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Old 10-31-2018, 03:43 PM   #101
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A 2015 report by the USCoE states that there was 2.6 million tons between VA and Jacksonville, practically nothing between Jacksonville and Miami and 110 million tons on the Gulf waterway. Commercial fishing seemed to go in/out of their harbors to open water but not much along the ICW. It seems like a lot of infrastructure and maintenance for what looks like little utility.
Traveling the ICW South of Stuart you come to bridgeville and recreational boater congestion. The waterway is likely too slow for most commercial traffic. Between the multitude of bridges they would have to slow down for, the recreational boaters they would likely reduce speed because of, and the reduced widths in many areas, it's likely not economical.

BTW, regarding cost of maintenance and utility, recreational boaters have an exponential greater presence in FL on the ICW than most other areas, and the private sector probably pays a much higher percentage of the cost to maintain all of the ICW through our taxes.

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Old 10-31-2018, 04:18 PM   #102
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WifeyB, most were in the 3'-5' range with a few larger ones. Those were the ones that washed down the pilothouse windows.


When we're in stuff like that we're usually around 9-9.5kts. That's our hull speed and she seems to like running in that range.
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Old 10-31-2018, 04:29 PM   #103
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I think it is really hard to judge wave height from a video taken over the bow. It is easier for me to judge height by looking out the PH window to the side. Even then, it is hard from a 2D video to get a sense of the size of the waves.
Wifey B: Agree. But I think a lot of people have a problem judging anyway. A few judge like they do fish and something else I won't mention and everything is bigger in their minds than reality. But then others think of just height and don't think of depth and the fact wave height is from crest to trough. I'm thinking perhaps some of those leery of 2' waves are doing that.
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Or the wind was blowing the tops off the smaller waves.
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Old 10-31-2018, 07:42 PM   #105
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WifeyB, most were in the 3'-5' range with a few larger ones. Those were the ones that washed down the pilothouse windows.


When we're in stuff like that we're usually around 9-9.5kts. That's our hull speed and she seems to like running in that range.
Wifey B: That's close to what I would have guessed. I was 4-6' at the outset and down to about 3' by the end of the video.
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The wind blowing the tops off the waves make the wave look bigger.

Hey, let's ask the person who posted the video!!!
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Old 10-31-2018, 08:23 PM   #107
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After 106 posts (now 107) I don't think anyone has asked the OP (Mr. at) why he was asking. I suspect curiosity but maybe not.
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