Bride Clearances on Halifax River Daytona Beach Yacht Club

Caca Cabeza

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Wife is thinking (if you know what I mean, and I think that you do)... of retiring to Florida. Daytona beach is the current radar target, along with Daytona beach YC.

I've got a Swan 47 on the West Coast. Mast height is ~70 feet.

Any Ideas about getting under bridges? Here on the California Delta the have these bridges that move up and down to let ships and sailboats with tall masts get by.

All input is welcome.

 

Ishmael

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There's a bride clearance? Nobody tells me anything any more.

Not that I could afford another one, unless she comes with a good job.

 

bridhb

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There are marinas further south closer to Ponce Inlet that would eliminate the need to get under bridges to access the inlet.  You would be limited to where you could go each way on the intracoastal though.

 

accnick

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Google earth shows the bridges. I'm looking for theri clearances. (heights above the water).
65' is the nominal clearance on most fixed bridges on the ICW. Most of the bridges in FL are fixed bridges now, although there are still plenty of older opening ones. It doesn't just matter what bridge heights are where you want to go. It matters what they are in getting there.

A fair number of inlets have marinas situated just inside and before any fixed bridges. That's how they accommodate larger boats. Some places like Ft. Lauderdale still have some opening bridges to accommodate bigger boats.

A current Waterway Guide should have the latest information. Looking at a chart that is several years old, there is at least one fixed bridge with 65' clearance between Ponce Inlet and downtown Daytona. Just a few miles S of Ponce inlet is a fixed 65' bridge in New Smyrna.

Unless you have a keel/centerboard version of the Swan 47, your life may be overly-tense with a draft of more than 6' in a lot of places, depending on current dredging status.

Don't forget to add all your antennas and wind instrumentation, as well as the boat's load status, when calculating air draft.

 
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Steam Flyer

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65' is the nominal clearance on most fixed bridges on the ICW. Most of the bridges in FL are fixed bridges now, although there are still plenty of opening ones. It doesn't just matter what bridge heights are where you want to go. It matters what they are in getting there.

A fair number of inlets have marinas situated just inside and before any fixed bridges. That's how they accommodate larger boats. Some places like Ft. Lauderdale still have some opening bridges to accommodate bigger boats.

A current Waterway Guide should have the latest information.

Unless you have a keel/centerboard version of the Swan 47, your life may be overly-tense with a draft of more than 6' in a lot of places, depending on current dredging status.
^ this ^

The Florida ICW will be an uncomfortable, not-fun place for a Swan 47 at the best of times.  Well, less worries about wakes, so that's one good thing. My suggestion is to either choose a different place or a different boat.

FB- Doug

 

Sail4beer

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Sell boat and buy a northern east coast shoal draft boat and sail or ship it to your new home in Daytona Beach. 
 

I don’t know why you’d want to move to that town. There’s a world of white trash in that part of Florida...

 

h20man

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If they are Florida brides you have to be a Florida man to appreciate them.
I was told by a very learned friend that many women in Florida can be classed as looking to expand their real estate portfolio...

so if you do not flaunt any wealth... you should be safe.. and then a Florida bride should be understanding and give you clearance to sail on the Halifax river and join the Daytona Beach Yacht Club.

best of luck.

 

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