Posted by Larry | Posted on 04-21-2013
This typically troublesome AICW Problem Stretch intersection required dredging twice in 2011 and, despite the initial success of those projects, these waters have shoaled again.
As we stated in an earlier posting concerning this AICW Problem Stretch (see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=99913), by reading between the tea leaves, it appears as if the AICW channel, as it passes behind Shallotte Inlet, is beginning to shoal on the ocean (southeastern) side. That is usually where shallowing begins at this intersection! Earlier postings and Capt. Beard’s confirmation on these troubled waters TEND TO CONFIRM THAT BEST DEPTHS CAN CURRENTLY BE HELD BY FAVORING THE RED (MAINLAND) SIDE OF THE CHANNEL!
April 21, 2013
Came thru Shallotte crossing today and followed the waypoints given by Corps of Engineers survey plus relocated buoys at the trouble spot and found a 6 ft shoal at worst case.
Feb. 9, 2013 Ran aground midway between 80 and 81 near low tide. Favor the red side strongly between 80 and 81 where I found 6-7′ at low water.
I came through going north today [February 27]. The buoy g81 has been moved to properly reflect the bar on the east ( green) side. It is close to 80 but it DOES reflect the eastern shoal – respect it! I passed through within 1hr of low, within 10 ft of red 80A and saw no less than 8 ft. Depth. Some shoaling N of the inlet.
On 4/27/2013 at 12h00: Shallotte’s Inlet tide data: +3.7 on a tidal range of +5.0 on my Garmin CP almanac. We observed a local fishing boat go through the crossroads immediately ahead of us, and we followed his path. We entered Shallotte’s crossroads NORTHBOUND and cleared G81 by 30′~40′, where we found no less than 9.2′. The local boat headed straight toward R80A. He turned sharply stbd about 30′ before R80A, and followed a semicircular path, south and eastward, around the R80A marker. We followed, and found no less than 13.1′. Following that path, the lowest water would have been at G81: (9.1 – 3.7) = 5.4′, at MLW.
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