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2016 ICW Cruising Guide

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2016 ICW Cruising Guide

A guide to safely navigating over 100 hazards on the Atlantic ICW with full color charts along with advice and tips by Bob423

Authored by Robert A Sherer, Ann E Sherer
Edition: 1

I'm known as Bob423 in postings on Active Captain and this is my second edition of the ICW Cruising Guide. The focus of this guide is to aid the boater in safely navigating the 100 or so shallow areas of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) with full-page color charts for each hazard and directions for safe passage. The guide is not a complete compendium of all marinas and anchorages; there are plenty of other guides for that. However, it does include the marinas and anchorages we've found spaced conveniently for ICW travel and where there's pet relief easily available. Also included are lists of how to get ready for the trip and tips on making life more enjoyable on the waterway.

For the 2016 edition, the charts have been enlarged to show better detail and buoys now have their own labels (G3, R4, etc.) in larger type for easy reading. Where not obvious, the charts have a yellow line showing the deepest water I found during my trip north in the spring of 2016. Each chart has a mile marker location along with the minimum water found through the hazard as part of the hazard title at the top of each page. All of the information on finding the deepest route through a hazard is from my personal experiences in six years of cruising the ICW, updated on my spring trip north in 2016. Nothing is second hand except I did include hydrographic charts from Wilmington and Charleston ACOE where available to aid in transiting the worse of the shallow areas.

This year I have included waypoints for many of the most difficult areas such as Hell Gate, Fernandina, Jekyll Creek and a few others. It can be very tedious manually entering the waypoints not to mention being error prone so I've posted the waypoints as GPX Routes on my blog site at in the Pages section. Since I use an iPad, I've also included instructions on how to transfer the GPX routes into the iPad for both the Navimatics Charts and Tides app and also the Garmin Mobile app. Once loaded, you will be following the same route I used in finding the depths I reported in the spring of 2016.

The advice section has been updated with the latest iPad apps and links in the ebook version have been checked to be sure they work. Many of the advice comments didn't change, after all there's a base level of things to do that does not change year to year but there are still updates with additional experiences.

Thank you for considering the purchase of the guide. The links have been left in blue with an underline. I've posted the active links on my blog page at so you don't have to google anything, just find the link in the list and click. Please leave a review on, all reviews are helpful to other boaters considering a trip down the ICW.

Bob423, aka Robert and Ann Sherer

Publication Date:
1535257172 / 9781535257176
Page Count:
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
8.5" x 11"
Full Color
Related Categories:
Sports & Recreation / Sailing / General

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