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Archive For: SC – 4 – Belle Isle to Sullivans Island

  • Good News! Isle of Palms Problem Stretch Dredging to Begin, AICW Statute Mile 459


    This long awaited and much needed Waterway dredging is finally here. However, this is a narrow strip of water and care most be taken while working your way through the dredge equipment. Until the dredging is complete, mid to high tide is still recommended.This Problem Stretch will not go away, but the dredging will temporarily halt some of the almost constant shoaling.

    SOUTH CAROLINA – AICW – WINYAH BAY TO CHARLESTON HARBOR- SULLIVANS ISLAND – BREACH INLET AND JEREMY CREEK: Dredge Operations
    Southwind Construction Corp will commence dredge operations on or about 23 November, 2015 with Dredge WILKO and Tenders PROUD MARY and DANNY JOE near Sullivan’s Island at the AIWW Waterway at the intersection of Breach Inlet and Jeremy Creek. Operations will run 7-days per week/24-hours per day until approximately 16 February, 2016. The vessels will monitor VHF channels 13, 16 and working channel 78. Floating rubber and submerged polyethylene pipeline associated with dredging operation will traverse primarily south to north along the westernmost shoreline of the AICW to Upland Disposal Areas 1006S W/C and 1056S W/C near Breach Inlet Crossing in Sullivan’s Island, and along the same routing sequence to Upland Disposal Area 562N W/C at Jeremy Creek in McClellanville. Established crossings will be visibly lighted and marked with floating buoys. Mariners are urged to use extreme caution in the area, transit at their slowest safe speed to minimize wake, and proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made with dredge plant. Further information contact Darrell Stewart (812)-867- 7220. Chart 11518 LNM 46/15

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s “AICW Problem Stretches” Listing For the AICW North of Ben Sawyer Bridge to Isle of Palms Bridge

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

  • Dredging Promised at Breach Inlet Problem Stretch, AICW Statute Mile 459


    This article by Prentiss Findlay in Charleston’s Post and Courier is a second follow up to his earlier piece on much needed dredging in the Problem Stretch at Isle of Palms area of the Waterway, http://cruisersnet.net/?p=150352. As before, SSECN recommends SLOW passage at mid to high tide.

    Inland Waterway at Breach Inlet to get long-awaited dredging
    Prentiss Findlay
    Prentiss Findlay Email Facebook @prentissfindlay
    Nov 13 2015 12:26 pm Nov 13 4:50 pm
    The Intracoastal Waterway at Breach Inlet will be dredged to improve navigation.
    Dredging of the dangerously shallow Intracoastal Waterway at Breach Inlet between Sullivan’s Island and Isle of Palms begins this week, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said.
    “It’s long overdue,” said Charleston County Councilman Dickie Schweers.
    The county contributed $500,000 to the nearly $3 million effort which includes work in McClellanville to dredge a waterway channel for fishing trawlers.
    Some $2.4 million in federal funds has been authorized for both projects.
    “This project is a prime example of how collaboration between federal and non-federal partners for dredging can lead to increased waterway maintenance,” said Brad Pickel, executive director of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Association.
    The waterway at Breach Inlet is almost dry at low tide because of shoaling, a condition in which sand builds up and blocks the channel. The authorized channel depth is 12 feet and the width is 90 feet.
    Waterway dredging at the inlet will last about a week, said Glenn Jeffries, Corps spokeswoman.
    Mile-long Jeremy Creek in McClellanville, which is part of the waterway, will be dredged starting in mid-January, Jeffries said.
    “This schedule is tentative. Weather and machinery have a lot to do with a dredging schedule. But we will start in Breach Inlet for sure,” she said.
    The last substantial funding the Army Corps received for waterway dredging was in 2009 through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
    Waterway conditions at Breach Inlet at low tide have been blamed for boating injuries. “There’s just been a huge safety issue out there,” said IOP City Administrator Linda Tucker.

    A Mount Pleasant woman was seriously injured in a 2013 boating accident blamed on the shallow waterway. She was traveling in a 44-foot trawler drawing 3 feet 10 inches of water that hit bottom. The impact caused her to fall. Doctors determined she had a fractured vertebrae, a concussion and a broken rib. She spent two nights in the hospital, officials said.
    IOP Marina and Charleston City Marina lose customers because recreational vessels often go offshore to avoid the waterway here, said IOP Mayor Dick Cronin.
    “They just basically have bypassed our marina and the city marina to a large extent,” he said.
    Sen. Lindsey Graham’s office was instrumental in getting funds for the dredging, Cronin said.
    “We had appealed to everybody and their brother,” he said.
    In McClellanville, Jeremy Creek is the route to two seafood processing plants. But it has become a muddy mess that idles trawlers for long stretches of the day, said Mayor Rutledge Leland.
    “It’s getting worse and worse. Every time you see a boat moving anywhere from half-tide on down there’s mud boiling up behind it,” he said.
    After dredging, the creek will be eight feet deep at low tide, he said.
    “That should help for a couple or three years anyway. It will start silting immediately. We’ll have to start arguing and lobbying and begging almost as soon as they get through but that’s the way it works to get ourselves into the next budget,” he said.
    The creek was created from mud flats as part of the original waterway project, he said.
    Some states, such as Florida and North Carolina, have dedicated funding for waterway maintenance. The Florida Inland Navigation District collects about $20 million annually to pay for waterway maintenance in 12 counties. North Carolina funds waterway maintenance through boater registration fees and the gas tax.

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s “AICW Problem Stretches” Listing For the AICW North of Ben Sawyer Bridge to Isle of Palms Bridge

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

  • Good Advice for Problem Stretch North of Ben Sawyer Bridge, AICW Statute Mile 460


    Southport MarinaThis good advice was forwarded to us by Hank Pomeranz at Carolina Yacht Care of Southport Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR! Skipper Wehmer has been communicating with Hank about Problem Stretches he had encountered. Funding for dredging the Problem Stretch north of Ben Sawyer Bridge has been approved but has not yet begun. See http://cruisersnet.net/?p=149544. SSECN continues to recommend mid to high tide passage for this stretch.

    Hank,
    From connector bridge to Ben Sawyer:
    Favoring the red side found more water as suggested. At G117A and B a sailboat in front of us drawing 6.5’ went aground staying to the far red side. They had approx. 1.5’ of tide. They radioed us and suggested to stay 40’ off of those buoys, which we did and had about 8’ MLW.
    For the balance of the passage, the notes you provided were good. If you draw 6 feet or over, we recommend waiting until there is at least 3’ of tide before making the trip, however, other than grounding next to 117A, the boat in front of us made it through with 1.5-2’ of tide.
    We are going to try to go outside from here to Fernandina, but if we do not, I’ll send you what we find.
    Bill Wehmer
    S/V Island Bound

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s “AICW Problem Stretches” Listing For the AICW North of Ben Sawyer Bridge to Isle of Palms Bridge

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  • Good Advice on Isle of Palms Problem Stretch, AICW Statute Mile 459


    Southport MarinaThis good advice was forwarded to us by Hank Pomeranz at Carolina Yacht Care of Southport Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR! Skipper Wehmer has been communicating with Hank about Problem Stretches he had encountered. Funding for dredging between the IOP Connector and the Ben Sawyer Bridge has been approved and one can only hope that the Isle of Palms Problem Stretch will also be dredged. See http://cruisersnet.net/?p=149544. SSECN continues to recommend a high tide passage for this stretch.

    Hank,
    We transited from Isle of Palms to Charleston yesterday.
    The stretch between IOP marina and the IOP connector bridge: Stay in middle as suggested. We strayed right of center to see how depths were and it shallows very quickly from center. Lowest spot we saw was about 50 yards before the bridge at 3.4 MLW in the middle of the channel. Otherwise we saw 7-10’ MLW.

    We are going to try to go outside from here [Charleston] to Fernandina, but if we do not, I’ll send you what we find.
    Bill Wehmer
    S/V Island Bound

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s “AICW Problem Stretches” Listing For the AICW North of Ben Sawyer Bridge to Isle of Palms Bridge

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

  • Dredging Funded for Breach Inlet Problem Stretch, AICW Statute Mile 459


    This article by Prentiss Findlay in Charleston’s Post and Courier is a follow up to his earlier piece on much needed dredging in the Isle of Palms area of the Waterway, http://cruisersnet.net/?p=149544.

    Army Corps: Crucial McClellanville, Breach Inlet dredging in works for Intracoastal Waterway
    Prentiss Findlay
    Aug 23 2015 12:01 am
    Jeremy Creek in McClellanville will likely be dredged after the Army Corps of Engineers announces the details of a contract in a few weeks.

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    The picturesque, historic village of McClellanville, which depends on Jeremy Creek for its commercial fishing livelihood, is facing a crisis because the tributary is in such bad shape.

    “Our creek is just a disaster right now, frankly. Some of these extra low tides, the sides of the creek are almost touching. The bigger boats can hardly move at all except from half-tide up,” Mayor Rutledge Leland said.

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    The Breach Inlet bridge links Sullivan’s Island (right) and the Isle of Palms.
    Enlarge The Breach Inlet bridge links Sullivan’s Island (right) and the Isle of Palms. File/Staff
    “Beyond critical” was how he described creek conditions.

    “It’s reached an emergency situation,” he said.

    But help could be on the way, he said.

    Leland said he came away from a recent meeting with Army Corps of Engineers officials optimistic that the town would see its share of $2.4 million recently awarded to the Corps Charleston District for Intracoastal Waterway dredging. The creek is considered part of the waterway.

    “It was very good news. I left there feeling very good. It sounds like we are going to be a part of the package and it will just be a matter of time before they (Corps) are here. Probably November or December before we see a dredge here,” Leland said.

    The Corps’ top priority for waterway dredging in this area has been identified as the stretch from Isle of Palms Connector to Ben Sawyer Bridge, particularly in the area of Breach Inlet between IOP and Sullivan’s Island.

    The waterway condition in that area has caused the IOP Marina to take a big hit financially. Boaters go offshore and re-enter the waterway at Charleston Harbor because the local stretch has acquired a reputation as one of the worst areas of the Intracoastal from Virginia to Florida, officials said.

    In 2013, a Mount Pleasant woman was injured on the waterway near the inlet when a 44-foot trawler drawing 3 feet 10 inches of water hit bottom. The impact caused her to fall. In the emergency room, doctors determined she had a fractured vertebrae, a concussion and a broken rib. She spent two nights in the hospital, officials said.

    On Thursday, Corps officials said that McClellanville could benefit from the latest round of federal funding for waterway dredging in this area. Charleston County has agreed to contribute another $500,000 to the cause, which would bring the total available for waterway channel maintenance to about $3 million. First, though, the federal government must agree to accept the county funds, officials said.

    Corps officials said two companies bid for Intracoastal dredging here, and there is an apparent low bidder. Corps Charleston District spokeswoman Glenn Jeffries said she could not discuss specifics of the project without putting it in jeopardy. Details will be finalized in the first week or two of September, officials said.

    “Until the contract is awarded, we really can’t say the price, we really can’t say exactly what work will be accomplished, but based on the (bid) opening, there is a better than average chance that we will get to do something in McClellanville,” said Brian Williams, who is the Corps district chief for programs and civil projects.

    Leland said the creek was last dredged about 10 years ago. The tributary was created from mud flats as part of the original waterway project, he said.

    When the tide comes in, the mile-long creek that leads to McClellanville’s two seafood processing plants is passable for the big boats, but even then conditions are not ideal.

    “It pretty much has to be on the (high) tide, but it’s getting to be more of a struggle every day,” Leland said.

    How much the problem is costing the town has not been determined, he said, but one study showed that McClellanville-based commercial fishing pumps millions into the economy, he said.

    The last substantial funding the Army Corps received for waterway dredging was in 2009 through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Some states, such as Florida and North Carolina, have dedicated funding for waterway maintenance. The Florida Inland Navigation District collects about $20 million annually to pay for waterway maintenance in 12 counties. North Carolina funds waterway maintenance through boater registration fees and the gas tax.

    For now, trawlers push their way through shallow water in Jeremy Creek. At low tide, the creek is a muddy mess that idles many boats for long stretches of the day, Leland said.

    “The only thing that is keeping it (creek) open now is the (boat) traffic. They’re stirring the mud up. The (Army) Corps calls it ‘agitation dredging.’ That’s the only reason we have any water at all right now,” he said.

    Reach Prentiss Findlay at 937-5711 or Twitter.com/prentissfindlay.

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s “AICW Problem Stretches” Listing For the AICW North of Ben Sawyer Bridge to Isle of Palms Bridge

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

  • Dredging Funded for Isle of Palms Problem Stretch, AICW Statute Mile 459


    Finally!! But, sadly, not until October in the middle of the Fall Migration, as explained in this article by Prentiss Findlay in Charleston’s Post and Courier. A reminder that the tidal range in this area is 5+ feet, so high tide would give you 7+ feet. And, as in the past, we recommend HIGH TIDE ONLY through this stretch.

    Corps has $2.4 million for Waterway dredging at IOP, Sullivan’s

    A boat is shown stranded on a shoal in the Intracoastal Waterway. A local section of the waterway between Isle of Palms Connector and Ben Sawyer Bridge will be dredged to make marine travel easier. The federal government has appropriated $2.4 million for the project.

    A boat is shown stranded on a shoal in the Intracoastal Waterway. A local section of the waterway between Isle of Palms Connector and Ben Sawyer Bridge will be dredged to make marine travel easier. The federal government has appropriated $2.4 million for the project.

    Some $2.4 million in federal funds has been authorized for dredging the Intracoastal Waterway between Ben Sawyer Bridge and the Isle of Palms Connector, officials said Thursday.

    The section at Breach Inlet between Isle of Palms and Sullivan’s Island is only two feet deep at low tide. “It’s bad. It’s definitely bad,” said Brian Berrigan, president of Isle of Palms Marina.

    Work to dredge the channel is expected to begin in October, said Sean McBride, spokesman for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Charleston District.

    “It’s our No. 1 priority,” McBride said.

    The waterway near Breach Inlet has been nearly dry at low tide because of shoaling, a condition in which sand builds up and blocks the channel. The authorized channel depth is 12 feet and the width is 90 feet.

    Berrigan said word of the dredging is good news but only a temporary solution for a condition that is sure to happen again.

    “We definitely need a long-term fix,” he said.

    Berrigan said transient boaters avoid the area because of the shoaling problem.

    “It’s changing people’s schedules for sure,” he said.

    As a result, the marina has taken a tremendous hit financially. Diesel fuel sales are off 30 percent from last year, he said.

    The City of Isle of Palms said the condition of the waterway has created safety concerns for boaters, particularly at low tide. “Boaters should use caution in this area until the dredging project can deepen the ICW,” the city said.

    The dredging is expected to be completed by the end of the year, the city said.

    In the fall of 2013, a Mount Pleasant woman was injured on the waterway near the inlet when a 44-foot trawler drawing 3 feet 10 inches of water hit bottom. The impact caused her to fall backward and hit her head. In the emergency room, doctors determined she had a fractured vertebrae, a concussion and a broken rib. She spent two nights in the hospital.

    Because of the low water, some boaters go offshore and re-enter the waterway at Charleston Harbor. The section of waterway has acquired a reputation as one of the worst areas from Virginia to Florida.

    The last substantial funding the Army Corps received for waterway dredging was in 2009 through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

    Some states, such as Florida and North Carolina, have dedicated funding for waterway maintenance. The Florida Inland Navigation District collects about $20 million annually to pay for waterway maintenance in 12 counties. North Carolina funds waterway maintenance through boater registration fees and the gas tax.

    Reach Prentiss Findlay at 937-5711 or Twitter.com/prentissfindlay.

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s “AICW Problem Stretches” Listing For the AICW North of Ben Sawyer Bridge to Isle of Palms Bridge

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

  • Report from Leland Oil Company, McClellanville, SC, AICW Statute Mile 430

    Recently renovated Leland Oil Company sits on the northern shores of Jeremy Creek in the heart of McClellanville, hard by the stream’s charted turn to the west. Like many others, we find McClellanville to be one of the most delightful stops on the AICW and yet it’s known to only a few cruisers. Our thanks to Skipper Herl for this report and excellent photos.

    Leland Marina
    Started out first thing in the AM and made good time, too good. Or maybe I just did not calculate the tide correctly. Anyway, early for Lelands Marina (low tide) so we just dropped an anchor and waited out the tide and came in after 3:00 pm with no problems. Lelands is a small Marina, very friendly and close to the ICW. We did have some issues with the electric (weak breakers) but we got it sorted out.
    Lelands are trying to continue to upgrade but still have some bumps to get over. I would stay again if for no other reason than the location is great for picking up fresh shrimp for dinner. The town (McClellanville SC) is small and very quiet. All within walking distance.
    Phil Herl


    Click Here To View the South Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Leland Oil Company Marina

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  • Good Words for McClellanville, SC, AICW Statute Mile 430


    The marina mentioned below in this report from AGCLA’s Forum is recently renovated Leland Oil Company on the northern shores of Jeremy Creek, in the heart of McClellanville, hard by the stream’s charted turn to the west. Like Quo Vadimus’s skipper, we find McClellanville to be one of the most delightful stops on the AICW and, yet, it’s known to only a few cruisers. Stop for awhile and make the acquaintance of this village that time has forgotten. You won’t be sorry!

    Just an update, we are here on 28 April 2015 and are happy. Little town, dollar store, a place to eat, etc.
    Good seafood store the other way, got some huge shrimp for $8.99 a pound. Crab dip is very good and they had 100 count bags of clams we may pick up if we stay a second day.
    Docks are in good shape, the river is deep on the north side. People hang out at the marina that are willing to give you rides to the stores, etc.
    If you are here the first Saturday in May (in 2015 its 2 May) is the annual shrimp festival. Shrimp, Crab, fish, games, music, crafts, etc. I was told it’s “A real nice day”
    Foster and Susan
    Quo Vadimus
    Nowhere OK

    Click Here To View the South Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Leland Oil Company Marina

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Leland Oil Company Marina

  • Depths Report from South of McClellanville, , AICW Statute Mile 433


    Captain Healy’s observations taken at MLLW is good news for most northbound cruisers, because this area has been the source of shallow water reports last Fall. See http://cruisersnet.net/?p=145005. SSECN still  recommends mid to high tide passage if you draw 5ft or more!

    On Tuesday, 4/28/2015, between 10h30 and 10h50 EDST, Sanctuary and crew transited the ICW between R”42″ and G”35″ south of Jeremy Creek, McClellanville, SC, northbound, essentially at the morning low tide (+0.6 at 11h14) for the day. Here is our observation report:

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    Comments:
    1. We met a SB tug/tow at R”48.” Asked him for “tips” for handling the McClellanville shallows. His answer was: “Stay in the middle. Stay off the bottom!” Then he added: “I draw 7 ft, and I float through this stretch.” Well folks, he may float, but I would observe, just barely…
    2. Exact path through the area matters; stay well off the markers. Slalom course-line is OK.

    * Almanac numbers based on Garmin chart plotter matched to Coastal Explorer’s tide table.

    Peg and Jim Healy aboard Sanctuary

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s “AICW Problem Stretches” Listing For the Waterway south of McClellanville to Awendaw Creek

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

  • Depth Report from Isle of Palms, Problem Stretch, AICW Statute Mile 459


    This AICW Problem Stretch has been shoaling badly along its southern and southeastern flank between the Ben Sawyer and Isle of Palms Bridges.

    On Tuesday, 4/28/2015, between 07h20 and 07h40 EDST, Sanctuary and crew transited Mt. Pleasant, SC, northbound, between the Ben Sawyer Bridge and Isle of Palms, at mid-tide (falling). Here is our observation report:

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    Conclusions:
    1. Shallowest water is north of G”119″ and nearby but south of Green floater G”117A.”
    2. Exact path through the area matters; favor red for best water depths through this entire stretch. Proceed carefully in the vicinity of G”117A” at Swinton Creek.
    * Almanac numbers based on Garmin chart plotter matched to Coastal Explorer’s tide table.
    Jim
    Peg and Jim Healy aboard Sanctuary, currently northbound at Socastee, SC

    And this from AGLCA’s Forum:

    Just north of Charleston is the swing bridge at the entrance to the ICW heading north. Between markers 119 to the next bridge (and mostly around marker 117) it is very shallow. After getting a positive trip report from
    Seahorse on a successful trip, we went today. Only difference was an hour difference of tide. We watched a sailboat and a tow get stuck at marker 117. While TowBoatUS says to keep to the red side (port), the key is to go at least 2 hours AFTER low tide. The thicker water (note not a channel) is to the red side, but don’t stray too far. Note that there are shoals at the ocean inlets, so at those points the green side does get thin.
    Quo Vadimus
    Nowhere OK
    Foster and Susan

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s “AICW Problem Stretches” Listing For the AICW North of Ben Sawyer Bridge to Isle of Palms Bridge

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  • Dredging at Tolers Cove Marina, AICW Statute Mile 462


    Tolers Cove Marina guards the Waterway’s northwestern shore southwest of the Ben Sawyer swing bridge, north of the Charleston Harbor.

    SOUTH CAROLINA – AICW – CASINO CREEK TO BEAUFORT RIVER – TOLERS COVE MARINA: Dredge Operations.
    Marcol Dredging will commence dredge operations on or about 16 February, 2015 at Tolers Cove Marina, in the Intracoastal Waterway, with the dredge CAPTAIN JOE. Dredge spoils will be deposited via pipeline across the Intracoastal Waterway at Upland Confined Disposal Facility. Dredging will continue 24 hours per day, 7 days per week basis until approximately 31 March, 2015. Mariners are urged to use caution while transiting the area. For on-scene communications, contact the dredge CAPTAIN JOE on VHF-FM channels 66 & 16. For more details, please contact Marcol Dredging at: (843) 747-2177. For Coast Guard related issues please contact Sector Charleston Waterways Management Division at: (843) 740-3188 or our 24-hour Command Center Line at: (843) 740-7050. Chart 11518 LNM: 07/15

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Tolers Cove Marina

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  • Hamlin Creek Anchorage Not Recommended, AICW Statute 459, Isle of Palms, SC


    This narrow creek anchorage, which is rated only One Anchor and only Fair as to foul weather protection in our directory, has been given further demotions by Capt. Tom. If the zero comments about the anchorage we have received is any indication of its unsuitability, then Capt. Tom’s recommendation should be taken to heart: use only in fair weather and with your best ground tackle!

    This is not a proper place to anchor while in transit.
    – Fixed bridge on NE entrance to creek – CL 28′
    – South toward ICW is terrible shoaling and an inlet bridge
    with up to 6kts current.
    Strongly advise you remove this from site. Tom

    Click Here To View the South Carolina Cruisers’ Net Anchorage Directory Listing For Hamlin Creek Anchorage

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  • More Tender Woes at Ben Sawyer Bridge, AICW Statute Mile 462


    Boaters in South Carolina have been having bridge tender issues recently, such as this posting about Wappoo Bridge: http://cruisersnet.net/?p=144631 and this posting about the Ben Sawyer Bridge: http://cruisersnet.net/?p=144808. As noted in this link, steps are being taken to remind bridge tenders of proper regulations.

    In the meantime, when holding course waiting on a reluctant bridge tender, try your best to remain cordial and professional, especially if the tender is not particularly so. Circling your vessel in a swift current upstream of the bridge is not easy and usually requires your full “unfrustrated” attention, especially in the presence of other vessels.

    We went through the Ben Sawyer Bridge at 1400 on October 31. The bridge tender on duty is still “adjusting” schedules to traffic. She could have easily done a two vessel opening by holding up the powerboat ahead of us about 5 minutes. Instead, she made us wait for a second opening much longer than the powerboat would have waited. She told another vessel on the radio that the next opening would be on the hour.
    Roger Long

    The comments below by Lisa and Tripp are more typical of the kind of response boaters get at Ben Sawyer.

    Click Here To View the South Carolina Cruisers’ Net Bridge Directory Listing For Ben Sawyer Memorial Bridge

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Ben Sawyer Bridge

  • Another Report of Shallow Water South of McClellanville, , AICW Statute Mile 433


    This report from Peg and Jim Healy confirms other recent reports of shallow water through this perennial Problem Stretch (http://cruisersnet.net/?p=145005). SSECN’s recommendation of a mid to high tide passage is still valid!

    Sanctuary and crew came southbound through McClellanville, SC between 11h45 – 12h15 yesterday, Monday, November 3, 2014. Our Garmin Tide Almanac and Tides and Currents Android app showed us at +1’ on the rising tide.
    Based on what we saw, there could be areas less than 4’ at MLLW, and certainly during periods of celestial (spring) lows. Cruiser’s must be attentive through this area.
    Details: from G”35” all the way through, and 1/2 mile south of, R”40”, we saw depths of 6’ or less, and we saw two spots of less than 5’. I do not have a recommended path through the area. We proceeded slowly, and slightly drifted back and forth across the centerline of the channel looking for best depths, but we didn’t find anything that would be helpful to pass along. It seems to be a lumpy, mud bottom.
    At low tide, this area will be difficult for deep draft boats. I would say this is very much like the Little Mud River as a significant trouble spot on the A-ICW, except it’s longer than the Little Mud River (or seemed so).
    We also saw a sailboat aground at Dewees Creek, but that was a nav error, as he was definitely out of the channel.
    Peg and Jim Healy aboard Sanctuary
    http://gilwellbear.wordpress.com
    Monk 36 Hull #132

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s “AICW Problem Stretches” Listing For the Waterway south of McClellanville to Awendaw Creek

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

  • Depth Report from Isle of Palms, Problem Stretch, AICW Statute Mile 459


    Our thanks to the Skippers Healy for their report from this Problem Stretch. The 2.5ft depths referred to came to us in September of 2013 from Mark and Diana Doyle (http://cruisersnet.net/?p=122644), so it is possible that shoals have shifted since that time. However, as recent as May of this year, there have been groundings reported at Marker #117 (http://cruisersnet.net/?p=141177). No dredging has been done through this section. If you draw 5ft or less, Skipper Healy’s depth readings are good news, but slow and cautious is still a good recommendation.

    Sanctuary and crew came through Mt. Pleasant southbound (Isle of Palms to the Ben Sawyer Bridge) between 13h15 – 13h40 yesterday, Monday, November 3, 2014. Our Garmin Tide Almanac and our “Tides and Currents” Android app reported +2.8 ft at 13h15.
    Summary: Slightly favor red, control depth at +2.8 ft was about 8 ft, so no worse than 5.2 ft at MLLW.
    Details: (Southbound)
    G”117” – 18’ mid channel
    Mt. Pleasant Bridge – 12.1’ mid span
    R”118” – 11.6’ mid channel
    Swinton Creek – 8.1’ mid channel
    G”117A” – 9.7’ mid channel
    Coneh Creek – 8.4’ favor red
    G”119”/Inlet Creek – 8.2’ favor red
    G”121” – 10’ favor red
    It seems to me I have seen reports of 2.5’ at MLLW, but on the path we followed, that would not have been the case.
    Peg and Jim Healy aboard Sanctuary, southbound at Charleston, SC
    http://gilwellbear.wordpress.com
    Monk 36 Hull #132

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s “AICW Problem Stretches” Listing For the AICW North of Ben Sawyer Bridge to Isle of Palms Bridge

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  • Report from Problem Stretch North of Ben Sawyer Bridge, AICW Statute Mile 460


    This report comes to us from Dan and Jaye Lunsford’s log of their voyage through South Carolina, see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=145002. The Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net has posted reports of shoaling in this Problem Stretch (which the ACOE terms as “behind Breach Inlet”) for months now. And, as the Lunsfords confirm, cruisers piloting craft of almost any draft MUST time their passage of these waters for mid to high tide!

    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.
    Dan and Jaye Lunsford

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s “AICW Problem Stretches” Listing For the AICW North of Ben Sawyer Bridge to Isle of Palms Bridge

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  • Report from South of McClellanville, AICW Statute Mile 433


    We have been receiving AICW shallow water reports for time out of mind, centered on the Waterway channel southwest of McClellanville, SC. As before, we recommend passage at mid to high tide. This report comes to us from Dan and Jaye Lunsford’s log of their voyage through South Carolina, see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=145002.

    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.
    Dan and Jaye Lunsford

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s “AICW Problem Stretches” Listing For the Waterway south of McClellanville to Awendaw Creek

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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.

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s “AICW Problem Stretches” Listing For the Waterway south of McClellanville to Awendaw Creek

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    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s “AICW Problem Stretches” Listing For the AICW North of Ben Sawyer Bridge to Isle of Palms Bridge

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    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s “AICW Problem Stretches” Listing For the AICW/Ashepoo Coosaw Cutoff Problem Stretch

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  • Shoaling North of Charleston, AICW Problem Stretch Statute Mile 460


    Here is an article that Waterway boaters need not read, because we are all very aware of the shallow waters in most inlet intersections along the AICW. Charleston Post and Courier writer, Prentiss Findlay, describes the problem in terms that non-boaters can grasp. Let’s hope some legislators are reading! This area north of Ben Sawyer Bridge has been a “SSECN Problem Stretch” for several years.See http://cruisersnet.net/?p=122253

    Dry channel plagues Intracoastal Waterway near Breach Inlet
    The Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway near Breach Inlet has been nearly dry at low tide because of shoaling, a condition in which sand builds up and blocks the channel, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
    The problem has been on the Isle of Palms side of the inlet, where only 25 percent of the channel had water at low tide in soundings taken on Sept. 11. The water there was only 3 feet deep.
    For the rest of the story, go to: http://www.postandcourier.com/article/20141009/PC16/141009372

    shoaling

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s “AICW Problem Stretches” Listing For the AICW North of Ben Sawyer Bridge to Isle of Palms Bridge

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