This report from Peg and Jim Healy confirms other recent reports of shallow water through this perennial Problem Stretch (http://cruisersnet.net/?p=145005). SSECN’s recommendation of a mid to high tide passage is still valid!
Sanctuary and crew came southbound through McClellanville, SC between 11h45 – 12h15 yesterday, Monday, November 3, 2014. Our Garmin Tide Almanac and Tides and Currents Android app showed us at +1’ on the rising tide.
Based on what we saw, there could be areas less than 4’ at MLLW, and certainly during periods of celestial (spring) lows. Cruiser’s must be attentive through this area.
Details: from G”35” all the way through, and 1/2 mile south of, R”40”, we saw depths of 6’ or less, and we saw two spots of less than 5’. I do not have a recommended path through the area. We proceeded slowly, and slightly drifted back and forth across the centerline of the channel looking for best depths, but we didn’t find anything that would be helpful to pass along. It seems to be a lumpy, mud bottom.
At low tide, this area will be difficult for deep draft boats. I would say this is very much like the Little Mud River as a significant trouble spot on the A-ICW, except it’s longer than the Little Mud River (or seemed so).
We also saw a sailboat aground at Dewees Creek, but that was a nav error, as he was definitely out of the channel.
Peg and Jim Healy aboard Sanctuary
Monk 36 Hull #132