Captains Chuck Baier and Susan Landry Report on AICW/Shallotte Inlet Problem Stretch, Statute Mile 330
Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 11-01-2013
Once again, Captains Chuck and Susan provide a marker-by-marker guide through this Problem Stretch.
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 and Shallotte Inlet. Here is a report on what we found for depths as we travel south on the ICW.
This was the surprise. Coming north a few months ago we had no problems. As we approached the inlet from the north we favored the ocean side from green “71″ to “75″. At red “76″ we passed about 30 feet off the marker and found 13.5 feet. At green “77″ mid channel depth was 18 feet. At red “78″ mid channel reading was 17 feet. At red “80″ about 15 feet off marker it was 17.5 feet. At red “80A” we were 10 feet from the marker with 8.9 feet of depth. Just past “80A” depths dropped to 12 feet. At mid channel between red “80″ and green “81″ the depths suddenly came up to 5.3 feet. Reaching green “81″ about 50 feet from the marker we found depths of 9.8. At red “82″ about 30 feet off the marker, depths were 10.9 feet. After passing red “82″ by about 50 feet, depths dropped to 15 feet. From that point on it was smooth sailing, or motoring, depending on your perspective. All depths were at low tide for the day. We hope this will be of value to those that follow in our wake. We’ll keep everyone posted of any issues as we move south.
Chuck and Susan, Trawler Beach House