Seaside 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 historiDataw Island Marina, 100 Marina Drive, Dataw Island, SC 29920 Mile Marker 521, 843 838 8410VHF 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 calmThe Downtown Marina Of Beaufort, SC, 1006 Bay Street Beaufort, SC 29902 (843) 524-4422 or Marker #239 on ICWA 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 aLadys Island Marina - Beaufort, SCWelcome 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.
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 CarolinaAt 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 communityMyrtle Beach Yacht Club is unmatched for its Lowcountry charm and gracious hospitality. Windmill Harbour Marina, Hilton Head SCOsprey MarinaHarbour Town at Hilton Head, with its familiar red-and-white-striped lighthouse, is a fine resort marina with an enormous number of amenities.

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Charleston In-Water Boat Show at The Bristol Marina, Ashley River, near AICW Statute Mile 469

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 04-16-2014

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Bristol Marina – Click for Chartview

 

If coming by boat, you can tie-up at the City Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR! or at the Harborage at Ashley Marina and walk a few blocks upstream to get in some major daydreaming about a new boat at the beautiful Bristol Marina, April 25-27, 2014. If coming by car, ample parking is available next door to Bristol Marina at Brittlebank Park.

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A Good Visit to Charleston Maritime Center, Cooper River, near AICW Statute Mile 465

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 03-12-2014

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Charleston Maritime Center – Click for Chartview

The Charleston Maritime Center is found on the Cooper River side of the Charleston peninsula within walking distance of downtown Charleston. This facility is very popular, but there is usually some rolling at your slip, due to strong tidal currents and passing wakes.

We just spent two weeks here. This is a great place to stay. It is right in downtown Charleston and you can walk or take the free trolley just about anyplace. The price is right and the marina people are very friendly and helpful.
They provide free wi fi and laundry. There is only a single bathroom and that is only available during the marina hours.
Space is limited as the place has shoaled in pretty good so unless you draw almost no water most of the slips are not useable. The only drawback are the wakes from the many tugs and ships operating in the harbor.
David Boxmeyer

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Free Pumpout Boat in Ashley River Anchorages, Charleston, SC, near AICW Statute Mile 469

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 03-10-2014

Charleston City Marina - Click for Chartview

Charleston City Marina – Click for Chartview

Welcome 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.

Charleston Waterkeeper’s Pumpout Program has been in operation since November, 2013 and dispatches out of Charleston City Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS NET SPONSOR! Service is primarily in the Ashley River anchorages just off the Waterway and the quote below explains how contact is made with the pumpout boat. More more information, see http://charlestonwaterkeeper.org/pumpout-program/?utm_source=Contacts&utm_campaign=0a22560a63-2014_February_Newsletter2_5_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_4b986f571f-0a22560a63-26071177

How It Works
To request a pumpout call (843) 608-9287. If you are a new client please let us know.
If you are a returning client we will put you on the pumpout schedule for the next week. If you are a new client you will receive a phone call from Charleston Waterkeeper to gather the information we need to provide you with pumpout service.

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For a pumpout, call (843) 608-9287. To contact Charleston Waterkeeper, call 843-607-3390 or email info@charlestonwaterkeeper.org

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Harbor Fish House Restaurant at Charleston Harbor Marina, and New Ship’s Store (Charleston Harbor, near St. M. 465)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 01-16-2014

Harbour Fish House Restaurant and Adjacent Ship's Store

Seaside Luxury at its bestSALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Charleston Harbor Marina, sits on the Mount Pleasant side of Charleston Harbor, hard by Patriots Point (between Horse Reach’s flashing buoys #34 and #36). This fine facility has been trying to build a second restaurant and an on-site retail facility for years. They have now succeeded.
I personally visited Charleston Harbor Marina in November when I attended and spoke to the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Association annual conference in Charleston. I was very impressed with the new Harbor Fish House restaurant’s (843-284-7067) atmosphere and particularly the view of the ships at adjacent Patriots Point. I did not get a chance to sample the bill of fare, but that oversight will be corrected SOON!
As noted by Skipper Fowler, the marina now provides trolley service to downtown Charleston. The trolley will drop off and pick up cruisers at Meeting Street, AND the really fabulous Harris Teeter supermarket on the Charleston peninsula. The same trolley will also take you to, and retrieve you from, the beaches on nearby Sullivan Island!
Wow, talk about the one of the best getting even better!!!

View From Harbor Fish House Restaurant

Hello Claiborne:
We recently spent some time at Charleston Harbor Marina, and were very impressed with the changes we found since our last visit. In particular, there is a large, new building on the upstream side of the parking lot which houses Harbor Fish House restaurant and a variety and ship’s store. The view from the restaurant’s large, interior glass windows is very nice, with many tables sporting a view of the historic ships at adjacent Patriots Point Park. Our fresh catch of the day was delectable.
The on-site store is heavily oriented towards clothing and some gift items, but they do have cold drinks and one small section of marine items.
We took advantage of the marina’s new trolley service (at least new to us), and rode into downtown Charleston to restock the galley at Harris Teeter. This is one of the best versions of this supermarket chain we have ever visited! Be sure to check the trolley schedule before leaving, or you could have a long wait to return to the marina.
We didn’t have a chance to take advantage of this, but the same trolley service will carry visiting boaters to the beaches on nearby Sullivan Island. Hope to give that trip a try during out next visit.
So, there you have it. Some really neat, new services at this marina!
Skipper Fowler

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Shem Creek Dredging near AICW Intersection, Lower Charleston (SC) Harbor, Statute Mile 463

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 01-11-2014

AICW/Shem Creek Intersection - Click for Chartview

Shem Creek, a popular DINING destination for cruisers, is found on the lower, north side of Charleston Harbor. The LONG entrance channel intersects the Waterway at marker #130.
FINALLY, the channel into Shem Creek from Charleston Harbor is being dredged. When complete, cruisers should once again discover good depths all the way into the southern mouth of Shem Creek, and it’s then just a hop, skip and a jump to the several restaurants on this stream which feature dockage for their patrons (particularly “RB’s”).
The initial dredging already underway is found north of #130 between markers #1 and #2, and will progress northward into Shem Creek. Waterway navigation should not be affected by the dredging operations.

SOUTH CAROLINA-CHARLESTON HARBOR-LOWER CHARLESTON HARBOR-SHEM CREEK: Dredge Operations
Cottrell contracting Corp will commence dredge operations approximately January 1, 2014 in the Lower Charleston Harbor in Shem Creek beginning 1300 feet south of Mount Pleasant Channel DBN 1 (LLNR 3510) and DBN 2 (LLNR 3515) and progressing northward to the Coleman Boulevard Bridge. Associated dredge pipeline operations will be present west of Charleston Harbor Channel LB 23 (LLNR 2465) and LB 24 (LLNR 2470) on the Mount Pleasant Range, Rebellion reach and South Channel of the Lower Charleston Harbor. The Dredge RICHMOND will be on scene and monitoring VHF channels 13 & 16. Submerged and floating pipeline will be used during the dredge operations. Mariners are advised to stay clear of the dredge, pipelines, barge, derricks and operating wires about the dredge. The dredge and pontoon lines are held in place by cables attached to anchors some distance from the dredge and pontoons. Buoys may move as the dredge moves. Owners and lessees of fishnets, crab pots and other structures that may be in the vicinity and that may hinder the free navigation of attending vessels and equipment must remove these from the area where tugs, tender boats and other attendant equipment will be navigating. Dredge Operations will be conducted 24/7 until approximately April 1, 2014. Mariners are advised to transit at the slowest safe speed a slow NO WAKE speed is requested, and proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made with the dredge. Project POC: Shannon Wolf (757) 547-9611.
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Cooper River Marina Awarded “Clean Marina” Status

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 09-16-2013

It’s nice to see that yet another Palmetto State facility has earned the distinction of being a “Clean Marina.” And, congratulations also to the South Carolina Marine Association for promoting interest in becoming an environmentally responsible pleasurecraft facility.
Cooper River Marina is located on (where else) Cooper River, far upstream from the principal Charleston waterfront and historic district, on the site of the now defunct Charleston US Naval Base. Visiting cruisers will either need to undertake a long taxi ride, or acquire a rental car, to experience Charleston’s many delights while berthing at Cooper River Marina.
However, with that being said, it’s really excellent that Charleston County has provided such an amenity rich facility as Cooper River Marina. It just goes to show what a welcoming attitude cruisers can expect pretty much everywhere in the “Holy City.”

COOPER RIVER MARINA BECOMES SC’s 15th CLEAN MARINA
Charleston, SC — The South Carolina Clean Marina Committee has granted Clean Marina certification to Cooper River Marina (CRM), located in North Charleston, SC and administered by the Charleston County Park & Recreation Commission.
A flag and certificate were awarded to the marina managers at the South Carolina Marine Association Summer Marine Education Conference. SCMA administers the SC Clean Marina Program in cooperation with the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control and the SC Department of Natural Resources. Although a voluntary program, it challenges SC marinas and boatyards to manage facility operations as responsible stewards of the environment.
Matt Cooper, General Manager of CRM, said they made over a span of three years improvements“upon existing policies and procedures to conform to the standards. These included maintaining a clean and operational pump out boat, proper storage of hazardous materials, providing boater education and signage on environmentally friendly practices, recycling and proper disposal of materials, selling and encouraging the use of environmentally friendly products, as well as fabrication of spill response and emergency action procedure documents, among others.”

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US Army Corps of Engineers Presents Charleston Channel Dredging Plan

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 08-29-2013

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The article below is reprinted from DredgingToday.com (http://www.dredgingtoday.com), a new resource we are consistently making use of here at the SSECN. While there is a lot of commercial and international dredging news that is not applicable to our waters, you will also find some important data for the Southeastern USA.
With the news in this particular article, looks like depths for the Charleston, SC Inlet and Harbor are going to be improved even further. That’s particularly good when it comes time to visit SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSORS, Charleston Harbor Marina and Charleston City Marina!

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Charleston District, has announced the details about the Charleston Channel dredging program.
This deepening project includes maintenance dredging of approximately 1,265,000 cubic yards of unclassified material from the Charleston Entrance Channel, which will be deposited in the Ocean Dredged Material Disposal Site.
The estimated value of this cleanup project is between $5 mln and $ 10 mln, and the proposals will be due on 25 September 2013.
From DredgingToday.com

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Quick Review of Charleston Maritime Center (Cooper River, near Statute Mile near 465)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 06-20-2013

Unlike SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Charleston City Marina, located on the Ashley River, the Charleston Maritime Center is found on the Cooper River side of the Charleston peninsula. This facility is very popular, but there is usually some rolling at your slip, due to strong tidal currents.

So much to see and do and the Charleston Maritime Marina people were wonderful and worked with us. Our bikes came in handy and got to see a lot of the beautiful parks and history. The rolling at the docks wasn’t great, but for the most part a great place to stop as not too far from anything and could walk to so many places.
Karen & Dennis Baldger
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“Shell Seakers”

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Good Words for Sunrise Bistro on Johns Island, Charleston, SC

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 06-08-2013

 Charleston City Marina Dockage SpecialsSunrise Bistro will require automobile transportation to get to, but it definitely sounds worth asking a favor of a friend or the cost of a taxi. The City Marina courtesy van does not go out to Johns Island.
Please note that Charleston City Marina is a VALUED SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!

Cruising News:
Claiborne,
As we continue our voyage north we had the occasion this weekend to dock at the City Marina in Charleston. As a frequent visitor to Charleston and its fine eating establishments, we are always eager to uncover another favorite.
Our escorts for this foray were Ed and Cindy Kridler of Charleston. Ed is a great guy and the District Commander of District 26 of the United States Power Squadrons.
Our destination was the Sunrise Bistro at 1797 Main Road on Johns Island. The building is not much to look at but just wait until you go inside.
You are warmly greeted by Brittany or the co-owner Jessica Welenteichick (the spelling is correct).
Sunrise Bistro is normally open for breakfast and lunch but on Friday and Saturday they are open for dinner also.
We started with hushpuppies wrapped in bacon. Holy Moly Claiborne, Hursey’s and the Mayflower restaurants would really be jealous of these gems which are served with Cajun honey butter. You just can’t stop eating them.
For my entrée I chose one of the few remaining braised pork shanks with mashed potatoes, asparagus and Newcastle sauce. Quite simply Claiborne it was one of the finest meals I’ve had in and around Charleston.
Other selections prepared by Chef Brian Appelt include Chef’s Home-Style Meatloaf with scalloped potatoes and asparagus in a carmelized onion demi glaze.
Bistro Short Ribs over grits and wild mushroom demi glaze was a great hit with another of our party.
Other offerings include Shrimp and Pepper-Jack Grits, Honey Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Pan-Seared Grouper (in garlic olive oil), Candied Rosemary Salmon and Creole Pan-Seared Pork Chop.
The rest of the menu may be found at www.sunrise-bistro.com. Claiborne, this one is really special.

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Another Update – 4-Foot Shoaling Reported (6/1/13) at AICW/Ashepoo Coosaw Cutoff Problem Stretch, Statute Mile 515

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 06-08-2013

Earlier reports have indicated depths of 5.8 feet at dead low in this perennial “AICW Problem Stretch” north of Beaufort, SC. Captains Cordello, Horowitz and Raynor all confirm our recommendation to take this passage at mid to high tide.

June 1, 2013
Ditto to the above comments. Arrived at Asheepoo Coosaw Cutoff at dead low tide on June 1, 2013, and plowed into mud with a depth under 4′. Waited for 2 hours and got through with 6′. Wish I’d have looked at the alternate route down the Coosaw River and up the Asheepoo to Fenwick Island. It adds 4 miles but would have been a lot faster and less nerve-wracking.
Bill Raynor

April 20, 2013
We just came thru Ashepoo Coosaw Cutoff on 4/20/2013 and the reported shoaling has gotten worse. We consistently saw 4.5 feet at MLW and one 3.9 foot at MLW. There appears to be an easy by pass by going down the Coosaw River toward St Helena Sound and up the Ashepoo Rv. We have not tried this route but will on the trip south next fall.
John Holmes

Oct 12 we also transit the Ashepoo/Coosaw Cut on a falling tide, just 2.5 feet above mlw, what we saw was exactly what was reported between markers 184 and 185 there would have been only 4.5 feet of water, strongly suggest going at mid to high tide.
Doug Cordello

Southbound, 3 November 2012. Exited the Ashepoo Coosaw Cutoff (“185″) at 1735. Low tide at 1818, +1.27′. Saw depths as low as 6 1/2′, so when you do the math there is not a lot of water at MLLW +0.0. At 1600 +2.8′, 1700 +1.8′, 1800 +1.2′, so check the daily tables and plan your passage accordingly.
Mike Horowitz
ALTAIR

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Shoaling Reported Inside South Jetty, Charleston, SC near AICW Statute Mile 469

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 05-21-2013

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Dynamite Hole is a marked channel opening in the south jetty, at the ocean side entrance to Charleston Harbor. The shoaling location is described below by Captain Mullins.
Local mariners often use this route as a short cut, particularly when entering Charleston Harbor from the south. ALL captains who are contemplate taking this passage should read the message below with the greatest care!

May 1, 2013
There is a large shoal that has grown on the seaward side of Ft.Sumter adjacent to the Dynamite Hole area. We found it and spent 6 hours high and dry and had to be pulled off by Tow Boat US. There has always been a shoal about half way out from the ship channel while trying to go through Dynamite Hole, but it has been about half way between the green side of the channel and the cut itself. Now, this shoal has extended to about 100 ft. to starboard of the green channel marker while making passage offshore. We were not trying to go through Dynamite Hole when we hit, but were just to starboard of the green channel marker.
We hit it under full sail and hit 4 times before we stopped on a falling tide.
It is not marked by any buoys or signs and is not shown as a danger area on my GPS charts.
The prudent sailor should stay in the shipping channel until at lease half way through the jetties going to sea.
Philip W. Mullins (Phil)
S/V Katash
Isle of Palms, SC

Hi, how close in time were you to low tide? I’ve gone thru Dynamite Hole a couple of times. Are you suggesting not using it any more or to go past the marker (as you head out to sea) marker on starboard and then turn south and head thru the cut in the jetties. Looks like that would avoid the shoaling.
Skip Hardin.
S/V Platypus

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Re the question “how close to low tide did you go aground” It was about 2.5 hrs before dead low tide. You can still go out Dynamite Hole, but I would pass Green “21″ to seaward then turn south to Dynamite Hole, keeping the cut well to your west as you progress to the cut.
Phil Mullins

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Charleston City Marina (Statute Mile 469)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 05-03-2013

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

Statute Mile 469 – who has had the pleasure of spending time at the Charleston City Marina? Please tell us about your experience.

Responses follow:

Excellent marina and wonderful showers. People were great. Marina van will take you into the city and pick you up !!! Like a bus….
Many super large yachts…flowing water. Pump out boat is hard to get ahold of….
It is a VERY LONG walk to your boat ..no matter where you are located !!!!!!!
Barbara and Ernie Roberts
Bermudiana

In the past 5 years CAVALIER has spent over 15 nights at the Charleston City Marina. A great marina as long as you follow a few simple rules:
1. Do not tie up on the outside of the outside pier unless you gross over 100 tons. It is pretty rocky.
2. Do not tie up close where the outside pier is connected to the stationery pier with a ribbed, non-slip steel ramp. The security cart that runs across that ramp all night long will make for a sleepless night.
3. Do be careful with the current – docking should be done into the current and slowly and carefully. When departing, plan your get-away carefully so that you have a safe basin to turn around, if necessary.
Jeanne and Terry Bieker
CAVALIER

Sanctuary and crew WILL NOT stay at the Charleston City Marina. If you stay there, make sure your insurances are all paid up and in force. Fast currents, totally unenforced no wake zones, narrow fairways. I don’t need it!
Jim

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Negative Comment about Cooper River Marina (on the Cooper River in North Charleston, SC)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 05-03-2013

Cooper River Marina is a Charleston County recreational facility, and they are indeed located on the grounds on the old US Navy Base, pretty much out in the middle of absolutely nowhere. You will definitely need landside, motorized transportation to enjoy Charleston’s many delights.
As for the current issue, swiftly moving water is part and parcel of almost every marina in South Carolina and Georgia, but the current can be quite swift here on this part of Cooper River.

Do NOT go to Cooper River Marina…an old navy base up stream…they try hard..but.. the river flows by at about 15 mph and it is very dangerous to get in there !!!!
Barbara and Ernie Roberts
Bermudiana

Currents in the Cooper River at this marina can run in the vicinity of 3 knots with storm run off on a spring tide ebb. We had no trouble dealing with them with a single screw sailboat. Just come in just before slack before ebb and leave the same way.
The current issue here is that wind against tide can set up quite a chop. Pick the downwind side of the face dock or find another place.
Yes it is remote, and yes the neighborhood is not so hot, but the staff is excellent, the facilities are well maintained. For an overnight stay is is a very good deal compared to the marinas for people with deep, deep pockets on the other rivers which also have their share of current and wind issues.
Chris & Janet

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St. Johns Yacht Harbor (Statute Mile 472.5)

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

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

Statute Mile 472.5 – Who has spent some tme at St. Johns Yacht Harbor, on the Stono River, south of the AICW’s entrance into Elliott Cut. Did you find this facility as nice as we have always discovered it to be? Did you try out the second story cruisers’ lounge? How about the swimming pool?

Responses follow:

Stayed there in spring and fall of 2012. Will stay there again. Some of the nicest facilities anywhere. Be careful if not arriving at slack current. Didn’t try pool or lounge. Could use a better eating facility and/or a courtesy car.
s/v Skye

We spent two nights at St. John’s for our Charleston visit. It was Race Week and all our normal venues were taken. This was our second visit and things are still excellent. The best change is that they now have a modern courtesy car for local shopping trips. Normally we rent a car from this marina to visit the city and surrounding areas. Enterprise has several offices that will pick you up. We were able to use the courtesy car the first evening to see a music performance at the Circular Congregational Church, which saved us a days car
rental.
After 9 years of doing tourist parts of Charleston, it is a nice change to tour the outskirts. BTW it was too cold for the pool but last year it was a refreshing stop. We did not use the lounge.
Great service and modern facilities.
Gregory Han

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Charleston, SC Dining Recommendations (Statute Mile 469)

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

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

Statute Mile 469 – please provide your fellow cruisers with some Charleston dining and sightseeing recommendations

Responses follow:

During this past weekend [May, 2013], we hunkered down in the Charleston Maritime Center during gale force winds. During respites from weather, we had an opportunity to walk around the downtown, Historic Charleston market area. There are many excellent restaurants from which to choose with a price range of low to high. Three moderate ones are “Amen”, “Magnolia”, and “S.N.O.B.”(Slightly North of Broad). All are close to each other on East Bay Street, but many other restaurants are also nearby. I chose “S.N.O.B.” from past recommendations, and was not disappointed. I walked in dressed with boating clothes, had no reservation, but was seated almost immediately. The atmosphere is classic Charleston, and the staff was pleasant, young and busy. I was quickly served warm sourdough and cornbread cubes (some of the best I’ve tasted) with softened butter. My server, Kyle, recommended an Atlas Peak Cabernet to compliment my order of Shrimp ‘n Grits. My meal was an excellent example of a classic, low country, recipe that was one of the best. For dessert, I tried the strawberry shortcake because the shortcake is a homemade cornbread pudding that reminded me briefly of “cornbread flan”. With blueberries added for color and taste along with a sweet sauce, it was a unique finish to a wonderful meal.
S.N.O.B. is billed as a Maverick Southern Kitchen; it offers why southern cooking is loved, and why Southern Hospitality is cherished. Ask for Kyle Smoak, she will brighten your day.
Bruce Franz
“Hemisphere Dancer”

A fun trip with a car is the firefly distillery about thirty minutes outside of town. There is a wonderful barabcue place on the right (J & D shack). They have a buffet with the best Fried Chicken I have ever had. Probably not healthy but good. Fish is an excellent seafood place, and Tratatorra Lucca is both good and interesting.
JackP

We stayed at the Maritime marina. It is an easy walk to all of downtown Charleston. Dining is a delight with lots of choices. Fig offers a fabulous fine dining experience. The servers really know the menu and the food is great. Husk is highly rated but it is really difficult to get an evening reservation. We were able to get a lunch reservation and enjoyed the meal. The Pavilion roof top bar is a great place to have a cocktail and watch the sunset. The pizza was pretty good too – thin crust. Hominy grill was quite a hike-2m- but breakfast
was great. Best grits ever. There are many restaurants to choose from but we can recommend trying these four.
Rock Chalk

You need a car for this visit but if you want “real” soul food, head for Bertha’s Kitchen in North Charleston at 2332 Meeting St Rd. It is a neighborhood place, nothing like the excellent Jestines which is gentrified soul food on Meeting St just north of Hymans and Sticky Fingers Ribs. Fried pork chops, fried chicken, okra soup, corn bread, Mac and cheese unlike any I have tasted, Lima beans. All so flavorful and like Berthas mama made. All of the other patrons were locals getting their regular meals with many getting the $4
dinner special. For use dinner for 2 under $20.
Too much to describe here. Look at Yelp listing. Also, the best martini in town and maybe in the south is at the hotel in Charleston Place with and entrance on Meeting just north of Market.
Gregory Han

LOTS of wonderful lace to eat !!!!
We love “Bubba Gumps” by the old slave market (now a craft market)
Wonderful Gulla Geeche baskets made and sold by the islanders !
Barbara and Ernie Roberts
Bermudiana

When ashore, be sure to take a carriage tour and to dine at Slightly North Of Broad (SNOB), High Cotton or Magnolia’s.
Jeanne and Terry Bieker
CAVALIER

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Charleston Harbor Resort Marina (on the Mount Pleasant Shores of Charleston Harbor/Cooper River. neat St. M. 465))

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

Seaside Luxury at its bestOn 4/30/13, as part of a South Carolina Wish List, we posed the following question:

Statute Mile 465 – who has spent time at Charleston Harbor Marina on the Mount Pleasant side of Charleston Harbor. Please give us a report. Did you find anyplace good to dine ashore?

Responses follow:

The marina staff was excellent & quite helpful with an excellent service attitude.
Tripp Jones

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Elliott Cut – Wappoo Creek Section of the AICW (Statute Miles 472 to 469)

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

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

Statute Mile 472 to 469 – has anyone had problems with the strong tidal currents barreling through the Elliott Cut – Wappoo Creek section of the AICW, between the Stono and Ashley Rivers? Did you have problems keeping off the morning and afternoon restricted bascule bridge which crosses these waters east of marker #7?

Responses follow:

We have been through Elliott Cut -Wapoo Creek Bridge many times. No problem with current, They have always been managable. I do put out a Security Call on Both VHF 13/16 for commercial traffic. Transited the cut on 4-19-13 on a flooding tide. Dropped the Antenna’s and took our 30 ft Air draft right under the bridge with no opening necessary any restrictiions is not a problem if you just check your cruising guide and plan your arrival accordingly.
Capt Bob Kovach

We encountered a 2 1/2 kt current through the cut carrying us towards the bridge. We have a cat so it was not a problem, but a monohull might not have been so lucky. There was a significant current through the bridge which is offset to the eastern bank.
John Pholeric

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Charleston Maritime Center (Charleston, SC, on Cooper River)

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

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

Statute Mile 465 – anyone found a berth at the Charleston Maritime Center, west of marker #36? Please describe your experience here. Did you find enough shelter from choppy water? Did you have any problems with the depths? Did you take the opportunity to walk to the nearby Harris Teeter supermarket? How about some dining recommendations for restaurants close to this facility?

Responses follow:

We’d tried more than once to get in. Last fall we were successful and secured two nights in November by calling a week in advance. Our experience there was positive. The staff was helpful. We didn’t find a problem with boat wakes, but we may be more tolerant than some. Harris Teeter was a short walk away and was a great place to provision. While I can’t name a particular restaurant, we’ve eaten at a few and found them to be really good. We enjoyed the short walk to the old marketplace and downtown.
Our boat is a Beneteau 36CC sailboat with a 5.5 ft draft.
Bob & Sandra
Carpe Diem

Cheapest fuel south of Myrtle Beach with Boat/us discount
Charleston Maritime Marina is best entered at slack tide. Does not have protection against strong northeast winds with subsequent surge! There are definite ship wake issues. Fish is four blocks away, and the Harris Teeter is expensive, but has anything you could ask for. The Aquarium is right there and worth a visit. Patriot Park is a water taxi ride away and a nice afternoon. The aircraft carrier was quite interesting.
JackP

Stayed several nights at the center. We did have to plow a bit of mud at dead low tide with our 5’3″ draft to get to our slip. there is a shallow hump inside to the southeast. Once at our slip we had several feet at low tide.
Walking to Harris Teeter is easy, a very well stocked market.
We loved the easy access to the historical district. Biking or walking is great.
Ed

Great Location, easy walk downtown, fuel prices are good. The facilities are a long walk from the docks. NO hiding the chop with winds out of the North or Northeast and then you add commercial traffic and can be kind of rough in there.
Tract Hellman

The Charleston Maritime Center around the battery is greatly preferred; closer to downtown, easy walk to provisioning at Harris-Teeter, and more welcoming and appreciative of your business!
Jim
Peg and Jim Healy aboard Sanctuary

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