Originally Posted by deancrenshaw55
We just bought a boat in North East, MD. Planning on taking it through the intercostal waterways, anything I should know or locking dams I should look out for?
We bought our boat in Solomon's Md April 2010 and cruised south to the Neuse River. Our trip was smooth.
1. The Chesapeake Bay is deep and a generally smooth ride. It's wide and feels really pretty big.
2. I would have taken more pictures looking back.
3. Be alert for ships in Norfolk. Goes without saying I guess.
4. Bridges open through Norfolk on the half hour but around rush hour they might stay shut for 2 hours. Schedule particularly for the Gilmerton Bridge which does this. Most others not so strict. Also sometimes for no apparent reason they shut a bridge for maintenance. Well, there is a reason- old bridges.
5. Albemarle Sound can be unpleasant if the wind is just right. About an hour to cross at 8 knots in good weather.
6. Coming out of the Bay River can be unpleasant from time to time.
7. They will firmly remind you to wear your life vests at the Norfolk lock.
What's the boat and engine configuration? What's your crushing speed?
I envy you the trip! Good luck.