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Archive For: SC – 1 – Calabash to Socastee Bridge

  • Good Words for Anchor Marine, AICW Statute Mile 347

    Anchor Marine overlooks the AICW’s southerly banks just east of the Little River high-rise bridge.

    Actually stayed at the HarbourGate marina next door, but next time will stay at Anchor Marina because of the great service and congeniality. Had some water pump problems that I couldn’t seem to fix by myself, so on a Saturday morning two mechanics from Anchor Marine came over to help. It was a vexing but simple problem and it took them more than a couple hours to solve. They were VERY reasonable on the fee and were really helpful. Highly recommend.
    Gregory Absten

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Anchor Marine

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  • Confirmation of Good Depths at Little River Inlet, near AICW Statute Mile 342

    Little River Inlet lies south and east of the Waterway, right at the NC-SC state line, intersecting the Waterway at Mile 342. Skipper Spouse’s opening comment refers to a June 6, 2013 posting on this inlet:  http://cruisersnet.net/?p=116922  Note that marker references are inlet markers, not Waterway markers.

    Last year’s good reports about the Little River Inlet are still valid as at 16 August 2014. This morning we came out through the Little River Inlet from Calabash Creek at half-flood – just followed the buoys and remained mid channel out to the seabuoy. Tons of water and the minimum observed depth was 15ft over the bar about half-mile inshore of the seabuoy.
    William Spouse
    Hallberg Rassy 42

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of the Intersection of the AICW and Little River Inlet

  • More on Calabash Creek Anchorage, AICW Statute Mile 342

    Calabash Creek lies to the north of the Waterway, just south of the SC/NC state line. This anchorage can get very crowded during the busy season, but if you can find a spot, there are two fine seafood restaurants accessible just upstream by dinghy.

    For an opinion on the anchorage and an interesting Passage Maker review/article on Navionics Sonar Charts by Ben Ellison of Panbo, the Marine Electronics Hub, go to:

    http://www.passagemaker.com/articles/trawler-news/blogs/panbo/navionics-sonarcharts-now-via-sonarphone-or-gpx-file-plus-the-lowrance-autopilot/

    The article mentions the Calabash Creek Anchorage and the link used in the article takes you to SSECN’s directory listing for this anchorage! Yea Cruisers’ Net!

    […] some difficult places I know firsthand, it didn’t look right. One spot I remember not liking is the Callabash River anchorage above, which is vaguely charted by NOAA and has confusing nav aids to boot. But I failed to take a […]
    Ben Ellison

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

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

  • More Praise for Myrtle Beach Yacht Club, AICW Statute Mile 346

    Myrtle Beach Yacht Club on Coquina Harbor has been a great stopping place and a friend to cruisers for years. Naturally, they are A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR! The entrance to Coquina Harbor lies on the north side of the Waterway opposite Marker #13.

    We just spent two weeks at MBYC (our second visit) and had a great time. At $1.00 a foot (Boat US discount), you simply can’t beat this place. The pool is immaculate, the restaurant has great food and good music, and the social life is terrific. Saw old friends and met several new friends. Highly recommend stopping here if you never have.
    Paula Spence, M/Y Sea Eagle

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s South Carolina Marina Directory Listing For Myrtle Beach Yacht Club

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  • Report from Socastee Swing Bridge, AIC Statute Mile 371

    Socastee swing bridge opens “on demand” UNLESS water traffic becomes heavy, as on a weekend, then bridge closures may be required every 15 minutes to accommodate road traffic. HOWEVER, all of us here at SSECN share many boaters’ mystification as to why the state of South Carolina spent many millions of dollars to construct a high-rise span and then left the old, decrepit swing bridge in place. You must have to be a politician to understand!

    In earlier post about Socastee swing bridge, negative comments (http://cruisersnet.net/?p=89755) about the bridge tender made me cautious, but the man could have not been any nicer. We may have waited five minutes to pass. On our return trip, a different tender was just as pleasant.
    openings of 12 noon, 1430 and 1800. I did not ask about the weekend schedule.
    Gary Chilcoat

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

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  • Report from Little River Swing Bridge, AICW Statute Mile 347

    With a closed vertical clearance of 7ft, Little River Swing Bridge crosses the Waterway at Statute Mile 347 just north of the Marina at Dock Holidays. See Local Notice of repairs: http://cruisersnet.net/?p=143208

    Little River swing bridge, mm 347, was not operating on demand,yesterday 6/27. When we arrived, repairs were being done and scheduled openings of 12 noon, 1430 and 1800. I did not ask about the weekend schedule.
    Gary Chilcoat

    little river swing is having construction done since a barge hit it, so call ahead to see what opening sched is, changes for week days, weekends, and nite time. will be that way at least till sept 2014. the number to bridge is 843 280 5919 during week days only opens 3 times for 30 minutes each time. sfter 6 pm opens on demand till 7 am . this message is posted 12;30 sunday july 20th 2014
    Art Wissing

    Click Here To View the South Carolina Cruisers’ Net Bridge Directory Listing For Little River Swing Bridge

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  • Another Accident in the Rock Pile, Myrtle Beach, SC, AICW Statute Mile 350-365

    Skipper Spence was one of the two cruisers who on June 22 encountered the wake of a speeding sportsfisherman in the narrow channel south of Myrtle Beach known as the Rock Pile, see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=140570.
    And now Paula sends us this online report of a Waterway accident on June 25 in North Myrtle Beach.

    Here we go again!

    http://www.myrtlebeachonline.com/2014/06/25/4316013/horry-county-firefighters-responding.html?sp=/99/134/142/

    Paula Spence

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Southern End of the Rock Pile

  • Two Near-Accidents in the “Rock Pile”, Myrtle Beach, SC, AICW Statute Mile 350-365

    The “Rock Pile” is a man-made canal-like section of the AICW, officially known as the Pine Island Cut, running between Little River and Waccamaw River. The canal is narrow and lined with submerged rocks and a rock shelf, just a foot or two below the water’s surface.
    When the USACOE was building this portion of the AICW in the 1930′s they encountered a sold shelf of granite. The Corps simply blasted through this obstruction, but, over the years, the soft silt above and below these rocky outcropping has washed away, making the canal now appear wider than it really is. Also, over the years, many portions of the rock shelf have broken off, and left all sort of underwater rocks waiting to trap keels and underwater hardware.
    Cruisers are urged to hold as close to the mid-width of the Pine Island Cut as possible, and announce their presence on VHF in case large commercial traffic is approaching, which could force you out of the channel’s mid-line and onto the “rocks,” especially at high tide when the rocks are fully submerged. Our suggestion is to keep a sharp lookout for rocks and IDIOTS!

    June 21,2014: And now reports of two near accidents in the Rock Pile:

    We were just reading this email string as we went north through the Rock Pile this morning, June 21, when we were passed by a 40-ft power boat named St Augustine going southbound at about 16 knots. He was pushing a 3-ft bow wave that had our 43-ft Shannon rocking and rolling. He did not answer our angry hail on channel 16. About 5 minutes later we heard another angry boater hailing St Augustine. If anyone meets this guy, please try to teach him some boating safety.
    Ellen Hall

    June 22, 2014
    We were the other angry boaters that Ellen heard calling to Miss St Augustine on June 21 in the Rock Pile. Jim was trying to get him on the VHF and I was standing on the bow waving my arms and making “slow down” motions. The jerk looked right at me as he blasted by us. Luckily I was hanging on to the rail or I could have been easily thrown overboard from our 50′ Californian. He couldn’t have been more than 20 ‘ from us as he went by at that speed. I always wonder if people like that are simply ignorant of how to handle a boat or if they just don’t care about anyone else.
    Paula Spence

    May 12, 2014:

    Good Morning:
    This is what we heard about the accident at the Rock Pile. This information was obtained from radio conversation and a fellow boater from the marina going up there to actually see the accident – if more accurate info is needed I guess you can contact tow boat us as they were the ones working the accident – we don’t want to give out wrong info – we just wanted to remind fellow boaters the rock pile is a place you should respect and use caution/common sense.
    A 42′ sport fish boat was traveling about 18 knots and was trying to pass another boat – due to each others wake he ended up on top of a rock shelf – all five people on the boat were unhurt and got off all ok.
    What we heard on our radio after the accident was tow boat us asking other boaters to please slow down and do an idle speed past them – we were surprised that boaters would have to be asked and not just do it out of courtesy and common sense.
    Rick and Margi
    Aboard Journey
    summering at Barefoot Marina
    North Myrtle Beach, SC

    Hi Claiborne,
    We passed it after it happened so we don’t know specifics. Looked like the boat tried to reach a dock & hit a ledge. Or maybe he was just far out of the channel. Both SeaTow & Boat US were keeping him from tipping over. Here’s a photo.
    Rich-Sue Freeman

    rock2

    18 knots through that stretch while passing? Hmmmm….renews my belief that HP should never exceed IQ. Don’t misunderstand me, I wouldn’t wish this on my worst enemy, but….
    ULLR

    There’s no cure for STUPID! Doing 18k and passing another vessel in the rock pile is not good judgment. Good judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgment. Hopefully, they will learn.
    Joe Apicella

    I hail out of Lake Huron’s Georgian Bay and North Channel area, and this kind of stupidity – there’s no other word for it – is typically not seen because we have nothing BUT granite alongside our waterways. You learn quickly that in the eternal battle of fiberglass vs granite, fibreglass has never lost a round.
    This sportfisher – and excuse me for saying this is no loss to boating, most of these guys are not at all courteous on the water – deserved what he got. I just hope he wasn’t insured, so that he won’t be too soon back on the water.
    Wally Moran

    “Doing 18k and passing another vessel in the rock pile is not good judgment.”
    Actually, it is total lack of judgement, something seen too frequently with the “in a hurry” sport-fishing crowd. I have had vessels overtake me in this area and I always appreciate when the pass occurs at idle speed. Fortunately, I can generally time my passage through here other than weekends (when traffic is heavier and perhaps less experienced), as well as in the off season.
    This area should be an official (and enforced) No Wake Zone, as passing another vessel can be a real challenge, particularly at the southern end, and especially at low tide. Thankfully, I have never encountered any barge traffic here, though it may be too narrow for many commercial vessels.
    Gregory Yount SV Intermezzo

    I don’t wish anyone harm or damage but had that boat been passing me at 18 knots and not ended up on the rock pile, I would have! And I have a 45′ trawler.
    Glad no one was hurt but hope there were substantial financial penalties which will make the boat driver think long and hard about doing something so absolutely stupid in the future.
    John Durden

    We go thru there on a regular basis and in my opinion trying to pass at all is a bit iffy. Passing at 18 knots is just dumb. As they say ” all you need to run a boat is money, no brain is required”.
    David Boxmeyer

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Southern End of the Rock Pile

  • Good Advice for Anchoring in Calabash Creek, AICW Statute Mile 342

    Calabash Creek lies to the north of the Waterway, just south of the SC/NC state line. This anchorage can get very crowded during the busy season, but if you can find a spot, there are two fine seafood restaurants accessible just upstream by dinghy.
    Take note of Skipper Hetzer’s advice to enter between the two red markers, both “2″. One is a Little River  ICW marker R2 with the yellow square – take to Port on entering – and the other is R2 for Calabash Creek. Fortunately, such marker confusion does not happen often along the Waterway.

    We’re locals and anchor there frequently in our 35′ Island Packet with 4-1/2′ draft. Enter and exit BETWEEN the Reds, favoring the ICW R2. Anchor in 9-12′ at high tide north of the channel anywhere before the Clubhouse on the north bank. Lots of fishing boat traffic, so anchor out of the channel, but don’t get too close to shore either, lest you swing ashore. Keep your rode as short as you dare. 2-3kts of current at full stream, but good holding on a muddy bottom.
    Michael Hetzer

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

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  • WARNING: More Tender Woes at Little River Swing Bridge, AICW Statute Mile 347, Myrtle Beach, SC

    Little River Swing Bridge – Click for Chartview

    With a closed vertical clearance of 7ft, Little River Swing Bridge crosses the Waterway at Statute Mile 347 just north of the Marina at Dock Holidays.

    Susan and Tom Constantine phoned SSECN today to relate another incident of the bridge tender at Little River Swing Bridge refusing to open, creating a dangerous situation and resulting in damaged steering gear on their vessel. The owner of this bridge was contacted in August of 2013 with complaints about the unprofessional and inconsiderate behavior of the tender. (http://cruisersnet.net/?p=120963). Whether the tender was the same person in both cases, we do not know, but the Constantines can certainly verify the risk to which a vessel is exposed when ignored by a tender. This is an “On Demand” opening bridge.
    On April 11, the Constantines were approaching Little River Swing Bridge from the south in a 50ft trawler, motoring with a swift current and following wind. They were within sight of the bridge in open position and requested that the tender hold the opening so they could pass through safely with the current. The tender refused to hold the bridge open, then made the trawler wait 25 minutes fighting current and wind. The Waterway is narrow and rock lined at that point and, in attempting to turn 180 degrees against the current, the trawler struck a submerged object and bent the starboard rudder.
    The Constantines have contacted several South Carolina departments and the USCG and have asked SSECN to warn spring migration cruisers of a potentially dangerous situation at this bridge. This posting will be forwarded to Officer Michael Lieberum, Seventh Coast Guard District, Bridge Branch, Chief of Operations Section.
    If you have experienced such unprofessional behavior at this particular bridge, please let us hear from you! As you can read from some of the comments below, not everyone has met with discourtesy from the tenders at Little River Swing Bridge.

    We ask our fellow cruisers to please notify Larry Dorminy at SSECN if you heard any of our VHF 09 transmission to the bridge tender on 4/11/2014, at approx. 1045, regarding the opening of this bridge.
    If any other cruisers/boaters have had issues with this bridge, we ask that you please notify SSECN. This situation needs immediate attention before someone is seriously injured, or worse.
    Talking with the locals at the marina at which we are hauled out for repairs, problems with this bridge tender’s attitude, and his denial of requests for openings is well known. Safe and happy cruising.
    Susan and Tom Constantine

    We had a similar problem with the bridge tender on October 8, 2012. We requested the bridge to open, the tender at first did not answer, after repeated calls the tender finally answered. Since we were a small boat (22 C-Dory) the tender wanted us to come up to the bridge and determine if we could get under without opening. We were headed south with a swift current towards the bridge so I did not want to approach close to the bridge without it open. I knew I could get under if I took down the antenna and anchor light. So that is what we did and proceeded with the bridge closed. I did not think was the safest approach, dismantling the boat to go under a bridge while underway, however I did not want to continue discussing this with the tender.
    Richard Clagett

    This post is concerning. My home port is Lightkeepers Marina in Little River. I have been back and forth thru LR Swing countless times over the past 13 years while there. I have simply never had issues with LR Swing. In contrast, I have always said to other cruisers that LRS is one of the most accomadating bridges on the ICW. The tenders are always very accomadating, super polite, for me and I can never remember waiting more than a few minutes. Sorry for your experience.
    John Beaver

    We have cruised through the Little River Swing Bridge many, many times north and southbound and it has always been pleasant passage. Sunday, April 13, 2014 being the latest passage. There have also been times when i have heard Boaters not being so pleasant with the Bridge Tenders causing them to get a little agitated with the Boater. A “10″ for the Little River Swing Bridge. Keep up the good work.
    The “Fire Dog” & Crew
    Raymond W Smith

    This is not to defend slow or sloppy bridge tenders, and we all have had our share of them. However, at least in the case of the C-Dory he may have been right.
    In my annual migrations I have had a few tenders get me what I considered too close, but all in all they seem to have gotten better over the years. I have never liked approaching a bridge with the current behind me and make it a point to stay well back until the tender calls me up to go through.
    Title 33: Navigation and Navigable Waters
    PART 117—DRAWBRIDGE OPERATION REGULATIONS
    Subpart A—General Requirements
    ________________________________________
    §117.11 Unnecessary opening of the draw.
    No vessel owner or operator shall—
    (a) Signal a drawbridge to open if the vertical clearance is sufficient to allow the vessel, after all lowerable nonstructural vessel appurtenances that are not essential to navigation have been lowered, to safely pass under the drawbridge in the closed position; or
    (b) Signal a drawbridge to open for any purpose other than to pass through the drawbridge opening.
    [CGD 91-059, 59 FR 16563, Apr. 7, 1994]
    Jim Davis

    Jim,
    Thanks for letting me know about the “Unnecessary Opening of Draw” regulation, I was not aware of it. The question I have is about the light I had to remove to go under the bridge. This light is the all-around white light required for navigation at night and/or in poor visibility conditions. In addition the light was not attached to a hinge so it could be easily lowered, it had to be unscrewed from the boat. When I went under the bridge it was during daylight and excellent visibility conditions. From my reading of the regulation, I would not need to remove the light at night or in poor visibility conditions. In these conditions the bridge opening would not be unnecessary.
    My question is to what extent does a boat operator need to go, lowering or removing equipment, in order to comply with this regulation?
    Richard Clagett

    Richard
    First off I’m not a lawyer, but with your small light I would be inclined to mount it in a way that permits easy lowering. I say this more for your convenience than any thing else. My gut reaction is that other bridge tenders will see it the same way.
    With my boat there isn’t any room for a bridge to have doubts, but there is no reason to give a bridge tender any more reasons to be difficult. Remember while they are required to open for boats they get even more complaints from local residents because they are required to open.
    Jim Davis

    I’m very sorry to hear that things at the LSB have not improved and may have gotten worse. To one boaters comment, we are ALWAYS polite and considerate when dealing with bridge tenders but have had several problems over the years with the LSB. To say the bridge is on demand is totally inaccurate as the tender seems to keep to a specific schedule. That schedule is, however, only known to him! Is there something we cruisers can do? It seems that complaining to the State has no effect at all.
    Bobbie Blowers

    Click Here To View the South Carolina Cruisers’ Net Bridge Directory Listing For Little River Swing Bridge

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  • More Good Words for Barefoot Marina, Myrtle Beach, SC, AICW Statute Mile 353.5

    Barefoot Marina – Click for Chartview

    Transients Welcome - Under new ownership - Located at mile marker 354 in Myrtle Beach South CarolinaDon’t confuse Barefoot Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!, with Barefoot Landing Transient Dock, which is located on the eastern (ocean) side of the AICW in Myrtle Beach, while Barefoot Marina guards the western banks.

    Barefoot Marina gives you nice showers, a pool and a nice restaurant.
    Ron

    I live on my boat in Barefoot Marina. Nice place. Clean facilities, good location, low rates.
    KJ

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

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  • Barefoot Landing Transient Dock and Jet Skis, AICW Statute Mile 353.5

    barefootBarefoot Landing Transient Dock adjoins the popular Barefoot Landing Outlet Center and overlooks the ICW’s southern banks, a short hop west of the Barefoot Landing Bridge.

    I have stayed there and at Barefoot Landing by the outlet stores. Face dock every time. I’ve never had a problem with wakes, it’s a no wake zone. If jet skis bother you, travel from here to Little River in winter or heavy rain. The ICW here is polluted with them [jet skis] and for most of the operators, this is the first time they have ever driven a boat.
    Ron

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s South Carolina Marina Directory Listing For Barefoot Landing Dock

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  • Praise for Myrtle Beach Yacht Club, AICW Statute Mile 346

    Myrtle Beach Yacht Club is unmatched for its Lowcountry charm and gracious hospitality.

    Myrtle Beach Yacht Club – Click fro Chartview

    Myrtle Beach Yacht Club on Coquina Harbor has been a great stopping place and a friend to cruisers for years. Naturally, they are A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!

    Sitting in Myrtle Beach Yacht Club as I write….. now our favorite stop in Myrtle unless we need supplies. It has a nice Laundry with computers, swimming pool and is set back off the intracoastal. 2 good restaurants on site and Little River is the actual location but only about 6 miles North of Barefoot.
    2 night stay was $87.50 for a 40 footer with 50 amp service….friendly resident boaters.
    Guru

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s South Carolina Marina Directory Listing For Myrtle Beach Yacht Club

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  • Bridge Construction to Begin, AICW Statute Mile 372, Socastee, SC

    SC31 Bridge - Click for Chartview

    SC31 Bridge Site – Click for Chartview

    This new high-rise bridge will be part of an extension of SC31, Carolina Bays Parkway, which is already under construction. Bridge construction is expected to begin in April of 2014 and will cross the Waterway just south of the two new high-rise bridges at Socastee.
    Construction equipment and barges COULD be an impediment to northward bound, spring 2014 AICW traffic. PLEASE let us know if your travels through this section of the Waterway are in any way impeded this spring (or thereafter)!

    SOUTH CAROLINA – ATLANTIC INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY – CAPE FEAR RIVER TO CASINO CREEK – MYRTLE BEACH – SC 31 (CAROLINA BAYS PARKWAY) BRIDGE: Bridge Construction.
    The South Carolina Department of Transportation has hired Flatiron Constructors Inc. who has started building the SC 31, Carolina Bays Parkway, Myrtle Beach, Horry County, South Carolina. This project is anticipated to be completed by May 17, 2017 and will involve some waterway restrictions/closures. These restrictions/closures are anticipated between April and October 2014 and will be published in future Local Notice to Mariners. Mariners are advised to use caution transiting through this area as various floating equipment will be in the vicinity throughout the project.
    Chart: 11534 LNM:07/14

    sc31a

    For more information on this construction, go to this article from Myrtle Beach Online:
    http://www.myrtlebeachonline.com/2014/03/06/4075846/extension-of-sc-31-will-close.html

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of SC31 Bridge Site

  • USACE Survey of Calabash Creek, AICW Statute Mile 342

    Calabash Creek - Click for Chartview

    We are indebted to Officer Mike Verdolini, US Army Corp of Engineers, for sending this November, 2013 survey of the channel in Calabash Creek. The survey has four parts, one showing the entire navigable channel from the Waterway eatsward, sections one to three showing details of the depths in the channel. Because it is impossible to read the depth numbers in the pictures below, the links to each section are included, allowing you to zoom in and read the numbers. Section 3 also displays the location of all the docks in the creek, as well as the City Dock. Calabash Creek departs the Waterway just south of the NC-SC state line.

    Survey of Calabash Creek Channel

    Calabash Creek Channel

    https://mail.google.com/mail/?ui=2&ik=8ea136ec9d&view=att&th=1433f77a9a344980&attid=0.4&disp=safe&zw

    Survey, Section 1

    Section 1

    https://mail.google.com/mail/?ui=2&ik=8ea136ec9d&view=att&th=1433f77a9a344980&attid=0.3&disp=safe&zw

    Survey, Section 2

    Section 2

    https://mail.google.com/mail/?ui=2&ik=8ea136ec9d&view=att&th=1433f77a9a344980&attid=0.2&disp=safe&zw

    Survey, Section 3

    Section 4

    https://mail.google.com/mail/?ui=2&ik=8ea136ec9d&view=att&th=1433f77a9a344980&attid=0.1&disp=safe&zw

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

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  • Report from Cox Lake Anchorage on the Upper Waccamaw River, off the AICW

    Departing the Waterway at statute mile 375, four miles south of the Socastee Bridge, this “off-road” venture on the lovely, upper section of the Waccamaw River to the city of Conway, SC has pleased many cruisers and has proven to be a worthy side trip. And now Captain Thomason adds knowledge of a quiet, safe anchorage between Conway and the Waterway. This is very good news indeed, as, prior to this posting, we knew of no other place to spend the evening once the confines of the AICW were left behind, than to continue upstream to the city Marina at Conway. Now, there is a FREE alternative!
    Unfortunately, this upper section of the Waccamaw is not covered on any NOAA chart, so we must relay on Captain Thomason’s description below to find this anchor down spot. However, using the magic of “Google Earth,” we have isolated a satellite image of this body of water, which you will see on the upper, right corner of this posting!
    Has anyone else anchored on Cox Lake??? If so, we want to hear from you. Please share your experiences by making use of the “Comment” function at the end of this posting. We can’t wait to hear from you!

    Dear Claiborne,
    Cox Lake is a body of water north east of R marker 16 (approximate location N33 47 683, W 079 03 102). Depart the marked route just south of R 16, proceed through the obvious opening to the lake. Depths going in are in the 7-9 ft range. We like to anchor directly across from the opening at the mouth of a wide cove, past a large dock to starboard in 12 to 14 ft of water or deeper in to the cove for shallower depths (10 ft or less). The deepest into the cove we have anchored is N33 47 856, W 079 03 102. Cox Lake is known to locals who sometimes anchor here to party but that’s only happened once for us (and they left at night). Other than the one dock, the shores are natural cypress. At one point there were a couple of very small homemade “houseboats” on the north side of the lake but they have been gone the last two times we anchored. The anchorage is not affected by wakes from boats on the river. A nice spot to pass a quiet night. Hope this helps!
    Cox Lake is approximately two and a half miles from Conway City Marina.
    Jean Thomason

    Click Here For An Earlier Review of Conway, SC

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s South Carolina Marina Directory Listing For Conway City Marina

  • Good Words for Barefoot Marina, Myrtle Beach, SC, AICW Statute Mile 353.5

    Barefoot Marina

    Transients Welcome - Under new ownership - Located at mile marker 354 in Myrtle Beach South CarolinaDon’t confuse Barefoot Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!, with Barefoot Landing Transient Dock, which is located on the eastern (ocean) side of the AICW in Myrtle Beach, while Barefoot Marina guards the western banks.

    We usually stop on the opposite side of the ICW [Barefoot Landing], but thought we would try it out on the other side. Good choice. Dock master was great help, facedock quiet, and the onsite restuarant had very good happy hour.
    Bru Brubaker

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

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  • Praise for Cricket Cove Marina (Statute Mile 345)

    Adventure Sailing - Authorized Amsoil Dealer and DistributorCaptain Jerry B. is the owner of new SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Adventure Sailing, LLC, authorized “Amsoil” distributor. Be SURE to check out Jerry’s very special deal only available to SSECN readers at http://cruisersnet.net/?p=126177.
    Captain Jerry has just made a cruise from Beaufort, NC, and is spending some time at Cricket Cove Marina, the northernmost cruising craft oriented facility in coastal South Carolina waters. Looks like he found much to admire!

    Spending a bit of time at Cricket Cove marina. Dock Master, Capt Bill and the staff are pure examples of outstanding South Carolina hospitality.
    Fuel prices are great.
    Snookies restaurant above the marina offices is a real treat!
    Capt. Jerry B

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  • An Excellent Review of Conway, SC on the Upper Waccamaw River, off the AICW

    Departing the Waterway at statute mile 375, four miles south of the Socastee Bridge, this “off-road” venture on the lovely, upper section of the Waccamaw River, abandoned by the AICW, has pleased many cruisers and has proven to be a worthy side trip.
    One fixed bridge does lie between the AICW and Conway. We have never found a published vertical clearance for this span, but it has always appeared to us to be 30 feet or so. Clearly, the wonderful side cruise to Conway is off limits for most sailcraft.
    The wonderful review below was sent to us by our good friends Peg and Jim Healy

    Sanctuary and crew made our first visit to Conway, SC, on the Upper Waccamaw River, on October 29 and 30, 2013.  On the advice of the dockmaster at Osprey Marina, we departed the ICW at Enterprise Landing, at daymark G”1.”  The channel in that area is narrow, and shoals to 7-1/2 feet for a short distance.  Once past that area, the river widens and become a magnificent cypress swamp meandering stream.   Navigation planning was only slightly more complicated than usual.  “Standard” NOAA charts do not cover the upper Waccamaw.  The rule is, as always when upbound, “red, right, returning.”  The river is adequately marked with clearly visible daymarks.  Navigation is straight forward.  We stayed to the middle of the river on longer, straighter stretches, and favored the outside radius of turns and switchbacks.  From the ICW at Enterprise Landing to Conway, there are three shoal areas: first, just above G”1,” second, in the vicinity of R”12,” and third, in the vicinity of R”16.”   We never saw less than 7-1/2 feet in any of these areas.  Tidal ebb and flood currents are insignificant for cruising boats.
    We stayed at the Conway City Marina.  The marina “basin” is on the west shore of the marina.  The entrance is on a curve in the river.  The tidal range here is about 18″ – 24.”   Reports of shoaling across the marina entrance are correct.  Local guidance is to favor the green center-quarter when entering and leaving the marina basin.  We were in the red-center quarter upon arrival, and even though we arrived virtually at high tide, we plowed through soft mud in the area of the entrance.  The second day of our visit, we relocated to another dock at high tide.  By favoring the green center-quarter, we cleared the shoaling in about 5-1/2 feet of water.  There is stone rip rap on both the green and red outside-quarters of the entrance, so caution and slow speed is advised.
    The Conway City Marina is not a transient destination.  As first-timers to the area, we had excellent telephone support from the attendant, and we were certainly made welcome.  There is no docking assistance provided.  The marina offers three docking locations.  One is a floating face dock inside the marina entrance.  There is room on that dock for 2, 40′ cruising boats.  There is also a small resident river tour boat on the north end of that dock.  Outside the marina, 1/4 mile upstream on the west shore, there are two 40′ floating docks immediately below the SC Rt. 905 road bridge.  These docks are part of an extensive and beautiful River Walk system.  All of the docks have 30A and 50A power.  None have potable water.  The docks themselves are aging, and in a generally dilapidated state of repair.  Cleats on the in-river docks are loose and somewhat small for cruising boats.  That said, the in-river docks do have two obvious advantages: first, approach depths are better, and second, the walk to the town is much shorter and easier.  It is a very long walk to anywhere from the dock located in the marina entrance channel.
    The City of Conway is the Horry County Seat.  There is A LOT of government here; a lot, including a large jail complex and the county courthouse.  Discount coupons (“Discover Conway Downtown Shopping Card”) for visitors are available at the Visitor’s Center, 903 3rd Ave; (843) 248-1700.  Get several cards, because you give up the coupon when you use them.  History and architecture buffs will enjoy the city.  There is a historic downtown walking trail.  The locals are friendly.  There are several good restaurant choices    Grocery shopping and the post office are not within what I consider to be walkable distance.  Despite the limitations, this river trip is exquisite.  It is unique, beautiful and well worth the effort.
    Peg and Jim Healy aboard Sanctuary
    Currently at Rock Creek, Pasadena, MD

    We go to Conway every spring and fall when passing through the area. A nice alternative to overnighting at a dock @ $1.00 per foot is to anchor in Cox Lake, behind R 16. Good depths and plenty of room. From there it is a half hour run up-river to one of the free docks on the river. Spend the day in Conway and return to Cox Lake for the night (or run back down the river and anchor before getting to Enterprise Landing.
    Jean Thomason

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s South Carolina Marina Directory Listing For Conway City Marina

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