GPX Routes

(Updated 6/19/2017, easier downloading of GPX files explained)

The ICW can have some difficult passages through shallows where the buoys are either far apart or in some cases do not mark the best path. In seven years of traveling the Atlantic ICW from New York to Key West I've kept a log of the best way through some of the shallows. I've only included routes where there is some stability to the path and where it's not obvious where the deepest water resides, well marked channels are not included. The 2017 ICW Cruising Guide will give more details including depths on the routes but the GPX download links are included below for ease of updating if things change.

I've added one GPX file that includes all the separate files below for ease of downloading into Garmin app on the iPad. Download the one file and the each file will be displayed separately as if they were donwload one at a time in Garmin. (this is coming with the publication of the 2017 ICW Cruising Guide).

Caution: the routes were ones I personally used in the spring of 2017 except where noted, however, things change on the ICW and the captain of his or her vessel takes full responsibility for safety of the vessel and crew.    

The 2017 ICW Cruising Guide page will give more detail on the shoals:

Page 44:  Haverstraw Cove in New York on the Hudson River

After Page 83: Snows Cut, 7/18/2016 survey

Masonboro by G135

Page 134:  Hell Gate south of Savannah, GA  MM602

Page 147:  Jekyll Island Creek. MM682

Page 150:  St Andrews shoal passage by R32, G31  MM689

Page 154:  Fernandina Shallows MM718
Red side passage mapped by ACOE

Page 197:  Caesar's Creek passage from Biscayne Bay to the Caesar's Creek anchorage. MM1115

I used OpenCPN to form the routes. It's an open source, free charting program with tons of capabilities, perhaps too much for some but it works very well. On your desktop or laptop, choose one of the options below:

Option 1:  Download the GPX file to your computer
- Click on the GPX file you want from GPX Routes
- Click on the down arrow in the upper right corner to start the download
- The downloaded file will appear at the bottom left of the window. It has already been saved in your default download location per your Windows preferences, it’s usually a folder called “Downloads.” You have to know this location so you can access it for copying the file to your PC navigation program.
- Open your PC navigation program and import the GPX file

Option 2:  Do Option 1 and then attach the file to an email addressed to yourself-
- Open email on your iPad and hold your finger on the file icon
- Slide the top menu to the left and tap on Garmin
- The Garmin app will ask if you want to import the file, tap OK
The route is now stored on your Garmin app.

Option 3:  Download directly to the Garmin app (no PC needed)
- Use Safari to open GPX Routes
- Tap on the GPX file you want
- Tap on the down arrow in the upper right corner of the display
- A screen will appear showing the name of the file you just downloaded with an option to “Open in Bluechart” and a second line labeled “More.” If the default choice is not BlueChart, then tap “More” for more choices and slide the top row of icons until BlueChart appears and tap the icon. 

After the import is complete into the Garmin app:
- Tap on the ship’s wheel icon at the bottom, middle of the screen
- A screen showing “My Content” will pop up
- Tap on “Routes”
- A list of routes will be displayed, tap on the one you want to use
- Tap on the “Hamburger” icon at the upper right (three horizontal bars)
 - One choice will be to “View on Chart”, tap on that choice to see the route for navigation.