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[EXPIRED] AICW Shoaling Reported South of Fernandina, (Statute Mile 727.5)

The AICW’s path through Amelia River south from Fernandina Beach to Nassau Sound has several shoals to be reckoned with. Add another to your list of Navigation Alerts!

I think I may have seen something about this on your site but I can’t find it now. Anyway, here is some recent information.
I dug some trenches at low tide with my 4′ – 3″ draft between G 43 and G 45 running down the South Amelia River to Nassau Sound (Mile 729). Here is my track. I was keeping close to the greens because of a warning by friends.

While down south, I updated my Garmin Blue Charts. On the return, I ran the same track at high tide to see if I could spot the shoal spots and was startled when I looked at my GPS to see this:

I was pretty much running the magenta line as I did before. Note that, if this hydrography is correct, the deepest water is now outside the Red 44. I’d want to check that out though before suggesting anyone go that side. It’s pretty clear though where I dug trenches. It was a low low tide. I did hit at more than one spot so there have been changes since this survey.

This area is a real hazard with shoaling and the marks are not set well..we ran aground last June in there following a sister boat and between us we could not find the depth of water near either side to travel safely in. We ran aground in the channel hard and were unable to ketch off, winds came up with quick storm that set us hard into shallow. The tow boat came and had a hard workout getting us off. It was a nightmare and the tow boat was very busy going back to tow others, so I would not travel unless at high tide through there unless dredged or marks get moved.
Susan Dawson
aboard S/V Colleen Mae

Just to clarify, the whole area seems to be bad, we were at marker #34, just checked my log book.
S/V Colleen Mae

Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position between Markers #44 and #45.

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