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    • Eastern Florida Intracoastal Waterway Problem Stretches

      PLEASE CAREFULLY READ OUR DISCLAIMER!

      Below, you will discover our listing of what have been reported as the worst problem stretches of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway along the Eastern Florida coastline, arranged in a rough, north to south geographic format.
      Be sure to click on the links labeled, “Click Here To See What Your Fellow Cruisers Are Saying About . . . ” to check on the latest input from the cruising community, and, don’t miss the links labeled, “Click Chartlet Below To Open A Chart View window zoomed to the Location of This AICW Problem Stretch.” This latter link will bring up a “Chart View” window, zoomed to the location of the problem stretch in question.

    • Intersection of AICW and Matanzas Inlet


      Intersection of AICW and Mantanzas Inlet
      (Statute Mile 793, Eastern Florida AICW)

      The Problem: Back in April, 2010, the Waterway was shoaling badly along its eastern flank, south of marker #80. Dredging of this AICW Problem Stretch was completed as of 9/20/11, and as August, 2012, no navigational problems other than the placement of a few new markers has been reported.

      The Solution: For the moment, with the completion of dredging in the fall of 2011, traversing this intersection should have no more than usual problems for stretches where the AICW runs behind a tidal inlet. Eventually, shoaling will reappear here, but let’s hope that sad event lies well into the future.
      Be SURE to observe and properly pass any new, uncharted markers you may encounter as you cruise through this problem stretch!

      Click Here For Updates and To See What Your Fellow Cruisers Are Saying About the Intersection of AICW and Matanzas Inlet

      Click Chartlet Below To Open A Chart View Windows Zoomed to the Location of This AICW Problem Stretch”

      Comments from Cruisers (3)

      1. Charles Solomon -  December 19, 2016 - 10:03 am

        26′ Searay Sundancer thrown aground at marker 81C on Friday night 12-16-16 just before sunset. Operating at 6-8 knots. We were manuvering to West side of ICW after sighting green floating / temp marker 81C northbound and caught by a stiff current. This area is a dogleg channel deep to the west shoreline (per SeaTow). Boat rolled over almost 45 degrees on the starboard side . Backed off the engine and she righted but we were hard aground sideways to the current. Had to wait about 2 hours for the tide and powered off. Brand new engine overheated and we took a tow to St. Augustine.

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      2. Frank Morris -  October 3, 2015 - 3:19 pm

        I’ve done that section a few times; you almost have to stay close enough to the west bank to touch it with an extended boathook (perhaps not “quite” that closely, but it sure seems like it).

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    • AICW/Bakers Haulover Inlet Intersection


      Intersection of AICW and Bakers Haulover Inlet
      (Statute Mile 1080, Eastern Florida AICW)

      The ProblemAs of July, 2013, there is “severe shoaling” along the AICW’s run past shallow Baker’s Haulover Inlet. Until this stretch is finally dredged, these waters are currently the worst single section of the Eastern Florida AICW!

      The Solution If your vessel draws 3 feet or more, you MUST time your passage of the Waterway behind Bakers Haulover Inlet for mid to high tide, and carefully observe any new or relocated markers, even if they differ from the latest configuration of aids to navigation shown on chart 11467. As of July, 2013, best depths can be maintained by favoring the eastern (“green”) side of the channel as the Waterway passes behind the inlet.

      Click Here For Updates and To See What Your Fellow Cruisers Are Saying About the Intersection of AICW and Bakers Haulover Inlet

      Click Chartlet Below To Open A Chart View Windows Zoomed to the Location of This AICW Problem Stretch

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