Dismal Swamp Canal?

I think I have buddy talked into it for a week in August. He also wants to get back to Coinjock. Thanks @FootballFan, didn't realize that, great advice since there isn't much around there.
 
The latest known depths are reported in the Local Notice to Mariners on the Coast Guards site, so you can always consult those documents. Its "maintained" to 9' which is a pretty good margin for most Sea Rays.

Personally, I think it would be a blast and a challenge!

I watched a youtube vid of a guy in a SR 400 Sedan Bridge do it about 9 months ago, so it is possible. I think if you attempt it, you need to have a well thought out plan for contingencies/emergencies, file a float plan etc relevant spares.




https://www.dco.uscg.mil/Featured-Content/Mariners/Local-Notice-to-Mariners-LNMs/District-5/

I haven't seen 9' only 6', but if 9 then it's a no brainer and good news. And yeah a really cool adventure to check out. Great vid thanks for posting. The only issue is if 6' then a prop strike is almost guaranteed.
 
I haven't seen 9' only 6', but if 9 then it's a no brainer and good news. And yeah a really cool adventure to check out. Great vid thanks for posting. The only issue is if 6' then a prop strike is almost guaranteed.

6' is plenty IMHO. If you boat in SW FL, 7' would be deep!

I don't think a prop strikes is guaranteed, but hitting some floats/branches is certainly possible, but not likely catastrophic.

Just doing a little investigation, and it loks like everything is open and accessible. If I were planning on going, I'd call down the the Dist 5 Office and see if some of the coasties have up to date intel. I bet they would be of imense help.

The other option is the AGLCA.

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Just came thru that way first week of march and everything was open and ok, me and Rusty brought my 400 sedan bridge down from Baltimore that week.
 
Has anyone ventured the Dismal Swamp Canal?

I have only ever gone through the Albermarle/Chesapeake canal. I was reading up on it a bit and it looks like a really nice trip to take through there. It's maintained at 6' deep, I am not sure of the bridge heights or if my boat would be able to run the full length or not (Bridges). Although I have seen pictures of the canal with sail boats going through.

Anyway, if anyone has ventured the canal I would love to hear about it. Thanks.

We've only done the Albemarle Cut, so far, but I'd like to eventually do that loop -- one canal south, the other back north.

You might find this discussion useful, since it's semi-current:

https://www.trawlerforum.com/forums/s3/dismal-v-aicw-68057.html

-Chris
 
Regarding the comparison to 7' water in SW FL ---

The issue I had in the area was the lack of tides (at least tide movement I could figure out and count on). Those that know more about the area would have better insight.

I agree with the statement about SW FL and 7' water. Difference for me in SWFL is 7' is MLW, I can get another 1-3 feet based on timing with the tide.

We went from Charleston to Hilton Head on the ICW - some very skinny water for us. But timed to a high tide and sailed right through. I would not take our current boat through that stretch on anything other than riding a higher tide.

Question for those in that area - tell me about the tide? Do you get any movement at all? I know the wind has alot to do with water level, but other than that - what's the common experience?
 
@FootballFan

This is correct, and the real killer is when you have a negative tide.
 
I second checking out the AGLCA AT www.greatloop.org. And also check out the Great Loop Facebook page. Loopers are or have recently gone through the Dismal Swamp.
 
We've only done the Albemarle Cut, so far, but I'd like to eventually do that loop -- one canal south, the other back north.

You might find this discussion useful, since it's semi-current:

https://www.trawlerforum.com/forums/s3/dismal-v-aicw-68057.html

-Chris

That's exactly what we want to do. Leave Norfolk area and stay at Coinjock then venture back through the other canal. I think we'll only have ~9 days for the trip,but that includes leaving from Kent Narrows area.
 

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