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  • Fall Migrators: Save These Dates and Expect Delays, October 28 to November 9, AICW Statute Miles 235-245

    Bear Creek at statute mile 235 is the north end of the charted Safety Zone (watch for tower) through Camp Lejeune and Mile Hammock Bay at statue mile 244.5 is the south end. During the five hour or more spans listed below, you may expect to be detained before the Safety Zone or at any point in the 10 mile stretch.

    NC – ATLANTIC INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY – MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE – SAFETY ZONE
    The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary safety zone on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (AICW) adjacent to Marine Corps Base (MCB) Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, which encompasses the navigable waters of the AICW between Mile Hammock Bay and Bear Creek Point in support of military training operations on:
    October 28, 2014 7:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.
    October 29, 2014 7:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.
    November 4, 2014 7:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.
    November 5, 2014 7:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.
    November 6, 2014 7:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. & 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.
    November 7, 2014 12:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.
    November 9, 2014 12:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.
    This action is necessary to provide for the safety of mariners on navigable waters during this military training operation. It is intended to restrict vessel traffic on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway to protect mariners from the hazards associated with military training operations. Persons or vessels requiring entry into, or passage through, any portion of the safety zone during the above temporary closures must first request authorization from the Captain of the Port or on scene designated representatives on board U.S. Navy safety vessels. The Captain of the Port can be contacted via telephone at (910) 343-3882 or by radio on VHF Marine Band Radio, channels 13 and 16. On scene U.S. Navy safety vessels can be contacted via telephone at (910) 451-9577 or by radio on VHF Marine Band Radio, channels 13 and 16. Chart: 11541 LNM: 40/14

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  • Marker Confusion and Groundings at Problem Stretch: Browns Inlet/AICW Intersection, Statute Mile 237

    We reported a grounding in this Problem Stretch back in August and the confusion Skipper Ross mentions could have been the cause. The intersection of the Waterway and Browns Inlet, a Problem Stretch south of Swansboro, has been the site of shoaling for some time. See http://cruisersnet.net/?p=143963 From the two contradicting reports below, a wise skipper will go slow through this Problem Stretch and use your best judgement as to the markers. Let us hear from you.

    Browns Inlet mile 236. As you approach marker numbers 60 and 61A, it looks like the colors are reversed. But they are not. You have to zig-zag around the markers. A power boat behind us thought the green marker had drifted off station and promptly ran aground. We saw a minimum of 8 feet MLW in this section.
    Richard Ross

    And we received this report from Skipper McKee that marker #61A is off-station:

    Larry, it [marker#61A] was way to the right of the magenta line and to the right of the just previous red as we headed south. I followed the buoy but it got down to 6 feet and we were almost on the shore. Looking back, I would not have honored the buoy.
    Frank McKee

    Just received word from Carmen Salemno who came through this Problem Stretch yesterday confirming that 61A is very close to the shore but with 6ft of water. He also said a 60ft motor vessel was aground in the intersection.

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  • Rescue at Lockwoods Folly Inlet, AICW Statute Mile 321

    Lockwoods Folly Inlet, just east of Holden Beach, is well known to Waterway cruisers, not for the Inlet proper, but because of the perennial shoaling at the intersection of the Inlet and the Waterway. Thanks to Rashod Ollison of the Virginia Pilot for this report.

    Coast Guard rescues five off N.C. coast
    By Rashod Ollison
    The Virginian-Pilot
    © October 4, 2014

    PORTSMOUTH
    The Coast Guard and partner agencies rescued five people on Saturday after their boat capsized in Lockwoods Folley Inlet near Holden Beach, N.C.

    The disabled vessel was reported by a witness to the Coast Guard Sector North Carolina watchstanders. A rescue crew aboard a 25-foot response boat was dispatched, arriving at 8:30 a.m., and rescued four of the five people. The fifth was rescued by a local beach patrol boat.

    One sustained a leg injury. Holden Beach EMS took the man to Dosher Memorial Hospital in Southport, N.C., where he is in stable condition.

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  • Grounding at Problem Stretch: Browns Inlet/AICW Intersection, Statute Mile 237

    Skipper Halls relates his jarring experience with a shoal and the rudeness of a passing vessel. The intersection of the Waterway and Browns Inlet, a Problem Stretch south of Swansboro, has been the site of shoaling for some time, as well as a mysterious underwater hazard as reported in http://cruisersnet.net/?p=141557.

    8/12/2014, ran aground at this spot. Letting crew steer for just a few minutes, I was down below when the gut wrenching bloop of grounding was felt. Very difficult to see the plan (markers) until almost on top when headed southbound. We had a following current and crew didn’t reduce power till I came rushing up. Had to call TowboatUS. I MIGHT have avoided if I was steering, but maybe not, quite confusing, VERY narrow channel remains. And a special thanks to the Aussie couple in a 50ish DeFever who went by as we were trying to be towed off, for waking us so hard the keel ( 4.8 draft ) slammed the shoal 3 times VERY hard !!
    Randy Hall

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s “AICW Problem Stretches” Listing For the AICW/Browns Inlet Intersection

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  • Dredging at Lockwoods Folly Inlet, AICW Statute Mile 321

    Holden Beach is just west of Lockwoods Folly Inlet. The dredging that Skipper Richard reports appears to be in the inlet itself and NOT the perennially shoaling intersection with the Waterway. Let’s hope the dredging will continue into the intersection.

    Was at Holden Beach 7/12/14-7/19/14 and saw the inlet dredged.
    Richard

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  • A Weekend Report from Dudley’s Marina and Casper’s Marina, Swansboro, NC, AICW Statute Mile 229

    Dudley’s Marina lies northeast of the Waterway near AICW marker #46A, and just a walk across two bridges and a causeway from downtown Swansboro, NC. Good reviews of Dudley’s Marina are frequent here at SSECN. This is Skipper Spence’s third visit in two years to Dudley’s and she presents an accurate depiction of the issue of No-Wake-Zone violators, so common now at more and more marinas and anchorages. Undue speed in recreational waters, as on our highways, is becoming a deadly problem. See http://cruisersnet.net/?p=143534

    We stopped in Swansboro last weekend [7/10-11] to visit with a friend who lives there. We’ve stayed at Dudley’s twice before and will do so again in the future, but NEVER, EVER on a weekend! The boat traffic was on the river was very heavy, which I would expect on a weekend in July, but virtually no one pays any attention to the No Wake zone. Boats of varying sizes flew by us not 20 feet from our hull. The heavy wakes were almost constant, starting very early in the morning and going on well into the evening. I don’t understand why there is no enforcement in areas like this.

    Casper’s Marine Service lies at the western foot of the Swansboro channel -northeast of flashing daybeacon #46C in Swansboro, NC.

    We stayed at nearby Caspers Marina and had the same thing. Center consoles flying about and even the park service boat was speeding with wakes. Not good!
    That said, Swansboro is worth a visit and they are finishing the new town docks this summer? Any updates as of mid July? Are they open?
    Ben Matthews

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  • High Praise for New River Marina, Sneads Ferry, NC, AICW Statute Mile 247

    New River Marina overlooks the Waterway’s western banks from Swan Point, just north of marker #4.  Sneads Ferry has always had a reputation as having good fuel prices and, as Skipper Floyd highlights, they also have great local seafood.

    We brought a new boat from Charleston to New Bern just ahead of Hurricane Arthur and happened upon a marina worth touting. New River Marina boasts one of the best staff ever! They even offered to come out during the night if we needed anything (they live right behind the office.) BUT the best part of our overnight stay was the RiverView Cafe. As directed, we called the telephone number provided by marina staff and Julianna came by car to ferry us to the father’s restaurant nearby. The best seafood of our trip! the place where the locals eat – as always, the best reference! We would recommend both the marina and the restaurant to any cruiser going north or south on the ICW!
    Joni Floyd

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  • Successful Low Tide Passage through New River Inlet/AICW Problem Stretch Intersection, AICW Statute Mile 246

    The Waterway typically shoals either immediately north or south of the four-way intersection with New River and New River Inlet. Dredging at this intersection was begun in November of 2012 and was to have been completed by February of 2013.

    June 12. On advise from TowboatUS heading north, kept two Green markers just off to starboard, then hard right past red to my port. Went through with no problem at dead low tide. His advice, don’t inadvertently cut a green, which is mistake many make. Lowest depth I read was approx. 7 feet. I was on a Catalina 42, 5 Ft. wing keel.
    Dan O’Brien

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  • Shoaling Reported South of Morehead City, AICW Statute Mile 210

    This reported shoaling is west of Morehead City in a long narrow channel in the open waters of Bogue Sound, where the Waterway runs east/west. Marker #7 sits on the south side of the channel opposite the mouth to Peletier Creek. If you have also experienced shallow water at this spot, let us hear from you.

    Shoaling in the channel Bogue Sound, NC near mile 210 south of Beaufort, NC. Ran aground near G”7″ today. Seems the spoil area has spilled into the channel. We were slightly right of center in the channel, mid tide rising (2.5′ above MLW) when our 6′ draft sailboat was brought to an abrupt haul. It was sand or silt and were able to get free without a problem, but the new shoal extended to near the center of the channel. A large catamaran with 4′ draft was two miles behind us, that we were unable to contact on VHF, also ran aground on the same shoal.
    Recommend cruisers be alerted to favor the red side for 12′ plus depths north of mile marker 210 until past G”7″.
    Pete Peterson

    We ditto the comment. We got to the green side at this same marker and were in 4.5 feet of water at near low tide.
    John Winter

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  • Report from AICW/Browns Inlet Intersection Problem Stretch, Statute Mile 237

    Skipper Matthews sends a fresh report on a Problem Stretch south of Swansboro. The intersection of the Waterway and Browns Inlet has been the site of shoaling for some time, as well as a mysterious underwater hazard.

    Prop-Eater.
    Came through here on May 25, 2014 at 745am. This one spot is mentioned here as a problem. Most advice says “stay to the red side” which I have during 4 passages without incident. However this last Sunday, going southbound, I passed a trawler going northbound a few miles south of this spot. Later on channel 16, I heard his call to USCG and his tow service with the words “engine runs but prop not turning”. As USCG was contacting him and asking him to verify his position, he did. N34,36.41, W077,13.84. The same spot.
    There are multiple references which mention bent shafts and struts, and damaged props. Most shoaling reports merely mention that someone got stuck or kicked up some mud. This is one of the few that consistently mentions damaged hardware.
    On a prior visit, I photoed a tug stuck here:
    tug3
    Notice the prop wash to the side. I hailed him but no answer. Saw him later heading south, obviously freed.
    tug4
    Ben Matthews

    Came through that spot (Browns Inlet) at low tide with no problem. Draft 5 feet. May 30, 2014.
    Raymond W. Smith – The “Firer Dog”

    We went through the Brown Inlet area (marker 63) May 23 at near low tide with 10 ft at low tide. Just follow the marks. The problem is the temporary red and green are way off the normal channel and look like the are for a side channel. They are also in a straight line but they are for the intracoastal waterway marks.
    Henry Booke

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  • Report from New River Marina, AICW Statute Mile 247

    New River Marina overlooks the Waterway’s western banks just north of marker #4 at Sneads Ferry, which has long had a reputation as a source for good fuel prices.

    Stopped here Memorial Day weekend. Very popular, about 3 boats lined up behind us for fuel 5 minutes after we tied up. Very rustic. Fixed fuel dock. Fast diesel pumps. cheap fuel but they will charge 7% tax with an old calculator. Be alert for this calculation and CHECK it. Young girl behind the counter doing the calculation charged me 40% tax with the old calculator (twice). I showed her the calculator on my phone for the true 7% (which, to be honest, not sure if that rate was right or not for diesel?) So it’s not really $3.58 (of this writing), they add on tax. Be advised pulling straight out from the dock can put you in 4 foot of water for a brief moment. Better to turn hard after untying and leave with the dock at your stern.
    Ben Matthews

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For New River Marina

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  • Reminder: Camp Lejeune Firing Exercises May Delay AICW Navigation, Statute Miles 235-240

    Onslow Beach – Click for Chartview

    Notification of these firing exercises appear regularly in the weekly Local Notice to Mariners. Note Line 5 in bold. If this is your first time through the Camp Lejeune area, you may be unaware of the possible delays. Normally, if firing is underway, you will be stopped by very courteous, but armed, Marines aboard small vessels, Range Control Boats. SSECN attempts to post all announced dates of closure. We hope you aren’t delayed, but, if so, log it as another of the many wonderful experiences of traveling the ICW!

    NC – NEW RIVER – FIRING EXERCISES
    1. The Commanding General, Marine Corps Installations East-Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune (MCIE-MCB CamLej), North Carolina, has advised that the area in the Atlantic Ocean between a point approximately 4.5 miles east of Bogue Inlet to a point approximately 10 miles southwest of New River Inlet, North Carolina, within the existing danger zone (depicted as 334.440) as shown on National Ocean Service Chart 11543, will be hazardous to navigation because of field firing exercises during the periods and times stated below. Firing will be up to 15 nautical miles seaward. Vessels are urged to avoid the above area during the periods stated except for the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, where mariners traveling through this area can expect a delay of about one to four hours during the below times. Range Control Boats, MCIE-MCB CamLej North Carolina monitor Channel 16 VHF-FM (156.8 MHz) and the working Channel 82 VHF-FM (161.725 MHz). Range Control can be reached by phone at 910-451-3064 or 4449.
    2. The restricted areas in the Atlantic Ocean East of the New River Inlet as shown on National Ocean Service Chart 11543, will be closed to navigation because of firing exercises during the following periods:
    Atlantic Coast Sector Live Fire Operations
    8:00 a.m. to 5:00 pm Daily (USS Ship-Naval Gunfire)
    8:00 a.m. to 10:00 pm Daily (Stinger Missiles and ranges)
    Atlantic Coast Sector Non-Live fire operations
    12:01 a.m. to Midnight Daily (USS Ship-Maneuvering)
    3. The restricted areas in the New River, as shown on National Ocean Service Chart 11542, that WILL be closed to navigation because of Stone Bay Rifle Range firing exercises during the following periods:
    Stone Creek Sector 12:01 a.m. to Midnight – daily
    Stone Bay Sector 12:01 a.m. to Midnight – daily
    West of the 77 (deg) 26(min) longitude line.
    The restricted areas that MAY be closed to navigation because of firing exercises during the following periods:
    Traps Bay Sector 12:01 a.m. to Midnight – daily
    Courthouse Bay Sector 12:01 a.m. to Midnight – daily
    Stone Bay Sector 12:01 a.m. to Midnight – daily
    East of the 77 (deg) 26 (min) longitude line.
    Grey Point Sector 12:01 a.m. to Midnight – daily
    Farnell Bay Sector Sunrise to Sunset – daily
    Morgans Bay Sector Sunrise to Sunset – daily
    Jacksonville Sector Sunrise to Sunset – daily
    4. The Target Bombing Area N1/BT-3 Impact Area in the Atlantic Ocean East of the New River Inlet as shown on National Ocean Service Chart 11543, may be closed to navigation because of firing exercises during the following periods:
    N1/BT-3 Live Fire Operations:
    8:00 a.m. to 5:00 pm Daily (USS Ship-Naval Gunfire)
    8:00 a.m. to 10:00 pm Daily (Stinger Missile and ranges)
    N1/BT-3 Non-Live Fire Operations:
    12:01 a.m. to Midnight Daily (USS Ship-Maneuvering)
    5. Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, Inland Waters in the Browns Island Inlet area between Bear Creek and Onslow Beach, may be closed for firing exercises during the following periods:
    Live Fire Operations:
    8:00 a.m. to 5:00 pm Daily (USS Ship-Naval Gunfire)
    8:00 a.m. to 10:00 pm Daily (Ranges)
    Non-Live Fire Operations:
    12:01 a.m. to Midnight Daily (Boat-Maneuvering)
    6. Ship operations consisting of landing craft, amphibious vehicles, and helicopters may be conducted in the Onslow Beach operating area and all sectors of New River from 12:01 a.m. to Midnight – daily. Range Control Boats, MCIE-MCB CamLej North Carolina monitor Channel 16 VHF-FM (156.8 MHz) and the working Channel 82 VHF-FM (161.725 MHz). Range Control can be reached by phone at 910-451-3064 or 4449. LNM: 16/14

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  • Lockwoods Folly Inlet Dredging Underway, AICW Statute Mile 321

    Lockwoods Folly/AICW Intersection – Click for Chartview

    Confirmation of dredging in the inlet near this Problem Stretch intersection is certainly welcome news. This dredging project is slated to include the intersection with the Waterway. For more news on the dredging projects in this area, see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=135383

    Came thru Lockwoods Folly today and there was a dredge working at the inlet. It did not appear that they had gotten to the ICW problem yet. There was also a dredge at Shallotte inlet but the ICW problem was still there. Passed thru both areas within an hour of high tide heading northbound.
    Jake Smith

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  • Dredging Begun at Lockwoods Folly/AICW Intersection Problem Stretch, Statute Mile 321

    Lockwoods Folly/AICW Intersection – Click for Chartview

    Dredging at this Problem Stretch is certainly welcome news at this perennial shoaling area. For more news on the dredging projects in this area, see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=135309

    NC – MYRTLE GROVE SOUND AND CAPE FEAR RIVER TO CASINO CREEK (AIWW)– LOCKWOODS FOLLY – DREDGING
    The Dredge WILKO will be conducting dredging operations at the Lockwoods Folly Crossing on the AIWW from 11 February until 23 March, 2015. The dredge and assisting vessels MISS LEANNE and PROUD MARY will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. A floating and submerged pipeline will traverse southwesterly along the west shoreline of the Inlet to the Holden Beach Fill Replacement Area. Mariners are cautioned to stay clear of dredge, booster, floating (pontoon) and submerged pipelines, barges, derricks and operating wires associated with dredging and marine
    construction operations. Operators of vessels of all types should be aware that dredges and floating pipelines are held in place by cables, attached to anchors some distance away from the equipment. Buoys are attached to the anchors so that the anchors may be moved as the dredge advances and the location of the submerged pipelines are marked by buoys on each side of the channel. Mariners are cautioned to strictly comply with the Inland Rules of the Road when approaching, passing and leaving the area of operations, and remain a safe distance away from the dredge, booster, buoys, cables, pipeline, barges, derricks, wires and related equipment. Owners and lessees of fishnets, crabpots and other structures that may be in the vicinity and that may hinder the free navigation of attending vessels and equipment must be remove these from the area where tugs, tenderboats and other attendant equipment will be navigating. Dredging projects are usually conducted twenty-four (24) hours a day seven (7) days a week, all fishnets, crabpots and structures in the general area must be removed prior to commencement of any work. A NO WAKE transit is requested of all vessels passing the dredge. Chart: 11534. LNM: 06/14

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  • Captains Susan and Chuck Visit Swansboro, NC, AICW Statute Mile 229

    Swansboro, NC - Click for Chartview

    We are once again greatly indebted to Captains Susan Landry and Chuck Baier, owners of Beach House Publications, publishers of “The Great Book of Anchorages,” (http://www.tgboa.com) for providing the superb, in-depth article and photographs, contained in the article below. THANKS CHUCK AND SUSAN! Please read on!

    Swansboro, NC
    Located directly on the Intracoastal Waterway is Swansboro, NC. Rich in history, Swanboro was established in the 1730s but not incorporated until about 50 years later. It initially thrived via its shipbuilding industry which lasted until after the Civil War. After the decline in shipbuilding, the town then changed its focus to the fishing industry which, along with tourism, now supports the local economy.

    Swansboro Waterfront

    Swansboro doesn’t get nearly as many visitors as its nearby cousin of Beaufort, NC, but it is a little town with a big personality, and a great little place to stop by and visit. You can cover the downtown area by foot in just a few minutes. Although small in size, Swansboro has a lot to offer. If a marina is what you are looking for, both Dudleys and Caspers are available. Dudleys is across the bridge and a bit of a walk from downtown, but the price is right (75 cents a foot, includes power). It is not fancy, but the staff is friendly and the marina even provides a courtesy car. Just beyond the shops and restaurants downtown, close to the ICW, is Caspers. They, too, are reasonably priced. Or, you can anchor just south of the bridge near R “4” in 14 feet of water and dinghy in to the town dock at the park toward the north end of town and the bridge.

    Swansboro Anchorage

    A number of restaurants are available if the crew wants to dine ashore. Captain Charley’s Seafood Paradise is the boater’s choices for fried seafood. Icehouse Waterfront Restaurant, just next to the bridge in Swansboro, comes highly recommended by locals. Saltwater Grill, also with a very good reputation, is a bit pricier, but also a good choice. Saltwater Grill offers dock and dine slips for customer with power at some docks. Church Street Irish Pub gets rave reviews. Yana Mama’s has been around forever and has unique décor and 50s memorabilia. A unique find on the waterfront is Bake Bottle & Brew, a second story waterfront shop that sells coffee, beer, wine and ice cream. Enjoy watching the ICW traffic while sipping your favorite brew or nibbling that sweet treat. For such a small town, you sure won’t go hungry. And, there are even more restaurants available than listed here.

    Bake Bottle and Brew

    If shopping is on your list, Lighthouse Boutique and Tidewater Gallery sit on the waterfront and tempt visitors with their wares. The Olde Brick Store, an historical landmark dating back to the early 1800s, houses a number of shops. Poor Man’s Hole, back on the waterfront, carries handmade furniture. The Cigar Shop, behind the Harry Pugliese Pavilion, is a popular spot for the gents to hang out and swap a few yarns. The Mercantile carries nautical gifts. And don’t forget Russell’s Olde Type Shoppe for those handmade gifts. Many more shops with a variety of wares line Water and Front Streets as well as the neighboring side streets.
    After all of that eating and shopping, take a stroll down to the end of Water Street to Ward Shore Park, for a front row view of the ICW. The sunsets from here are spectacular. We like this sleepy little town and would encourage boaters traveling along the Intracoastal Waterway to stop, spend some time, and have a closer look.

    The Olde Brick Store

    Chuck and Susan, Trawler Beach
    The Great Book Of Anchorages
    Navigation Notices
    Our Blogs
    Trawler Beach House
    Voyages of Sea Trek

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    Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Anchorage Directory Listing For Swansboro Anchorage

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Swansboro Anchorage

  • Possible Shoaling Beginning at Statute Mile 225, AICW, Bogue Sound

    Statute Mile 225 in Bogue Sound - Cclick for Chartview

    Most of the recent shoaling in this area has occurred at Markers #45 and #45A  at the intersection of the Waterway and the Bogue Inlet , an area which SSECN has designated as a Problem Stretch. Captain Baier relates a possible depth issue just north of the intersection at Markers #40 and #40A. If others of you find any indication of depths beginning to shoal at mile 225, please let us know!

    We found the depths in Bogue Sound, heading south from Beaufort to be in the 13 to 15 foot range until we reached markers R”40″ to R”40A” off Guthrie Point. The depths dropped from 14 feet to 8.9 feet between the two markers, both in the center of the channel and on the red side. This was near high tide for the day and would put the depths at 6.5 feet at mean low water. Not a problem for many boats, but deeper drafts should use caution.
    Chuck and Susan, Trawler Beach House

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To Statute Mile 225

  • Captains Chuck Baier and Susan Landry Report on AICW/Browns Inlet AICW Problem Stretch (Statute Mile 237)

    The AICW stretch south of Swansboro, NC, where the Waterway runs behind ultra shallow Browns Inlet is shaping up to be the single worst North Carolina section of the AICW during the fall, 2013 transient season. Of course, the Waterway’s intersections with both Lockwoods Folly Inlet and Shallotte Inlet, south of Southport, NC, are pretty bad as well, but at least dredging is planned for these latter areas later this year.
    We asked SSECN strategic partners, Captain Susan Landry and Chuck Baier, owners of Beach House Publications, publishers of “The Great Book of Anchorages,” (http://www.tgboa.com), to take an in-depth look at this AICW Problem Stretch, during their fall, 2013 journey south. As you will see in their report below, this cruising duo has done a wonderful job of putting together a plan to keep to the best depths, at least for the moment. Depart from this plan of action, and you can find your vessel is less then 3 feet of water at MLW!!!

    Passed Browns Inlet at 10 AM [10/29/13 - Editor], that was at exactly low tide, and found the problem spot without any effort. We passed mid way between the mainland side and floating green “61A” and found depths of 2.9 to 3 feet. Of course we draw 4 feet. Passing red “60″ stay well to the mainland side and the channel will carry 9 feet as you approach green “61A”. Passing “61A” consider the mid channel point the ocean side of the deep water and the shore the mainland side of the channel. That will get you through just fine. The shoal is abrupt as it goes from 8 feet to 2.9 in a short boat length.
    Chuck and Susan
    Trawler Beach House

    We just passed Brown’s Inlet statue mile 237 as the US Coast Guard was repositioning G61A around 11:15 Oct 31/13.
    Phyllis Davenport

    We passed through this spot on 11/8/13 about mid-tide and observed red floatie “60″ and green floatie “61A”in nearly a straight line heading southbound. The owner of Caspers Marina in Swansboro said these markers had just been reset. We passed close aboard the red, turned to starboard, rounded the green about 100 ft off our port side,
    and then returned to the main channel. Our lowest sounding was 6.3′. Three other vessels with 5′+ draft passed through following the same route with no problem. I don’t think I would want go through at low tide.
    Jake Smith S/V “Ginger’s Mercedes”

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s “AICW Problem Stretches” Listing For the AICW/Browns Inlet Intersection

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To This AICW Problem Stretch

  • More Groundings at AICW/Browns Inlet Intersection Problem Stretch, Statute Mile 237

     

    Numerous reports on shoaling in this Problem Stretch have been filed recently and the report below was copied with permission from the blog of Mike Dickens of Paradise Yachts, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’NET SPONSOR! See also: http://cruisersnet.net/?p=125227

    Some notes of interest for those cruising south on the ICW near Swansboro, half mile north of marker 58 south of Swansboro there was some shoaling…6′. At marker 61 they only had 3.9 feet under the keel. At Mason Inlet, north of Wrightsville Beach they hit bottom; 8.9 feet of water in the middle of the channel (marker 121).
    Mike Dickens
    Broker of Record
    Paradise Yachts
    1417 Sadler Road
    Box 183
    Fernandina Beach, FL 32034
    904/556-9431

    October 24, 2013
    Charging up the channel near Brown’s Creek I noticed a few boats doing circles. A powerboat trying to pass 63 close to the marker went aground. A southbound Island Packet found the water too thin well to the right of the channel. I found the only way to get past the marker was to pass it on the wrong side feeling my way toward a keg that was moored outside the channel in the inlet. A long arc leaving green 63 well to my right gave me enough water to re-enter the channel just beyond 63. I had about 6 feet of water at 4:30 p.m. today. Unfortunately, I had to leave 2 boats aground behind me. There is absolutely no way you can carry even 4 feet through the channel. What a great location for a towboat to hang out!
    Chuck Gleason
    Symphony (Caliber 40 5 ft draft)

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s “AICW Problem Stretches” Listing For the AICW/Browns Inlet Intersection

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To This AICW Problem Stretch

  • Depths Survey As of 9/03/13 of the AICW/New River/New River Inlet Intersection Problem Stretch (Statute Mile 246)

    Our good friends, and SSECN strategic partners, Captains Mark and Diana Doyle, founders and owners of “On The Water ChartGuides” (http://www.onthewaterchartguides.com/), give us an updated, graphic report below, relaying what they discovered as they navigated through the AICW/New River Inlet/New River intersection on 9/03/13. Note that the Doyle’s soundings were taken near low tide, so you must only subtract .3 feet from the depths portrayed on the Doyle’s graphic, to discover MLW soundings.
    Despite some earlier reports of shoaling, Captains Mark and Diana, as you will see below, discovered nothing less than 8 foot MLW soundings at along this perennial AICW Problem Stretch.
    Incidentally, Diana and Mark have just published a new edition of their immensely popular “ICW CruiseGuide.” Click on the book graphic to the above right for more details, and to place an order!

    Hi Claiborne,
    Diana and I are continuing our survey reports with depth-annotated tracks for ICW Trouble Spots.
    This one is for the ICW and New River Inlet intersection.
    Good water this season along this ICW Trouble Spot with depths ABOVE 8 FEET MLLW.
    Hopefully, SSECN readers transiting the area will find these reports useful.
    Best,
    Captains Mark & Diana Doyle
    m/v Semi-Local
    www.OnTheWaterChartGuides.com

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