Living in wv I’m mostly an inland paddler but occasionally hit up coastal waters. I Prefer protected areas like smallers bays and tidal creeks. Generally I avoid open water. I don’t have that skillset. I’m trying to learn about tidal timing and use it to propel my short boats.
I did pretty well in Maine this summer. Spent an afternoon paddling down some very low (push with your hands/paddle) ww on Denny’s River. My paddlin’ bud and I then proceeded to paddle the tidal section of the river and went to the reversing falls in Cobscook bay. That was pretty well timed out as we ran with the tide and had plenty of water.
More recently, I was less successful with timing the tides. In South Carolina I put in on Rantowles CreeK (trib of Stono River) at bulow landing. My plan to was ride the tidal shift down (low tide) and then head back (high tide). As it turned out, I floated the low tide but had to actively paddle back against it or risk running out of daylight. I consulted a charleston harbor tide chart (instead of the wallace creek/rantowles chart which I found online after i got home). But to be fair, I didn’t hone in on Rantowles until I saw its proximity to the campground where I was staying. Internet was sketchy. Even without the more local beta it seems to me I should have better able to anticipate the tidal lag of the upstream location. Perhaps if I had figured the distance from charleston harbor, the size of the tide and the time between low and high tide then I could have better anticipated the timing of the shift . Perhaps elevation should be a factor as well?
****Are there some simple formulas folk use to anticipate tidal shift at specific locations when your tide beta is for a different location? ****