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

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 10-27-2013

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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

Since August 1, SSECN has had a Navigation Alert posted at Marker #65 for possible underwater obstruction. Click on Alert Symbol on Chartview link.

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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More Advice on Recent Shoaling at AICW/Browns Inlet Intersection Problem Stretch, Statute Mile 237

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 10-12-2013

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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 Smith’s advice agrees with earlier reports (see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=123290) that favoring the red side of the channel is your best bet to avoid grounding through this intersection. And, especially with rapidly shifting channels, seeking local knowledge, as Captain Smith confirms, is good seamanship and always a smart move.

We were to transit Browns Inlet [AICW/Intersection] yesterday and called Boat US, Swansboro for local information. The advice we were given was spot on and is as follows: Favor R60 (about 20′ off) until you are PAST G61A and then head back to mid channel towards daymark G63.
Walter Smith

Not sure if anyone on this site has been through [the AICW passage behind - editor] Browns Inlet lately at markers 61A, 60 and 63. It is FAR from adequate depths. Severe shoaling exists. On 10/13/13 going North I favored RED side per advice on Active a Captain…found 3.5 ft of water 1.5 hours past HIGH TIDE. On 10/16/13 I was following a 90 ft yacht heading SOUTH. Captain was advised to favor OCEAN side of the inlet. At 1 hour prior to HIGH TIDE yacht was hard aground in 4 ft of water 10 Ft right of GREEN markers. This inlet is NOT navigable for large vessels!
Capt. Rick

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

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 09-17-2013

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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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