Captains Chuck Baier and Susan Landry Report on AICW/Lockwoods Folly Inlet Intersection Problem Stretch, Statute Mile 321
Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 11-01-2013
Earlier in 2013, we have had consistent reports and Local Notices to Mariners (http://cruisersnet.net/?p=117052) of shallower depths at the AICW/Lockwoods Folly intersection. Fortunately, this AICW Problem Stretch is slated for dredging late this year (see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=123269). This project will not be in time to help improve depths during the fall, 2013 transient season, but things should be much better by the spring, 2014 northward migration.
As everyone knows, Beach House and crew always transit any ICW problem areas exactly at low tide. That way we don’t have to hurt our brain figuring out depths at mean low water. Today was no exception as we traveled through Lockwoods Folly. Here is a report on what we found for depths as we travel south on the ICW.
We found plenty of depth favoring the red side until we arrived at the inlet from the north. At green “33″ depths were about 18 feet. At red “36″ we favored the red side and found 14 feet. As we passed “36″ the depths came up to 11 to 12 feet. Still favoring the red side, as we approached green “39″ the depths were 10 feet. Passing green “39″ at mid channel we found 20 feet. At red “40″ we found 17 feet at mid channel. Passing red “42″ mid channel we had 14 feet. As we approached the floaters we favored red marker “46A,” stood off about 20 feet and found 10 feet. From red “46A” to red “48″ we found 6.2 feet very briefly, then depths returned to 7 feet, then 8 feet as we passed green “47A.” As we passed red “48″ the depths dropped off to 9 feet until just before we reached the first pier passed the inlet where we encountered only 6.9 feet mid channel. Once past the first pier the depths dropped to 12 feet and all was good.
Chuck and Susan
Trawler Beach House