SC Cruising News – AICW, Calabash to Socastee Bridge (Statute Mile 343 to 371)
Please Note That Postings Below From Fellow Cruisers Are Listed in Chronological Order, Based on Publication Date
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Please Note That Postings Below From Fellow Cruisers Are Listed in Chronological Order, Based on Publication Date
Yellow Background Denotes Navigation Alert Postings
This 65ft, 59ft during painting, high-rise fixed bridge was begun in April of 2014 and will cross the Waterway just south of the two new high-rise bridges at Socastee. See /135939 for background on this bridge. Our thanks to Officer Justin Heck for this notice.
SC-31 BRIDGE PAINTING SOCASTEE, SC
The contractor responsible for constructing Carolina Bays Parkway (SC-31) located in Socastee, SC will be performing work on the underside of the bridge structure directly over the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (AICW) near mile marker 372.3. The project will begin November 14, 2018 with an expected completion date of December 15, 2018. All work will take place Monday through Saturday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. The vertical clearance may be temporarily reduced by 6 feet under the portion of the bridge being painted. The work area can be quickly moved to allow the passage of larger vessels if needed.
Mariners are urged to plan transits accordingly to avoid unnecessary disruptions. For more details, please contact project manager Ken McGrath at (803) 517-5256.
A CRUISERS NET SPONSOR, popular Osprey Marina is at mile marker 373 on the Intracoastal Waterway south of Myrtle Beach, SC. Thankfully, Osprey Marina has almost completely recovered from the damages of hurricane Florence. Our thanks to Timothy Gaffney for these kind words and to Tricia Beck True for the photo as posted on B0b423.
We left Osprey last Thursday and the goats had just finished trimming the bushes by the office.
Fantastic Marina! They really took great care of our boat before, during and after Flooding Florence.
Experienced cruisers, Jim and Peg Healy, continue to generously share their observations and advice as they make their way south for the winter, making good time with this 62 mile leg. Thank you Jim and Peg!
Today is Monday, 10/22/2018. Sanctuary and crew departed Southport at 06h40, traveled tp Socastee, and arrived at 15h30.
We arrived at Lockwood’s Folly at 08h15, where the tide was +3.84 ft, falling, from a 4.5 ft high. I had programmed a route through the Folly using the waypoints provided by Hank Pomeranz. The route is perfect, and I recommend it to others. The least water we saw was crossing the bar between waypoint1 and waypoint2 at 9.5, so (9.5-3.8)=5.67 ft MLW. The marker are in the correct places, and without the autopilot, simply follow the markers. There is a strong ebb current in the area, and it is easy to get set off the planned line. Following is a screenshot of the affair:
Shallotte’s Inlet was unremarkable. One green marker has been moved toward the red side, but simple follow the markers in the water for safe passage.
We found a very strong ahead current from the Calabash Crossroads all the way to Socastee. That is obviously stronger for the huge volume of water still draining from that local watershed. There was virtually no flotsam in the waterway. The Socastee Swing Bridge was operating, but at dramatocally slower speed than normal. The bridge tender said the bridge was in “maintenance mode.” Not sure what the implications are, but it took a long time for the bridge to swing open, and it was still swinging closed when we rounded the bend and couldn’t see it any more.
Cruisers should transit the area above the Socastee Swing Bridge at “slow speed, minimum wake.” The staining on the trees and buildings is heart breaking. The older homes built on ground slabs have staining above the level of the bottoms of their living room windows and half way up their garage doors.. Certainly, many homes are uninhabitable today, and it will take months for these folks to recover. Many docks are damaged or destroyed. Cruisers must ensure that their wakes do not add to their already severe difficulties.
Peg and Jim Healy aboard Sanctuary, currently at Charlotte Harbor, Punta Gorda, FL
Monk 36 Hull #132
Our thanks to authors/cruisers Robert and Ann Sherer for sharing observations and photos of their voyage south this Fall. Osprey Marina, A CRUISERS NET SPONSOR, is at mile marker 373 on the Waterway south of Myrtle Beach, SC.
Admin · Yesterday at 7:04 AM
Came down the Waccamaw yesterday from Osprey Marina to Heritage Plantation since we couldn’t get a dock at Georgetown due to their annual wooden boat show. The river had very little debris, I would say about average except for one large log just south of Osprey that had a red float tied on.
The marina here has a large facedock, easy in and out. A nice place. Today I tackle McClellanville!
Barefoot Marina, A CRUISERS NET SPONSOR!, is located on the western side of the AICW in North Myrtle Beach. Our thanks to AGLCA member, Mike Brown, for this report and photo. See Report and Photos, which, along which today’s photo, confirm the warnings issued here on Cruisers Net about debris in the Waterway. One submerged log like the one below can ruin your day!
Larry, here is today’s debris. I wouldn’t want my props to meet this hunk of wood. You can see how big it is by the size of the boat hook. I bet it was 12” in diameter. There are still some tree trunks, say 4 ft long by 4” diameter coming thru but not nearly as many as before. Of course, who knows what is under water. I hear that we are just about down to normal water height here but that the homes near the Socastee are still flooded and that water will be heading our way. I have very limited internet here at Barefoot so I don’t know if I can post to the AGLCA forum or not. Do what you want with this info and photo. Thanks, Mike
Barefoot Marina, A CRUISERS NET SPONSOR!, is located on the western side of the AICW in North Myrtle Beach. Our thanks to AGLCA member, Mike Brown, for granting permission to share his onsite Forum report and photos. These photos confirm the warnings issued here on Cruisers Net about debris in the Waterway. One submerged log can ruin your day!
We were lucky to find dockage at Barefoot during Florence and continue to see debris floating by. Please see the pix below to see what was pulled out of the water.
The first two pictures attached below were what we collected on the stern of our boat over 24 hours about 5 days ago. The third attached picture was pulled out about 3 days ago. Other planks continue to be caught on the stern of our boat. One of the other boaters at Barefoot had to hire a diver to remove part of a dock stuck to his props. The Waccamaw crested last Weds and the water started going down a little on Friday. I hear that the Coast Guard has lifted the restriction on this part of the ICW but I would not want to be traveling the ICW now. This is just an FYI for those boaters eager to head south.
Like now-open Centerville Turnpike and North Landing Bridges were earlier, Socastee Bridge, with a closed vertical clearance of 11ft, falls victim to flooding from Florence. Please observe the NO-WAKE ZONE through this area where homes sit at water level. See Nav Alert
Still in effect as of 0830 September 24 2018
Flood Warning: Local Rivers at Major Flood Stage
Due to high water levels in marinas and homes, NO WAKE all along the Waterway should be the order of the day. Respect others and SLOW DOWN!!
THE CAPTAIN OF THE PORT CHARLESTON HAS ISSUED A SAFETY ADVISORY AND NO WAKE RESTRICTIONS FOR THE ATLANTIC INTERCOASTAL WATERWAY IN THE VICINITY OF GEORGETOWN, SC TO LITTLE RIVER, SC. IT IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED THAT ALL MARINERS CONSIDER HIGH WATER STAGES, CURRENT AND DRIFT WHEN PREPARING TO TRANSIT IN THIS AREA. MARINERS ARE ALSO ADVISED TO REDUCE WAKE IN DEVELOPED AREAS TO PROTECT AND MINIMIZE DAMAGE TO HOMES AND OTHER STRUCTURES.
A CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Myrtle Beach Yacht Club occupies the northerly banks of Coquina Harbor; Coquina Harbor itself cuts into the northern banks of the Waterway, opposite marker #13.
Stayed there over a soggy Memorial Day weekend. Good price ($1/ft with Boat US discount), great facilities, helpful dock personnel (Bud and Lex), friendly locals. Tight entrance, so be careful.
With a closed vertical clearance of 7ft, Little River Swing Bridge crosses the Waterway at Statute Mile 347 and will soon be named “Captain Archie Neil ‘Poo’ McLauchlin Swing Bridge.”
Why the Poo Crew is renaming a bridge after North Myrtle’s Captain Poo from Myrtle Beach Sun News
Another change of dates. At least there is very little boat traffic here in January and we are lucky that Officer Heck has a direct contact with the construction company which allows him to get these notifications right away. Thank you Office Heck! This 65ft high-rise fixed bridge was begun in April of 2014 and will cross the Waterway just south of the two new high-rise bridges at Socastee. See /135939 for background on this bridge.
Sector Charleston received schedule change notice from contractor in charge of Carolina Bays Parkway Project. New dates noted below.
UPDATE #7: Date change notification.
The Coast Guard is establishing a safety zone during overhead construction activities related to the Carolina Bays Parkway Project (SC-31) located in Socastee, SC. A 200-yard safety zone will be established on the Atlantic
Intracoastal Waterway (AICW) in the vicinity of mile marker 372.3 encompassing all waters directly under the SC-31 project as well as vessels and machinery associated with construction efforts. Enforcement will take place during overhead construction activities on the dates listed below. Entry of vessels or persons into the safety zone is prohibited unless specifically authorized by the Captain of the Port or a designated representative.
Mariners are urged to plan transits accordingly to avoid unnecessary disruptions. Project site can be found on NOAA Chart 11534-Myrtle Grove Sound and Cape Fear River to Casino Creek. Location currently noted as “Bridge Under Construction”.
January 16, 2018 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Coast Guard will provide notice of any date or time changes to the regulated area by Local Notice to Mariners, Broadcast Notice to Mariners, Marine Safety Information Bulletins and on-scene designated representatives.
This MSIB can be viewed at www.homeport.uscg.mil. For questions or concerns regarding this MSIB, please contact Sector Charleston Waterways Management Division at (843)323-7761 or the sector’s 24-hour Command Center Line at (843)740-7050.
Waterways Management Division
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. Our thanks to Charles Ridley for this report.
7-5-17. Left Harbor Village at 6:15am. Beautiful day all day. Changed plans when realize get into Southport way too early and changed to MBYC at mm346. Fueled up– 80 gal/stb. And 62.2 in port -total 141.6. With Boat US dockage was $34!!! (my boat is 34″) $5 for electricity- 30 amp. Gene was as competent as cute helping us dock and take on fuel. Have a pass to get in the club’s grill- taco and tequila sunrises on very special! Shower secure, clean and even the soap dispensers had soap. Wifi strong on A-10. Easy to take dog out. No current and maybe a foot tide fall. Docks in great shape. We are here for only 1 night but may be a very good place for several days since so much going on around here. We will be back – most definitely.
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. 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
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!
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.
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
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”). 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.
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”.
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.
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 [33°44.5204N / 078°51.9515W, 33.742006 / -78.865859]) and Daybeacon 25 (LLNR 33735 [33°43.9158N / 078°53.2605W, 33.731930 / -78.887675]). A temporary Buoy 22A has been set in approximate position 33-44.5094N/078-51.9702W (33°44.5094N / 078°51.9702W, 33.741823 / -78.866170) . 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