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Calabash Creek Anchorage (Statute Mile 342)

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 342- anyone tried anchoring in lower Calabash Creek, northeast of AICW marker #2, lately? What depths did you find at the stream’s entrance? Did you find sufficient swing room for your vessel?

Responses follow:

The whole place is super shallow..except for the channel where the fishing boats go.
Many skeletons there !!!!
We finally threw the anchor just off the channel in the creek and waved to the fishing boats. Then in the AM we tried again and were able to make our escape !
Barbara and Ernie Roberts
Bermudiana

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HarbourGate Marina (Statute Mile 347)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 05-02-2013

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

Statute Mile 347 – who has visited with Captain Suzi lately at Harbourgate Marina, between the two Little River bridges? Please describe your experience here. Did you try any of the restaurants within walking distance?

Responses follow:

We stopped here last year. Our dog loves marinas where they are given treats in the office, and Suzi exceeded his expectations (she was very helpful and friendly to us as well)! This is a very easy in and out stop, with fuel and pumpout. All floating docks. We did eat at the adjacent Filet’s Restaurant, and it was very nice as well.
Larry Freedman

Harbourgate has been our home away from home for the last two years. The service is superb, the water is fresh to brackish, and the location is ideal. One of the best features is their harbour cam that allows a boat owner to see his boat even when he is away.
Richard Ross

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Barefoot Marina (Statute Mile 353.5)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 05-02-2013

Transients Welcome - Under new ownership - Located at mile marker 354 in Myrtle Beach South CarolinaAs part of a 4/30/13 South Carolina Wish List, we posed the following question:

Statute Mile 353.5 – who has stopped at Barefoot Marina, , west of AICW marker #21A, since its change of ownership and management? Please tell us about your experience here? Did you check out the new, shoreside restaurant?

Responses follow:

Helpful dockmaster, Cheap fuel, a pool and hot tub with nice showers. The on shore restaurant is a typical marina restaurant with a good raw bar and happy hour till 6pm. The food was good, not great.
JackP

Stayed here 4/28 and 4/29/13. Stayed here in fall. Stayed on face dock with no problems. Could have gone to inside dock if desired. Great help docking. Good shore facilities. Now has decent restaurant which is big feature due to distance to restaurants on east shore. Good shopping within a couple of miles but no way, except cab, to get there. Good place to stop for night since anchorages are limited in area. Can’t beat the $1.25/ft. price given the nice facility. Will stop again.
s/v Skye

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Osprey Marina (Statute Mile 373.5)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 05-01-2013

Osprey MarinaOn 4/30/13, as part of a “South Carolina Wish List, we posed the following question:

43. Statute Mile 373.5 – who has had the good fortune to spend a night or two at Osprey Marina, near AICW marker #26? Did you find this facility to be absolutely first class? Were you able to find a local restaurant that would provide shoreside transportation to and from the docks?

Responses follow:

Gizmo was at Osprey from late Oct until April 1, and I was aboard about a quarter of that time. Wonderful marina…quiet, super safe, and very well managed.
The restaurant that offers free pick up and return is Scatori’s and it’s actually one of the best around. It also happens to be right next to both an excellent Lowe’s Supermarket and a Lowe’s Home Improvement Center. I enjoyed both Scatori’s pizza place and their restaurant but have not yet tried the custom $50 tasting menu that some boaters raved about.
http://www.scatoris.com/
Best,
Ben Ellison
Editor/Publisher, Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub
Senior Electronics Editor, AIM Marine Group

Spent the night right after hurricane Sandy. First class experience all around. When you pull in for fuel, they give you a free pump-out as well. It’s a little isolated, but several restaurants deliver and a couple will even give you a round trip in a courtesy car. There is a cafe during the season but not in November. They have a little ship’s store and will order anything you need. Clean heads and laundry. The kicker, though, is the staff. Other marinas should come and watch how efficiently and proficiently they operate.
Jeff Moore

We were placed on the new docks along the entrance channel. It was the next best thing to being at anchor with natural, wooded areas on both sides of the boat. It is a long way to the marina office, but they provide a golf cart for the boats on this dock to share. Friendly helpful staff, nice facilities, great prices on dockage and fuel. Osprey is now our favorite marina.
Glen and Jill Moore
DeFever 40 Last Dance

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Good Words for Lightkeepers Marina on Coquina Harbor, AICW Statute Mile 346

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 04-30-2013

Lightkeepers Marina - Click for Chartview

Lightkeepers Marina is one of three faculties located on Coquina Harbor, a body of water that was once a rock quarry. The two others are Coquina Harbor Yacht Club and SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Myrtle Beach Yacht Club. The Coquina Harbor entrance channel cuts into the northern banks of the Waterway, opposite marker #13.

We stayed at LKs in April 2013. We were blown away by the friendliness and hospitality of James and the locals. James arranged an appointment when my cat needed a vet, plus dropped me off and picked me up. The marina was cute, clean and you won’t beat the price. We draw 6’9″ and had absolutely no problem getting in.
S/V Trance

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Suggestions Requested on Favorable Current south of Southport, AICW 309

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 03-30-2013

Southport Marina

Southport Marina - Click for Chartview

Captain Whitaker’s question was prompted by an earlier posting (see link below) that offered advice on northbound currents from Myrtle Beach to Southport. My suggestion would be to contact the good folks at Southport Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!, which lies just west of the Cape Fear River along the northern banks of the Waterway hard by flashing daybeacon #2A.

What about leaving Southport and heading south. Anyone know when to leave to catch favorable currents?
Horace Whitaker

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Good Rates at Myrtle Beach Yacht Club, AICW Statute Mile 346

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 03-15-2013

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

Myrtle Beach Yacht Club Marina - Click for Chartview

Myrtle Beach Yacht Club on Coquina Harbor has been a great stopping place and a friend to cruisers for years and low dockage rates are certainly good news for the spring migration!. Naturally, they are a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!

Cruising News:
Just a friendly reminder that Myrtle Beach Yacht Club in Little River,SC has remained at $1.25 per foot regular and $1.00 per foot for Boat US members. Come see us and save some $$. Happy Boating!
Bud Coonfield

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Good Words For Barefoot Marina (Statute Mile 353.5)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 03-04-2013

Transients Welcome - Under new ownership - Located at mile marker 354 in Myrtle Beach South CarolinaThe SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR facility, Barefoot Marina, discussed in such glowing terms below, is located on the WESTERN side of the AICW/Pine Island Cut, just south of the Barefoot Landing Bridge, and should NOT be confused with the Barefoot Landing Marina, which flanks the eastern side of the Waterway.

We have spent several months at Barefoot Marina, off and on usually in the off-season, say November – April. It is a wonderful facility, great floating concrete (Bellingham)docks, right on the ICW. Easy walk or bike ride across the bridge to Barefoot Landing and lots of restaurants and shops….although the shopping is not as nice as it was 5 or 6 years ago. Also, Alabama Theater is right there and has good shows.
Talk directly to Bill Rathbon about rates. They are very inexpensive for what you get…nice showers, pool, very clean facility.
Be sure to eat at the Seafood Hut across the street and slightly north of Barefoot Landing – small and little atmosphere, but great food and great owners. I can guarantee you’ll get a hug before you leave.
[If] you’re talking about being there for several months you might want to look in to purchasing one of the restaurant discount books, which offer many great buy one get one free deals at the nicest restaurants. Use it twice and its paid for itself! Sold by Ritz Limo, I’m sure Bill can help you get in touch…the owner keeps his boat there at the marina I think.
Betsy Johnson
Rick ‘n Roll

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Reduced Clearance Reported at Socastee Bridge, AICW Statute Mile 371

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 12-30-2012

Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net lists the closed vertical clearance for the old, decrepit Socastee Bridge at 11ft. However, this has been an unusual year for higher-than-normal water levels at many bridges over the Waterway, aggravated by a number of damaged or misplaced tide boards. When in doubt, take the Tigars advice and call the bridge tender to discuss the clearance and/or to request an opening. In the case of reduced clearance at a fixed bridge, wait for the tide. 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.

Cruising News:
One guide book says 12 feet, the chart says 11 feet, but the tide board at high tide said 9 feet. Eyeball estimate says 9 feet is probably about right. The bridge tender on duty December 29 was polite and opened early for us.
Michael and Jane Tigar

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Professional Praise for Osprey Marina (Statute Mile 373.5) – Captains Mark and Diana Report

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 11-20-2012

Our strategic partners, Captains Mark and Diana Doyle, owners and founders of On The Water ChartGuides, have provided us with a sterling review of one of the most praised marinas to be found in the South Carolina Low Country. We agree with everything this professional cruising duo has to say below, and, of course, let’s not forget that Osprey Marina is a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!

On the Water GuidebooksHi Claiborne,

Osprey Marina is aptly named, located along the Waccamaw River (STM 373.3), where you’ll see LOTS of osprey and osprey nests.

I’ll include two photos, showing the facility, marina, and basin:

The facility is built around a quiet, secluded basin tucked down a narrow tree-lined channel. It’s easy to forget that crowded Myrtle Beach is just to the north, over the treetops.

The marina is a great place to leave your boat for holiday travel. Myrtle Beach International Airport is only 14 miles away.

The basin is incredibly protected and the owners and staff go above and beyond to make you happy and take care of your boat.

And the rates are very competitive: cruisers should be sure to ask about their decreasing-by-the-day dockage fees.

When you check in you receive a captain’s bag guaranteed to put a smile on your face. It’s loaded with treats that show this marina understands what boaters enjoy: goodies like travel packs of laundry detergent, crackers, and homemade local pumpkin butter.

Sherry, we especially enjoyed the pumpkin butter! [ hint … hint ]

Best and see you On the Water,

Captains Mark & Diana Doyle
www.OnTheWaterChartGuides.com

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Good Words for Marina at Grand Dunes, Myrtle Beach, SC, AICW Statute Mile 359

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 11-08-2012

The Marina at Grande Dunes is located on the Pine Island Cut section of the AICW, in Myrtle Beach, SC.

Staff and people were nice. Ten minute walk across the street to a wonderful Lowe’s Supermarket with anything you could imagine. We couldn’t, but the Opry looks like a nice evening show and everything in walking distance. We were not here in the warm weather though, and I don’t know how the access to the beaches were.
Bob and Margaret Kaine

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More Good Words for Cricket Cove Marina, AICW Statute Mile 345

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 10-13-2012

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.

Oct 7 Stopped at Cricket Cove Marina, nice marina.
Doug Cordello

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Report from Calabash Creek Anchorage, AICW Statute Mile 342

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 10-10-2012

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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.
Please note the Navigation Alert linked below indicating the possibility of shoaling at the intersection of the Waterway and Calabash Creek. Also, we have personally sounded, and other cruisers have reported, as little as 4 feet entering Calabash Creek during MLW.

We attempted this anchorage on 10/6/2012 and found the entrance shallow at mid-tide and with one vessel in the anchorage, did not feel comfortable with minimal swing room for our 44′ sailboat and 5′ draft. The water here shallows up quickly.
Capt. Pat Carter

I anchored at Calabash on 10/09/2012. I entered near high tide and saw nothing under 10 feet. I stayed close to the ICW R2, and well off the Calabash Creek R2 as I had reported several years ago. When leaving, it was just past low tide, and I read nothing under 7′. I’m 38′ and draw 5.5′. I will point out that another boat in the anchorage anchored too close to shore and found himself lying on his side in the morning. I anchored in 9′ and had no problem.
Bill Raynor

We have been traveling the waterway for 10 years and ALWAYS stop in Calabash Creek for the night. Our boat is at least 43′ long and draws 6′. We have never had a problem anchoring there, even with 6-8 other boats. The trick is to stay out of channel, as the head boats coming out of Calabash at all hours of the day and night, must get through safely. They won’t hesitate to let you know if you get too close for comfort. You need to know exactly what the tide is doing and plan your anchoring depth accordingly. The Seafood Hut is our favorite restaurant; we never miss our dinner of shrimp and flounder (yum yum).
Cap’n Norman and Admiral Barbara
s/v Blown Away

I’ve always (4 times at least) gone the other way to the Little River Inlet and anchored near marker #18. It’s always worked well for us with only another boat there on occasion. It is important to be out of the channel, since the gambling boats head out that inlet.
Capt. Bob Clemons

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

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 09-23-2012

Myrtle Beach Yacht Club is unmatched for its Lowcountry charm and gracious hospitality. Myrtle Beach Yacht Club on Coquina Harbor has been a great stopping place and a friend to cruisers for years and a recent dockage rate reduction is certainly good news for the fall migration!. Naturally, they are a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!

MBYC is in Little River, not Myrtle Beach. We stayed here on our way north last spring, and then again last week (13 September). Both times we have been very pleased. The staff is knowledgable and very helpful. They drove us over to West Marine late in the day before it closed. Facilities are A-1. Good value. There is a nice walkway for exercise that goes all around Coquina Harbor. People seem to be very friendly. We would definitely go again.
Dunniganj

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All Welcome at Harbourgate Marina, AICW Statute Mile 347

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 09-08-2012

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 aDockmaster Susie Watkins is one of the most knowledgeable and professional marina operators in all of South Carolina. You can scarcely coil you lines at a better place than Harbourgate Marina, and they are a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!

Always Welcome in North Myrtle Beach at HARBOURGATE MARINA. Call early to make your reservations. 843-249-8888
Transient Rate $1.50 or say you saw our ad on Cruisers’ Net.
A Friend of Claiborne.
Susan Watson

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Myrtle Beach Yacht Club Lowers Transient Rate, AICW Statute Mile 346

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 08-25-2012

Myrtle Beach Yacht Club is unmatched for its Lowcountry charm and gracious hospitality. Myrtle Beach Yacht Club on Coquina Harbor has been a great stopping place and a friend to cruisers for years and this rate reduction is certainly good news for the fall migration!. Naturally, they are a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!

Cruising News:
MBYC has lowered it’s transient dockage to $1.25/foot with a Boat/Us discount of .25 cents
Bud Coonfield myrtlebeachyc@sc.rr.com

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High Praise for Barefoot Marina, Myrtle Beach, SC, AICW Statute Mile 353.5

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 07-25-2012

 

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. As Capt. Chace confirms below, the new incarnation is better than ever, and we are very impressed with the marina management. Because of the shoaling at low tide, we have a Navigation Alert posted here.

Barefoot Resort Marina: This was, and will be again, our home marina. We live at Barefoot Resort so this was an obvious choice for us. We have sailed up and down the East coast between here and New England for the last several years. Lately more north than south I’m afraid. We have seen the good, the bad and the UGLY when it comes to east coast marinas. In my opinion you will not find a nicer, cleaner and more upscale facility then Barefoot Resort Marina. Bill Rathburn and George have been friends and honorary crew members aboard Spirit, our C&C 40. They are also very pet friendly with our Labrador Genny. You all know that they are quite competitive regarding dock fees. Spirit has a 7′ draft. (7’3″ to be exact). She gets in and out at high water. Other times require caution as we have been aground there also. But forewarned is forearmed as I like to say. Just be aware of the height of tide when approaching with over 5′ of draft. It is worth it.
Capt. Bill Chace

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Shoaling MAY No Longer Be An Issue At the AICW/Little River Inlet/Calabash Creek Intersection (Statute Mile 342)

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 07-06-2012

The shoaling reported earlier at the three way intersection of the AICW, Little River Inlet and Calabash Creek seems to have abated. Captain Bell offers good advice concerning the markers through this area.

At the border of North And South Carolina, Heading North, We passed R4 and R2 right on the magenta line provided by Navionics on our chart plotter. After passing R2 we began to favor the outside or green side of the turn heading north. We were at .25′ of tide and did not see less than 11′ of water. Not a problem area.
David Bell

We transit this area almost daily and have had no troubles. The 2 casino boats that turn at this intersection leaving and returning from Little River Inlet have probably helped to keep the area clear of any shoaling. They draw around 8-9′.
Capt. John Schwab

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Socastee Bridge Woes, AICW Statute Mile 371

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 06-10-2012

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. This is an understandable situation where the tender is responding to “on demand” from both boaters and drivers. Fortunately, this is a quiet section with no adverse currents to affect vessels having to circle or anchor.
HOWEVER, all of us here at the SSECN share Orient Moon’s 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!

This bridge is a pain, you never know what to expect. They built a new high rise bridge next to it so I don’t understand why they cannot abide to their on demand status.
Orient Moon

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The Marina at Dock Holidays (Statute Mile 348)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 05-10-2012

I personally visited Dock Holidays back in February of 2012, and this facility seemed to have a general air of being “down on its luck.”

Cruising News:
Stayed at this marina in April. They have removed the laundry, closed the restaurant, and services are minimal.
BJ Reckman

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