We are not familiar on size of boats that can get out of the neighborhood under the train bridge Wife is insisted on a Baja inboard , she found a 33’ she loves but I want to make sure we can get in and out of the neighborhood . I know it will be issue in winter getting out What boats do you have in the area that is around the 29-33’ and what kind of issues do you have getting out
Re: Boat sizes
Posted by Joe mims on 9/20/2018, 9:59 am, in reply to "Boat sizes "
Advice on height is good. Issue for me is flood current with strong wind. Both running at 45 degree angle. I have 26 catamaran 9 foot beam. If more length you will hit stern sometimes. And that moving at about 5 mph and going sideways thru opening. Good fenders on bridge. 25 or less is best outboard. Stainless prop. Fold down Bimini top. Try to go with somebody who can show you the ins and outs of jones lake. Save these tracks on gps plotter. Go with someone who admits to running aground more than once. Hitting bridge and bumping bottom are normal around here. Don't sweat it. Your boat handling will improve quickly and once you hit a reefs you learn where there at. I think I've hit most of them in 40 years. Still manage to find a new one once and a while. Good luck
That's why they're called "rub-rails"...I've played "bumper-boat" on occasion coming back in: darn that south-wind!!! Seriously, I was told minimum clearance is 63"at high tide; I think 60" is more realistic. If it looks remotely close, I fold my console wind-screen and take down my rods, why take a chance?
Also Jones is only 3' deep at low tide in many spots and less than 24" in winter. Inboards do not fare well here.
Re: Boat sizes
Posted by Bill Alcorn on 9/20/2018, 7:01 am, in reply to "Boat sizes "
Sorry, You can not get out. Bridge clearance is only 84 inches max. Most of time clearance is in the 70 inch range. An inboard drawes too much water. you need a draft with motor down of less than 24 inches. Very narrow channel and shallow. Stay with an outboard center console with out a tower.