[Amel Yacht Owners] ICW and mast height
Joel F. Potter <jfpottercys@...>
Masthead height, not including antenna, is 65' 7" at middle load. Having
sold many many boats here in Florida that headed North, I can tell you that
I have never had any client say the I.C.W. was fun on an almost 7' deep,
almost 69' high (with all the antenna) sail boat.
I will pass along the recommendation of one sage client, "save the I.C.W.
for when you are old and have a trawler. 10% of it is interesting, 90% of
it is boring, plan on about 70 miles a day, max, and don't EVER run at
You will not fit under Norfolk, Virginia bridge,
Hope this helps.
Joel F. Potter
Super Maramu #400
Thanks for the advice - likewise Ian. Have to admit boredom was as
much a concern as clearance under the brodges!
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Joel F. Potter"
sold many many boats here in Florida that headed North, I can tellyou that
I have never had any client say the I.C.W. was fun on an almost7' deep,
almost 69' high (with all the antenna) sail boat.I.C.W.
for when you are old and have a trawler. 10% of it isinteresting, 90% of
it is boring, plan on about 70 miles a day, max, and don't EVERrun at
We just sailed from Ft. Lauderdale to Charleston South Carolina. We
went outside except for a short span from Beufort, SC northward. I
echo what Joel has said. In addition to all the anxiety about depth,
narrow shallow areas, and bridges be aware that the water will stain
your hull brown. I spent a couple of hours washing (buffing) just 16
hours worth of brown water travel stain from the bow area of the
That said I would highly recommend a trip up the rivers to Svannah,
Georgia and Beufort, South Carolina. There is a 65 ft fixed bridge
coming north up the river towards Beufort but it can be safely
negotiated as long as at least 5 1/2 boards are seen on the bridge
dolphin (per the Port Royal Marina that lies alongside the bridge).
The tide here is about 7 feet. Beufort was worth the effort.
We enjoyed both of these places immensely.
Regards, Gary Silver Liahona SM 2000 Hull # 335