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Old 10 August 2009, 17:27   #1
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How shallow do you consider too shallow?

Being a paranoid type of guy, I tend to steer well clear of any potentially shallow areas.

Quite fancy a trip up some of the rivers along the Solent, but figure that I'm going to have to get a little less scared about going into shallower waters.

I suppose the depth shown from the sounder is from the bottom of the boat, so technically a sounder depth of a few feet would be adequate.

So I was wondering, what sort of depth do you guys consider "too shallow" ?
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Depends what the bottom is like - if it's sand or mud no probs - rocks are another story.

Shallow is the norm where I am - an oar or paddle is a great way of feeling your way around. My depth guage reads zero when I am still afloat - just!!!
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On some sounders you can put an offset in so the depth shown is below the skeg.
I don't mind taking the boat in so I can jump over the side and stand up. You'll build up confidence with time.
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Checking depth..

Check a chart first, or get local knowledge
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Depends what the bottom is like - if it's sand or mud no probs - rocks are another story.
On the other hand, sand and mud can get stirred up and sucked up with the cooling water, so a different set of problems
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On the other hand, sand and mud can get stirred up and sucked up with the cooling water, so a different set of problems
yes,,, sand and grit makes lovelly grinding paste,,,,makes the inside of the water pump look like new, lol,
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Where you going..

You say the Solent.. where do you mean as is quite a size.. I have been a long way up quite a few shallow areas in RIBs and never had a problem personally, but just check tides in Ashlett creek and don't watch the mill pond level instead of the sea water level as you may get stuck!!
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"Acceptable depth" is surely related to speed, and to whether the tide is flooding or ebbing?
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Thanks for the posts so far.

So what depth on your gauge would make your concerned?

10ft, 6ft, 3ft ?
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Depends on the charts - if it is a nice flat area then about 8ft - you need to slow down quite a bit as it gets shallower. It all boils down to local knowledge.
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