3-4 ft' is pretty much the maximum what the 18 draws. I wouldn't worry too much about the sandbars - as long as they're sandbars and not logs / rocks.
Thanks, i knew there had to a technical term for what i was looking for and thats why i wasnt finding my answer!! lol Only time we really have logs is when there has been a heavy heavy rain, "Usually" clear. Haha learned my lesson the hard way. I use to be big into Stand up jet skis. And after a big storm i went out the next day not thinking, invited a bunch of friends over. Well one chewed up prop and hours of frustration...
Not to scare you or anything, but this is what happens when you hit a log or rock. (Go to the 3:50 mark if time is an issue)
Apparently, the boat was not as damaged as you might think.
I sail my H18 on lake with sandbars as well. There are a few spots where its around 4' and I get a little nervous, but have never had any issues <yet>.
Thanks for that vid, for some reason that doesnt scare me at all. I grew up on the lake and so i guess most water things do not scary me but i know the inherent risk of water period. Altho i will admit the older i get the more i dont take "Dumb" risk (cliff jumping/rope swings, things like that)
Thanks for the post glad to see a H 18 should still work out for me.