboard requires one short blast for intent and agreement. It's a no-frills place (in fact, it's a gas station and truck stop that happens to have a marina) in a well-protected harbor and offers the only fuel between Coinjock and Belhaven. Waterway Guide is an interactive cruising and boater guide featuring mile-by-mile navigation, marina and anchorage listings, fuel pricing and boating news Apple Sign-In Note : If you already have a Waterway Guide account please choose, when prompted, to share … We were married a year later. If your draft is 4' 6" it might be touch & go. Originally built to ensure a secure means for shipping goods up and down the Atlantic Coast, today the ICW is used not just by commercial vessels, but also by a large number of recreational boaters. Then there is the wind and the northerlies. On our most recent visit last fall, we were helping friends take their power cat from Maryland to Southport, North Carolina, and stopped for a couple of nights in Beaufort. Both get busy with the snowbirds in October/November and April/May, but they always have fuel and water, usually a pumpout system that works, and a good restaurant. The town of Elizabeth City is a treat to simply wander around and take in the scenery. Friendly, beautiful, and with deep-water access to the Atlantic Ocean, Beaufort is one of the busiest stopover points on the ICW. Miami is one of the best places on the ICW to have work done on your boat—minor repairs or large projects—and there are seemingly more marinas than buildings. The Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) is a chain of local channels linked together to provide an inland passage along the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coasts. Demarcated by mile marker numbers, there are many interesting ports and towns along the way. You should be aware of these if you boat on these waters. Mile Marker 0 is where it all begins, in Norfolk, VA. His writing and photography have been published in PassageMaker Magazine, Soundings, Fly Fishing in Salt Waters, Yachting Magazine, and Lakeland Boating, among others. Channel 6 is reserved for inter-ship safety use, primarily during search-and-rescue operations. Many of these boaters are cruisers who use the ICW as a highway, traveling south to escape the cold of winter or north to seek relief from the blistering tropical sun. It's also easy walking to a pharmacy, coffee shops, hardware store, and several good restaurants, one of which, Spoon River Artworks and Market, is terrific. On my vessel’s average speed of six knots, I typically plan for a run of around 40 statute miles each day. The Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) stretches from Portsmouth, Virginia to Key West, Florida and serves as a navigable route along its length without many of the hazards of travel on the open sea. The Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway—also affectionately known as the ICW or The Ditch—is a protected inland waterway route that runs 1,243.8 statute miles from Norfolk, VA, to Key West, FL. She and her husband have owned several boats. It was just one more great memory of cruising the ICW.Â. Luckily, the only damage done was to our own boat, and my ego. After the 14-mile-long crossing of the shallow and sometimes sloppy Albemarle Sound, you enter the Alligator River (watch for bald eagles here!). Boats with the current get to pass under the bridge first after it's fully opened. Being a cruising sailor, one is already practicing a kind of social distancing. Jim and I had to laugh at our own contrariness. This stretch of water is used often by East Coast cruisers who head South to Florida for the Winter and back North to New England for the Summer. Passing to starboard requires two prolonged and one short blast for intention. Channel 13 is for navigational use between vessels. All ICW markers will have a reflective yellow triangle or square on them. I did, but the flapping continued. With a larger boat, it's worth planning on shorter days of travel, booking marinas ahead, and having a backup plan. The waterway is also used when the ocean is too rough to travel on. If you're at a day's end, or the Alligator River Swing Bridge can't open because of high winds, you'll probably stay at the Alligator River Marina known as Miss Wanda's. It's difficult in some parts to pass, so you often travel in convoy and are waiting for bridge or lock openings together. boats.com, 1221 Brickell Avenue, 23rd Floor, Miami, FL 33131, USA. Snowbird season is upon us. We made an ocean run from Florida to the Outer Banks, and entered the ICW at Beaufort Inlet in North Carolina. Treat yourself to one of these: Hall's Chop House, SNOB (Slightly North of Broad), High Cotton, and Magnolia. While Myrtle Beach offers cruisers lots of marinas, we usually press on to the Waccamaw River, one of the most scenic parts of the ICW, with wooded banks, deep water, wildflowers, moss-draped trees, and turtles sunning themselves alongside water birds. Viewing my trip as a whole, this allows me to progress along the ICW at a reasonable clip but also provides stopover … Fernandina Beach lies on Amelia Island just over the Georgia-Florida border. But it's dinner where Beaufort really shines. It is on this channel that large vessels in close proximity announce their intentions to one another, and it's also the primary channel used at bridges and locks. Actually, they're both Beaufort, but the one in North Carolina is pronounced "Bow" (as in bow and arrow) while the one in South Carolina is pronounced "Bew." On the hook is a nautical term for when the boat is at anchor or secured to a mooring ball. boats.com is part of the Boats Group Network. In fact, the picture you will get over the air is superior to cable since no compression is used which causes compression artifacts. On the east coast, some of the traffic in fall is by snowbirds who regularly move south for the winter and in Spring head north for the summer. If it’s not raining it’s cold, if it’s not cold it’s raining. Southbound on the Dismal Swamp Canal in November, these sailboats, part of a caravan of five cruising yachts, are treated to a touch of Virginia's spectacular fall foliage. It's free - enjoy! Before you cast off from Charleston, pick one of many well-rated restaurants for a pleasant and relaxing evening. Pristine anchorage … When it comes to cruising via the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW), the old saying getting there is half the fun is spot on. Sound signals, international:Passing portside requires two prolonged (4-6 seconds) and two short blasts for the overtaking boat’s intention, two short blasts for the stand-on vessel’s agreement. Getting through the openings can be a challenge, especially when the bridge tenders are reluctant to help determine whether there's clearance for your boat. The ICW might have a lot older (Senior age, perhaps) on it, but I'd think they've been boating on ICW and even the ocean a lot of years. document.write(''); Know the name of the bridge before you arrive and always communicate with the bridge tender. An ICW veteran gives us the skinny on some great stops. It has really nice bathrooms, free laundry facilities, fuel, and water, and is dog-friendly. The Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway—also affectionately known as the ICW or The Ditch—is a protected inland waterway route that runs 1,243.8 statute miles from Norfolk, VA, to Key West, FL. Put your walking shoes on and enjoy. Photos by Frank Lanier. Dishes such as fried okra and shrimp & grits are highlights of the southern part of the ICW. As we cruised through pretty towns, I silently thanked our forefathers for linking the natural inlets to provide a navigable route along the Eastern Seaboard, avoiding many of the hazards and discomforts of the open sea. Visit the Calvert Marine Museum, where Bubble and Squeak, a pair of river otters, live, and visit the Drum Point and Cove Point lighthouses while you're there. Ahhh… Key West, where the live-and-let-live attitude means you can either party until the sun is well below the horizon or relax in almost complete solitude. Midway Marina and Motel with Crabbie's Restaurant is on the west side, but the restaurant is closed Monday and Tuesday. - Shoal Keel A must for our plan on cruising down the ICW. Navigation aids along the ICW are the same as any other U.S. waterway, with the exception of yellow markings. The ICW connects rivers, canals, sounds, and cuts into a continuous navigable waterway that stretches along the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coasts from New England to the Florida Keys and west to Texas. It's possible to navigate the ICW with a 6 ft or even a 6.5 ft keel but it would not be comfortable for us. It's also got an inexpensive menu of fried chicken, seafood, sandwiches, and excellent fried okra. Sailing the Intracoastal Waterway. A month later on my birthday and our 20th wedding anniversary, we flew back to celebrate on the boat. It is a great tool for planning your cruise around America's Great Loop. With its own wine store next door (buy wine here before ordering dinner to save money), the menu is delightful, reasonably priced, and local. We pulled into Zahniser's Marina to regroup for the night and had a cozy home-style meal of delicious soft crabs and a throat-warming cognac at the Dry Dock Restaurant, after which all was right with the world again. In 2011, as Jim and I pulled in to the Oriental Marina and Inn, a thunderstorm hit that trapped us at the Tiki Bar for the night. Also tour Fort Sumter and go to the Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum. ", Three short blasts: "I am operating astern propulsion.". Fearing the wind was going to rip the canvas apart, I walked around searching again for the problem. Capt John's Interactive Great Loop Map. I'd been seasick for most of the ocean voyage and all but kissed the ground when we stepped ashore at Morehead City. ICW. This map was created by a user. It's a pretty resort with a golf course, spa, and nice restaurants, and they make the best mint julep I've ever tasted. Though Wilmington is not technically on the Intracoastal Waterway, it’s well worth a 13-mile diversion up the Cape Fear River. It's since become a favorite refuge. The flight was delayed several hours and we didn't get to the boat until after all the restaurants and local stores had closed. Just getting there is more than half the fun, when you’re cruising south on the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW), a 1243-mile waterway that connects rivers, canals, sounds and land cuts on the Atlantic coast. A delivery captain and cruising sailor spills his guts about diversifying the Intracoastal Waterway experience, countering disturbing cruising … There are B-n-B's, boatels and hotels virtually the entire route, you just need to do your homework (a lot of Capt. Once you leave the Waccamaw River, travel almost 50 miles through straight-dredged cuts of marshland to Charleston, one of the most beautiful cities on the ICW, and probably the whole U.S. Jim, irritated, asked me to check yet again, and I, just as irritated, replied that I just had. Preparing one’s boat for a thousand-mile trip down the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) isn’t quite the ordeal of preparing for an ocean crossing. Our next stop is the marina at Belhaven on Pantego Creek. 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