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Good Passage through Northern Fields Cut, AICW Problem Stretch, Statute Mile 575

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

Northern Fields Cut - Click for Chartview

The intersection of Northern Fields Cut and the Wright River lies north of the intersection of the Waterway and the Savannah River. Shoaling there has always been an issue and even with last year’s dredging, shallow depths might be expected. However, Captain Poovey’s report brings more good news about recent depths.

I came through here today(10-8-13) from the North at 1:15 PM (two hours past high tide). I stayed very close (25′) to Green “47″ and stayed to the green side for over three hundred yards into the canal.
I saw nothing less the 17 feet of depth. I learned the hard way last year when I strayed to the Red side and found the bottom and $1,200 in prop repairs! Tough lesson.
Bob Poovey m/v Threadbare

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Another Depth Report from Fields Cut, AICW Statute Mile 575

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 07-08-2013

Fields Cut South - Click for Chartview

Fields Cut lies just north of the intersection of the Waterway and the Savannah River. Shoaling there has always been an issue and even with last year’s dredging, shallow depths might be expected. However, Captain Quinn’s report brings good news about recent depths at dead low tide.

I was traveling in my Catalina along with a Lagoon 380 through Field’s Cut on the 7th of July 2013 we agreed to take different lines through the cut at dead low tide. Now we are not paying attention to the magenta line on this chart or any other chart we are dividing the water way in half right down the middle. The Lagoon went through traveling toward the Savannah River and stayed just to the ocean side of the middle of the cut and he marked 7 feet at the low point. I went through just to the inland side of the middle of the cut and marked 10 feet at dead low tide.
Captain Kevin R Quinn

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Shoaling Confirmed in Northern Fields Cut, AICW Statute Mile 574

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 04-26-2013

Northern Fields Cut - Click for Chartview

The “AICW Problem Stretch” at the intersection of northern Fields Cut and Wright River was dredged three years ago and was more or less clear through the end of 2012. However, as recent reports confirm and Captain Healy observes, shoaling is once again beginning to occur.

North entrance of Fields Cut is a BIG problem. At +1.2′, a sailboat in front of us grounded mid-channel. We saw less than 5′ on the Green side. Later radio traffic said better water depth was found in the RED quarter, but I can’t personally confirm that. Also, Later radio traffic indicated several groundings.
So, control depth at normal low would less than 4′. Less for celestial low tides.
FOLLOW THE OUTSIDE RADIUS OF ALL BENDS!
Note: we followed small passenger ship American Star through Fields Cut. At +1.2, that small cruise ship can make Fields Cut, Watts Cut and Ranshorn Creek.
Peg and Jim Healy aboard Sanctuary
Currently at Beaufort, SC
Monk 36 Hull #132
MMSI #367042570
AGLCA #3767
MTOA #3436

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Depth Report from South Fields Cut, AICW Statute Mile 575

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 04-26-2013

Fields Cut South - Click for Chartview

Fields Cut lies just north of the intersection of the Waterway and the Savannah River. Shoaling there has always been an issue and even with last year’s dredging, shallow depths can be expected. Follow the link below for the detailed specs on this AICW problem stretch to learn more!

As of 4/24/2013 at 12h17:
Field Cut tide data: Low – 14h17
At 12h13: +1.2 against normal low reference on my Garmin CP almanac…
Readings, northbound:
South entrance is not a problem; slightly favor RED (west)
Approx 1000 ft north, favor RED; avoid the docks on the east shore (inside radius of that first bend. We saw 10.3′ at 60 ‘ from the docks
FOLLOW THE OUTSIDE RADIUS OF ALL BENDS!
Peg and Jim Healy aboard Sanctuary
Currently at Beaufort, SC
Monk 36 Hull #132
MMSI #367042570
AGLCA #3767
MTOA #3436

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Report on Fields Cut, AICW Statute Mile 575

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 05-12-2011

Severe shoaling has shelved out from the southern and southeastern banks, just north of the Fields Cut/ICW’s intersection with Savannah River

Came thru this morning (April 8, 2011) and stayed closer to the green side, never saw less than 11 MLW. While this seems like great news, since the 7′ MLW hump at the north side is still there, you still have to play the tide if you draw 6′ +!

I came through Fields Cut today at dead low tide. Called TowBoatUS for advice which was spot on. When entering Fields from the south, hug the red side. Lots of water.
When in the cut, stay center. The lowest I saw was 7-8′. When exiting the north end favor just to the green side of center. Again 6-7′ of water.
Skipper BobK

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Advice on Low Tide Passage through AICW/Fields Cut (Statute Mile 575)

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 11-04-2010

Until it was dredged this past spring, the Fields Cut stretch of the AICW, between Wright River and Savannah River, was the source of numerous groundings. Despite the dredging these comments support the contention that there is sto;; shoaling on the southeast side of southern Fields Cut, beneath the magenta line, just as the canal takes its last swing before entering the Savannah River. The advice given by Capt. Jamie and by others has been heeded successfully this fall.

Came through Fields Cut just above the Savannah River yesterday on our way south at absolute low tide with a 5 ft draft. If you stay in the middle and then closer to NW side at the southern end of the cut, depths were no less than 11 feet all the way. Do not follow the magenta line on your electronic charts.
Captain Jamie McLane aboard Wanderer’s Rest

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Successful Passage of A Crowded Fields Cut, AICW Statute Mile

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 10-28-2010

ALLEZ is a 50ft trawler with a draft of 4.5 ft and had no problems with the dredged Fields Cut which is the final leg of the SC AICW before crossing the Savannah River.

Larry,
Fields Cut whole length was a piece of cake. Then we met a tug and barge coming into the southern entrance of the cut and we had to move to the Green and near the end of the dock on the left. This Captain was cool as he had to get the barge on the range and was right on the Red side close but talked us over to his starboard side, as he was port to the Red side and we made it.
The other side was also a piece of cake once we crossed the Savannah River. Trick: do this passage from two hours before high tide.
Captains Bob and Helen aboard M/Y ALLEZ

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AICW/Fields Cut Depths Still A Problem

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 05-09-2010

When I read the message below from Captains Todd and Brenda Lanning, it occurred to me that I misspoke last week when, in an SSECN Alert, I stated that the only AICW problem stretch left in the two Carolinas was found at the intersection of northern Alligator River/AICW and Albemarle Sound (in North Carolina). As Todd and Brenda learned, depths along the southern portion of Fields Cut (just a short hop north of this passage’s intersection with the Savannah River), can still run much too shallow at low tide.
So, you may be asking, why hasn’t this section of the Waterway enjoyed the “stimulus” dredging that has so enhanced the AICW along the rest of it’s run through both Carolinas. I asked the Army Corps of Engineers that very question not too long ago, and was told that their survey missed the shoaling on southern Fields Cut.
Dredging was performed, however, on northern Fields Cut, where this passage leaves the Wright River. If you follow the links below, you will see we have separate “AICW Problems” listings for both these waters.
So, do take care when cruising from Savannah River through the southern 1/3 of Fields Cut, and time your passage for mid to high tide if possible. Follow the links below for more specific advice.

Greetings again,
We just transited Fields Cut at low tide and registered water less than 4.5 feet. Fields Cut is located just after you cross the Savannah River going north. The shallow area is between the range marker at the south end of the cut and the cement pilings on the east shore, roughly 100 yards of shallow water.
Be careful out there!
Todd & Brenda Lanning
Life’s2Short
1985 40′ Oceania Trawler

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