You meet up with a boat crewed by fun-loving nudists and are invited to “buddy boat” with them. 340 miles and 61 hours of cruising up the Florida Intracoastal Waterway from Miami to Jacksonville shared in about 30 minutes of relaxing time lapse. - Two Cabins with Heads Boat down the ICW. Heard (then saw) a huge sport fisher going in semi-displacement mode right down the channel just before sunset. Our biggest problem was that the boat was underpowered and would only do 5 kn at best. On the same trip, I was also anchored off in a tributary area outside the ICW a 500 ft from the channel or so. Preparing one’s boat for a thousand-mile trip down the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) isn’t quite the ordeal of preparing for an ocean crossing. Now, if only I could get a sponsor so I could take one of these babies down the ICW in the fall and again in the spring. A full enclosure would allow cruising in comfort and add considerably to the living space on a sailboat and would be conducive for watching sunsets in comfort with drink in hand. ICW on a Houseboat by: beached guy My wife and I traveled the ICW from TX to Lake Ontario in a full displacement boat, sturdy and more seaworthy 32 footer, more seaworthy than which a houseboat would be. The waterways, for the most part, are sheltered and easily navigable by boats small and large. Almost every diesel-powered boat I have ever surveyed or delivered could make this trip however; our preferences while not extravagant are a little beyond “basic”. Made of a series of rivers, bays and canals, this 1095-mile canal starts at nearby mile marker #1 in Norfolk, VA. and winds its … Took my boat, tossed me in the air, then slammed me into the bottom. Saved by Lori Sontag. You find a wonderful town and want to try all the local dishes but have to leave at first light. It would be great for forming the tracks every season. You are never out of sight of land, which is the point of the ICW. Natural inlets, sounds, man-made canals, saltwater rivers and bays. Yeah, ok, some of those don’t happen, but we still think every trip down the Waterway should be an opportunity to explore some new place. The Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) includes … Don’t slow down until your boat is near, then go as slowly as the other boat allows. Lexington Michigan Lake Michigan Rainy Lake Lake Huron Boat Stuff Boat Building Great Lakes West Virginia Sailing. Oh well, I do what I can but it would be so much better if I have a real survey boat! 4. When it’s safe to move your boat in front of the boat passed, accelerate to your cruising speed. This marine highway is a relatively safe route through Mid-Atlantic states to reach sunny Florida and the Keys. The wake sounded like surf crashing. The Intracoastal Waterway. 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