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Archive For: SC – 1 – Calabash to Socastee Bridge

  • 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 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!

    Harbourgate marina is in semi-fresh water at MM 347. The basin is an excellent hurricane hole and if you pay in advance, Susie will only charge you $9/ft [monthly rate]. First class docks, etc. Also you can watch your boat on their harbor cam while you are gone. MB airport has connections to all major cities. Restaurants, West Marine, etc close by.
    John & Sue Winter

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

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  • Praise for Osprey Marina, AICW Statute Mile 373.5

    Osprey Marina , owned by Carson Benton, is at mile marker 373 on the Intracoastal Waterway in Myrtle Beach. Osprey Marina offers a protected harbor 150 yards off the waterway accessible by a private dOsprey Marina lies right where the Waterway leaves the Pine Island Cut (a. k. a. “the Rock Pile”) and sweeps south into the beautiful Waccamaw River. Osprey Marina is A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR! so let them know you read about them here!

    I have stopped several times at the Osprey Marina for fuel (best prices) and left my boat there for a month a couple of years ago. Sheri and the other employees were helpful and friendly and the prices were very reasonable….this is a VERY nice marina.
    Skipper Jock Ames

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

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  • Good Times at Osprey Marina (Statute Mile 373.5)

    Osprey Marina , owned by Carson Benton, is at mile marker 373 on the Intracoastal Waterway in Myrtle Beach. Osprey Marina offers a protected harbor 150 yards off the waterway accessible by a private dOsprey Marina lies right where the AICW leaves the Pine Island Cut (a. k. a. “the Rock Pile), and sweeps south into beautiful Waccamaw River. Of course, we are a little prejudiced around here, as Osprey Marina is a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, but I could not agree more with Captain Ted, that this facility is indeed one of the finest marinas to be found anywhere. And, let me also mention that their dockage basin is super sheltered!

    Osprey Marina is very attractive, having been carved out of the land. It is reached by a short canal, and is easy to miss if you’re not paying attention. It is well worth a visit. While it is not within walking reach of general services, the snack bar (operated by Sheri, who seems also to be the marina manager) serves both breakfast and lunch, closing at 1700 when the office closes. Upon our arrival, Sheri (maybe spelled differently) presented us with a bag of complimentary goodies which included a package of crackers, a block of cheddar cheese, a couple of candy bars, a key ring float, a couple of insulated drink holders, a book of matches, several pamphlets about the marina, and a list of essential services within a taxi ride including, of course, the phone numbers of the local taxis. Included with this information was the phone number of Scatori’s Pizzeria & Italian Restaurant, “Local’s favorite authentic Italian cuisine & real NY pizza.” Scatori’s will come fetch you at the marina (and bring you back) and offers free delivery to your boat. We opted for the latter (as we had when we stopped at Osprey Marina last spring) and ordered a large three-topping pizza which was delivered by a cultured and articulate young man an hour later. We devoured half of the pizza and saved the other half for later.
    Shower facilities at Osprey Marina rated a 9 with both of us. The only negative point was the lack of enough hooks from which to hang one’s clothes while in the shower. However, the showers were excellent, clean, not fancy, but with benches and chairs, substantial hand rails on two sides, and racks for soap shampoo, and whatever else one would likely want to take into the shower. Entry into the showers/heads/laundry area is provided using a magnetic key provided with the goodie bag when you sign in.
    Sheri said she would be at the marina at 0800 and would cook breakfast for us. Malla had a biscuit and gravy ($4.00), and I had the Osprey Platter ($6.25): 2 eggs, 2 sausage patties or 3 bacon slices. grits or home fries, and toast. Coffee is free, help yourself. It was all excellent, enjoyed at a window table overlooking part of the marina. We were out of there before 0900.
    Why do I go on so about this marina? On the wall near the grill is a framed clipping with the headline, “Osprey Marina and Grill named the best marina in the country.”
    When we were ready to depart, the dockmaster came down to our slip and gave O.G’s pulpit a gentle shove to help us get squared away.
    We were very glad we had stopped there and will try to do so again on our way north next spring.
    Ted Jones

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

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  • Cooperative and Supportive Marina: Harbor Gate Marina, AICW Statute Mile 347

    Harbor Gate Marina occupies the charted square cove abutting the ICW’s southern banks between the two (charted) Nixon Crossroads bridges.

    We stopped there initially to fuel up and get a pump-out, but just before we got there, an alternator belt broke. The wonderful staff there helped us get into the dock with the current, and were wonderful in helping us get a mechanic from nearby Anchor Marina. The staff at this marina are wonderful. They were extremely friendly, helpful and did everything they could to be helpful to us. WE ended up staying night and will certainly return to this wonderful facility.

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

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  • Praise for Support from Anchor Marina, AICW Statute Mile 347

    Anchor Marina overlooks the ICW’s southerly banks just east of the Little River high-rise bridge.

    If you need help on the waterway, talk to “Guy” at Anchor marina. He was absolutely super with us and helped us problem solve possible reasons for breaking alternator belts on on engine. He is very professional, very reasonable, and extremely easy to work with. Highly recommended.

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

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  • Myrtle Beach Yacht Club Recommended (Statute Mile 346)

    Myrtle Beach Yacht Club is unmatched for its Lowcountry charm and gracious hospitality. Myrtle Beach Yacht Club is the rearmost facility on Coquina Harbor. The entrance channel for this body of water indents the northern banks of the Waterway, opposite marker #13. MBYC is known for having some of the best fuel prices on the Waterway, AND they are a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR.
    Oh yes, in addition to the Officer’s Club restaurant mentioned below, don’t dare miss the adjacent Umberto’s Restaurant. The chops served here are legendary up and down the AICW!

    SweetPea is now located at Myrtle Beach Yacht club mile marker 345.9 and and will remain here till after the Thanksgiving holiday. Though we have just arrived I can say this the people here are very friendly and the Officers Club (restaurant) is excellent ! Those boaters heading south if you land here for a night or extended stay stop in and see us. The entrance of the harbour is marked by a lighthouse.
    Jim and Dale McGovern
    aboard SweetPea

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

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  • Report on Barefoot Landing Transient Dock, N. Myrtle Beach, AICW Statute Mile 353.5

    Barefoot Landing Transient Dock adjoins the popular Barefoot Landing Outlet Center and overlooks the ICW’s southern banks, a short hop west of the Barefoot Landing Bridge.

    Just a quick note to say good spot, many restaurants and shops, very helpful dockmaster BUT at present no showers. Restrooms yes, showers no.
    Leigh on Raconteur.

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

  • News From Barefoot Marina (Statute Mile 353.5)

    I’m very glad to hear that Barefoot Marina is progressing so nicely under its new ownership. By the way, don’t confuse this facility with the Barefoot Landing Transient Dock, which is located on the opposite (ocean) side of the Waterway.

    Barefoot Resort – North Myrtle Beach, SC, ICW mm 354. This is our home marina!!! The ownership of this marina has transferred this past year, and the marina is doing great! The facilities are top notch, well kept, and definitely what you expect from a resort location. They are full service, with showers, laundry, and fuel onsite, and unbelievably great restaurants and shopping very nearby. Our harbor master and dock master are people who have been with Barefoot Yacht Club from its opening, and they are truly committed to serving the boating public. We have been members from the beginning and are thrilled with the changes that have occurred these past few months. We highly recommend this marina as a stop on your trip southbound this winter!
    Captain Ron and Sabra Morgan

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

  • Praise for the Marina at Dock Holidays in Myrtle Beach, SC (Statute Mile 348)

    Dock Holidays has long been a favorite with my family and many others . There’s a 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.

    Friendly, helpful management. Low rate for week’s stay. Close to beach, bicycle rental, mini-golf (choice of two theme-type courses). Very pleasant restaurant and patio bar.
    Captain Lionel

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s South Carolina Marina Directory Listing For The Marina at Dock Holidays

  • Praise for Myrtle Beach Yacht Club (Statute Mile 346)

    If you’re thinking “snobbish yacht club”, forget it when you stop at Myrtle Beach Yacht Club. It’s a very friendly, casual marina, complete with herb garden for you gourmets. Friendly staff and friendly slip holders make MBYC a very pleasant stop. And, these good folks are a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!

    Submitted on 2010/05/22 at 5:42pm
    As we are departing Myrtle Beach we hear chatter on the VHF regarding the number of boats in the Calabash Creek anchorage. This was to be our destination but it was already crowded so we opted to stay at the Myrtle Beach Yacht Club.
    The tide was low and water depths into the harbor basin were very skinny. Darn near heart stopping at one point. Even at the dock we were very close to sitting on the bottom (our draft 4.5″). We were helpfully refueled and docked by the staff.
    We were both a little tired so instead of fixing dinner, we decided to go to the Officer’s Club Restaurant. We were pleasently surprised. The atmosphere and food were great. We both had excellent meals. We had crab stuffed mushrooms, steak, and shrimp scampi,. We even decided to have desert and enjoyed a monster “Brownie Tower” with coffee. After that fabulous meal we walked about the facility a bit. This place really surprised us. A great place to stop.
    Captain Dick Litchfield

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

  • Harbourgate Marina (Statute Mile 347)

    Good words about a GREAT marina, and Harbourgate is a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!

    A great marina just north of the swing Bridge has lowered their advertised price from $1.75 to $1.50. Walk to four different restaurants. Provisioning can be arranged too. Pool, hot tub.
    From the AGLCA Mail List

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

  • Little River Inlet Anchorage (Statute Mile 342)

    The anchorage reviewed by Captain Bill below lies off Little River Inlet, NOT off the AICW. You must actually run a goodly portion of the inlet passage, from the AICW out towards the briny blue, before turning off the marked track, and ducking behind Bird Island. Click the link below to see a Chart View image of this anchor down spot.
    We have not hitherto listed this anchorage in our “South Carolina Anchorage Directory” as we have always suspected changeable depths here. However, Captain Bill’s observations below synch with the soundings I took here several years ago, so maybe the bottom strata is more stable than I thought. So, look for an entry in our Anchorage Directory soon for these waters.

    Close by – about 2 miles – there is an excellent anchorage behind marker #8 in the Little River [Inlet] channel, just behind Bird Island. This is a well known secret to all the locals. A creek comes off the main channel just before you get to the jetties and runs NE. It is amazingly deep and affords a wide swing scope.
    Open the hatches, catch the breeze and listen to the breakers on the other side of Bird Island all night!
    Captain Bill Norris
    aboard Nobody You Know

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of the Anchorage Off Little River Inlet Discussed Above

  • More Praise for Osprey Marina (Statute Mile 373.5)

    I honest don’t think any pleasure craft facility has garnered more praise here on the Cruisers’ Net than Osprey Marina. This wonderful marina is accessed by way of a long canal, which cuts off from the AICW, a short hop south of the decrepit Socastee swing bridge. And, of course, Osprey is a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!
    The posting below comes from Captain Ted Jones, former editor and co-owner of the late, great “Coastal Cruising” magazine. Captain Ted has been kind enough to exclusively share his cruising log with the Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net during his still underway sojourn to points south!

    1230: We departed Georgetown alongside a pretty green Canadian sloop with which we kept pace all day.
    1700: We were looking for a spot to anchor as we were approaching the narrow canal through Myrtle Beach where there would be no place to anchor. We checked one out behind an island, but were skeptical of continuing to be fly bait. We pulled alongside the Canadian who told us they were headed for Osprey Marina where the rate was a buck a foot. We said we would tag along and see if they had room for two.
    1730: Osprey Marina turned out to be a pleasant surprise and the find of the Century. One enters a narrow cut on the east side of the ICW. After a hundred yards or so, the cut opens into a large basin which has half-a-dozen docks, each with 30 or 40 slips. They put us on the fuel dock so we could pump the holding tank and while there we topped off with fuel.
    The dockmaster walked me to our slip so I could see if it was okay and how to get into it, then we motored around to B-dock, slip 6 and tied up for the night. Osprey Marina is modern, clean, and has all the amenities. Nearby is an Italian restaurant which will pick you up or deliver your meal. We called and had an excellent pizza which was delivered earlier than expected. We ate half of it and have the other half for later. Osprey Marina gets our vote as one of the best deals around, but don’t blink as you pass the canal.
    (All day we had seen signs with the word Osprey, but the rest of the lettering is too small to read. We didn’t know what they represented, perhaps real estate sales.)
    0915: We bid farewell to Osprey Marina vowing to return. It’s biggest attraction to us, aside from being a great spot, is that it lets us avoid Barefoot Landing which we don’t care for partly because it has the worst, overpriced ice cream either of us has ever tasted. What a contrast: I forgot to mention in yesterday’s log that all overnight boats are given a care package which contains, among other things, a whole package of Helluvagood Cheese and two kinds of crackers to go with it, a couple of mints, a magazine, two drink holders, and a whistle with float plus information about the marina, the marina grill menu (breakfast and lunch), etc.
    Ted Jones

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

  • Barefoot Transient Dock Discussion (Statute Mile 353.5) and Barefoot Resort

    Over the weekend of 5/8/10 to 5/9/10, there was a discussion on the GL (“Great Loop) mail list about the marina facility at Barefoot Landing Shopping Center in Myrtle Beach. Most of the messages below center around the status of the docks behind the shopping center (which is still very much operational, but no longer free), but it would be easy to understand how confusion could reign here in regards to the two similarly named facilities facing each other on opposite sides of the Pine Island Cut/AICW canal.
    The ocean side facility, which is the subject of this string, now goes under the name, “Barefoot Landing Transient Dock” (see link below). The mainland facility WAS “Barefoot Landing Resort Marina,” but it has gone belly up.
    I visited the former Barefoot Resort marina on 5/1/10. I found good news and bad news. On the plus side, the marina was still operating and accepting transients. As a matter of fact, while I was there, the spring AGLCA rendezvous was in full swing at this marina.
    However, I was also told that a “glitch” had developed in transferring the marina to new ownership, and the dockmaster was not sure when he might be able to begin offering fuel again, or when the new owners might take over.
    While the docks appeared to me to still be in acceptable condition, the formerly lush shoreside landscaping was beginning to look pretty ratty, and the adjacent restaurant was long closed.
    If anyone comes across any fresh information about “Barefoot Resort Marina,” PLEASE share this data with the cruising community by clicking the “Comment on This Posting/Marina/Anchorage/Bridge” link below!

    Good Afternoon,
    Can anyone tell me if the Barefoot Landing free dock, listed in Skipper Bob’s 2005 version, is still available for cruisers? I did not see it listed in the “Friendly Mooring Places” list that was put together earlier this year by Jim on “Twins”.
    Thanks in advance!
    Todd & Brenda Lanning
    1985 40′ Oceania Trawler

    Ahoy Todd and Brenda:
    The “Barefoot Landing Free Dock” is now the “Barefoot Landing Dock.” No longer free, but upgraded a bit with power and water.
    Susie and I used to dock there twice a year going up and down the AICW, enjoy the “free” dock and spend usually a couple of hundred $s dining, buying tourist trinkets, etc. Now we continue on and anchor north or south of Myrtle Beach.
    Wade Ehlen
    New Bern NC

    Hello Captains Todd and Brenda:
    Yes, the dock at Barefoot Landing Shopping Center does still take transients. The dockmaster here has asked us to now call this facility the “Barefoot Landing Transient Dock.” You can get full details at:
    Let me know if that works for you. Good luck and good cruising!
    Claiborne S. Young
    Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net

    According to the above reference, it’s alive but it is still not free again. Instead there is a $1.50/ft per night charge or, per cruiser’s comment, $5 charge to stop during the day for a few hours.
    A link was provided to the Barefoot Dock, But it was broke for me. Perhaps someone else will have better luck.
    (Oh if you want a free dock with easy access to town in the MB neighborhood, take the Waccamaw upriver to Conway, SC. It is a beautiful cruise.)

    Subject: Barefoot Landing, Myrtle Beach mile 354
    Cruising News: Hey everyone, we just wanted to post about a Great new place that just opened here, called the Flying Fish, public Market and Grill, We think other cruisers stopping at barefoot will appreciate it. They have and awesome seafood market and limited veggies and fruit, with great prices, not to mention some of the Best Happy Hour specials we have seen, Not only do they have house wines and house liquors for 3 bucks each during there 4-8 pm happy hour,(also beer 2.50) they also have lots of great appetizers for 5 bucks each, and they are big portions, for example 10 huge jumbo peel and eat shrimp steamed in nut brown ale with market seasoning, 12 oysters served raw with lemon and cocktail, Southern fried chicken tenders served with choice of dipping sauce,(huge order) , Sweet Potato fries topped with crumbles of blue cheese and blue cheese sauce diced tomatoes and red onions, Plus many more to choose from, Buffalo Shrimp, Fried Blue Crab Fingers, Crispy Calamari, Spinach and Artichoke Dip, California rolls, Spicy Tuna, all of these during Happy Hour in the Bar seating area for 5 bucks, and Yes they have some tables in that area as well. We Loved it, all great food, only problem, we couldn\’t eat dinner and had leftovers from the appetizers. Please stop by and enjoy, we felt it was worth writing up for others headed North to enjoy! We sure did!
    Captain Clay aboard Gemini

    Hey….The Barefoot Landing Dock is still a nice place to lay over for a day or two even though it is not free anymore. Nice prople are running it. Try helping them out a little. Everything in life cannot be FREE!!!
    Captain Raymond W. Smith aboard “Fire Dog”

  • Harbourgate Marina (Statute Mile 347)

    I confirmed with Harbourgate Marina via phone that, unfortunately, there is no longer the 5% discount for BoatUS members. The Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net’s “South Carolina Fuel Prices” directory has been updated accordingly. Please do note that Harbourgate is a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!

    When we called to confirm fuel price listed on SSECN, we were told there is no BoatUS discount.
    Jean Thomason

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

  • Calabash Creek Anchorage (Statute Mile 342)

    Calabash Creek Anchorage, just south of the North Carolina state line, remains a popular stopping point as verified by Capt. Jean. However, exercise caution at the creek’s entrance from the AICW, and be aware of two markers in the immediate vicinity, both numbered #2.

    Anchored here 4-19-10 with nine other boats – 6 sail and 4 power altogether. It’s pretty tight with that many boats and I doubt the shrimpers will be please with those that are impinging on the channel. Not a lot of anchorage choices in this area however.
    Jean Thomason

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s South Carolina Anchorage Directory Listing For Calabash Creek Anchorage

  • Lightkeepers Marina (Statute Mile 346)

    Lightkeepers Marina is one of the three pleasure craft facilities located in Coquina Harbor, which borders the Waterway’s western flank in Little River, SC. Another is Myrtle Beach Yacht Club, which, in spite of its name, is a marina, and they are also a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR as well!!!
    Note that the reply originally below appeared on the AGLCA (American Great Loop Cruisers’ Association). and was in answer to a question.

    If you can handle SC then Lightkeepers Marina in Coquina Harbor, Little River, SC is a nice safe marina with great rates. Phone and ask for James the Dockmaster, tell him what you want to do. It’s about 60 miles south of Wilmington, NC by road. It is in Horry County which is a county where you can leave your boat for up to 182 days per calendar yr without paying County or SC State Taxes. We have left our boat there several times for extended periods when we have gone home to Australia and have been very happy. We are 47ft with a 5ft draft and 18ft beam.
    Regards from Rod and Pauline
    Nova Scotia 47 Pilothouse Trawler

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s South Carolna Marina Directory Listing For Lightkeepers Marina

  • Harbour Gate Marina (Statute Mile 347)

    Here’s a quick, but informative comment about Harbour Gate Marina in Little River, SC. Not only does captain Susie run a great operation, but these good people are a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR! Note that we provide a link to Harbour Gate’s webcam below!

    In Myrtle Beach, Harbourgate at the Swing Bridge is very safe, has a camera so you can see your boat on the internet, live.
    Just Relax

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

    Click Here To View Harbour Gate Marina’s live web/habor cam

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