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Archive For: SC – 1 – Calabash to Socastee Bridge

  • Safety Zone for Xterra Marathon Swim, April 23, 2017, Myrtle Beach, SC, AICW Statute Mile 360


    This 1000 meter safety zone is only 2 hours, but the swim with 75 participants effectively closes the Waterway to navigation.

    Safety Zone; Xterra Swim, Myrtle Beach, SC Intracoastal Waterway; Myrtle Beach, SC
    A Proposed Rule by the Coast Guard on 03/13/2017

    The Coast Guard proposes to establish a temporary safety zone on certain waters of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.READ MORE!

    This proposed safety zone is necessary to provide for the safety of the swimmers, participant vessels, spectators, and the general public during the swim portion of the Xterra Triathalon. This rule is intended to prohibit non-participant vessels and persons from entering, transiting through, anchoring in, or remaining within the safety zone unless authorized by the Captain of the Port Charleston or a designated representative.
    The temporary safety zone consists of the following two points of position and the North shore: 33°45.076 N., 78°50.790 W. to 33°45.323 N., 78°50.214 W

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Xterra Swim

  • Photo Journal Update – Waterway Bridges by Bill Murdoch

    Waterway construction can provide welcomed distraction as well as navigational concerns. Bill Murdoch sends beautiful photos of four bridge constructions/removals currently ongoing from Myrtle Beach to Miami. And “one picture is worth a thousand words!”

    Thank you Bill!

    CLICK TO SEE PHOTOS!

    The bridge construction in Myrtle Beach is moving along apiece with staging extending in to both sides of the waterway. One photo [below] is as we were passing through the construction area and the other photo is taken over our stern looking north at the bridge. (2/1/17)

    Carolina Bays Parkway Bridge

    See http://cruisersnet.net/162534

    The old bascule bridge at Sisters Creek is almost no more. Traffic is on the new span, and crews are working both above the water and below to remove the old bridge. We squeezed through the gap between the construction barge and the red side fendering. (2/11/17)

    Memorial bridge in Daytona is almost gone as well. It was a little confusing to figure out where we should pass through the construction work, but in the end we went through the old partially destroyed fendering system with no problem. (2/13/17)
    Our confusion at the Daytona Memorial Bridge came from both a tool box and from the general state of disarray in the construction area. A Greenlee tool box seen end on looks quite like a green daymark.

    This time it is Flagler Memorial in Palm Beach. They have been replacing this bridge for a couple of years. It is sort of like building a new school house on the site of the old school house with school still in session… it is a mess. Anyway, on February 21 we arrived at Flagler Memorial Bridge in Palm Beach right as the span was closing. After an hour wait, the bridge (one leaf) opened for us, and we passed through. It was a tight fit. The old bridge support and its fender system were to starboard, and the closed leaf was close by to port. Here is a picture of the bridge after we have come through. Sorry for the drab photo; it was not a Kodak day.

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

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

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

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Flagler Memorial Bridge

  • Will the Socastee Bridge Be Removed? AICW Statute Mile 371, Socastee, SC


    In response to our posting announcing the neared completion of the Carolina Bays Parkway Bridge, one of our readers hopefully asked if this means the closure of the famous (infamous?) Socastee Bridge just north of the new bridge. The answer from today’s Bridge Tender is “No!” Not only is the Socastee Bridge an historical landmark, it is a major conduit for local vehicular traffic, especially school buses. The after school hours of 2:30-4:00 are not a good time to be asking for an opening. The unduty Tender also admitted that local drivers often ignore the bridge’s red lights and drive on, further slowing a requested opening.

    Will the new bridge finally close Socastee Bridge?
    Charles R Jones

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

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

  • A Good Visit to Osprey Marina, AICW Statute Mile 373


    A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, popular Osprey Marina is at mile marker 373 on the Intracoastal Waterway south of Myrtle Beach, SC. Osprey Marina offers a protected harbor 150 yards off the Waterway, accessible by a private “D” daybeacon. Thank you, Charlie and Jackie Ridley, for this interesting report.

    12-31-16. At Osprey Marina, mm373.5 for New Year’s Eve– only ones there and was great. One of our favorites, not just the setting but also to see all the goats (see https://www.facebook.com/Osprey-Marina-92853570418/ – search “goats”). READMORE!

    Brian, dock hand, very helpful and knowledgeable. Diesel 2.20/g. Since here in past, cable tv worked and have greatly improved wifi- even at far end of fuel dock. The grill is a distant memory but the area is now a very nice den/tv/sitting area. Bath/shower very clean and nice- even soap dispensers full. Always look forward to the “goody bag.”
    Charlie and Jackie on TRAVELER.

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

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Osprey Marina

  • UPDATE : Socastee Fixed Bridge Returned to Charted 65 Plus, AICW Statute Mile 372, 11/4/2016


    Our thanks to Brad Geddes for this report on the Socastee Fixed Bridge. Our other tall masted friends can breathe a sigh of relief!

     

    Today’s update [11/04]. We left Grande Dunes early to catch Socastee at low tide. 66’ at about 30’ after low tide. Currently in Osprey Marina. Quite happy as only 3 days ago the clearance was less than 63’.
    Off to Georgetown tomorrow. Wondering if the Lafayette Bridge is back to normal, and will be at 65’ near high tide.
    By the way. Reflection, Jeanneau 44DS, Draft 5’2”, air draft 63’7”.
    Thanks!
    Brad
    Bradley Geddes

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Socastee Fixed Bridge

  • UPDATE: Socastee Swing Bridge NOW OPEN, AICW Statute Mile 371, 10/23/2016


    10/23 9:00 AM A phone call confirms that the swing bridge is now functioning. HOWEVER, the fixed bridge to the south is only at 60ft not the charted height. With a closed vertical clearance of 11ft, the Socastee Swing Bridge crosses the Waterway at Mile 371.

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

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

  • Severe Shoaling, AICW Statute Mile 360.5, 9/8/2016


    This area of shoaling is at the northern end of an already narrow channel between the NC/SC state line and Socastee Bridge. This shoaling will be a problem for deep draft vessels. Mid to high tide is recommended.

    SOUTH CAROLINA – MYRTLE GROVE SOUND AND CAPE FEAR RIVER TO CASINO CREEK – LITTLE RIVER-WINYAH BAY: Severe Shoal and Temporary Buoy 22A Established.
    Severe shoaling has been reported in the vicinity of Little River-Winyah Bay Daybeacon 22A (LLNR 33710.5) and Daybeacon 25 (LLNR 33735). A temporary Buoy 22A has been set in approximate position 33-44.5094N/078-51.9702W. Little River-Winyah Bay Daybeacon 22A has been temporarily changed from a non-lateral aid to an NW on pile (diamond shape, white day boards with an orange reflective boarder). The approximate width of the channel from the pier on the east side to TEMP Buoy 22A on the west side is roughly 60ft. The pier on the east side is not lit and the width of the channel with the extreme shoaling on the west side poses a serious hazard to navigation. Mariners are advised to use extreme caution while transiting the area. Chart 11502, 11504 LNM 36/16

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at Mile 360.5

  • Report from Hague Marina, Myrtle Beach, SC, AICW Statute Mile 368.5


    Hague Marina is located in a sheltered loop on the Waterway’s southern shore some 2.4 nautical miles southwest of the Myrtle Beach high-rise and railroad bridge.

    They had a fantastic ships store but it burned. Owner is making do right now with small office building.
    Fabrication shop and tools were not damaged in fire, so they can still do anything you need. Not fancy, but gets job done. My brother worked there from 1972-2013. He quit to be a Restaurant Chef.
    Frederick

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

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  • Little River Swing Bridge Stuck in Open Position, AICW Statute Mile 347


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    Bad news for motorists, good news for boaters – at least until inevitable repairs begin. With a closed vertical clearance of 7ft, Little River Swing Bridge crosses the ICW just south of SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR Harbougate Marina. This Associate Press report comes from The Daily Reporter, Greenfield, Indiana (!!).

    A swinging bridge over the Intracoastal Waterway near North Myrtle Beach has been closed after the gearbox that moves the bridge broke.
    THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    First Posted: June 02, 2016 – 5:48 pm
    Last Updated: June 02, 2016 – 5:48 pm

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Anchorage Directory Listing For Little River Swing Bridge

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Little River Swing Bridge

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

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Harbourgate Marina

  • Good Words for Little River Swing Bridge Tender, AICW Statute Mile 347


    A Marina That's As Luxurious As It Is Convenient Close to Myrtle Beach with clear sailing to the Atlantic. The Harbourgate Marina Village is your gateway in North Myrtle Beach to all the excitement a
    We most often receive complaints about bridge tenders, so it’s nice to hear good words for an oft maligned bridge. With a closed vertical clearance of 7ft, Little River Swing Bridge crosses the Waterway at Statute Mile 347 just south of SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Harbourgate Marina.

    Very attentive and efficient bridge tender.
    Traveling under 5/23/16 mid day.
    Carolyn Hackett

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

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

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  • SLOW DOWN in the Flooded Areas of the Waterway!!


    As in an earlier posting from Beaufort, SC, where onshore properties are being damaged by passing wakes (http://cruisersnet.net/?p=153100), residents in the area of the Socastee Bridge are asking for No Wake! SLOW DOWN and help these folks recover!!

    Winston,
    FYI. The Coast Guard, SCDNR and local agencies are safe guarding the lower ICW near Socastee Bridge. Homes have flooded and wakes are getting into them from boaters. I couldn’t find anything online, but thought you might have heard something. I did find this in the Sun News of Myrtle Beach.

    http://www.myrtlebeachonline.com/news/local/article38854806.html

    Chris Carroll, Operations Manager
    Harborwalk Marina
    Evening Post Industries
    P.O. Box 274
    525 Front Street
    Georgetown SC 29440
    843-546-4250
    www.harborwalkmarina.com
    ccarroll@harborwalkmarina.com

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

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

  • Herl Report: Lockwoods Folly, AICW Mile 321 and Myrtle Beach Yacht Club, Mile 346


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

    The intersection of the ICW and Lockwoods Folly has been a Problem Stretch for years and requires almost annual dredging. Mid to high tide is recommended for passage. For a recent report on Lockwoods Folly, see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=150841. A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR! Myrtle Beach Yacht Club on Coquina Harbor has been a great stopping place and a friend to cruisers for years. The entrance to Coquina Harbor lies on the north side of the Waterway opposite Marker #13.

    North Myrtle Beach

    Another good run and luck is still with us. As we approached Lockwoods Folly area, notorious for shoaling, there was a Coast Guard boat at the spot getting ready to move the buoys. When we came through they contacted us and several others to talk everyone through and we had not a problem.
    As usual at North Myrtle Beach Yacht Club we were treated well. Again we could not do anything because of my foot. Just one night. We were here in June and had a great time.

    Phil and Sandy Herl

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s “AICW Problem Stretches” Listing For the AICW/Lockwoods Folly Inlet Intersection

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

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


    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.

    9/11/15
    My husband and I cruised icw from south harbor marina to barefoot marina for our first adventure on the icw. Upon our arrival at barefoot; we informed the dock master that my husband could use some assistance in docking due to being partially disabled from a stroke 6 years ago. They were more than welcome to accommodate us and assist us in anyway possible upon arrival and departure and our entire stay. They are definitely a must stop on your travels. MOST definitely we will be returning to barefoot on our next adventure. Thanks so much to Barefoot Marina for a Great first experience!!!
    Joe Miller

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

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  • Openings Questioned at Socastee Swing Bridge, AICW Statute Mile 371


    Skipper Lattimer poses questions that have asked many, many times over the years. See http://cruisersnet.net/?p=89755 and http://cruisersnet.net/?p=143206 for comments from other boaters. As to precedents for openings, emergency vehicles and vessels get priority. On weekends, it is normally water traffic that is heavy and the On Demand must restricted to openings every 15 minutes. During weekday rush hours, the opposite is true. And, as I understand from conversations with the bridge tenders, the old swing bridge roadway still serves a nearby school zone, requiring that waterway traffic be restricted for school buses. It is a tough job for the tenders who must rely on their on-the-spot judgement to apply restrictions.

    Re: Socastee swing bridg . What do you mean “Opens on Demand” Demand from who? Also, how many boats are considered heavy vessel traffic? It’s not unusual to have a hundred, probably a lot more, cars and trucks tied up when the bridge is open to “some” boats. Which should take precedence?
    Ed Lattimer

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

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  • Good Visit to 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, as Skipper Herl reports. 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.

    Myrtle Beach Yacht Club
    Arrived around 3:45 and melted into the dock. Been a long day, lots of slow going with a lot of no wakes. And it has been hot. Stopped at Osprey for fuel, best prices in the area, then continued to Myrtle Beach for the night. To hot to cook so we eat at Clarks, its right next to the marina. Every thing was excellent.
    Had a problem with the electric “Y”, had to get one ordered from West Marine. Had two days to enjoy the area, we rented a car and did just that. Found some fresh shrimp and did them on the Barbee. Then were able to find Fishy Fishy, had a fantastic meal. Great stay.
    Phil Herl

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

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  • More Waterway Condominiums in Myrtle Beach?

    Just what Myrtle Beach needs, more condominiums! If you have cruised through those very attractive, still undeveloped properties along the ICW in Myrtle Beach, maybe you have probably already thought that development is inevitable. That’s 2000 acres of development!

    And this from WBTW News 13, May 6

    Horry County Council loosens restrictions on Intracoastal Waterway development
    HORRY COUNTY, SC- Council voted Tuesday to relax it’s restrictions on Intracoastal Waterway development.

    A resolution passed that would allow for construction on spoil easements that line the body of water. Spoil easements are piles of dirt and sediment dug up during dredging.
    The county originally prohibited development on easements because they played a critical role in keep the canal clear for boats. However, several property owners got permission from the Army Corps of Engineers to build projects like a pool or a patio, according to Horry County attorney Arrigo Carotti. As a result, Council decided to allow for the issuance of building permits with written consent from the corps.
    “If it’s okay with the corps, it will be okay with county,” said Carotti.
    Army Corps of Engineers Spokesperson Sarah Corbett said they agreed to allow construction conditionally, meaning the corps could revoke the privilege at any time for dredging purposes.
    Waccamaw River Keeper Paula Reidhaar said development on easements could negatively impact the environment.
    “These are areas of land right along the edges of the waterway, which is why they were designated as potential spots to put this spoil material,” said Reidhaar. ” Anytime you’re opening up potential development for right along the water, there’s issues.”
    One major issue concerns rain water. Reidhaar said the easements act as filters to keep run-off out of the waterway.
    “Any time it’s going over a solid surface, the water just keeps carrying all of these materials to first available body of water,” she said.
    Run-off often consists of chemicals. Reidhaar said it can dangerously affect drinking water, fish or recreational activities.
    “Some of this may be upstream but it all becomes one body of water downstream so it certainly can have impacts,” stated Reidhaar.

    Click Here for the article.

    May 4, 2015
    Horry County officials say a years-old proposal to relax restrictions on development along the Intracoastal Waterway is getting some traction, although the process will be long and expensive.

    The Sun News of Myrtle Beach reported (http://bit.ly/1bq8wle) that county officials are discussing a proposal with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that would allow for construction on about 2,000 acres of waterfront land.

    The project involves tracts that are privately owned but fall under easements held by the corps. County attorney Arrigo Carotti says the corps has researched an issue involving sites that hold dredged material.

    Corps spokeswoman Sara Corbett says the agency has asked the county to provide environmental assessments that the corps will use to decide whether to release the easements. She says t no decision has been made.

    Read more here: [LINK NO LONGER AVAILABLE] http://www.heraldonline.com/news/state/south-carolina/article20138928.html#storylink=cpy

  • More Good Words for Coquina Harbor Yacht Club, AICW Statute Mile 346


    Coquina Harbor Yacht Club guards the eastern banks of Coquina Harbor. Coquina Harbor itself cuts into the northern banks of the Waterway, opposite unlighted daybeacon #13.

    We have stopped here both coming and going to the Bahamas over the last ten years. We’ve never been disappointed. Sandy Otten, the dock master, could not be more friendly. We rate it one of the best small marinas on the ICW and a great value.
    Bill Murdock

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

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