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    • Wappoo Creek – Elliott Cut Anchorage

      Statute Mile: 471
      Lat/Lon: 32 45.896 North/079 58.886 West
      Location: found along the Wappoo Creek’s southern shoreline, east of unlighted daybeacon #9
      Minimum Depth: 10-feet
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 38 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: Excellent

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      1. Larry -  May 18, 2010 - 8:56 pm

        Behind the island in the Wapoo Cut is about the best [anchorage near Charleston] – and you can dinghy to the Charleston Crab House restaurant and walk a half mile to a Piggly Wiggly and a Subway and a liquor store – though not necessarily in that order. You can dock temporarily at the City Marina for $5 an hour but the overnight transient rate is outrageous unless you are of mega-yacht status.
        Captain Arnold

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      2. Jean Thomason (DOVEKIE) -  April 13, 2010 - 9:06 pm

        Anchored here again 4-13-10. The mooring ball is gone so we anchored closer to the west end in 14 feet of water near low tide. Pretty good protection from wakes.

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      3. Jean Thomason -  September 29, 2009 - 8:41 pm

        Anchored here September 23 (and have before) just about at the large pole that says Freddy, Freddy, Good anchorage but always have the concern of being blown either towards the grass island or over toward the docks. There is a mooring buoy right in the middle of the curve that restricts where one can anchor.

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    • Abbapoola Creek Anchorage (off the AICW)


      Abbapoola Creek Anchorage
      Lat/Lon: 32 40.414 North/080 00.427 West
      Location: Abbapoola Creek cuts into the western banks of the Stono River, south of marker #6; anchorage lies just short of the creek’s first sharp bend to the south
      Minimum Depth: 6 feet
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 34 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: Very good in all but strong easterly winds

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    • Green Creek Anchorage (off the AICW)


      Green Creek Anchorage
      Lat/Lon: 32 39.102 North/080 00.422 West
      Location: Green Creek makes into the eastern shore of Stono River south of unlighted daybeacon #3.
      Minimum Depth: 5 1/2 feet if and only if you can avoid a host of unmarked shoals at the creek’s entrance from Stono River
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 32 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: Good
      Special Note: entry into this stream is tricky and complicated, courtesy of several unmarked shoals at the creek’s westerly entrance from Stono River; the use of a GPS chartplotter is recommended, and, even then, we do NOT suggest Green Creek for vessels that draw more then 4 feet

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    • Kiawah River Anchorage (off the AICW)


      Kiawah River Anchorage
      Lat/Lon: 32 37.111 North/080 05.789 West
      Location: Kiawah River intersects the Stono on the western banks near its inlet. Unlighted daybeacon #A; anchorage lies on the wide swath of deep water just west of the charted 1 foot shoal, also west of the charted `Ramp’ on Kiawah Islnad to the south
      Minimum Depth: 18 feet
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 45 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: Poor, fair weather, light air anchorage only

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    • Bass Creek Lower Anchorage (off the AICW)


      Bass Creek Lower Anchorage
      Lat/Lon: 32 37.531 North/080 00.699 West
      Location: Bass Creek is found along the Stono’s southwestern banks south, southeast of unlighted daybeacon #2; this anchorage lies soon after the stream takes its first sharp swing to the west, south of its mouth,
      Minimum Depth: 7 feet, BUT be advised that unmarked shoals flank the entrance to Bass Creek from the Stono River; stick scrupulously to the centerline
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 34 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: Very good

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    • Bass Creek Upper Anchorage (off the AICW)


      Bass Creek Upper Anchorage
      Lat/Lon: 32 37.566 North/080 01.100 West
      Location: Bass Creek is found along the Stono’s southwestern banks south, southeast of unlighted daybeacon #2; this anchorage lies in the knuckle-like turn to the southwest, where chart 11522 indicates a sounding of 21 feet
      Minimum Depth: 7 feet BUT be advised that unmarked shoals flank the entrance to Bass Creek from the Stono River; stick scrupulously to the centerline
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 34 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: Excellent

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    • Folly Creek Lower Anchorage (off the AICW)


      Folly Creek Lower Anchorage
      Lat/Lon: 32 39.930 North/079 57.593 West
      Location: on the waters of Folly Creek southeast of the charted marsh island (itself north of the Cutoff Reach intersection)
      Minimum Depth: 10 feet, HOWEVER the entrance to Folly River (leading to Folly Creek) from the Stono River is subject to continual shoaling and remarking – no guarantees as to what depths you will find at this entrance
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 38 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: Good, except in strong northwestern and southeastern winds

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    • Folly Creek Middle Anchorage (off the AICW)


      Folly Creek Middle Anchorage
      Lat/Lon: 32 40.316 North/079 58.397 West
      Location: anchorage lies along the body of the long hairpin loop northwest of the charted marsh island
      Minimum Depth: 18 to 27 feet, BUT the entrance to Folly River (leading to Folly Creek) from the Stono River is subject to continual shoaling and remarking – no guarantees as to what depths you will find at this entrance
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 38 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: Very good

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    • Folly Creek Upper Anchorage (off the AICW)


      Folly Creek Upper Anchorage
      Lat/Lon: 32 40.453 North/079 57.790 West
      Location: lies on the straight stretch of the upper Folly Creek, short of its turn to the northeast and approach to the charted 10 foot bridge
      Minimum Depth: 15 feet, HOWEVER the entrance to Folly River (leading to Folly Creek) from the Stono River is subject to continual shoaling and remarking – no guarantees as to what depths you will find at this entrance
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 38 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: Good, except in particularly strong northwestern and southeastern winds

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    • Stono River – Elliott Cut Anchorages

      Stono River – Elliott Cut Anchorages
      Statute Mile: 472.5
      Lat/Lon:
      32 46.085 North/080 00.234 West (anchorage northwest of Elliott Cut’s westerly mouth)
      32 45.908 North/080 00.126 West (anchorage south, southwest of Elliott Cut’s westerly mouth
      Location: vessels can anchor on the charted deep waters north and south of Wappoo Creek’“Elliott Cut’s westerly mouth
      Minimum Depth: 12-feet
      Special Note: be ready for strong tidal currents in these anchorages
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 50 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: Fair to Poor; only sheltered from eastern, southeastern and northeastern winds
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      1. S/V Restless -  October 15, 2012 - 10:36 am

        I would not anchor in either of these two locations shown by the western entrance to Elliott Cut. The current really rips through here because the river narrows down as it swings past the shoal. A better location to anchor is to the south-west, along the western shoreline just north of the St. John’s Yacht Harbor marina. Be aware that there can be a 5-6 ft. tide here when picking your spot to drop the hook. The current in that location is somewhat less, but be prepared to swing through 180 as the tides change. You can dinghy to the marina for ice, etc. Call them on VHF 16, they will shift you to VHF 71. Inquire about facilities use if you are anchored out. See the listing for this marina it is accurate.
        S/V Restless

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    • Church Creek Anchorage

      Statute Mile: 487.5
      Lat/Lon: 32 42.423 North/080 10.582 West
      Location: Church Creek lies east of the ICW’s flashing daybeacon #77
      Minimum Depth: 10 feet
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 45 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: Very good, but open to strong easterly winds

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      1. Charlie and Jackie on Traveler -  September 21, 2018 - 3:28 pm

        9-21-18. Back on anchor in Church Creek- East off ICW at about mm487. Went pretty far in and anchored in about 7′ low tide. 33# plough anchor and let out 50′ chain plust another 10-15′ rode. More than enuf swing room. In the top 5 of our favorite places to anchor– been here much more than a dozen times. Good verizon signal, lot of air tv channels, no where to walk dog, etc. medium wind protection. Just a beautiful place.

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      2. Richard Brannan -  May 7, 2013 - 1:02 pm

        Regarding Church Creek. If traveling South make sure you go way beyond the marker in the middle of the ICW. Cutting short heading into Church Creek will put you aground. Plenty of water otherwise. Anchoring will get you about 12 to 18 feet of water most times.
        Richard Brannan

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      3. Bruce Franz -  May 6, 2013 - 10:52 am

        Anchored here 4/30/13; still the excellent anchorage it has been over the past years.
        Bruce Franz

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      4. s/v Skye -  May 2, 2013 - 3:04 pm

        Anchored there 4/24/13. Anchored just before New Cut Landing. Came in near low tide. Had 7 feet. Considered better than average anchorage but conditions were quiet.
        s/v Skye

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      5. Doug Cordello -  October 14, 2012 - 2:52 pm

        Oct 11 Anchored in Church Creek, experience was exactly as previously reported, very quiet night.
        Doug Cordello

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      6. Charlie and Jackie on Elixir -  June 12, 2010 - 9:52 am

        spent 2 nights here, 6-11 & 12-10. Very nice and peaceful. Straight off the ICW- East from green 77 at about 487.5mm. Anchored off the small dock- only one. Seems like excellent holding. Beautiful sunrise. This is definately going into our log book as a favorite stop. Would have good protection from SW wind. Otherwise more of a fair weather anchorage.

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      7. Perry Sellar -  July 22, 2009 - 9:35 am

        It is every bit as good as you remember it to be. Depths up to 20’ after entering the creek. Never see anything less than 10’ unless I just get stupid and ignore the charts. With light winds this is one of the most beautiful anchorages in all of south Carolina
        Name Withheld by Request

        Coming north I anchored in Church Creek mile 487 the night before we went through the cut. The current was ripping in the creek (about 2 kts), a cold front blew through that night – quiet a time. Good place for 2 anchors. There’s plenty of water, but as I recall quite a tidal range. Make sure you can’t swing into shallow water at low tide.

        Hello,
        We anchored in Church Creek last weekend and found it to be a most wonderful experience. Have to admit this is our first time swinging on the hook and I’m thinking we couldn’t have picked a better spot. The water remained above 13 ft through low-tide and we had plenty of swing room for our 40 footer. Thank you for all the wonderful information included in the SC/GA Cruising Guide. It was most helpful to this fledgling cruiser!
        Perry Sellar

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    • Toogoodoo Creek Anchorage

      Statute Mile: 495
      Lat/Lon: 32 40.160 North/080 17.436 West
      Location: on the waters of Toogoodoo Creek’s mid-width where the charted high ground borders the southeastern shoreline, well southeast of the split
      Minimum Depth: 13-foot depths but successful entrance from the North Edisto River/ICW requires bypassing two unmarked shoals
      Special Comment: Use of a GPS chartplotter is recommended to facilitate safe entry into Toogoodoo Creek
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 50 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: Very good, but open to strong southeastern and northwestern winds

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      1. Rapid Roy -  May 6, 2013 - 9:54 am

        Toogoodoo Creek is an excellent anchorage. You have little or no local traffic to “wake” you. You’ll probably have the anchorage to yourself. If not, there’s plenty of space in the length of the anchorage. It’s relatively open to wind, but well protected and generally calm waters.
        It takes a few miles off the ICW to get around the long bend, into the straight part of the creek. Anywhere in the straight part of the creek works for anchoring. Be aware there are 8′ tides in the area, so there will be a strong current that reverses every six hours with the tide change. I personally use two anchors, one upstream and one downstream, for extra security.
        Rapid Roy, S/V “Gideon”

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      2. Philip W. Mullins -  May 3, 2013 - 10:40 am

        Anchored there last fall, no problem getting in , went about 2 miles back and anchored at the intersection of Little Toogoodo….lots of current, but that’s to be expected in SC waters. Beautiful area.
        Philip W. Mullins (Phil)

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      3. Capt Bob Kovach -  May 2, 2013 - 9:59 am

        Anchored there on 4-6-13 Just follow the chart plotter in and watch the depth sounder it was a piece of cake. Lots of Swing room, Draft 5 ft had 10 ft under the keel at low tide. Lat 32 Deg 39.390 N Long 080 Deg 16.258 W. Good Holding ground Mud buttom. Enjoyed our stay. You can go back in the creek as far as you feel comfortable with the water depth you want.
        Capt Bob Kovach

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      4. Bob McLeran and Judy Young -  September 28, 2009 - 10:35 am

        We anchored in Toogoodoo Creek on the afternoon of June 11, 2009 at 1450 hours, after departing Beaufort, SC, at 0935 that morning. The shoal at the entrance wasn’t a problem – we just followed the electronic chart and stayed away from the shoal area on the north side of the entrance. We dropped the anchor in about 12 feet of water just past the stretch where the creek runs basically east-west and turns NW, more or less over the charted 11 foot depth. Good water all the way in, and the creek is wide enough for the small boat traffic to pass by without feeling too much of a wake. Holding is excellent (SuperMax with chain) and Sanderling stayed put during a severe thunderstorm that passed through about 2100 with winds we clocked at 56 knots at the height of the storm!
        Bob McLeran and Judy Young

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      5. Jake Dye -  July 22, 2009 - 9:34 am

        The creek is shoaling in even more. 4’ drafts at mid tide or higher have no problem as long as they stay on then north side of the entrance. Some shoaling is occurring in the creek itself……just go slow and watch the sounder. Boats over 30’ may not find enough swinging room.
        Name Withhelf by Request

        I’ve been in here twice this year and love it. Watch current/wind conflict. Plenty of water close to shore in most places. Go farther up by the trees to get wind protection. The shoals at the mouth are sizable, but easy to read and avoidable.
        Jake Dye

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    • Tom Point Creek Anchorages

      Statute Mile: 495.5
      Lat/Lon:
      32 38.752 North/080 16.599 West (anchorage in body of first turn to the southwest)
      32 38.930 North/080 17.678 West (upstream anchorage)
      Location: Tom Point Creek cuts the western shores of North Edisto River, well south, southwest of flashing daybeacon #102
      Minimum Depth: 7+-feet
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 36 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: Excellent, particularly on downstream anchorage

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      1. Charlie and Jackie on Traveler -  September 21, 2018 - 2:45 pm

        9-18-18 To Tom Point Crk. About mm496 east off ICW. Turns out been there before and really like it. Went in further- past big bend to starboard in about 9′ about mid tide. Not strong current, good holding- 33# plough, 40′ chain, never moved. Plenty of swing room for our 34′ boat. Mud on anchor but washed right off. NO boat traffic. Easy in/out- just stay in middle channel. Did not see any place for walking dog. Beautiful secluded spot. Would be great for foul weather- much better than the anchorage closer to ICW. A favorite anchorage!

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      2. Charlie Ridley -  May 18, 2016 - 5:08 pm

        5-1-16 Anchored in Tom Point Creek just past MM 495. Easy in and out. In about 8′, good holding and plenty room for other boats, but were none. 3-4 bars on Verizon–great views!! Tide current usual.
        Charlie and Jackie on Traveler.

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      3. Dick Litchfield -  May 22, 2010 - 6:13 pm

        We pulled into Tom Point Creek on 4/27/10. It has been a blustery day and we had to run 2+ miles upstream before we found a spot with trees to block the gusting wind. We dropped the hook and were joined shortly by two other boats, one upstream and one down stream.
        Holding was good, and we spent a quiet evening. Not much local traffic.
        Captain Dick Litchfield

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      4. Claiborne -  May 19, 2010 - 9:39 am

        The most delightful creek is Tom Point Creek. Keep going up it for at least 2 miles and you’ll have great protection from trees, deep water and perfect natural silence. I was visited there by a large loggerhead turtle and several friendly dolphins.
        Captain Arnold

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      5. John Winter -  November 13, 2009 - 9:14 pm

        Our favorite anchorage in SC. If you go to the third turn (way up the creek) then there is a bar that is exposed at low tide. Be careful, but just before it is our favorite place to stop. A few small bass boats may come by from time to time, but that is no big deal. Also, the dolphins are great many times.

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      6. Claiborne -  September 11, 2009 - 1:13 pm

        We anchored in Tom Point Creek,in April, 2007. We anchored about 0.5 miles up (the 9′ spot on the chart) and found the depths as charted with plenty of swinging room for us (41′ sail). Very pretty
        James Lea
        S/V Estelle

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      7. Claiborne -  July 22, 2009 - 8:45 am

        Sunday, April 27, we headed for Tom Point Creek, south of Charleston. This is one of our favorite anchorages. After getting settled, Dony took me in the dinghy for a ride way up the creek. There are some nice houses on large parcels of land but towards the end of our ride, the houses became more like camps. On the way back to the boats we encountered some dolphins feeding. Getting close to them is not easy, but Dony tried.

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      8. Claiborne -  July 21, 2009 - 3:20 pm

        Subject: Tom Point Creek Anchorage Report
        Cruising News: We used the Tom Point Creek Anchorage at ICW MM 495.5 on our northbound trip last night, March 26, 2009. We entered at low tide and I noticed a large shoal at the knuckle-like turn before the long straight portion. This area extends about 1/3 into the turn and the next morning at high tide I cut it a little close and only saw 5.5 feet of water. The problem area is noted in the Google Map photo located at [the left].
        Joe & Sandra Urban aboard Punches – Monk 36

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    • Steamboat Creek Anchorage (off the AICW)

      Statute Mile: 496.5
      Lat/Lon: 32 36.297 North/080 17.099 West
      Location: Steamboat Creek cuts the southwestern banks of the North Edisto River, southeast of the ICW/Dawho River; anchorage lies northeast of the charted position of Steamboat Landing
      Minimum Depth: 8+-feet
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 40 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: Very Good in all but strong northeasterly winds

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      1. Steve and Gina Smith -  May 26, 2014 - 1:26 pm

        We went from Beaufort SC to a beautiful anchorage called Steamboat Creek about 43 miles from Beaufort.
        Steve and Gina Smith
        M/V Island Time

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      2. Philip W. Mullins -  May 3, 2013 - 10:52 am

        Anchored there [Steamboat Creek] 4 times in the last 2 years near the gazebo marking the landing. This is a private farm and I got run off by the caretaker while taking my dog for a walk.
        Depths run 20 to 25 ft. near the dock. Last time I had to anchor near the eastern shore of the creek to try to get in the lee of the trees. Saw two bald eagles. The caretaker said there was a big nest nearby.
        The creek runs some 3 miles long and there are several homes on up in it. There is a public dock/ ramp just south of the Steamboat gazebo and you can go ashore to walk your dogs. Good anchorage, plenty of water and swing room.
        Philip W. Mullins (Phil)
        s/v Katash

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      3. Bill & Susan Randall -  July 22, 2009 - 9:33 am

        Another beautiful and excellent anchors. Depths runs as much as 50’ when entering the creek and average 20’ or more up to the steamboat house. There is quite a bit of small boat traffic in the creek which can be aggravating but the beauty of the area outweighs the disturbance from the small boats.
        Name Withhelf by Request

        We anchored opposite the “Steamboat House” and found it to be a very good anchorage except that it is pretty exposed to the west north and east. I would recommend it.
        Bill & Susan Randall
        SV Calypso
        Sabre 38

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    • Westbank Creek Anchorages (off the AICW)

      Statute Mile: 496.5
      Lat/Lon:
      32 35.641 North/080 14.677 West (anchorage abeam of Cassina Point Plantation)
      32 35.771 North/080 14.905 West (anchorage abeam of Oak Island Plantation)
      Location: Westbank Creek fronts onto the southwestern banks of North Edisto River some 2.3 nautical miles southeast of Dawho River/ICW
      Minimum Depth: 5 ½ +-foot depths
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels between 34 and 38 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: Excellent

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    • Leadenwah Creek Southern Anchorage (off the AICW)


      Leadenwah Creek Southern Anchorage
      Lat/Lon: 32 37.451 North/080 13.276 West
      Location: Leadenwah Creek cuts the northeastern banks of the North Edisto directly across the river from Westbank Creek; this anchorage lies between the first fork in the creek and the main stream’s next turn to the east
      Minimum Depth: 8 feet, BUT numerous unmarked shoals are found in Leadenwah Creek, and the use of a GPS chartplotter is strongly encouraged to help avoid these hazards
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 36 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: Fair to good, somewhat open to strong northern winds

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