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Is Snows Cut still navigable with a sailboat drawing 5 to 6 feet?

Ken Little

The short answer is yes, according to Adam Faircloth, a cartographer with the Navigation Branch of the Wilmington District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

“According to a July 2011 and March 2012 survey of Snows Cut, it looks like a 5-6 foot draft vessel would be able to sail through,” Faircloth said.

Click here to see a March 2012 map of the channel made by the Corps of Engineers.

Go to www.saw.usace.army.mil/nav  for various navigation maps.

“They’re fairly up to date and used quite a bit by the boating community, both commercial and private,” Corps of Engineers spokesman Hank Heusinkveld said.

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2 Responses to “ Is Snows Cut still navigable with a sailboat drawing 5 to 6 feet?”

  1. On March 30, 2012 at 9:48 am First Mate wrote:

    I’ve made it through there in my sailboat many times. It draws about 4 feet. I would suggest that you stick to your chart very carefully. It’s extremely shallow on the river side.

  2. On April 3, 2012 at 8:26 am RobC wrote:

    As first mate said you have to be careful on the river end of Snows cut. Just past the channel can(162?) it shoals up off your starboard bow . If headed up river go past the can about 200 yards before turning north into the connector channel. I draw just over 5′ with the board down . The South connecting channel doesn’t seem to be a problem.