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Windmill Harbour Marina, Hilton Head SCHarbour Town at Hilton Head, with its familiar red-and-white-striped lighthouse, is a fine resort marina with an enormous number of amenities.Myrtle Beach Yacht Club is unmatched for its Lowcountry charm and gracious hospitality. Ladys Island Marina - Beaufort, 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 communityIsle 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 AvenueOsprey Marina

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

  • Log of the Palmetto Moon: AICW, Georgetown to Isle of Palms

    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:

    1-Georgetown (MM-403) to Isle of Palms (MM-456.9) We left 3.5 hrs. before low tide and had a favorable tide most of the way, averaged 9.25 MPH and only found shallow H2O just before Jeremy Creek (McClellanville MM-430) and 500 yards after Jeremy Creek.
    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

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To Jeremy Creek

  • Good Run in the Waterway from Charleston to Georgetown, SC

    This is certainly good news for area boaters. We’d like to hear from others about boating conditions in your waters.

    This morning took icw Charleston to Georgetown. No damage visible. No significant floating debris. Marinas at both ends doing well.
    Skipper Tom Divers, aboard m/v Tanqueray

  • Good Words for 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 their lowered transient rate is certainly good news in this economy! Isle of Palms Marina 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

    Isle of Palms Marina – always a great stop when coming back from Georgetown. Morgan Creek restaurant has only improved and now has outdoor dining, along with their full upstairs covered deck or indoor areas. The meals only get better every time we go! So much to do at IOP Marina – several rental places for wave runners, kayaks, or stand up paddle boards. The beach is a short bike ride away and facilities are in great shape.
    Skipper Bill Saint

    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

  • Report on Depths North of the Ben Sawyer Bridge, AICW Statute Mile 450

    This report refers to a section of the AICW north of the Ben Sawyer Bridge and is similar to earlier reports of shoaling in the vicinity of statute mile 450.

    Also, just north of Ben Sawyer Bridge, Charleston harbor, there is some thin water around Breech Inlet. You must stay in the channel. There was a boat aground there yesterday, but I’ve been through there at dead low water and had 8 ft. or so.
    Philip W. Mullins aboard S/V Katash, Isle of Palms, SC

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Breach Inlet

  • Good Words for Leland Oil Co. 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. We hear, too, that the owner will take time to drive you to nearby stores.
    Note that if you have never visited the backwater village of McClellanville, SC before, 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!

    Had to duck in for a week because I ran out of time in getting the boat to Charleston and had to be back at work. I was too late to make the bridge. I had fueled at Leland’s a few miles earlier and decided to turn and go back. The folk are very friendly, accommodating and $1.00 / ft. I would stay again if needed..
    Tom Hughes aboard Catalina 390 “Island Time”

    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

  • Good Run and Good Depths from Dewees Creek to Myrtle Beach, AICW Statute Miles 455-355

    We have received a number of recent reports of shoaling south of McClellanville and have set a Navigation Alert near green marker #37, statute mile 431.

    4/24/2011, we departed Dewees Creek NORTHBOUND, at 06h15, about 1 hour before low tide. That brought us through Andersonville and McClellanville through the low tide period in the area. Our chartplotter’s Tide Almanac reported the low tide at 0.3 ft above datum for that low tide. Several observations. It was a very quiet morning on the water, so we ran the charted midline course. For that entire 25 mile run, we never saw less than (to be very conservative) 8 to 8.5 ft of water. Yes, lots of mud flats and dock floats sitting on the bottom, and careful about following the magenta line, but no water depth problems! Second, after the tide started rising around McClellanville, we had a fair current all the way in to Myrtle Beach. In fact, we averaged about 1 mile per hour greater SOG than we run in normal, still water over that distance, and made 100 miles from 06h15 to 17h45, which we deemed a long but not uncomfortable day.
    Peg and Jim Healy aboard Sanctuary

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

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at McClellanville

  • Praise for 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 AvenueNot only “very nice”, Isle of Palms Marina is also A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR! Their lowered transient rate is certainly good news in this economy! Isle of Palms Marina lies southwest of flashing marker #116, on the charted cove indenting the southerly shoreline

    The Isle of Palms Marina (about mm 456) has reduced their transient rates to $1.50/ft. The rate is stay in effect probably until Memorial Day. They also have a Boat US fuel discount. Price was $3.77 for diesel today. It is a small marina with floating docks. Very nice.
    Mitch

    We stayed there a few days ago agree with this posting. It is a nice stopover place. It is a short walk to the beach from the marina.
    Gladys & Steve aboard Misty Moose

    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

  • Shoaling at AICW Marker 117A, Isle of Palms, Statute Mile 460

    We have had numerous reports about shoaling in the Waterway stretch from the Ben Sawyer Bridge to McClellanville, SC. These reports are now a LNM and we continue to recommend a mid-to-high tide passage.

    LOCAL NOTICE TO MARINERS: Week 13/11
    Severe shoaling has been reported in vicinity of Sullivans Island, south of Winyah Bay-Charleston Hbr DBN 117A (LLNR 34510.5, reported depth at 3.5 FT in channel. All mariners are advised to transit the area with extreme caution. Chart 11518

    Passed from Charleston, SC to Georgetown today (4/13/11 0900-1400hrs) at low tide. Skinny water most of the way. Followed a boat that took 3.5 draft and they got through. We take 3.0 and regulary saw 3.4 on finder. Once passed McClellanville, 9.7 feet or better. Lady Soul II.
    Capt M Rhett

    This remains an issue with numerous 7′MLW soundings south of G117A, usually when crossing side creeks. While 7′ MLW is adequate for most cruisers, the channel is very narrow there and appears to shoal rapidly off centerline. Due to our draft, I time this with some tide and take it slow, sticking to the “magic-enta” line.
    Pascal aboard MY Charmer, 70′ 6+ draft

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Daybeacon #117A

  • Grounding Reported South of McClellanville, AICW Statute Mile 439

    Please note that this grounding was near high tide in the center of the channel. We have reports of recent shoaling in various spots in the AICW between Charleston Harbor and McClellanville, particularly at Mile 431. Past advice has to been to stay in the center of the channel. Maybe this new spot will be an exception. See the link for more on this area.

    We hit a shallow spot (less than 5 ft) north of Charleston just past Graham Creek between markers G64 and G61. It was close to high tide and we were aground right in the middle of the channel just opposite a small creek on the east side. I suggest staying to the green side of the channel to avoid this spot!
    Captains Harriet and Skip aboard S/V Moondance

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Shoaling Report

    Click Here To View An Earlier Posting on Depths South of McClellanville

  • Shoaling Reported North of Charleston, AICW Statute Mile 457

    This shoaling is just north of the Isle of Palms Connector Bridge. Earlier reports had advised staying in the center of the channel, except as advised at marker #117A.

    LOCAL NOTICE TO MARINERS: Week 12/11
    Severe shoaling reported in the vicinity of Winyah Bay-Charleston Harbor DBN 117A
    (LLNR 34510.5), reported depth at 3.5 ft in the channel. Chart 11518

    Check your charts… make adjustments and be watchful
    Jim Lowry

    We just went through there this morning (at high tide) [3/25/11] without any problems. Didn’t see less than 10ft
    Harriet Levine Hardy

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Daybeacon #117A

  • AICW Shoaling Reported North of Charleston (Near Statute Mile 459)

    This report centers on a section of the AICW north of the Ben Sawyer Bridge and is similar to earlier reports of shoaling between Statute Miles 455 and 465.

    BAD SHOAL SOUTH OF MARKER 117AON THE GREEN SIDE APPROX. 1000′ SOUTH OF 117A
    BEHIND SULLIVANS ISLAND, THERE IS LESS THEN 4′ AT LOW TIDE.

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

    Click Here To View An Earlier Report on this Area

  • Three Votes for Awendaw Creek Anchorage, AICW Statute Mile 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.

    Leaving Georgetown, SC heading to Charleston on 1/14/11 we found a great anchorage off Marker 48A to the port side heading south in Awendaw Creek. Great width, depth for larger boats. Protected from all directions except easterly. We anchored in and around back side. Our ICW cruising guide show anchorage near mouth of creek, there is plenty of depth to go up and around. You can find 8ft, behind point, and 25ft. in the inlet opening, with plenty of swing room for our 43ft. Shannon so one can anchor where they are most comfortable.
    Susan and Bob Dawson

    We anchored in Awendaw Creek two nights ago and found it to be an excellent anchorage. The straight shot in showed no less than 19 feet (the charted shoal at the mouth seems to be non-existent). Once you go around the hook to the left, it shallows to 9-12 feet with lots of swinging room. Room for at least 20 boats. Compared notes with folks who did Graham Creek, I would vote for Awendaw.
    Allen and Judy Ames

    Awendaw Creek Anchorage…..we also anchored there just last evening and it was perfect! The waters were calm and no winds. And the hook set every easily! Plenty of room. Will surely return there when heading back up north.
    Ed and Eva Higginson aboard S/V “Makai”

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

  • Shoaling Reported in Graham Creek Anchorage, Good Depths in Price Creek, AICW Statute Miles 439 and 448

    Graham Creek cuts the southeastern shores of the AICW near marker #64. Price Creek makes into the Waterway’s southeastern banks, southwest of marker #84.
    Note that other fellow cruisers have found better depths here during 2009 – 2010. We would very much appreciate hearing from others who have anchored, or attempted to anchor here, and discover what depths you discovered. If this describes you, please click the “Comment on This Posting/Marina/Anchorage/Bridge” link below, and share your information.

    Attempted to enter Graham Creek on Thanksgiving based upon the 6′ levels posted; forget it – 4.4 to 4.6 was what I saw at the entrance; went aground was able to get off thanks goodness and move on to Price Creek which was absolutely beautiful and deep – 12 – 15′
    Captain Pat Kenefick

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

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

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

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

  • Dewees Creek Anchorage – Captain Jane Reports (Statute Mile 455)

    Sunset at Dewees Creek

    Here’s another superb story from our fearless roving reporter, Captain Jane Tigar. Her story below concerns anchoring on Dewees Creek, This somewhat complicated, but undeniably anchor rich complex of creeks intersects the AICW south of marker #109. As Captain Jane notes, there are seaward and land-side branches of Dewees Creek. The western arm, in particular has many possibly havens, including on on charted Long Creek.

    Even if you think you’d rather be in a marina, this is an anchorage that could change your mind. There are at least four separate anchoring areas — and that’s without going up the creek and exploring — and there’s plenty of room to maneuver.
    First, you have two options, West off the AICW or East off the AICW. We did not personally explore the Eastern option but observed a large sailing catamaran take the turn, go past the ferry dock at Dewees Island and drop the hook pretty much exactly as Skipper Bob suggests. She was still there in the morning where we’d last spied her — so we presume it was a good spot. From the Waterway, this Eastern choice appears a little less picturesque than the Western option and you do have Gray Aggie taking people back and forth to Isle of Palms, a feature that is neither a plus nor minus in my book.
    We chose West just because it looked pretty. We found lots of deep water, just as charted — even the numbers we thought were typos such as a 71 which we were sure would be 17 were accurate. Had you been listening in on us, you would have heard us both say, with great surprise: Nope, it’s really 71!
    The Western option offers you at least three obvious choices without wandering far off the AICW — you can go straight ahead (which we did), take a port turn or take a starboard turn, each to what appear to be fine anchoring spots. Going straight ahead, we found that the depths drop to 20 and just past the first creek arm to port, we found depths of mid- to high teens — perfect for anchoring. There is so much room here, we felt very comfortable, even if a parade of boats were to join us as Isle of Palms Marina and some in Charleston, too, were full. As it turned out, only four vessels joined us for the night. One right near us in the main section of the creek as you can see in the sunset photograph. Another chose the slender arm that heads South. Two other boats took the first turn to North.
    It was a breezy night and we found holding excellent. The currents aligned us for a splendid sunset and in the morning conveniently spun us so we faced east for an equally splendid sunrise coming up over the ocean as we reentered the AICW.
    It doesn’t get better than this.
    Captain Jane
    S/V Lady Jane

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s South Carolina Anchorage Directory Listing For Dewees Creek Anchorages

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

  • More Shallow Depths 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.

    After anchoring in the South Santee River we headed for Isle of Palms yesterday morning ( 11/5/2010 )… we traversed the McClellanville stretch 2 hours after high tide (falling) all seemed well in the middle of the channel until we sited depths in the 5 foot range in 3 different places through that run … all in mid-channel … had our water tanks been full, we’d have grounded for sure.

    Transited the area today about 2 hours before low tide. While we did see the occasional 8′ or 7.9 we saw nothing approaching 5′ while following the channel. The channel does indeed favor the red in general (that is, it is NOT in the center of the water) but it was quite possible to transit in relatively low water.
    Captain Leigh

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the “Alert” Section of the AICW South of McClellanville, SC Where The Shallow Water Described Above Was Encountered

    Click Here To View An Earlier Posting on this Area

  • Alarming Depths on Clark Creek (near St. M. 429.5)

    Just across the AICW from Jeremy Creek, which provides access to the charming village of McClellanville, SC, cruisers can (BUT DON’T), cruise through Five Fathom Creek and Clark Creek, on the way an uncertain (to say the least) inlet east of Sandy Point. I have NOT recommended this seaward cut since since the channel was shifted from Sandy Point to Clark Creek. Some years ago, I sounded only 3 to 4 feet in this poor excuse for a channel amidst braking waves. We retreated in all haste.
    Now, below, no less an entity than the US Army Corps of Engineers has provided the Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net with the latest depth survey of this errant passage. Just take a gander at the mid-channel depths in the creek’s turn to the south, southeast, southeast of marker #6. Anybody want to tangle with these shallows in a very confused seaway. I think not!
    ALL cruisers should avoid the (so-called) Clark Creek inlet without exception!!!!

  • Warning on Dewees Inlet north of Charleston, SC

    Between the Winyah Bay Entrance south of the AICW from Georgetown, SC and the Charleston, SC harbor entrance, there is really no safe inlet and Dewees Inlet carries this emphatic warning from Claiborne: WARN ANYONE OFF FROM USING THIS INLET. THERE IS NO CHANNEL TO SPEAK OF AND TO SAY IT’S TREACHEROUS IS AN UNDERSTATEMENT. IT COULD BE DEADLY!!!

    We are headed back off-shore to the south – Charleston, but would prefer Isle of Palms as it takes about two hours off the trip… if we can get in through Dewees Inlet. Charts show no marked channel to the outside but inside the water is charted deep (no channel markers), tides run 5+ feet and there are some tempting areas that may not be shoaled up. Does anyone know if this passage can be made safely with a ~6 ft. draw at HT? Thanks
    Captain Ric

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window Showing the Location of Dewees Inlet

  • Good News/Bad News about Minim Creek Anchorage (Statute Mile 415.5)

    Minim Creek Anchorage lies west of flashing red maker #4 at the southern end of the AICW/ Estherville/Minim Creek Canal in 6-6 1/2 feet of water with swinging room for a 40-footer. Thank goodness, the winged varmints are seasonal – hopefully!

    Great anchorage except the mosquitoes were killer this past weekend.
    Captain Tracy Hellman

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s South Carolina Anchorages Directory Listing For Minim Creek Anchorage

  • Advice for Anchoring in the N. Santee River Seaward Waters (Statute Mile 417.5)

    There two anchorages in the seaward intersection of the North Santee and the AICW, one right by the Waterway at marker #16 and one northwest of marker #18. If you can avoid reported shoaling at the mouth of the south branch, just south of marker #16, Captain Hellman suggests dropping your hook farther to the east.

    It’s best if you go around the bend and get away from ICW traffic. Good Anchorage!
    Captain Tracy Hellman

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s South Carolina Anchorages Directory Listing For North Santee River Seaside Anchorages

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