Follow the link below for some interesting and somewhat disturbing reading!
Follow the link below for some interesting and somewhat disturbing reading!
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.
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
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
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
Within the protected shores of Coquina Harbor, which cuts into the northern banks of the Waterway opposite unlighted daybeacon #13, Lightkeepers Marina is a popular stop for cruisers.
Great place to stay–very friendly staff, easy docking and spotless showers!
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.
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!
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.
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, www.bflmarina.net. 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”
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.
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.
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
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.
We have actually listed the Socastee Swing Bridge as “Opens on Demand” or some time in our “South Carolina Bridge Directory” (http://cruisersnet.net/category/bridges-south-carolina/).
How “nice” of them to open on demand, especially as this low-level, break-down prone span should have been removed years ago, when the adjacent high-rise opened. Why spend the millions of dollars to build the new bridge, and keep the old one in place. Siggghhhhh!
The Socastee Swing Bridge tender said today that “unfortunately” there is no opening schedule for spring season. It’s all on demand. Our experience south- and northbound this season is we waited ten minutes for an opening.
Captain Jane Tigar
Here’s a new one on me. I’ve never heard of any shoaling at the AICW/Little River intersection, and we have had no postings here on the Net previously about shallow depths here. This juncture is found immediately south of the North Carolina – South Carolina state line. Anyone else had trouble here. Please let us know your experiences, good or bad, by clicking the “Comment on This Posting/Marina/Anchorage/Bridge” link below.
Subject: ICW at Little River Inlet Intersection
Cruising News: We were heading S. on the ICW on 3/26/2010. Around 12:15, we arrived at marker 119, the north side of the intersection. Upon heading to ICW marker red 2 w/yellow triangle, we contacted the ground. As we had little way, we simply eased off and tried to find a path through, but, could not. A marine officer happened by and said we should have no problem. We eased in behind him at minimum way and grounded in rock. While this is not the point of the posting, he did not lend any assistance. In fact, after he cleared the shallow area we were following him through, he hit full throttle. Nice. The actual point is why in the world could we not pass? I am not a new captain and our boat drafts 39″. No one reported any issues. It is my understanding shrimpers, etc. go through there without issue. Had I been traveling at speed….Please provide insight as this has me troubled.
Please note the Barefoot Landing Transient Dock guards the AICW’s EASTERN banks, opposite the one-time Barefoot Resort Yacht Club and Marina. This latter facility is currently undergoing a change in ownership. Everything is (and has been) stable at the facility featured in this posting, which backs up to the huge Barefoot Landing shopping complex.
Arrived here about 1500 and were greeted by Mark the Dockmaster. He expertly helped us tie up our dock lines and adjust fenders. Price is $1.50 per foot and that includes electric and WiFi which makes it a great deal. The welcome pack includes info on the shopping area and a great discount coupon to T-Bones. The docks are in great shape and very easy to approach from the waterway.
I can’t think of another facility that has received so many on-line accolades here on the Cruisers’ Net as Osprey Marina. Don’t miss this place! And, don’t forget, they are a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!
Stopped here for lunch on 1/16/09 great facilities, friendly people and a great hamburger. Will stop again!
I have taken a good, long look at chart 11534, and the marker #2 Captain Jane refers to below lies on the intersection of the AICW and Calabash Creek, just south of the NC – SC state line. Take a gander at 11534, and also notice there is a SECOND marker #2, which marks the southernmost section of the Calabash Creek channel. I’ve always thought two #2′s in such close proximity was a prescription for confusion.
Anyway, the southern mouth of Calabash Creek has been shoaling for some time, so perhaps these shallows are now beginning to impinge on the Waterway. HAS ANYONE ELSE NOTED LESS THAT STELLAR DEPTHS AT THIS INTERSECTION? If so, or not, please share your observations by click on the “Comment on This Posting/Marina/Anchorage/Bridge” link below. Many thanks in advance
Subject: MM 342, Little River Inlet area
Cruising News: MM 342
At Little River Inlet, December 9, 2009, we found 5 feet near Red 2. It seemed to be a “lump”; we found deeper water a little bit to port. I think we were about 1/3 above low tide. We were on the red side of the channel.
S/V Lady Jane
Lightkeepers Village is one of the three facilities located on protected Coquina Harbor, near AICW marker #13. The other two are “Coquina Harbor Yacht Club” and Myrtle Beach Yacht Club (A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!).
We have kept our boat at Lightkeepers Marina, Little River, SC many times. Coquina Harbor, it’s basically the North Myrtle Beach area. http://www.lightkeepersmarina.com/
Floating docks, quiet and secure with great rates, phone James the Dockmaster for their best rates. Phone 843 249 8660. Tell them the Aussies told you to call. We’re here at the moment on our boat and plan on staying until mid January, maybe longer.
Rod and Pauline
“Two by Two” Nova Scotia 47 Pilothouse Trawler
Captain Koerner’s remarks below are only the latest laudatory message here on the Cruisers’ Net concerning what a fine facility cruisers will find upon arriving at Grand Dunes Marina (A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR). Do yourself a BIG favor and include this facility in your cruise plan!
Very good experience. Dockhands really excellent and the staff is quite friendly. Even got a free bottle of wine when I registered! Courtesy van gave me a ride so I could do some grocery shopping.
As a home owner here it is a great place to live. New docks are going in as I write this to accomodate catamarans, tri hulls and every other type of wide vessels. No need to tie up on the dock ends because of extra wide boats. Probably the best hurricane hole in North Carolina.
Subject: The Marina at Grande Dunes
Cruising News: I am currently at this marina and left my boat here for a month while I had to return to work. This is a great place to be! The staff are excellent – friendly, helpful and attentive to taking care of the vessels in the marina. Docks are in excellent condition, security is great, facilities (laundry, showers, etc.) are well-done and clean. On site services such as restaurants and fitness facility are a bonus. And their rates are reasonable, given what I have paid elsewhere in my travels for less amenities. There\’s a grocery store, pharmacy, entertainment and even a hospital within walking distance. If you are stopping in the Myrtle Beach area, I highly recommend this location.
And the hits just keep on coming when it comes to this fine facility (near the AICW’s northern entrance to Waccamaw River). Few marinas have garnered so much praise here on the Cruisers’ Net as Osprey Marina. But, of course, they are a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!
I agree with all of these folks. Osprey Marina was terrific in every way! At the marina’s suggestion, we checked out Scatori’s Restaurant. The restaurant provided us transportation to and from, the food and wine tasted delicious and the presentation was exceptional, and after dinner we even picked up a few groceries at Lowe’s. Talk about great hospitality!
Jan & Tracy Nelson