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Adj.1.shallow-draft - of vessels whose keel is not far below the waterline; "a shallow-draft river boat"
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Many of the vessels Bowhead uses are "lagoon sets," small, shallow-draft tugs and barges.
After the November 1943 invasion of Tarawa, where aerial reconnaissance failed to disclose the natural reefs that blocked even shallow-draft craft from reaching the shore, the navy had formed underwater demolition teams of specially trained swimmers to map the beach and destroy obstacles prior to future invasions.
The shallow-draft boat, which was not designed to withstand heavy winds as an ocean-going vessel can, overturned in what Chinese weather authorities have called a cyclone with winds up to 80 mph.
Part of Barnegat Bay's mystique is in the small shallow-draft boats used there and named appropriately Barnegat sneakboxes.
The new Skeeter Saltwater Series SX2250 is a shallow-draft bay boat capable of flattening chop, while providing family features for a day at the sandbar.
"We don't even use it to full capacity." China's is a shallow-draft modern high-speed vessel that can more easily dock in places where U.S.
"We'll be lucky to secure the full complement of 15 shallow-draft visitor moorings in the lagoon for that week," explained Slingsby.
Department of Transportation states: "Shallow-draft water transportation is the most fuel-efficient mode of transportation for moving bulk raw materials, is the least energy-intensive method of freight transportation when moving equivalent amounts of cargo and consumes less energy than alternative modes."
Shallow-draft boats can only be poled, for no outboard motor can operate in the grassy waters.
Since last summer, operators have used the shallow-draft boat for 40-minute tours into the south part of Morro Bay, where no commercial boats have run before.