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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 aWelcome to The City Marina The City Marina Wins Jack Nichol Award for Design See our feature on The Visitors Network Located on mile marker 469.5 of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, the Charleston City Marina features 19,000 feet of linear dock space covering 40 acres of water.  The marina was named 2005 National Marina of the Year (Marina Dock Age Magazine), and offers state-of-the-art amenities and facilities to promise an enjoyable stay.  The City Marina's MegaDock extends 1,530 feet and is the longest free standing floating fuel dock in the Southeast.  These features, and Historic Downtown Charleston location, make The City Marina one of the east coast's most popular marinas.
VHF 16 & 68   Located on the Sampit River, Harborwalk Marina is only a boardwalk away from Georgetown's Historic District, great food, shopping, etc. A safe harbor from bad weather and located in calmSeaside Luxury at its bestBoaters are our business and our only business. We are located directly on the ICW, and offer Exceptional Lowcountry facilities and hospitality. The Beaufort/Port Royal area is a beautiful and histori For those who own a boat and love the water, buying a SJYH wet slip is an easy decision when you consider the benefits. The opportunity to own waterfront access a mere 11 minutes from historic downtoThe Downtown Marina Of Beaufort, SC, 1006 Bay Street Beaufort, SC 29902 (843) 524-4422 or Marker #239 on ICWDataw Island Marina, 100 Marina Drive, Dataw Island, SC 29920 Mile Marker 521, 843 838 8410
Ladys Island Marina - Beaufort, SCHarbour Town at Hilton Head, with its familiar red-and-white-striped lighthouse, is a fine resort marina with an enormous number of amenities.Osprey MarinaAt Bucksport cruising visitors will discover all new docks, new power pedestals, a newly reopened on-site restaurant, clean – climate controlled showers and laundromat, as well as a warm welcome for the cruising communityWindmill Harbour Marina, Hilton Head SCMyrtle Beach Yacht Club is unmatched for its Lowcountry charm and gracious hospitality. Isle of Palms Marina is located on the east side of the Intracoastal Waterway, northeast of Charleston at Mile 456.5 and south of ICW Marker 116.  50 41st AvenueTransients Welcome - Under new ownership - Located at mile marker 354 in Myrtle Beach South Carolina

Archive For: SC – 1 – Calabash to Socastee Bridge

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

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

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

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

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

    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!

    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)

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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

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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.

    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

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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

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    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)

    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)

    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)

    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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  • Calabash Creek Anchorage (Statute Mile 342)

    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)

    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)

    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)

    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

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

    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 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)

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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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