A recent report (http://cruisersnet.net/156435) from Hank Pomeranz of Carolina Yacht Care describes the shifting channel at this Problem Stretch. Marker 47 sits on the eastern tip of Holden Beach at the intersection of the Waterway and Lockwood Folly Inlet. SSECN has for years recommended mid to high tide for passage through this risky section.
NC – LOCKWOODS FOLLY (AICW MILE MARKER 321) – SHOALING
Mariners are advised that an area of shoaling exists at AICW mm 321 in the vicinity of Lockwoods Folly inlet at Cape Fear River-Little River buoy 47 (LLNR 40225). A 300 yard shoal extends across the federal channel with depths varying from 1 to 5 feet at mean low water. Buoys have been placed to mark deeper water around this shoal. Mariners are highly recommended to transit this area with caution at slow no wake speeds and do so at high tide.
Chart 11534 LNM 21/16