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VHF 16 & 68   Located on the Sampit River, Harborwalk Marina is only a boardwalk away from Georgetown's Historic District, great food, shopping, etc. A safe harbor from bad weather and located in calmBoaters 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 historiDataw Island Marina, 100 Marina Drive, Dataw Island, SC 29920 Mile Marker 521, 843 838 8410 For those who own a boat and love the water, buying a SJYH wet slip is an easy decision when you consider the benefits. The opportunity to own waterfront access a mere 11 minutes from historic downtoSeaside Luxury at its bestThe Downtown Marina Of Beaufort, SC, 1006 Bay Street Beaufort, SC 29902 (843) 524-4422 or Marker #239 on ICWWelcome to The City Marina The City Marina Wins Jack Nichol Award for Design See our feature on The Visitors Network Located on mile marker 469.5 of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, the Charleston City Marina features 19,000 feet of linear dock space covering 40 acres of water.  The marina was named 2005 National Marina of the Year (Marina Dock Age Magazine), and offers state-of-the-art amenities and facilities to promise an enjoyable stay.  The City Marina's MegaDock extends 1,530 feet and is the longest free standing floating fuel dock in the Southeast.  These features, and Historic Downtown Charleston location, make The City Marina one of the east coast's most popular marinas.
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Osprey MarinaLadys Island Marina - Beaufort, SCMyrtle Beach Yacht Club is unmatched for its Lowcountry charm and gracious hospitality. Isle of Palms Marina is located on the east side of the Intracoastal Waterway, northeast of Charleston at Mile 456.5 and south of ICW Marker 116.  50 41st AvenueWindmill Harbour Marina, Hilton Head SCTransients Welcome - Under new ownership - Located at mile marker 354 in Myrtle Beach South CarolinaAt Bucksport cruising visitors will discover all new docks, new power pedestals, a newly reopened on-site restaurant, clean – climate controlled showers and laundromat, as well as a warm welcome for the cruising communityHarbour Town at Hilton Head, with its familiar red-and-white-striped lighthouse, is a fine resort marina with an enormous number of amenities.

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

  • More Good Words for Awendaw Creek Anchorage, AICW Statute Miles 436

    Awendaw Creek - Click for Chartview

    Located halfway between Georgetown and Charleston, SC, Awendaw Creek has been successfully accessed for anchoring by several recent cruisers. On the south side of the Waterway, Awendaw Creek is best approached through its northern entrance which is due south of marker #48 and just west of marker #47 in Harbor River.

    Anchored here on 10/1/2012-all positive comments on this anchorage are true. Went in at 1 hour before low tide and never had less than 8′ and mostly double digits in the anchorage. “No-seeum’s” came out at sundown but an “Off” coil kept them to a minimum.
    Capt. Pat Carter

    Oct 10 we anchored at Awendaw Creek turned the corner in charted 13 feet but saw 16 feet, surprisingly very quiet night even though it appears to be wide open.
    Doug Cordello

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

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Awendaw Creek

  • More AICW Shoaling Reported Near Isle of Palms, (Statute Mile 460)

    From earlier reports and as Captain Bell confirms, the water gets thin between AICW markers #111 and #119, north of the Waterway’s entrance into Charleston Harbor. While not yet designated an SSECN Problem Stretch, we have established a Navigation Alert for these waters and caution should be exercised through the AICW channel past the Isle of Palms.

    Three days ago we had to wait for one hour past low water, which was “0″ tide, to pass between 117A and 119. Our sailboat has a five foot draft. We made two slow attempts to pass but ran aground mid channel and west or land side of mid channel. NOTE: while we waited for an hour past low tide we made an attempt to bypass the low spot by going around the Atlantic side loop. The chart shows deep water, which there is until you are 100 yards from 119, then there is a shoal that is less than four feet. So back to 117A you go.
    David Bell

    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 News from Leland Oil Co. Marina – McClellanville, SC (St. M. 430) – Captains Mark and Diana Report

    On the Water Guidebooks

    Leland Oil Co. Marina

    Here’s another excellent report from our strategic partners, Captains Mark and Diana Doyle, owners and originator of On The Water Chart Guides. This article concerns Leland Oil Company Marina, located on the waters of Jeremy Creek at McClellanville, SC. This facility lies about half-way between Winyah Bay and Charleston Harbor.
    As has been previously reported here on the Cruisers’ Net, and made clear once again below by Captains Diana and Mark, McClellanville Oil Co. Marina may just be “the” most improved facility in the SC Low Country. Even so, no-one will ever mistake this place for Pier 66, or Morehead City Yacht Basin, BUT with things as they now stand, we can recommend a stop here for those who want to experience a last, little piece of South Carolina Low Country, small town, charm!

    T. W. Graham & Co. Seafood Restaurant

    Hi Claiborne,
    Diana and I were through McClellanville last month and thought you’d like an update on what Dwayne’s up to at Leland Oil.
    ICW veterans have long known about the shrimp boat docks at McClellanville, SC (STM 430.0).
    In the past, you’d trade beer to raft up for the night In the tiny harbor of Jeremy Creek. But, of course, you’d have to stay up with the shrimpers to drink the beer … and then untangle your boat at oh-dark-thirty so they could get off to work and you could catch a few hours of sleep before moving on.
    Now there is a more “civilized” alternative. Last year, Dwayne Merritt at Leland Oil put in floating docks to provide a place for recreational boats to tie up for the night, allowing them to keep their beer … and get some sleep.
    We recently stayed at Leland Oil and saw first-hand the new floating docks. Very nice! And Dwayne continues to make this facility more welcoming to cruising sail and power boats.
    McClellanville is worth a saunter, a quiet village of well-kept houses clustered on a few blocks near the shrimp docks. With its small streets, lack of traffic, and friendly residents, walking the town feels like going back a few decades.
    There is one stop in town, the local seafood restaurant, T.W. Graham. In true small-town style, it has abbreviated hours but is worth the wait. FRESH-FRESH seafood!
    Best and see you On the Water,
    Captains Mark & Diana Doyle

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

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Leland Oil Co. Marina
    www.OnTheWaterChartGuides.com

  • ARGUS Confirms Shoaling on AICW Problem Stretch – AICW Channel South of McClellanville, SC to Awendaw Creek (St. M. 430 to 435)

    Perhaps the #1 advantage of being Survice Enginnering’s ARGUS Project’s strategic web partner, is that the SSECN is the FIRST to receive shallow water updates from the various ARGUS volunteer research vessels traveling Southeastern USA coastal waters. And, that’s just what’s happened here!

    Now, it isn’t exactly a surprise that the ARGUS equipment aboard M/V Elixir has just reported finding less than optimum depths along the path of the AICW south of McClellanville, South Carolina. After all, the Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net declared these waters as an “AICW Problem Stretch” several years ago! However, it’s certainly nice for ARGUS to verify this data, and even to pin-point the shallowest spots!

    Take a look at the first graphic below, and note the color coded ARGUS “solution sets” along the track of the AICW immediately southwest of marker #37. This stretch of the AICW lies just southwest of Jeremy Creek and McClellanville. As you can see, Elixir discovered some 6-foot MLW depths right along the mid-width of the AICW channel. Still enough for most vessels, but definitely getting on the thin side:

    And, then we have a second set of ARGUS soundings (“solution sets”) depicted in the graphic below, just a small hop farther to the southwest (northeast of marker #40). Again, LOTS of 6-foot MLW depths noted here:

    PLEASE NOTE that these depths (“solution sets”) are so NEW, they are NOT yet depicted on the Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net Chart View “ARGUS Layer.” That will be corrected on our next update from Survice Engineering, due to be received soon. However, we thought this data was so interesting, it was worth calling to the attention of the cruising community even before this update is received and processed!

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s “AICW Problem Stretches” Listing For the AICW Channel South of McClellanville, SC to Awendaw Creek

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

  • Continued Praise for Leland Oil Company, McClellanville, SC, AICW Statute Mile 430

    We understand from many sources that Leland Oil Company Marina, under a new owner, is making big improvements, including new floating docks, to this very affordable facility – long a source of good fuel prices. We hear, too, that the owner will take time to drive you to nearby stores. Also note that if you have never visited the backwater village of McClellanville, SC, you owe it to yourself to stop here and at least take in the community. It’s like stepping into a time machine that transports you to what most of the Low Country must have looked like 50 years ago. Try it, you might just like it!

    We haven’t been there since Leland Oil Company began the renovation. Jeremy Creek was being dredged during our last visit, and we were extremely happy with the rumor
    that there was a possibility of a dock in progress. We own six acres on Drayton Lane, immediately across from ‘Gussie’s’ house, and the church which is on the grounds of the slave cemetery. (This church was turned on its foundation during Hurricane Hugo in 1989) McClellanville is on the Historic Registry for those who may not be aware; and the two restaurants in our small little town can compete with any 5 Star restaurant around. Plus, the seating is a lot more comfortable.
    We are full-time cruisers and are proud of McClellanville for its citizens caring enough to progress slowly without spoiling its heritage. Since cruisers and McClellanville share a lot in common, we look forward to taking our sv Gypsysails into Jeremy Creek with the first opportunity that prevails.
    Thank you Leland Oil Company, we will be sure to share with as many cruisers as we can, because they appreciate communities like ours.
    Ginger & Maury Thompson

    We stayed at Leland Oil in McClellanville on 16th May 2012 on our 50′ Benetau with a 6′ draft. The entrance to the the creek was a little shallow but no real problem (a foot above low). At the dock during a normal low tide we still had 6″ on the bottom. Plenty of space on the new dock easy tie up and departure. The fishing boats all respected the no wake which made for a very pleasant quiet nights sleep, we will visit again.
    Andrew

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

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Entrance to McClellanville Channel

  • Photos of Leland Oil Company’s New Floating Docks (McClellanville, South Carolina – AICW, Statute Mile 430)

    Back in April (2012), we published several reports from fellow cruisers detailing the very welcome new, floating docks at McClellanville, South Carolina’s Leland Oil Company (see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=81422 and http://cruisersnet.net/?p=85795). I had always wanted to recommend stopping in McClellanville, as this idyllic village is a real throwback to yesteryear, with its moss shrouded lanes, and quaint homes that look as if they just stepped out of the early 1900′s. However, until these new docks were added, the roughness of Leland Oil Company’s dockage facilities were a real trade-off against the community’s other charms. Now, while no-one will ever mistake this facility for Fort Lauderdale’s “Pier 66,” we can recommend a stop here!
    Just a few minutes ago, the dockmaster at Leland Oil Company transmitted a series of photos detailing his new docks, You can see one to the right. Follow the photo gallery link below to check out the rest!

  • More Praise for Leland Oil Company Now Open and New Docks Ready for Cruisers, McClellanville, SC, AICW Statute Mile 430

    We understand from other contributors that Leland Oil Company Marina, under a new owner, is steadily making improvements to this very affordable facility and long a source of good fuel prices. We hear, too, that the owner will take time to drive you to nearby stores. Also note that if you have never visited the backwater village of McClellanville, SC, you owe it to yourself to stop here and at least take in the community. It’s like stepping into a time machine that transports you to what most of the Low Country must have looked like 50 years ago. Try it, you might just like it!

    Stayed here 4-30. Great new floating docks as advertised. Daune greeted us at the dock and did a good job tying up the boat. We had a wonderful afternoon biking thru the town. Saw a 1000+ year old oak tree. The village museum is only open Thurs Fri and Sat. We will have to see it next time.
    Ron & Audrey aboard Lucky Girl

    Stayed overnight on Sunday 4/29. Great new floating dock. Full up that night, 7 boats. Great place between Georgetown and Charleston. Amenities are spartan, should be upgraded on ground level. Met by Dockmaster Duane to tie up. Highly recommended.
    Has Royer

    Stopped in last fall. nice people-short walk into small town ‘down home’ cooking in local restaurant.
    JiM Lady Lady

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

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Entrance to McClellanville Channel

  • Shallow Water at Marker #43, South of McClellanville, SC, AICW Statute Mile 434.2

    Due to persistent shoaling, in early 2011 we designated the Waterway south of McClellanville to Awendaw Creek, as an “ACW Problem Stretch.” As before, we recommend passage at mid or high tide.
    And what began as a caution has turned into an excellent discussion on GPS. Read and learn!

    Yesterday we traveled from Charleston to Georgetown on the ICW. At GREEN 43 we were dead on the magenta line when the depth under our props went to 0.2 feet. We draft only 39 inches so this is really a problem for most boats.
    We put out a securite call on the VHF and saved a couple of boats from going aground. I later heard chatter from a couple of sailboats we had passed earlier that they were having to wait for high tide to traverse this section. It was only a bar and lasted a few seconds as we cleared it but it gave us a start. Today I heard locals in Georgetown talking about trouble in the same place. Be careful out there.
    Rusty and Jan Carlisle

    I too experienced the shallow water following the magenta line on my Garmin 4210 in this area. I have found that Mr Garmin has put my “boat cursor” in the marsh while in the waters of Georgia and S. Carolina. I have find deeper water by going off the magenta at slow speed usually toward the inside of turns. I poke around a bit and find the “real channel”. With all this said, I still love my Garmin electronics. Most of the time the magenta is right on.
    Rick, Sun Gypsy

    I think you meant the outside of the turns. General rule of thumb is stay 2/3 rds of width to the outside. Imagine the current flow scouring out a channel. The scouring velocity is greatest on the outside of the turn.Seek the side with larger vegetation and steeper banks. Of course there are many other factors that can cause variations with this “thumb” rule.
    Joe

    This may or may not be another example of what can happen by spending too much time following the magenta line rather than using visual observations and following the channel markers instead. Often coming up and down the waterway, we found our plotter showing us crossing land instead of being in the channel. We have transited this section many time and were told by other boats over the VHF that there was shallow water, one telling us they
    found 4 feet in the channel. When we crossed we actually found 8 feet of water in the channel some five minutes after they passed through. There are other areas like Cumberland Dividings where following the chartplotter will put you solidly aground. I’m not saying this is the case here, but would caution everyone to not depend on the plotter for more than a reference and use good old fashion navigation. When I hear any reports that the boat was aground and on the magenta line, I have to ask myself how accurate the plotter is in this section. Many boats will make the same mistake and before long there are several reports of groundings because too many of us religiously follow the magenta line. The towing companies will often tell us that they have pulled many boats off shallows in the area. The reason is because following the plotter into shallow water is a common problem. We often see many boats running from green to the next red marker down a channel instead of staying well in between the markers. Many channel markers along the ICW sit in one or two feet of water, but boaters will think that as long as they are inside the markers the channel is deep. Running up close to them will almost always lead to a grounding. Since our first trip south on the ICW in 1993 we have observed so many boats hard aground in what they thought was the channel, while we passed safely by. The depths do change for a variety of reasons and caution is always needed, especially in known problem spots. We too follow the various websites looking for the latest information, but often find reports that are based on operator inattention more than poor conditions. Some channels are less forgiving than others should one stray too far.
    Chuck Baier

    The problem isn’t with the chart plotter, it’s the map they used. The GPS is telling you exactly where you are, but the channel has moved relative to the chart that is published that was used on the chart plotter. The magenta line is published on the chart, and so if the channel has been moved by the moving water, which it has, then the magenta line will lead you astray.
    Follow the channel, NOT THE MAGENTA LINE! Makes no difference how new your chart plotter is, it has to do with when the chart used was updated. When you update your chart plotter, hopefully they have used the latest charts available.
    Chuck Gorgen aboard ODYSSEE

    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

  • A Stop at McClellanville, SC and Leland Oil Co. Marina Recommended (Statute Mile 430)

    I have always wanted to recommend stopping in McClellanville, South Carolina, as this idyllic village is a real throwback to yesteryear, with its moss shrouded lanes, and quaint homes that look as if they just stepped out of the early 1900′s. However, until very recently, the “marina” here, known officially as Leland Oil Company, was so rough, it was a real trade-off against the community’s other charms.
    Now, a recently completed upgrade project (see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=81422) has lifted Leland Oil Company into the modern era. And so, we hope to stop here far more often in the future. May you too be so fortunate.

    For those of you travelling the ICW north of Charleston try a stopover in McClellanville. Jeremy Creek is narrow but depth is well maintained by shrimpers. Shrimp season just opened today here in Charleston County, so expect to see more shrimpers out in the ocean catching our dinner!
    Upgraded McClellanville, SC Marina
    On Jeremy Creek off ICW at Mile 430
    New 440 feet of floating dock with water and power stations [20, 30 & 50 amps]. Fuel dock.
    Wi-Fi available. About two blocks from the seafood dock/retail sales and in the heart of the historic district. Good restaurant within walking distance.
    Contact Duane Merritt, dockmaster, at (843) 887-3641.
    Bill and Robin Evans
    M/V Rambler (formerly Blue Magic)

    McClellanville, SC (MM 430) LeLand Oil Co. dock on Jeremy Creek – new floating docks with 30/50 amp power and water. $1.50 per foot plus $6.50 for 50 amp. No provisioning close by. With our 5 foot draft we were able to depart one hour after low tide on 12 Apr 2012. Nice small southern town – easy place to walk and explore. Two fresh seafood stores and one resturant – check business hours.
    Captain Dick – M/V Emerald Lady

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

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

  • Price Angst at Isle of Palms Marina, AICW Statute Mile 457

    Isle of Palms Marina is located on the east side of the Intracoastal Waterway, northeast of Charleston at Mile 456.5 and south of ICW Marker 116.  50 41st AvenueIsle of Palms Marina is A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR! and lies along the South Carolina portion of the AICW, north of Charleston, and southwest of flashing marker #116, on the charted cove indenting the southerly shoreline. The $1.50 transient rate enacted last fall was a temporary reduction from their normal $2.00 rate and we had not received an update until a phone call today confirmed the new rate per foot.

    Stayed here April 18 2011. The transient rate was increased April 1 to $2.00 a foot. I had checked the price on the websites after I checked in… it was too late to move to the next marina…and they [Isle of Palms Marina] were still showing $1.50 a foot.
    Paul Robson

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s South Carolina Marina Directory Listing For Isle of Palms Marina

    Click Here to Open a Chart View Windows Centered on Isle of Palms Marina

  • Good Words for Awendaw Creek Anchorage, AICW Statute Miles 436

    Located halfway between Georgetown and Charleston, SC, Awendaw Creek has been successfully accessed for anchoring by several recent cruisers. On the south side of the Waterway, Awendaw Creek is best approached through its northern entrance which is due south of marker #48 and just west of marker #47 in Harbor River.

    We anchored in Awendaw Creek at mile 436. We motored a swing circle and found the charted depths accurate. We dropped right over the 8 foot mark on the chart.
    Awendaw was beautiful and without the strong reversing tide we had experienced further south. Despite the wind trailing off, we had no bugs. The river is part of a wildlife preserve and the sounds of every kind of bird call rose from Bull Bay at daybreak. The fishing boys scramble through the anchorage at daybreak but are on plane.
    Max Miller

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Awendaw Creek

  • Praise for Leland Oil Company Now Open and New Docks Ready for Cruisers, McClellanville, SC, AICW Statute Mile 430

    We understand from other contributors that Leland Oil Company Marina, under a new owner, is steadily making improvements to this very affordable facility and long a source of good fuel prices. We hear, too, that the owner will take time to drive you to nearby stores. Also note that if you have never visited the backwater village of McClellanville, SC, you owe it to yourself to stop here and at least take in the community. It’s like stepping into a time machine that transports you to what most of the Low Country must have looked like 50 years ago. Try it, you might just like it!

    Leland Oil Co. is in the process of replacing our fixed wooden docks with new floating docks. Should be ready by March 10 with the utilities in by the 20th. Hope to see some of you soon.
    Duane Merritt, Dockmaster

    Mar 26,2012
    The updates to our docks at Leland Oil Co. are now complete and we are open for business.
    Duane Merritt

    We were here a few years ago on Easter. Duane invited us to accompany he and his family to a local restaurant for Easter Dinner. It was wonderful. Another time he gave us a ride to a grocery store.
    Now the new floating docks are done…They came out great… Easy access, new power ped3stals Nice wide aluminum float.
    What we love about this place is the hospitality, the down home charm of the area for taking a walk. A couple of FRESH seafood stores….(walking distance) This trip we are here in time for softshell crabs.
    Check out the 1000 yr old Live Oak tree. The only thing you can hear here……..Nothing! Talk about peace and quiet.
    The entrance off the ICW. Stay in the center is the key. We draw 5 1/2′ no prob 1/2 tide.
    Bob n Nancy Spiro M/V Rachel J.

    March 31, Stayed at Leland Oil Company and had a peaceful night! Brand new floating aluminum docks with new pedestals shows a strong desire to cater to more cruisers. Met and assisted dockside upon arrival. The fuel is convenient and the price is competitive. The rest of the amenities are a little Spartan but the walk around the town is spectacular if you like tree and Spanish moss covered streets and classic southern small town homes. A wonderful stay in a working harbor and we will keep coming back.
    Kip Brundage

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

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Entrance to McClellanville Channel

  • Report on AICW Problem Stretch Depths South of McClellanvile, SC, (Statute Mile 431)

    Due to persistent shoaling, in early 2011 we designated the Waterway south of McClellanville to Awendaw Creek, as an “ACW Problem Stretch.” Capt. Long gives us even more specifics. As before, we recommend passage at mid or high tide.

    Here is my track through the shoaling a mile south of McClellanville, mile 431. I went through at low water and could visually see the shallow spots that account for the “S” curve. I dug what felt like about a 3″ inch trench at the spot indicated at N33 04.239 W79 28.412. I don’t think there is a straight path through here at low water for a boat drawing more than four feet.

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s “AICW Problem Stretches” Listing For South of McClellanville

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

  • South Carolina AICW Bridge Opening Woes And Schedule Changes

    Bridge opening schedules can be confusing even with the best wording and with the frequent changes that seem always to occur during the busiest seasons; Chris experienced two of such changes. We have confirmed and listed below the most up-to-date schedules of openings for three of the busiest bridges in SC.

    We are very late this year in our trip south. One thing we have encountered is “on signal” bridges which are no longer such. Socastee and Ben Sawyer have new restrictions. Socastee was on the half hour and BS was on the hour on a non-holiday Friday.
    Chris aboard Brilliant Star

    Socastee Swing Bridge
    Opens on Demand with closures required every 15 minutes when vessel traffic is heavy.

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s South Carolina Directory Listing For Socastee Bridge

    Ben Sawyer Bridge:
    Opens on request Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Does not open at all Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. On Saturdays, Sundays, and legal holidays, the span opens on the hour from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Opens on demand after 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and after 7:00 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays and legal holidays.

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

    Wappoo Creek Hwy 171 Bridge:
    From April 1 to November 30, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm (last opening at 3:30), and on Saturdays and Sundays, 9:00 am to 7:00 pm, the bridge opens on the hour and half-hour. From December 1 to March 30, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, the bridge opens on demand (last opening 3:50). From April 1 to May 31, and from October 1 to November 30, Monday through Friday, the bridge does not open at all between the hours of 6:00 am to 9:00am, and from 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm. From June 1 to September 30, and from December 1 to March 30, the bridge does not open at all between the hours of 6:30 am to 9:00 am, and from 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm.

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s South Carolina Directory Listing For Wappoo Creek Bridge

  • A Visit to Toler’s Cove Marina, Charleston, SC, AICW Statute Mile 462

    Toler’s Cove Marina guards the Waterway’s northwestern shore southwest of the Sullivan’s Island swing bridge.

    Visited Toler’s Cove Marina November 12 thru 14, 2011. The marina has been overwhelmed by the condo-plex called Marsh Harbor at Toler’s Cove. The only facilities available for transients are an overnight tie up at the fuel dock, access to a rudimentary head (toilet and sink), and 30/50 amp electric and water. Approach depths and dockside depths were in the 6 to 8 foot range at low tide. Fairways are very tight, with no real room to turn a 37 footer around. Had to drift away from fuel/face dock, then back out fairway, make a reverse T, and then exit past the condos. Best thing about the facility was the price, still 1.25/foot in Charleston area.
    Steve Kamp

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s South Carolina Marina Directory Listing For Toler’s Cove

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Toler’s Cove Marina

  • Recommended Anchorage North of Charleston, AICW Statute Mile 450

    Charlie’s recommended anchorage is a no-name creek between Price Creek and Capers Creek, just west of Marker #90 and slightly north of mile marker 450.
    This potential anchor down spot is not included in our “South Carolina Anchorage Directory,” as none of us has ever personally researched these waters. We will certainly correct that oversight soon, and then, and only then, will we consider these waters for inclusion in our anchorage directories.

    Cruising News:
    11-11-11- For a fair wearther anchorage, this is the spot. Easy to get in– we came in at about 1hr before low- and no problem if stay in middle. After seeing 12-20′, came in about 300 yards and dropped in about 8′. No wind protection, but that means the view is 360 beautiful– sunset and dawn. Far enough off the ICW so no wake from all the snow birds heading south– nice to watch the caravan! Anchor hung at first try. Very mild current. We’ll be back here in good weather. Full bars on verizon and about 15 air TV channels.
    Charlie Ridley

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of The Anchorage Described Above

  • Depths Decreasing through Isle of Palms, SC, AICW Statute Mile 460

    As Palmetto Moon reported last week, the water gets thin between AICW markers #111 and #119, north of the Waterway’s entrance into Charleston Harbor. While not yet designated an SSECN Problem Stretch, we have established a Navigation Alert for these waters and caution should be exercised through Isle of Palms.

    Hi Claiborne,
    Sanctuary and crew transited southbound through Isle of Palms, SC, at 08h30 this am (Thursday, 11/3/2011). It was low tide, and our chart plotter reported the current datum at +0.91 ft.
    That stretch of 4 – 5 miles has some very shallow spots, with some depths in mid-channel as low as 5 ft. We heard others talking about what they were seeing, so I pursued a route slightly favoring the red side of the channel. We found no less than 6.9 feet. Here’s the detail:
    At R’118′ – 7′ mid-channel, 9′ red side
    At G’117A’ – 40′ – 50′ off the marker, 7.5′
    At the un-named creek 1/2 mile north of inlet creek – 6.9′
    At G’119′ – 7.5′ red side of channel (There are crab pots in this area on both sides of the channel. Some extend into the channel. To favor the red, we passed some of the crab pots on the red quarter to our port side. Found favorable water depths there today. Of course, the crabber will move the pots, so the advice remains, favor red.
    At G ’121′ – 8.5′ red side of channel
    With lower datum or celestial lows, this stretch would definitely be a problem for most cruising boats.
    Peg and Jim Healy aboard Sanctuary
    Currently at St. John’s Harbour Marina, Charleston, SC
    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

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

  • Good News on Depths in AICW Problem Stretch South of McClellanville at AICW Statute Mile 431

    As you approach the southside of McClellanville on the AICW, please heed earlier advice to favor the red side, especially in the stretch between markers 37 and 38. Please open the links below for more information and a Chart View of this area.

    Passed through this area 10/30/2011 without any indication of shallow areas. Carried over 12 foot depths and mostly deeper. Strong currents and erratic currents were common.
    Harry Miller

    Came through this stretch at absolute full-moon dead low tide 10/25/11. Took a lot of patience and feeling our way, the good news is we never saw less than 7.0 feet.
    Dan/Jaye Lunsford

    Of note are the shallow readings showing on our depth sounder from McClellanville almost to the Isle of Palms. When we came out of McClellanville, we saw readings as low at 5.5 feet but mostly 6 or 7 feet (as O.G’s depth transducer is 2 feet below the waterline, these reading translate into 7.5 feet to 9 feet, well below the nominal 12 feet supposed to be throughout the ICW. This is of no concern with our 4.5 foot draft, but I thought it worthy of note for Claiborne Young’s “Salty Southeast” blog.
    Captain Ted Jones

    We passed McClellanville, SC at low tide this morning, 3/14/2011. As anticipated, we hit very shallow water between markers 37 and 38. At one point, about midway through this section, we saw 3’9″ and were plowing through the mud. We were favoring the red side somewhat.
    Skipper Larry Thackston on M/V PEACH

    Went through today (5/8/11) , 1 hour before high tide and saw no less than 9.5 feet at my transducer which occurred at Marker 40 and 35 A. The transducer is two feet below the surface so looking at 11.5 feet. With an 7 to 8 foot fall it might be a little skinny for some boats.
    Capt. David

    5/16/2011
    With an almost full moon low tide we passed through the AICW Channel South of McClellanville, SC. Unfortunately, a late start from Charleston had us arriving at Green 47 at low tide, but we made it through with our 6′ draft without a problem.
    The least water we saw was 6.1′ when we turned into the wind near G47 to take down the mainsail. We were on the green side, but well inside the channel. Recommend staying on the red side at R46.
    The rest of the way up to R32 was in 8-9′ range with a couple of spots that flashed at 6.9′.
    As recommended we found the best depths by staying centered in the channel.
    Also note that Green 27 is missing the northbound face place.
    And an oh by the way, just north of McClellanville, we spotted two alligators casually swimming in the channel. One in the 7-8′ size range and the other 5-6′. Think twice about that little swim along this leg ;) .
    Capt Pete

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s “AICW Problem Stretches” Listing For South of McClellanville, SC

    Passed through this area 10/30/2011 without any indication of shallow areas. Carried over 12 foot depths and mostly deeper. Strong currents and erratic currents were common.
    Harry Miller

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of South of McClellanville

    Click Here To View An Earlier Posting on this Area

  • Log of the Palmetto Moon: Isle of Palms to Port Royal

    Palmetto Moon with Jim, Su and Lazy Cat Alex have just traveled from Georgetown, SC To Brunswick, Ga. Palmetto Moon cruises at 8.5 MPH and draws 4.5 ft. Here are the issues and observations of their travels:

    2-Isle of Palms (MM-456.9) to Port Royal Landing (MM-539.5) We left 2.5 hours before low tide.
    In the White Point area (MM-495-500) at low tide
    Between R-110 and G-121 center of channel;
    At G-111 – G-113 we saw 4 feet under us
    At G-115 – G-117 we saw 3.5 feet under us
    Running at just above Idle Speed stirred up a lot of mud/sand through most of the area from G-111 G-119
    This info is what we experienced in our travels. As always you are the captain of your vessel and should use this as info only. Safe travels.
    Palmetto Moon

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