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North Carolina Atlantic Intracoastal Problem Stretches

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 04-12-2010

PLEASE CAREFULLY READ OUR DISCLAIMER!

Below, you will discover our listing of what have been reported as the worst problem stretches of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway along the North Carolina coastline, arranged in a rough, north to south geographic format.
Be sure to click on the links labeled, “Click Here To See What Your Fellow Cruisers Are Saying About . . . ” to check on the latest input from the cruising community, and, don’t miss the links labeled, “Click Chartlet Below To Open A Chart View window zoomed to the Location of This AICW Problem Stretch.” This latter link will bring up a “Chart View” window, zoomed to the location of the problem stretch in question.

Northern Mouth of Alligator River

Posted by admin | Posted on 05-31-2009

Northern Mouth of Alligator River
(Statute Mile 81, North Carolina ICW)

The problem: the charted shoal west of flashing daybeacon #8 has been building farther to the south and east. The markers have been moved accordingly. Some non-updated electronic charts will take you too far west as you approach the gap between #7 and #8.
More recently, the latest edition of chart 11553, as of 10/8/12, shows the infamous magenta line passing west of newly installed marker #8A. DO NOT follow the magenta line, through this stretch, as is often the case along the AICW.

The solution: BE SURE TO PASS MARKER #8A TO ITS EASTERLY SIDE, AND IGNORE THE PLACEMENT OF THE MAGENTA LINE ON CHART 11553, WHICH SHOWS THE LINE PASSING WEST OF THIS AID TO NAVIGATION.
Do NOT blindly follow your chartplotter. WATCH FOR NEW, UNCHARTED AIDS TO NAVIGATION AND CAREFULLY STAY TO THE CORRECT SIDE OF ANY SUCH MARKERS YOU SPOT, BASED ON THEIR COLOR!

Click Here For Updates and To See What Your Fellow Cruisers Are Saying About the Northern Mouth of the Alligator River

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Intersection of AICW and Bogue Inlet

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 05-30-2009

Intersection of AICW and Bogue Inlet
Statute Mile 227, North Carolina AICW

The Problem: The Waterway channel classically shoals quickly between makers #45 and #46. Fortunately, this “AICW Problem Stretch” was dredged in mid-February, 2014.

The Solution: Now that the early 2014 dredging project is complete, depths should not be a major concern at this intersection, for a few months at least. However, if past history is any judge, shallows will redevelop here. Watch carefully for any new or relocated markers as you pass through this stretch.

Click Here For Updates and To See What Your Fellow Cruisers Are Saying About the Intersection of AICW and Bogue Inlet!

Click Chartlet Below To Open A Chart View Windows Zoomed to the Location of This AICW Problem Stretch”

Intersection of AICW and Browns Inlet

Posted by admin | Posted on 05-29-2009

Intersection of AICW and Browns Inlet
Statute Mile 237, North Carolina AICW

The Problem: The AICW waters from the Waterway’s intersection with shallow Browns Inlet to a point just north of the Onslow Bridge, have been shoaling badly for only the last several years. In spite of dredging in 2012, MLW depths in certain sections of this problem stretch have now deteriorated to less than 3 feet at MLW!

The Solution: It is now all but mandatory to cruise this section of the AICW at mid to (preferably) high tide

Click Here For Updates and To See What Your Fellow Cruisers Are Saying About the Intersection of AICW and Browns Inlet!

Click Chartlet Below To Open A Chart View Windows Zoomed to the Location of This AICW Problem Stretch”

Intersection of AICW, New River and New River Inlet

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 05-28-2009

Intersection of AICW, New River and New River Inlet
(Statute Mile 246, North Carolina ICW)

The Problem: Even though this problem stretch was dredged in late 2012, as of May, 2013, shoaling is beginning to reappear at the four way intersection with New River and New River Inlet, in the vicinity of markers #72A and #72B.

The Solution: For the moment, favor the “red” (northern) side of the AICW channel between markers #72A and #72B. Watch for relocated markers or temporary, uncharted markers placed to warn of new encroachments by the surrounding shallows. Captains piloting vessels which draw more than 5 feet would be wise to time their passage for mid to high tide.

Click Here For Updates and To See What Your Fellow Cruisers Are Saying the Intersection of AICW, New River and New River Inlet

Click Chartlet Below To Open A Chart View Window Zoomed to the Location of This AICW Problem Stretch”

Intersection of AICW and Carolina Beach Inlet

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 05-27-2009

Intersection of AICW and Carolina Beach Inlet
(Statute Mile 293.5, North Carolina ICW)

The Problem: This AICW Problem Stretch is being dredged in May of 2013.

The Solution: Upon completion of the May, 2013 dredging project, depths should not be an undue concern at this intersection until shoaling begins to reappear, which it inevitably will! Watch for notices here on the Cruisers’ Net, and be on the alert for any new, temporary markers placed to warn of encroaching shallows.

Click Here For Updates and To See What Your Fellow Cruisers Are Saying About the Intersection of AICW and Carolina Beach Inlet

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Intersection of AICW and Lockwoods Folly Inlet

Posted by admin | Posted on 05-27-2009

Intersection of AICW and Lockwoods Folly Inlet
(Statute Mile 321, North Carolina ICW)

The Problem: This problem stretch was dredged in February of 2014.

The Solution: Now that the early 2014 dredging project is complete, depths should not be a major concern at this intersection, for a few months at least. However, if past history is any judge, shallows will redevelop here. Watch carefully for any new or relocated markers as you pass through this stretch.

Click Here For Updates and To See What Your Fellow Cruisers Are Saying About the Intersection of AICW and Lockwoods Folly Inlet

Click Chartlet Below To Open A Chart View Windows Zoomed to the Location of This AICW Problem Stretch”

Intersection of ICW and Shallotte Inlet

Posted by admin | Posted on 05-25-2009

Intersection of ICW and Shallotte Inlet
(Statute Mile 330, North Carolina ICW)

The ProblemThis problem stretch is slated for dredging in mid-March, 2014.

The SolutionOnce the March, 2014 dredging project is complete, depths should not be a major concern at this intersection, for a few months at least. However, if past history is any judge, shallows will redevelop here. Watch carefully for any new or relocated markers as you pass through this stretch.

Click Here For Updates and To See What Your Fellow Cruisers Are Saying About the Intersection of ICW and Shallotte Inlet

Click Chartlet Below To Open A Chart View Windows Zoomed to the Location of This AICW Problem Stretch”