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Old 05-09-2019, 07:29 PM   #5
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I would never cross if the stated depth was less than 1' more than my draft. 6" is not enough for me.

OC Diver points out that he crossed and got consistently more. It's possible if you stay absolutely in the deepest possible depths. However, you can do that 99% of the trip and then just hit once and have severe damage. The stated depths are based on the channel but not on you hitting only the deepest parts of the channel. Even with those depths, there is still shoaling that hits the edges of the channel and causes less depth.

I remember one of our first trips through. We were showing 8' where they claimed 6'6". We used the sonar and saw how we would have had a foot less if we'd only been a few feet over. All the channel isn't created equal.
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