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Archive For: ICW – Intersection of AICW and Browns inlet

  • Marker Confusion and Groundings at Problem Stretch: Browns Inlet/AICW Intersection, Statute Mile 237

    We reported a grounding in this Problem Stretch back in August and the confusion Skipper Ross mentions could have been the cause. The intersection of the Waterway and Browns Inlet, a Problem Stretch south of Swansboro, has been the site of shoaling for some time. See http://cruisersnet.net/?p=143963 From the two contradicting reports below, a wise skipper will go slow through this Problem Stretch and use your best judgement as to the markers. Let us hear from you.

    Browns Inlet mile 236. As you approach marker numbers 60 and 61A, it looks like the colors are reversed. But they are not. You have to zig-zag around the markers. A power boat behind us thought the green marker had drifted off station and promptly ran aground. We saw a minimum of 8 feet MLW in this section.
    Richard Ross

    And we received this report from Skipper McKee that marker #61A is off-station:

    Larry, it [marker#61A] was way to the right of the magenta line and to the right of the just previous red as we headed south. I followed the buoy but it got down to 6 feet and we were almost on the shore. Looking back, I would not have honored the buoy.
    Frank McKee

    Just received word from Carmen Salemno who came through this Problem Stretch yesterday confirming that 61A is very close to the shore but with 6ft of water. He also said a 60ft motor vessel was aground in the intersection.

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  • Grounding at Problem Stretch: Browns Inlet/AICW Intersection, Statute Mile 237

    Skipper Halls relates his jarring experience with a shoal and the rudeness of a passing vessel. The intersection of the Waterway and Browns Inlet, a Problem Stretch south of Swansboro, has been the site of shoaling for some time, as well as a mysterious underwater hazard as reported in http://cruisersnet.net/?p=141557.

    8/12/2014, ran aground at this spot. Letting crew steer for just a few minutes, I was down below when the gut wrenching bloop of grounding was felt. Very difficult to see the plan (markers) until almost on top when headed southbound. We had a following current and crew didn’t reduce power till I came rushing up. Had to call TowboatUS. I MIGHT have avoided if I was steering, but maybe not, quite confusing, VERY narrow channel remains. And a special thanks to the Aussie couple in a 50ish DeFever who went by as we were trying to be towed off, for waking us so hard the keel ( 4.8 draft ) slammed the shoal 3 times VERY hard !!
    Randy Hall

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  • Report from AICW/Browns Inlet Intersection Problem Stretch, Statute Mile 237

    Skipper Matthews sends a fresh report on a Problem Stretch south of Swansboro. The intersection of the Waterway and Browns Inlet has been the site of shoaling for some time, as well as a mysterious underwater hazard.

    Prop-Eater.
    Came through here on May 25, 2014 at 745am. This one spot is mentioned here as a problem. Most advice says “stay to the red side” which I have during 4 passages without incident. However this last Sunday, going southbound, I passed a trawler going northbound a few miles south of this spot. Later on channel 16, I heard his call to USCG and his tow service with the words “engine runs but prop not turning”. As USCG was contacting him and asking him to verify his position, he did. N34,36.41, W077,13.84. The same spot.
    There are multiple references which mention bent shafts and struts, and damaged props. Most shoaling reports merely mention that someone got stuck or kicked up some mud. This is one of the few that consistently mentions damaged hardware.
    On a prior visit, I photoed a tug stuck here:
    tug3
    Notice the prop wash to the side. I hailed him but no answer. Saw him later heading south, obviously freed.
    tug4
    Ben Matthews

    Came through that spot (Browns Inlet) at low tide with no problem. Draft 5 feet. May 30, 2014.
    Raymond W. Smith – The “Firer Dog”

    We went through the Brown Inlet area (marker 63) May 23 at near low tide with 10 ft at low tide. Just follow the marks. The problem is the temporary red and green are way off the normal channel and look like the are for a side channel. They are also in a straight line but they are for the intracoastal waterway marks.
    Henry Booke

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  • Captains Chuck Baier and Susan Landry Report on AICW/Browns Inlet AICW Problem Stretch (Statute Mile 237)

    The AICW stretch south of Swansboro, NC, where the Waterway runs behind ultra shallow Browns Inlet is shaping up to be the single worst North Carolina section of the AICW during the fall, 2013 transient season. Of course, the Waterway’s intersections with both Lockwoods Folly Inlet and Shallotte Inlet, south of Southport, NC, are pretty bad as well, but at least dredging is planned for these latter areas later this year.
    We asked SSECN strategic partners, Captain Susan Landry and Chuck Baier, owners of Beach House Publications, publishers of “The Great Book of Anchorages,” (http://www.tgboa.com), to take an in-depth look at this AICW Problem Stretch, during their fall, 2013 journey south. As you will see in their report below, this cruising duo has done a wonderful job of putting together a plan to keep to the best depths, at least for the moment. Depart from this plan of action, and you can find your vessel is less then 3 feet of water at MLW!!!

    Passed Browns Inlet at 10 AM [10/29/13 - Editor], that was at exactly low tide, and found the problem spot without any effort. We passed mid way between the mainland side and floating green “61A” and found depths of 2.9 to 3 feet. Of course we draw 4 feet. Passing red “60″ stay well to the mainland side and the channel will carry 9 feet as you approach green “61A”. Passing “61A” consider the mid channel point the ocean side of the deep water and the shore the mainland side of the channel. That will get you through just fine. The shoal is abrupt as it goes from 8 feet to 2.9 in a short boat length.
    Chuck and Susan
    Trawler Beach House

    We just passed Brown’s Inlet statue mile 237 as the US Coast Guard was repositioning G61A around 11:15 Oct 31/13.
    Phyllis Davenport

    We passed through this spot on 11/8/13 about mid-tide and observed red floatie “60″ and green floatie “61A”in nearly a straight line heading southbound. The owner of Caspers Marina in Swansboro said these markers had just been reset. We passed close aboard the red, turned to starboard, rounded the green about 100 ft off our port side,
    and then returned to the main channel. Our lowest sounding was 6.3′. Three other vessels with 5′+ draft passed through following the same route with no problem. I don’t think I would want go through at low tide.
    Jake Smith S/V “Ginger’s Mercedes”

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  • More Groundings at AICW/Browns Inlet Intersection Problem Stretch, Statute Mile 237

     

    Numerous reports on shoaling in this Problem Stretch have been filed recently and the report below was copied with permission from the blog of Mike Dickens of Paradise Yachts, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’NET SPONSOR! See also: http://cruisersnet.net/?p=125227

    Some notes of interest for those cruising south on the ICW near Swansboro, half mile north of marker 58 south of Swansboro there was some shoaling…6′. At marker 61 they only had 3.9 feet under the keel. At Mason Inlet, north of Wrightsville Beach they hit bottom; 8.9 feet of water in the middle of the channel (marker 121).
    Mike Dickens
    Broker of Record
    Paradise Yachts
    1417 Sadler Road
    Box 183
    Fernandina Beach, FL 32034
    904/556-9431

    October 24, 2013
    Charging up the channel near Brown’s Creek I noticed a few boats doing circles. A powerboat trying to pass 63 close to the marker went aground. A southbound Island Packet found the water too thin well to the right of the channel. I found the only way to get past the marker was to pass it on the wrong side feeling my way toward a keg that was moored outside the channel in the inlet. A long arc leaving green 63 well to my right gave me enough water to re-enter the channel just beyond 63. I had about 6 feet of water at 4:30 p.m. today. Unfortunately, I had to leave 2 boats aground behind me. There is absolutely no way you can carry even 4 feet through the channel. What a great location for a towboat to hang out!
    Chuck Gleason
    Symphony (Caliber 40 5 ft draft)

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  • Advice on New Shoaling at AICW/Browns Inlet Intersection Problem Stretch, Statute Mile 237

    Browns Inlet/AICW Intersection - Click for Chartview

    The intersection of the Waterway and Browns Inlet, south of Swansboro, NC was last dredged in December of 2012, but, as with most SSECN designated “AICW Problem Stretches,” shoaling usually reappears sooner or later. Captain Bell reports that shallow depths are occurring as expected. Past experience dictates that the channel can shift quickly and that close attention to the relocated and temporary USCG buoys is your best bet to avoid grounding.

    Do not get within 60 feet of green 61a or you will be aground as was a sailboat today.
    David Bell

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  • Confirmation of Completed Dredging at Browns Inlet/AICW Intersection, Statute Mile 237

     Back on 11/13/12, the SSECN published an article (now deleted, as its info is outdated) reporting that dredging had begun at the AICW/Brown Inlet Intersection Problem Stretch, south of Swansboro, NC. As many of you know, this “Problem Stretch” was perhaps the #1 headache for cruisers during the fall, 2012 transient season.
    This dredging project was slated for completion by 12/16/12. Now, thanks to the report by Captain Raymond Smith below, we know this project has indeed been completed, and, at least for the moment, depths are not a problem on these waters.
    HOWEVER, if past experience is any guide, and it usually is, shallow depths will make a reappearance at this intersection sometime by mid to late 2013. Stay tuned for further developments!

    Cruised through Browns Inlet problem area today on a rising tide. No problem, just follow the markers. 14 feet of water. Not bad!!!
    Raymond W. Smith

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