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Old 10-02-2013, 06:22 PM   #1
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Approaching ICW

Hi,
We're finally on our way towards the ICW going south from Maine. Are finding excellent slips, moorings and anchorages along the way...have been indulging in some R&R in the Chesapeake. Tonight we're anchored off Wye Island, tomorrow we'll reprovision at Chesapeake Maritime Museum slip.
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Old 10-02-2013, 06:31 PM   #2
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Uh oh... Looks like we get to enjoy another epic ICW trip blog by a member! These never get old.

Let me know when you get near the Neuse. We have stayed just about everywhere between Manteo and Southport (plus a few spot towards Georgetown). Perhaps our paths will cross and I can buy you a few drinks.

(**waits for next entry WITH PICTURES**
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Old 10-03-2013, 11:27 AM   #3
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Old 10-04-2013, 11:13 AM   #4
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Hi Again. Thank You both so much for showing me your vessel. WOW! Very nice. You have really done a great job. Super for two people. You showed me your flying Bridge table seat. I wonder if the base of the table would allow you to remove in a easy manner and then put a more confortable seat on the base. I ran my Independence 50 trawler down to Annapolis for the show. When she does sell, I will be looking for a vessel like yours to replace her. Thanks again. Have a safe trip. Ron T.
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Old 11-15-2013, 06:13 PM   #6
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Yes, I to am wondering how NAVIGATOR is making out. I have been reading about many areas on the ICW that are having shallow water issues. I was wondering how they were making out.
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Old 11-15-2013, 06:24 PM   #7
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We're in Charleston!

An update...we're at the dock at Charleston Maritime Center and have discovered how close we are to everything! We got boarded by the coast guard and passed inspection, phew!!! Didn't know how so many big guys with guns and life jackets could fit in our salon!

So far we've met mostly friendly warm people, honest marinas and fair rates.

Learning the fine art of passing sailboats has been tricky....seems many don't want to communicate via radio, so it leaves us not knowing how best to pass them with minimum trauma for all parties concerned.

The other trick is learning how recover when we are past by planing cruisers. Shoaling hasn't been an issue for us yet. We passed two sailboats today that we're gently aground at low tide. They didn't want help and we've joined them at our marina, so we know they're fine.

We're not sure where to stop next....Savannah, Beufort are all up ahead. I'm hoping to get an opportunity to practise either the organ, or piano wherever we stop. So far I've been welcomed at several churches, so if anyone has connections along the ICW I'd be grateful.

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Old 11-15-2013, 09:19 PM   #8
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Either Beaufort or Savannah . Both are great. Downtown Savannah is a music center.

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How was your boarding. I've traveled along way and knock on wood haven't been boarded yet.
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Learning the fine art of passing sailboats has been tricky....seems many don't want to communicate via radio, so it leaves us not knowing how best to pass them with minimum trauma for all parties concerned.
Lots of sailboats have their VHF down below, but of course are in the cockpit to steer. So may not hear the radio.

So far as the fine art of passing them -- just be considerate. Sailboats do not expect you to go completely down to idle. But they also do not expect you to be up on a plane and throwing a 4' wave either. Some rocking is part of it, and experienced sailors know that. Newbies might shake their fist at you, but they are still learning.

This is from someone who spent 5 years cruising on a sailboat, and did the East Coast ICW twice. One reason that I wanted a trawler when I got too old to singlehand the 40' sailboat any more was all the really nice people in trawlers that I met in the ICW.
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How was your boarding. I've traveled along way and knock on wood haven't been boarded yet.
As we will be making our first trip down the ICW in a few weeks I too am curious as to what they checked. I've had them chase me and wave me off from subs on the LI Sound, but have never been boarded.

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As we will be making our first trip down the ICW in a few weeks I too am curious as to what they checked. I've had them chase me and wave me off from subs on the LI Sound, but have never been boarded.

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Returning to the northern Gulf of Mexico coast from Key West last spring we were boarded 3 times by various agencies: Customs/DEA near Tampa, Florida Marine Patrol near Apalachicola, and Alabama Marine Patrol near Orange Beach. On each occasion, the boarders were courteous and professional. We showed them the same treatment and got on very well. Their primary interest was in checking our paperwork and individual identities rather than our safety equipment, although the two Marine Patrol agencies did check our safety gear. Not a bad experience at all.
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As we will be making our first trip down the ICW in a few weeks I too am curious as to what they checked. I've had them chase me and wave me off from subs on the LI Sound, but have never been boarded.

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I've been boarded few times, one time next to UN building on East River. As long as you're polite and provide necessary documents, have required safety equipment you should have nothing to worry about. We even took group pix with CG on my boat and the city in the background to make it more memorable and fun.
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Learning the fine art of passing sailboats has been tricky....seems many don't want to communicate via radio, so it leaves us not knowing how best to pass them with minimum trauma for all parties concerned.

We have a thread in the archives on passing and being passed on the ICW. You can bring it back up by a new posting. Click the below link.

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Old 11-19-2013, 02:08 PM   #15
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The Coast Guard was very courteous and thorough...they checked all our safety equipment including making sure we had the necessary placards in place. I couldn't believe how many big men in life jackets and weapons could fit in our salon! The equipment and their boots left black marks on our boat and they banged pretty hard against our hull as they left...but it wasn't a bad experience and perhaps we were part of a training exercise?

Passing sailboats is getting less traumatic. You're right about the radios, and it seems that once we hail the last in a long line of sailboats, the others are prepared and know we're coming. We don't plane, so our wake is pretty much the same at cruising speed unless we are idle speed.

Great trip so far!
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Do they check the black tank through-hull? I've been wondering if I should just take off the handle or leave it locked with a tie-wrap. Guess I better locate all my placards - I know they are where they should be but don't remember where that is!

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Don't forget a written trash plan for your boat. It is required for any boat over 40'. I sealed mine in plastic, and attached it under the lid of or trash can.
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They checked the y valve in our head and our keyed lock for the overboard macerator but didn't go below into the engine room. I put the white placard inside the door to our kitchen garbage can and the black placard is supposed to be somewhere obvious in the engine room.

They wanted to see our passports, my drivers license, social security card and our vessels' documentation. They viewed our life jackets, noisemakers, flares ( up to date). I think they were also checking for outstanding warrants. It would be nice to have some kind of sticker to show that we passed inspection...they did give us a piece of paper to show if we are approached again for another inspection.
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Magicbus,
Did I see you on the hard at Zimmerman Marine in Deltaville recently? I just went on the hard there last week. I just purchased a Halvorsen 32 so we have some common heritage.
If you are still there next time I come to charge batteries maybe we could share a drink/meal.
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Did I see you on the hard at Zimmerman Marine in Deltaville recently? I just went on the hard there last week. I just purchased a Halvorsen 32 so we have some common heritage.
If you are still there next time I come to charge batteries maybe we could share a drink/meal.
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Yes Bill that is us sitting in Deltaville - Congratulations on your Halvorsen. The current plan is to be in the water so we can take off south on 12/7. Hopefully all work will be finished so Zimmerman's can have her back in the week of 12/1. We arrive Friday 12/6 in the afternoon to load up. Between the cat and dog and getting the freezer and heat running for my wife, things will be hectic Friday, but if you are around please stop by. I guess we will be on the face dock unless they stick us in someone's empty slip (by the parking lot which would be nice!).

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