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  • Beaufort City Mooring Recommended, Beaufort, SC, AICW Statute Mile 536.5

    The Beaufort City Anchorage is a mooring field managed by the Downtown Marina of Beaufort, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR! For more on the recently installed mooring field, see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=88324

    We’ve anchored at Beaufort SC several times…. and each time I swear we’ll never do that again…. Love the town, but the currents are swift, and the bottom, at least where we’ve anchored in the past is HARD…. With a lot of scope out, you do PULL IN… but you spend all you time wondering if just the tip of the anchor (Manson supreme) is all that’s “IN”…. Two days ago, with high winds, and lots of fetch (waves)… We watched the two boats in front of us… (toward the town) drag anchor, tangle and go ashore… WE decided to pull anchor and leave…. or possibly suffer the same fate…
    Recommendation… TAKE a mooring ball or slip if going to Beaufort… or leaving the boat…. We understand from the dockmaster that Beaufort WILL be putting in more moorings…. with better (as in larger) spacing…
    Dean Perry

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  • More Good Words for Ladys Island Marina, AICW Statute Mile 536.5, in Beaufort, SC

    Over the last three years, Ladys Island Marina has been undergoing big improvements in the marina portion of this property under the direction of owner, Kelly Ryan, and these improvements have been confirmed by the recent positive comments SSECN has received. Ladys Island Marina is located in Factory Creek just east of Ladys Island Bridge.

    Thanx, Larry, that spot [Jekyll Creek] has been troublesome forever. I’m glad you found our observations useful; we’ve gotten so much assistance from this site over the years that its wonderful to be in a position to pay it back, and keep Claiborne’s vision alive.
    BTW, can’t say enough good things about Lady’s Island marina (SM536). Quiet, well-maintained, many services within easy walking distance (groceries, hardware store, liquor store, nice bakery and many restaurants, etc). Very accomodating management/dockmaster Steve is going cruising, new dockmaster TJ started on Monday and he’s clearly committed to carrying on the cruiser-friendly tradition. Loaner car and/or bikes. A ***woodshop*** for doing boat projects!!! Longish walk or short bike ride across the swing bridge to historic downtown.
    We’re waiting on a part for our autopilot, expected in next Friday. We’ll be staying another week, then if weather permits we’ll be doing a single overnight and bypassing Georgia.

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  • A SC Waterway Mini-Guide from Little River Inlet to Beaufort, AICW Statute Miles 349-517

    Many thanks to Skippers Lunsford for providing very recent reports from six shoaling areas between Myrtle Beach and Beaufort. Three of these areas have been designated SSECN Problem Stretches and their descriptions are listed below.
    For a recent report on McClellanville, see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=144354
    For a 2013 ACOE survey of area north of Ben Sawyer Bridge, see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=125717
    For a 12/2013 report on Ashepoo-Coosaw Cutoff, see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=129101
    For an alternative to Ashepoo-Coosaw Cutoff, see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=134342

    Hi there. We just came through this area in the last week, a bit ahead of the pack, so thought we’d pass on what we found at the traditional trouble spots to help those who come behind us (a copy of what we posted on a couple of Facebook groups). Thanx for all you do.
    Dan and Jaye Lunsford

    SM 349-352 The Rockpile: This stretch has numerous rock ledges on the sides of the channel so its important to stay in the middle. Not quite as scary as it sounds, but its the first time on the journey that the ICW is anything but mud if you do make a mistake. The ledges are very easy to see at low tide, and there is plenty of water depth even at the lowest tide. On weekends it can be crowded with power boats who may want to pass you if you are a slower sailboat and there really isn’t a lot of room to move over.

    SM 430-435 McClellanville: Time the tides here if at all possible. If you’re really motivated you can tiptoe your way through; we saw 6′ MLLW, but so much simpler to just give it a couple of hours.

    SM 460 shoals before Ben Sawyer bridge: 4′ MLLW, so its really important to time the tides here. Favor the north side of the channel from before G117A to G119.

    SM 471 Wappoo Creek Bridge: This operator is REALLY a stickler for time; bridge is closed during rush hour opens every 1/2 hour during the middle of the day (check the complex operating schedule) but if you aren’t waiting at the bridge before the opening, the operator will not hold even a moment but will make you wait for the next one.

    SM 501-504 Watts Cut: Although not listed as a traditional trouble spot, there are numerous shoals to 6′ MLLW along this reach. In a slow sailboat it’s hard to time the tides to have water here, and also water at the next trouble spot.

    SM 517 Ashepoo-Coosaw Cutoff: Stay at least a couple of boat lengths off G177 at the entry (“square the corner”) for 10′ MLLW. At the exit, R184 was reported destroyed; a new temporary drop aid (floating can) was placed there on Friday — we met the Coast Guard small boat that was doing the work on their way back. Slightly favor that NW side between R184 and G185, but time the tides if necessary, we saw 5′ MLLW here briefly.

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  • Beaufort’s Good Samaritans Save Cruiser, Beaufort, SC, AICW Statute Mile 537

    Doesn’t it do your heart good to know that there are still folks out there who will take risks to lend a helping hand. Bravo Citizens of Beaufort!

    Live-aboard boat saved from swamping by Beaufort sandbar’s good Samaritans
    By ERIN MOODY
    emoody@beaufortgazette.com July 31, 2014
    Cherrie Wiles was in a panic Sunday as she watched the tide rise on the sandbar in the Beaufort River and overflow the Opal May, the 32-foot trawler she and husband Sparky Jones call home.
    But then help — or a miracle, as she calls it — arrived in the form of four young men.
    “They just looked at me and said, ‘Cha Cha, don’t panic. We’re going to get her out,’” she recalled.
    Wiles said she and her husband have owned the 1972 Grand Banks trawler for three and a half years and made it their home full-time starting in February.

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    Read more here: http://www.islandpacket.com/2014/07/31/3236532/live-aboard-boat-saved-from-swamping.html?sp=/99/100/&ihp=1#storylink=cpy

  • Good Words for Ladys Island Marina, AICW Statute Mile 536.5, in Beaufort, SC

    Over the last three years, Ladys Island Marina has been undergoing big improvements in the marina portion of this property under the direction of owner, Kelly Ryan. Ladys Island Marina is located in Factory Creek just east of Ladys Island Bridge.

    New owners this year [actually three years!]. Rates are $1.25 per foot. Tried hailing them on VHF, but both were out working on another boat. Finally got their attention and was helped into the dock by Steve. Good location with many businesses within walking or bike riding distance. They have complimentary bikes. I also got a free ride to a local gas station to fill up jerry can with diesel! Deciding to stay an extra day.
    Chris French

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  • Vertical Clearance Still an Issue at McTeer Bridge, Port Royal, SC, AICW Statute Mile 540

    Highway 802 Bridge – Click for Chartview

    Boaters are our business and our only business. We are located directly on the ICW, and offer Exceptional Lowcountry facilities and hospitality. The Beaufort/Port Royal area is a beautiful and historiThe vertical clearance of some Waterway bridges has been at issue for some time, especially during periods of extreme high tides. Skipper George relates a recent incident of “bridge too low and mast too tall!” His advice to contact Port Royal Landing Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, is very good advice. This fine facility is located directly off the AICW’s run south from Beaufort, SC, on the western shoreline, just north of the McTeer Bridge and south of marker #244.

    We turned back today, unable to negotiate the bridge at high tide with our 64 foot mast. Call Port Royal Landing Marina for for a reading as you approach the bridge. 1 843-524-4422.
    Jim George

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  • Beaufort, SC, Preparing Mooring Field by Clearing Anchored Vessels, AICW Statute Mile 537

    The Downtown Marina Of Beaufort, SC, 1006 Bay Street Beaufort, SC 29902 (843) 524-4422 or Marker #239 on ICW

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    Beaufort, SC, will begin fining or removing boats remaining in the Beaufort City Anchorage, just to the west of the Downtown Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!. This anchorage has been designated as the location of a city mooring field since 2011. Today is the last day of a 30-day period during which boats anchored in the proposed mooring field to remove their vessels, be fined or agree to rent a buoy in the new field. Our friend John Kettlewell sends us this story from the Beaufort Gazette:
    http://www.islandpacket.com/2014/02/08/2937028/monday-is-deadline-to-move-boats.html

    The city will be Installing 16 professionally-managed moorings for transient boats in an approved area of the Beaufort River, The new moorings will replace the approximately 12 randomly placed anchoring and also will involve removal of dilapidated boats which will improve water quality. In years past as many as 500 visitors come to the fine city of Beaufort South Carolina. They come for the charm of a small seaside village and the simplicity. They come because it quaint and has that non-commercial touristy cost usually associated with most waterside cities like Hilton head, Daytona, and Panama City Beach.
    Curtis

    As someone who has cruised to Beaufort many times, and who lived and worked there for several years, I lament the passing of another anchorage on the ICW. I will say that the anchorage was notoriously difficult, with strong currents and nasty exposure in bad weather. It was not ideal, but those of us who prefer to use our own anchoring gear will now be bypassing this spot and likely the downtown area. Factory Creek across the way still has some anchoring room, and it is also possible to anchor north of the bridge outside of the channel. However, neither area provides convenient access to downtown. Plus, I strongly suspect, as is the case most places moorings are put it, that they will not pay their way and the city taxpayer will be burdened with another expense.
    John Kettlewell

    As more and more cities and counties go broke, this kind of thing is going to become more and more common.
    It’s a lot more fun to go where you are wanted, rather than just tolerated, or looked at as a cash cow.
    The Bahamas just keep looking better and better.
    R. Holiman

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  • Ice Cream Shop Recommendation in Beaufort, SC , AICW Statute Mile 536

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    Beaufort Waterfront – Click for Chartview

    Ice cream is often the most sought after commodity whenever going ashore, regardless the time of day. When in Beaufort, enjoy the recommendations offered by Skipper Susan Landry, co-owner of Beach House Publications, publishers of “The Great Book of Anchorages,” (http://www.tgboa.com)

    Beaufort has their ice cream shop, Southern Sweets Ice Cream Parlor, hidden in the Old Bay Marketplace on Bay Street. Across the street from the waterfront, you will enter the mall. Near the entrance on the right, tucked quietly away, is the ice cream parlor. They have many selections to chose from and this is a true, old-fashioned store. Marilyn and Jack Sheehy started the parlor in 2001 and are wonderful hosts. They serve Greenwood ice cream and Marilyn has even added a lunch menu with homemade salads. Stop by to say hello and sample one of the many flavors. You are also invited to create your own frozen concoction and have it named for you.
    Susan Landry

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  • Good Words for Downtown Marina of Beaufort, SC, AICW Statute Mile 536.5

    The Downtown Marina Of Beaufort, SC, 1006 Bay Street Beaufort, SC 29902 (843) 524-4422 or Marker #239 on ICW

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    Here are good words for Downtown Marina of Beaufort as originally posted on Trawler Forum, http://www.trawlerforum.com/. A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!, Downtown Marina is located north of AICW marker #239, a short distance west of the Lady’s Island swing bridge, in the heart of downtown Beaufort.

    I like the Beaufort Downtown Marina. They are right downtown with several restaurants very close by. Blackstones is best for breakfast. They have a loaner car for grocery shopping. If you want to anchor or take a mooring ball, you can tie up to the park wall during the day, but not overnight. Tides are pretty swift in that area.
    Don on “Moonstruck”

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  • A Good Stay at Port Royal Landing Marina (Statute Mile 539)

    Boaters are our business and our only business. We are located directly on the ICW, and offer Exceptional Lowcountry facilities and hospitality. The Beaufort/Port Royal area is a beautiful and historiGlad to hear that Captains Bill and Laura Bender had such an enjoyable stay at SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Port Royal Landing Marina. This fine facility is located directly off the AICW’s run south from Beaufort, SC, through the Beaufort River, on the western shoreline, just south of marker #244.

    Kindred Spirit III enjoyed a delightful evening at Port Royal Marina. We’ve been to Beaufort, SC, many time but never to PRM. It isn’t convenient to downtown Beaufort but there is a loaner vehicle, of which we and another couple, took advantage. The town is cycling distance and the marina has loaner bikes. A Doc in a Box and CVS are [within] walking distance. The staff was absolutely wonderful, kind, and genuinely caring. If you’re a paying customer, 2 nights gets you one free. The restaurant adjacent to the marina has GREAT burgers. The marina has wifi, book exchange, captain’s lounge and ship’s store.
    Bill and Laura Bender

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  • Adult Beverage Store on Lady’s Island, Beaufort, SC, AICW Statute Mile 536.5

    Ladys Island Marina - Beaufort, SCA SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Lady’s Island Marina, in Beaufort, South Carolina, lies along the southern shores of Factory Creek, which enters the AICW/Beaufort River immediately east of the Ladys Island swing bridge.

    Bill’s Liquors & wines – Beaufort, SC – located within walking distance of Lady’s Island Marina (great place to stay).
    Although not a brewery but a liquor, wine and beer store, Bill’s has a growler filling station in the beer section and always has 8 micro brews available in 32 oz and 64 oz growlers. Stopped by today and they had a beer tasting scheduled for this afternoon for Westbrook brewery beers, out of Mt Pleasant, SC.
    They also had Allagash Blonde Ale, Harpoon IPA, Southern Tier Pumking, Lazy Magnolia Southern Pecan, Thomas Creek Up the Creek Extreme IPA, Red Hare Rauchbier, Blue Moon Belgian White.
    They will also give you a taste of any beer at the station.
    Joe Moran

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  • Downtown Marina of Beaufort Recertified As “Clean Marina” (Statute Mile 536.5)

    The Downtown Marina Of Beaufort, SC, 1006 Bay Street Beaufort, SC 29902 (843) 524-4422 or Marker #239 on ICWWell, of course, the Downtown Marina of Beaufort (SC) is a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR. Naturally this facility’s far seeing management comes up aces in being an environmentally responsible facility! Congratulations to Rick and Mandy Griffith on their marina’s recertification as a “South Carolina Clean Marina.”


    At the same awards ceremony, Downtown Marina in Beaufort, SC received its recertification of its Clean Marina status. The marina, under the stewardship of Rick Griffin, CMM, has met the high standards of the program continually since 1998.
    “Becoming a Clean Marina involves using best management in all phases of the marina’s operations, SCMA President Iggy del Valle said in congratulating the recipients. “It isn’t an easy process and, in some cases, involves added expenses.” The marinas go beyond normal regulatory requirements in managing potential pollutants, keeping their facilities as “green” as possible and educating their customers on better environmental actions to keep our waterways clean.

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  • Beaufort, SC Anchoring Field (Statute Mile 536.5)

    On 4/30/13 as part of a South Carolina Wish List, we posed the following question:

    Statute Mile 536.5 – who has anchored in the field northwest of AICW marker #239, hard by the Beaufort, SC waterfront? Were you able to dinghy ashore easily at the city dinghy dock? Did you find enough shelter in this field for a comfortable stay during fresh winds?

    Responses follow:

    I have anchored there several times in the last 20 years. Although the current runs very swift, the bottom is good holding, but you need to leave plenty of room to swing. Depths usually are around 12 to 15 ft.
    The dingy dock is long and easy to get to. Tie up on the back side as the outside is for day boats. Then, you are right down town Beaufort. There are several good restaurants along Bay St. with entrances on the front or the back overlooking the water. Panninis , Luther’s , Plums are all good.
    Philip W. Mullins (Phil)
    s/v Katash

    Tricky mooring field and you have to go to the parking space at the City Marina for going ashore ! GREAT town !!!!
    Barbara and Ernie Roberts

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  • Lady’s Island Marina (Statute Mile 536.5)

    Ladys Island Marina - Beaufort, SCOn 4/30/13 as part of a South Carolina Wish List, we posed the following question:

    Statute Mile 536.5 – who has spent a night or two at either of the principal Beaufort, SC marinas – Downtown Beaufort Marina and/or Lady’s Island Marina. Please give us a full report.

    Responses follow:

    Tied up at Lady’s Island Marina from 4/19 to 4/25/13. Small marina, average facilities, good protection. Ernie, dockmaster, is the only marina person but gets help from other live-aboards to assist in docking. Entrance to creek is shoaled on north side. Stay close to causeway and south shore going into creek. Good, very busy restaurant on site but only open for evenings. Walking distance, 5 blocks, to almost any shopping or service you desire, including numerous restaurants. Our overall choice for a Beaufort marina, but not an easy choice to make.
    s/v Skye

    Rock Chalk stayed at LIM on April 13th. The people were great- loaned us 2 bikes to cross bridge into Beaufort. We ate at Dockside restaurant and enjoyed our meal- typical port food. Our only complaint was the incredible number of no-see-ums! The pilot house was
    covered in the morning and we had so many bites. Not sure the marina can do anything about that.
    Shelley Colby on Rock Chalk

    Lady’s Island marina is open to transients, but has limited services. The marina converted to private ownership dockominiums some years back. Owners who don’t have a boat in their slip rent spaces through the on site manager. The marina doesn’t have a ships store or fuel. On the plus side, it’s in a well protected location and there is a nice seafood restaurant adjacent to the marina.
    Rapid Roy, S/V “Gideon”

    Response to the above posting by “Rapid Roy” from the management of Lady’s Island Marina:
    One of the reviews (Rapid Roy s/v “Gideon”) said our slips are individually owned (as condos) and are rented by LIM. That’s not accurate, tho I can understand the confusion. Only the slips in 3 of the 5 docks that make up the marina are individually owned. LIM manages those docks/slips for the condo ass’n.
    LIM itself owns all slips in the 2 docks that are next to the boathouse and manager’s office and these are the slips that we rent out to transient and longer term guests.
    Since one of your readers mentioned it I wanted to clarify the situation. Thanks.
    Kelly Ryan

    There is a new Dockside [Restaurant] (same owner [as the Dockside in Port Royal]) that has reopened the restaurant right next to the Lady’s Island Marina. Same excellent food. Easy access if staying at the Lady’s Island Marina or a walk/bike across the “swing bridge” from Beaufort.
    Emil

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  • Beaufort, SC Dining (Statute Mile 536.5)

    On 4/30/13 as part of a South Carolina Wish List, we posed the following question:

    Statute Mile 536.5 – we could really use some shoreside dining recommendations for Beaufort, SC. Anyone have a good/bad dining experience here?

    Responses follow:

    Don’t miss Blackstones for breakfast or lunch.
    s/v Skye

    We have stopped in Beaufort numerous times traveling up and down the SC coast. While our favorite “gastro-city” is without question Charleston, Beaufort really holds its own. Its much smaller in size and has a very local and friendly feel.
    Here’s a list of the places we have, and will frequent.
    Beaufort Dining – all but two of these are walking distance of the Beaufort Downtown Marina. One is across the lift bridge and another is down in Port Royal.
    Best Breakfast – Blackstone’s Cafe (the corned beef hash is fabulous). Bagel & Lox are quite good as well.
    Best Bagles – Palm & Moon Bagel Co. Good internet connection here as well.
    Best Coffee House – Common Ground on the downtown waterfront.
    Best Gastropub (with great gourmet food) – The Old Bull Tavern – Old Bull Tavern opened in August 2012. Off the beaten Bay Street path, albeit just a few feet, you’ll find “a gastropub-styled menu with an aggressive drink selection, and a local twist.” What’s a gastropub you ask? A small restaurant that serves alcohol, as well as a variety of quality craft beers and a wonderful wine selection. Frequent changes and additions to the menu with fresh ingredients. Already very popular. A new gem in the Beaufort dining scene. Don’t miss it.
    Best Tapas – Emily’s – Vast selection of great tapas.
    Best Burger & Beer – Luther’s on the waterfront. Home to the NFL Ticket on Sunday’s.
    Best Upscale Dining – Saltus on the waterfront, Wren #2 Very elegant with wonderful food and prices to go along.
    Best Outdoor Lunch – Nippy’s – Oyster Poor Boys!
    Best BBQ Wings & Ribs – “Q” on the Bay – Wonderful & different BBQ wings and great ribs. Also downtown’s best craft beer election.
    Panini’s – You will do yourself well if you avoid this place on weekend evenings. In our time stopping here there have been several major fights and disturbances. It all seems to stem from this establishment’s desire to feature music on the weekend that attracts the wrong crowd. When local youth get tangled up with young Marines from Paris Island, there’s not much good going to come of it.
    Jeff Graham
    s/v Far Niente

    Luther’s , Plum’s, Panninis, Blackstone’s for breakfast
    Philip W. Mullins (Phil)
    s/v Katash

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  • Downtown Marina of Beaufort (Statute Mile 536.5)

    The Downtown Marina Of Beaufort, SC, 1006 Bay Street Beaufort, SC 29902 (843) 524-4422 or Marker #239 on ICWOn 4/30/13, as part of a South Carolina Wish List, we posed the following question:

    Statute Mile 536.5 – who has spent a night or two at either of the principal Beaufort, SC marinas – Downtown Beaufort Marina and/or Lady’s Island Marina. Please give us a full report.

    Responses follow:

    We stayed there last fall(November). Rate was 2.00 a ft. There are a number of good restaurants just north of the marina at River Walk. We had lunch at two of them and were quite happy. There is a car for resupply and the marina staff could not be more helpful.
    Jack P

    Bermudiana has stayed at the Town Docks many times. We love it as we can walk down the street and see everything of interest. Lots of excellent restaurants .
    People at the marina are very nice to the boaters.
    The ramp up from the dock is SUPER STEEP at high tide !!!!
    The marsh otters were coming aboard at night to sit on the back swim area of the power boats..they do their thing all over the boat…but..the marina is trying hard to stop them !
    The current on the outside is fast. The docks are easy to get into and out of and the passengers will have no problems getting on and off the boat .
    The marina car is great and you can go about a mile or so up the street to the grocery store and get anything you need.
    The showers are clean and are great .
    We can not say enough good things about this marina.
    Barbara and Ernie Roberts

    Great Location and marina with all the facilities. Courtesy car. Day Dock for dingys or boats as large as 45 foot, first come first serve, gotta be out by midnight. They are working on installing mooring balls in the near future. The current can be quick and tricky at times, the staff will always have you come in against the current. Listen to them, they are very helpful.
    Tracy Hellman

    We enjoyed two nights at the Beaufort Town Marina in June of 2011. A great location with nice people and they even offer you a “courtesy car” for grocery shopping. The docks get a little rocky when the wind is out of the S or SW – we were on an outside tie-up. The shore power on our dock kept tripping – we were at the end of the dock and it was totally full – not enough power to handle the load. Don’t miss taking a guided tour of the town – great history.
    Jeanne and Terry Bieker
    CAVALIER

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  • Downtown Marina of Beaufort and Downtown Beaufort Dining and Attractions (Statute Mile 536.5)

    The Downtown Marina Of Beaufort, SC, 1006 Bay Street Beaufort, SC 29902 (843) 524-4422 or Marker #239 on ICWOn 4/30/13, as part of a “South Carolina Wish List, we posed the following question:

    9. Statute Mile 536.5 – who has spent a night or two at either of the principal Beaufort, SC marinas – Downtown Beaufort Marina and/or Lady’s Island Marina. Please give us a full report.

    Responses follow:

    Spent 2 nights [at Downtown Marina of Beaufort]. They said they had a 50 foot spot against a dock, but it was about 45. The current is fast here, but they got us in without hitting another boat. This was November 2012. The chocolate shop in town is great as is a shop selling locally made products. Very friendly city. Good place to walk the dog. Sorry can’t remember names of the shops.
    Patricia Sienstra

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  • Higher than Normal Tides Lower Vertical Clearance at Hwy 802/McTeer Bridge, Beaufort, SC, AICW Statute Mile 540

    Highway 802 Bridge - Click for Chartview

    The moon and higher than normal tides this year have been causing problems for our tall masted friends. There are tide gauges missing from a number of bridges in NC and SC. The Coast Guard Chief of Operations of Bridge is aware of the missing boards and hopefully, they will be replaced and/or corrected soon! In the meantime, keep an eye on the tide tables for the particular area and proceed with caution at mid-tide through all the fixed height bridges.
    The notices to report damage posted at most bridges generally refers to damage occurring to the bridge – usually the fender system – and not, unfortunately, for damages to vessels.

    NO GAGE ON THIS BRIDGE FOR HEIGHT.
    We were told by Port Royal Landing that there was only 63 foot of Clearance at High Tide on 12-12-12.
    (There is a notice to report bridge damage.)
    With a phone number???????
    Debra Baas

    We passed through this bridge on 12/7/2012. No tide gauges. Most of the sixth fenderboard was showing above the water (we were told that if the top of the fifth was showing there was 65′ 5″ of clearance). Predicted tide at the Beaufort Island tide station then was +1.2 feet. Out 66′ tall antennas passed under the bridge without touching.
    John Kremski

    The critical piece of information that’s often hard to come by is the relation of tide height (relatively easy) to MHW. MHW for a location is printed on some smaller-scale charts, but I haven’t seen it presented by chartplotters or applications (e.g. Wxtide32). We can get MHW indirectly from the NOAA Tides & Currents Datums pages. Careful though! The tabulated numbers are not based on MLW or MLLW, but on “station datum” so there’s a little extra math. But it sure would be useful to have something more portable that doesn’t require Web access.
    There’s no substitute for ACCURATE clearance boards, though.
    As a footnote, with a mean sea level rise per annum of about 2mm, a bridge built 50 years ago at 65′ clearance would have lost about 4″ of that.
    Larry Shick

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  • Praise for Staff and Crew of Ladys Island Marina, AICW Statute Mile 536.5, in Beaufort, SC

    Ladys Island Marina - Click for Chartview

    Located in Factory Creek just east of Ladys Island Bridge , Ladys Island Marina has been undergoing a slow and uncertain transition for the last several years. At one time, the owners could not make up their minds whether to keep this place a marina, or turn it into boat-a-miniums. Looks like, at least for the moment, they have opted for the marina route, with obvious good results, as reported by Capt. Jarman.

    Anchored close to Ladys Island Marina next am engine overheated so dinked over Marina talked to Dockmaster Ted Alcorn who started the ball rolling with getting me into a slip with the help of Ernie his assistant and talking with mechanic Jim Dehart. Into the fourth week of repairs to a cracked cylinder head, the staff left a lasting impression of people pulling together to help and making a bad moment into good memories . Ted and his wife Shari are seasoned sailors and know how to make your journey a good one.
    Jack Jarman

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