“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

The ICW: Opportunities for all to Get Shot, Run Aground, or See an Elephant (Miles 200-400)


The Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) is a 3,000-mile (4,800 km) inland waterway along the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coasts of the United States; consisting of natural inlets from/to the ocean, fresh and salt water rivers, bays, sounds, creeks, and artificial canals. The sites and the trip along the ICW cannot be described in one word.  At times it is painfully boring but at other times you cannot take enough pictures and at other times you are just baffled trying to comprehend why certain waterways on the ICW are utilized (shallow and shoaling, swamp, military camp with active ammunition activity, just to name a few challenges).

ICW 200 to 400 Beaufort to Charleston

The houses and yard art were both fun and interesting to see.

The ICW through Camp Lejeune occasionally closes for artillery, small-weapons firing, and beach landing exercises.  You may get to this point and need to figure out what to do with yourself for a while -It’s not like you can just park the boat and go for a walk!



There are many different boats navigating the ICW.  Some boats have become a hazard to navigation.

North and South Carolina are Golf-Meccas and there are hundreds of courses on the coast.  The course designers have figured out how to “play-through” the pesky waterway known as the ICW.

ICW 200 to 400 Beaufort to Charleston-001

And, of course, there were more bridges.

Wrightsville Beach

Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina

But, best of all, there were more dolphins.

ICW to Charleston

Nature Ops:  Dolphins, Eagles, Pelicans, and yes, those are Goats!

6 thoughts on “The ICW: Opportunities for all to Get Shot, Run Aground, or See an Elephant (Miles 200-400)

  1. Jesse/Stacy Thanks for the great photos and story to date. As you get ready to head into Georgia recommend a coulee of days on Cumberland Is. We had some of our best times on the island.

    Rick Wahl


  2. Loving following your journey, and seeing the ICW through your “new eyes.” (Jaye from Live Afloat Archives)

  3. We’re having a blast, tagging along with you guys, keep those photos and stories coming! Paul and Jane, sitting on sv.Providence in the parking lot at good old HSM. Happy Holidays!

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