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Old 03-21-2016, 10:04 AM   #1
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Long Island intracoastal

I understand this waterway was designed at minimum 6 ft depth and healing 100 ft wide. Last dredging was completed in 2912. Has anyone any experience. I would be motoring a 36 ft trawler with 3.6 ft draft. I do understand shoaling and channels. I have done ICW from Key West to Cape Cod. Soooo what is the story on this piece of water? Looks interesting if navigable.
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What piece of water?
Where?
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Old 03-21-2016, 10:16 AM   #3
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Sorry. Looking at the intracoastal in Long Island N.Y. U.S.A.
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What intercoastal are you talking about? If you are talking about coming up the East River where large barges traverse the waters, there is no problem. If you are talking about Long Island Sound which is miles across and significantly deep, you will have no problem. We live on Long Island on the North Shore and sail it extensively with our Catalina 42 sailboat with a 6'8" draft and have rarely an issue, especially out in the sound as long as you avoid the shoals.

Now where were you looking? I've never heard of this thing that you are speaking of.
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Wait - are you maybe speaking of the South Shore?
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Old 03-21-2016, 11:42 AM   #6
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I have never heard of a Long Island Intracoastal but that doesn't mean anything.


Buy yourself a copy of the Waterway Guide, Northern edition and you can check on your intended cruising waters. And of course, buy a chart and study it.
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Old 03-21-2016, 11:43 AM   #7
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It looks like you are:

FACT SHEET-Long Island Intracoastal Waterway, New York - Federal Navigation Channel > New York District > Fact Sheet Article View

I have no idea of what the South Shore waters are like other than I know they are very shallow when we've driven over the bridges. You can easily get around Long Island by just traveling offshore to the south or else going through the Sound. But I believe your boat should be fine going through the South Shore inland waterways.
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Annsni yes that is the same fact sheet I have. Not looking to go south past Long Island. If I was would use sound as I have many times. Looking at charts, most activity on south shore is from what is being called Long Island intracoastal. In fact looks like a lot of development for so many not knowing about it or for only very shallow draft vessels. Basically looking for another cruising area to explore.
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As of this time last year here are the actual depths

http://www.nan.usace.army.mil/Portal...rch%202015.pdf

http://www.nan.usace.army.mil/Portal...ary%202015.pdf

With more surveys of the area here:

New York District Navigation ‚€“ Controlled Depth Reports

I have to say I'm among those who've boated in that area but hadn't heard that stretch called that before.
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Old 03-21-2016, 01:21 PM   #10
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Annsni yes that is the same fact sheet I have. Not looking to go south past Long Island. If I was would use sound as I have many times. Looking at charts, most activity on south shore is from what is being called Long Island intracoastal. In fact looks like a lot of development for so many not knowing about it or for only very shallow draft vessels. Basically looking for another cruising area to explore.
Most of that area is really small boats - day boats and small sailboats in the deeper areas. LOTS of fishing and I don't think as much transient kind of set-ups.
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That is what I wanted to know. I have seen some 2015 active captain reviews by trawlers in the 40 ft size. But, not many and a lot of cautions.
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The most difficult area is Moriches Bay, with Shinnock Bay a close second. Boat your size have transited the area in high tide, even then its not a guarantee.

You could go in Debs Inlet (Rockaways) and travel out to Fire Island Inlet, that is all good water and well marked. Check charts for bridge heights. Then head out Fire Island Inlet and come back in Shinnecok Inlet, take the channel to starboard (east) that will lead you to Shinn Lock, and then head out through the Peconic, which is beautiful.
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We were hoping to take the same route through Debs Inlet. Is anyone planning to go this year?
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With so many great places to go in Long Island Sound, I'd rather go that way than to have to worry so much about the depths.
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With so many great places to go in Long Island Sound, I'd rather go that way than to have to worry so much about the depths.
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Old 03-21-2016, 08:56 PM   #16
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Well we have done a lot of the sound. We Winter store in Portland Ct. on Ct River. This Summer heading to Maine. Just looking for other options. Never been to Fire Island. Then again maybe we do not want to go to Fire Island.


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LOVE the Connecticut River - especially Hamburg Cove. That's probably our favorite place to go!!

I was just talking to my husband and if you went around the South Shore of Long Island, there are places where you can cut in and out and probably be fine depth-wise (after all, the ferries come in and out) but more than likely traversing west to east might not work as well.
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Yup - Long Island intracoastal

When we docked in Freeport LI we used to travel that path once in a while for dad's vacations... back in the 60's. And, that was what it was termed then too.
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Looks like an excellent area for fluke!
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Looks like an excellent area for fluke!
Back when... We had chest type freezer stuffed with Fluke for winter meals.
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