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Archive For: SC – 1 – Calabash to Socastee Bridge

  • Casual Passage of the Rock Pile, AICW Statute Mile 355, Myrtle Beach, SC

    The “Rock Pile” is a three mile section of a man-made canal, officially known as the Pine Island Cut, used by the AICW to run between Little River and the Waccamaw River. Capt. Marquet was wise to heed the “dire warnings” about the Rock Pile, but misses the point of those warnings. The channel is narrow and lined with submerged concrete and rocks. Cruisers are urged to announce their presence on VHF in case large commercial traffic is approaching which could force you out of the channel’s mid-width and onto the “rocks”, especially at high tide when the rocks are fully submerged. Capt. Marquet is correct in stating that the passage is easy “if you stay well within the channel”, but that becomes a “big if” when facing an approaching barge in the narrowest sections.

    Cruising News:
    Because of dire warnings, we slogged through here @ 6 knots, but if you stay well within the channel there is no problem going faster.
    Carolou Marquet

  • Dining Situation Changes 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 dUpon receiving the message below, we immediately telephoned SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Osprey Marina, and learned that Captain Good’s observations below are quite correct. Due to slow landside traffic during the summer months, the on-site grill is indeed not currently operating. Also, South Carolina DOT work on a small “channel bridge” nearby has closed direct access from Ospry to Scatori’s Italan Restaurant, which normally picks boaters up from the docks and returns them to the marina after dining. The road work in question was originally slated for completion this November, but, surprise, surprise, that date has been put off until the latter part of December, 2011.
    Fortunately, all is not lost when it comes to shoreside dining. The 707 Diner (843-215-7707) and Delaney’s Dog Haus (843-650-8336), will both make food deliveries to the marina parking lot. And, Captain Lynn at Osprey tells us Delaney’s has “the best cheeseburgers in the world.”
    Even with these dining changes, Osprey Marina remains one of the very best marinas in northeastern South Carolina. Pay them a visit, and you won’t be sorry!

    Cruising News:
    We stopped at Osprey Marina 10/08/11 for fuel and to spend the night. Scatori will not pick up for dinner or deliver because of a bridge being out. The cafe at the marina is closed at present.
    Nice folks. 1.00 per foot.tied up at their fuel dock for the night.
    Reggie Good

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

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Osprey Marina

  • Good Visit to Barefoot Landing Transient Dock, 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.

    We are here now (08/20/2011). We’ve been here three days and are leaving tomorrow. Friendly staff and easy dockage. The costs go down the longer you stay. Ice is available. Plenty of restaurants and “beach” type stores within walking distance. The restrooms are public, but clean. Just keep in mind, it’s a “dock”, not a “marina. No pool, no showers, no captain’s lounge, etc. Would I recommend it? Yes, I would.
    Skipper Ron

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

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Barefoot Landing

  • Report on Calabash Creek Anchorage, 3/17/10, AICW Statute Mile 342

    Calabash Creek lies to the north off 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 are 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 to anchor, during MLW, but Captain Bill must have found a channel we missed.

    I anchored at Calabash Creek on July 5, 2011, without any problem. I arrived at exactly low tide, and watched a large sportfisher and two large drift fishing boats go through and decided to give it a try. They were coming from [Little] River inlet and crossing the ICW. They hugged the ICW R2, leaving it to port, then stayed well of the Calabash Creek R2, leaving it to starboard. I draw 5.5 feet, and saw 6.5 feet passing ICW R2. I anchored in 9.5 feet between R2 and G3 just off the north shore. It was a nice anchorage once the stream of fishing boats and shrimpers finished the day. I would never have tried this on falling tide.
    Skipper Bill Raynor

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

    Click Here To View A Navigation Alert for this Area.

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Section of the AICW/Little River Inlet/Calabash Creek Intersection

  • Myrtle Beach Yacht Club Awarded Clean Marina Certification, AICW Statute Mile 346

    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 now they are a friend to the environment. Naturally, they are a Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net Sponsor!

    Cruising News:
    We are proud to announce that Myrtle Beach Yacht Club is now a Certified Clean Marina Destination in the state of South Carolina. MBYC was presented with the Clean Marina Certification and Flag by the South Carolina Marina Association on Saturday, June 11th.

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

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Myrtle Beach Yacht Club

  • Good Run and Good Depths from Dewees Creek to Myrtle Beach, AICW Statute Miles 455-355

    We have received a number of recent reports of shoaling south of McClellanville and have set a Navigation Alert near green marker #37, statute mile 431.

    4/24/2011, we departed Dewees Creek NORTHBOUND, at 06h15, about 1 hour before low tide. That brought us through Andersonville and McClellanville through the low tide period in the area. Our chartplotter’s Tide Almanac reported the low tide at 0.3 ft above datum for that low tide. Several observations. It was a very quiet morning on the water, so we ran the charted midline course. For that entire 25 mile run, we never saw less than (to be very conservative) 8 to 8.5 ft of water. Yes, lots of mud flats and dock floats sitting on the bottom, and careful about following the magenta line, but no water depth problems! Second, after the tide started rising around McClellanville, we had a fair current all the way in to Myrtle Beach. In fact, we averaged about 1 mile per hour greater SOG than we run in normal, still water over that distance, and made 100 miles from 06h15 to 17h45, which we deemed a long but not uncomfortable day.
    Peg and Jim Healy aboard Sanctuary

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Dewees Creek

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at McClellanville

  • Real Confidence in Barefoot Marina, AICW Statute Mile 353.5

    Formerly Barefoot Resort Yacht Club, Barefoot Marina has received numerous words of praise under its new management team. The easily accessed marina is located on the west side of the Waterway just south of the Barefoot Landing Bridge and opposite popular shopping mecca, Barefoot Landing.

    I have kept our boat at Barefoot Yacht Club for over a year now and it is a great place for the family. We love the pool and the employees at the marina. There are a lot of things to do close by and we would not keep our boat anywhere else.
    Skipper Tommy Badurski

    I could not agree more! We have had the ‘Fran C’ at Barefoot Marina since last July and have nothing but praise for the place and people there. I just wish the restaraunt would re-open!!!
    Skipper Paul Crosby

    Stayed overnight on the face dock on 3/31/11. Found excellent facilities and very friendly personnel. $1.25′ very friendly as well.
    Skipper Ed Grygent

    I could not agree more! We have had the ‘Fran C’ at Barefoot Marina since last July and have nothing but praise for the place and people there.
    I just wish the restaurant would re-open!!!
    Skipper Paul Crosby

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

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Barefoot Marina

  • 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

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Harbourgate Marina

  • 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

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Osprey Marina

  • 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

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Osprey Marina

  • 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.
    Fitzcat

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

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Harbor Gate Marina

  • 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.
    Fitzcat

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

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Anchor Marina

  • 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

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Myrtle Beach Yacht Club

  • 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

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