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

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 04-12-2014

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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
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§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

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

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 04-08-2014

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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

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

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 04-08-2014

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

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Praise for Myrtle Beach Yacht Club, AICW Statute Mile 346

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 04-08-2014

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

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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

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

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 02-19-2014

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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

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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

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USACE Survey of Calabash Creek, AICW Statute Mile 342

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 12-29-2013

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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

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Survey, Section 1

Section 1

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Survey, Section 2

Section 2

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Survey, Section 3

Section 4

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

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 11-26-2013

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

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

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 11-08-2013

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

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Praise for Cricket Cove Marina (Statute Mile 345)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 11-03-2013

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

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 10-31-2013

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

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More Good Words for Myrtle Beach Yacht Club, AICW Statute Mile 346

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 09-06-2013

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!

We just stopped here for two nights to visit and catch up with some other cruising friends we hadn’t seen in a while. What a great spot this is! The staff and the boaters are all very friendly, beautiful pool, nice laundry room with plenty of machines, a healthy book exchange and a computer for boaters to use. The docks have combination security gates. We weren’t here long enough to check out the exercise area but plan to stop back next year on our way north and possibly stay awhile. The area’s seafood restaurant choices are endless but you do need transportation. We ate at Captain Poo’s last night. I’m usually up for trying new and unusual dishes so I had the cheeseburger with a friend egg on top. I’d never heard of it before but it was fantastic!!
Paula Spence

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New, AICW No-Wake Zone Protects Barefoot Marina and Barefoot Marina Landing Dock (Statute Mile 353.5)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 09-03-2013

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Transients Welcome - Under new ownership - Located at mile marker 354 in Myrtle Beach South CarolinaWe have just heard by telephone from dockmaster, Bill Rathbun, at SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Barefoot Marina, that a new, official AICW no-wake zone has been established from a point just south of the Barefoot Landing Bridge, to a point 100 yards or so east and south of Barefoot Marina. This new no-wake zone will protect vessels at both Barefoot Marina, and those moored to the facility on the other side of the Pine Island Cut/Canal at Barefoot Landing Marina Transient Dock.
So, as you cruise south this fall, SLOW DOWN as you pass under the Barefoot Bridge, and continue at idle speed until you are well south of the marina docks!
THANKS for this update Captain Bill!

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Tender Woes at Little River Swing Bridge, AICW Statute Mile 347, Myrtle Beach, SC

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 08-11-2013

Little River 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.

Upon arrival at the swing bridge at approximately 11:00 pm on August 10, 2013, our boat could not make it under the swing bridge. We waited patiently for approximately 10 minutes while we watched the “swing bridge” worker walk around in his operations office as well as look out the window at us. Although even knowing that he saw us waiting, we gave him the benefit of the doubt and politely touched our horn one quick time to try to make certain that he saw us. Well, as soon as we did that, he turned off his lights in his office as if he didn’t exist! So, we were at a loss as what to do and luckily I had my phone to try to locate a website with information about the bridge. Fortunately, I found the site with a contact number and we called it only to get harassed by the man working that night. He told us to put the top of our boat down…which we could not do because it is a permanent metal frame…then he preceded to asking multiple questions as our boat name and where we were from…but what really was unprofessional was the comment from him and I quote, “This is the last thing I need at midnight!” What a very bad and frustrating ending to what was a perfect day. I would hope the inconsiderate, unprofessional, and very rude man will be dealt with according!!!
Sharon Walker

And, just in case you thought that cruisers could not make a difference by posting their experiences here on the Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net, SSECN Senior Editor, Captain Larry Dorminy, forwarded Captain Walker’s note above to Michael.B.Lieberum, USCG Chief of Operations Section, Bridge Branch. We received this very encouraging response:

I will advise the bridge owner of this unprofessional behavior. If the vessel owner would like to make a formal complaint, they can email me with the details, this would allow this office to formally issue a complaint to the State of South Carolina, the bridge owner.
Mike
Michael Lieberum
Seventh Coast Guard District
Bridge Branch
Chief of Operations Section

I hope they do file a complaint. We have been cruising the ICW for many years and this bridge/bridge tender has always been a problem. Nastiness has been the order of the day here!
Bobbie Blowers

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

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News from the Marina at Dock Holidays, Myrtle Beach, SC, AICW Statute Mile 348

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 07-19-2013

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Dock Holidays has long been a favorite with my family and many others. There’s an adjacent bus stop to take you into downtown, a supermarket just across the street and you are within an easy bike ride of the beach. Located about a mile south of the Little River swing bridge, the marina’s canal offers calm waters from the passing AICW traffic.

Dock Holidays is alive and well.
Same GREAT service is still be provided by Dock master Rhett Dickson. There are now TWO bars on site, along with TWO fishing boats and PWC rental. Rates are inexpensive and it is above the salt line.
Capt Mark J. Chest

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Good Experience at Cricket Cove Marina, AICW Statute Mile 345

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 06-25-2013

Cricket Cove Marina - Click for Chartview

Cricket Cove Marina flanks the ICW’s northern banks, immediately east of flashing daybeacon #11, in the heart of Little River, SC. Moving south from North Carolina to the South Carolina portion of the AICW, Crickett Cove is the first marina you will come across in Palmetto State waters.

I have stayed at Cricket Cove in 2003, 2005, 2011 and most recently 6-8-2013. Tropical Storm Andrea had just passed through the area and winds were a good 20 knots out of the S. Arriving at Cricket Cove at low tide 3:30 PM, Siskiwit grounded approximately 15′ off the fuel dock. We thew a line to Brian and asked him to simply cleat us off as we’d wait for half tide. My depth sounder showed 5.9′ at that moment. High tide that evening was 8.9. This was a first for Cricket Cove and they report they will be dredging in the fall of 2013. Its a great marina, good food, friendly folks, cheap diesel and due to the inconvenience offered a discount on the face dock. Not a big deal, but when one calls in advance and providing that we are 6′ draft, there should be greater awareness of expressing the conditions one is to find upon arrival.
Henry Young

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Detailed Report on Little River Inlet, South Carolina Navigation (near Statute Mile 342)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 06-06-2013

Well, what better information can one get on an inlet other than an account from a professional captain who pilots a large, deep draft ship through the seaward passage in question on an almost daily basis. Hats off to Captain Henry Young for obtaining this report, and passing it along to the cruising community.
Little River Inlet lies south and east of the Waterway, right at the North Carolina – South Carolina state line, and just a stone’s throw north of the marinas at Little River, SC. The “Big M” gambling ship is stationed at a dock just south of AICW/Little River Inlet intersection. We have seen it dockside during many of our passages through northeastern South Carolina waters.

Cruising News:
Transiting my Offshore 40 with 6′ draft N and requested local knowledge on Little River Inlet and received this detailed response from the Captain of the “Big M”
Henry Young

Sir:
The M/V Big M Casino has a draft of 8’-0”. At a low tide of -.9, which is the rarest of low tides, we have been close to the bottom in a couple of places but have not hit. At middle to high tide just stay in the channel.
At low tide, The worst spot is near green #19 near Tilghman Point. There is no good route through there. The channel is wide but the shoaling goes all of the way across. At low tide you still have 8-9’ though.
The next bad spot is on the approach from Tilghman Point to the Calabash Crossroads. Stay slightly to the green side middle.
As you approach the jetty, outbound, don’t go too near green #5. Give it a little extra room and head straight to #4 in the jetty fairway. Outbound, there is some shoaling to your right. Outbound exiting the jetties stay to the right and head to about 150yds to the right of the sea buoy. Do not go to the left. You are good to go anywhere from there.
Hope this helps.
Captain William (Bill) Jacobson, Master
M/V Big M Casino

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Myrtle Beach Yacht Club (Statute Mile 346)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 05-03-2013

Myrtle Beach Yacht Club is unmatched for its Lowcountry charm and gracious hospitality. On 4/30/13 as part of a South Carolina Wish List, we posed the following question:

Statute Mile 346 – who has cruised into Coquina Harbor, north of AICW marker #13? Please give us impressions of any of the three facilities in this harbor where you might have stayed, particularly Myrtle Beach Yacht Club. How about some dining recommendations within walking distance of this harbor?

Responses follow:

Both LKM and MBYC [Myrtle Beach Yacht Club] are very good stops. The Officers Club at MBYC has a very nice informal food. Good cruisers talk going on there all the time. Clarks, right next door is more upscale and is really good also. MBYC has fuel with pump out. Pools at both places. West Marine about 3 miles away. Food shopping about 2 miles. Very laid back nice stop over whichever you choose.
John Beaver

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Lightkeepers Marina (Statute Mile 346)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 05-03-2013

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

Statute Mile 346 – who has cruised into Coquina Harbor, north of AICW marker #13? Please give us impressions of any of the three facilities in this harbor where you might have stayed, particularly Myrtle Beach Yacht Club. How about some dining recommendations within walking distance of this harbor?

Responses follow:

Both LKM [Lightkeepers Marina] and MBYC are very good stops. I favor Light Keepers mostly because I am a member there. But there are really good folks at both places. James Blanton is the dock master at LKM. He is always accommodating for transients and renters. Ask him about monthly rentals. We have some great pricing this summer. The Officers Club at MBYC has a very nice informal food. Good cruisers talk going on there all the time. Clarks, right next door is more upscale and is really good also. LKM also has pump out available. Pools at both places. West Marine about 3 miles away. Food shopping about 2 miles. Very laid back nice stop over whichever you choose.
John Beaver

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