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  • Transient Slip Discount, City Marina, Charleston, SC AICW Statute Mile 469


    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 City Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, is offering a summer dockage discount for July and August. Charleston City Marina is located along the Ashley River’s northeastern banks, northeast of marker #5.

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    Click Here To View the South Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Charleston City Marina

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  • Eclipse Transient Special, St. Johns Yacht Harbor, Stono River, AICW Statute Mile 472.5


     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 downto

    Located on the western shore of the Stono River just south of the Waterway’s passage through Wappoo Creek – Elliot Cut and only a very short cruise from Charleston Harbor, St. Johns Yacht Harbor is A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR! By boat or by car, it is worth a trip just to see these beautiful facilities with probably the nicest Captains’ Lounge and Clubhouse on the east coast! And the perfect spot from which to observe the solar eclipse on August 21st.

    Charleston is directly in line with the solar eclipse on August 21st.
    We want to run a special of $1 per foot with a three night minimum.

    Here is some info about the eclipse. http://www.eclipse2017.org/2017/communities/states/SC/Charleston_1434.htm

    Capt. Stan Jones, CMM
    Harbormaster
    St. Johns Yacht Harbor

    Click Here To View the South Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For St. Johns Yacht Harbor

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  • Pierside Boatworks is Now Charleston Boatyard, Cooper River, Charleston, SC off the AICW


    Pierside Boatworks is now Charleston Boatyard Marina!

    Pierside Boatworks has sold and is now operating as Charleston Boatyard Marina, LLC. New owners and boat enthusiasts Andy Oberdier and Peter Ulber are ready to transform it into Charleston’s modern and easy to use Boatyard. We are excited to keep you up to date on all the latest developments and plans.
    If you are interested in contacting us for service, questions, or just to say hi, please contact us!
    Call us at the same number: 843-554-7775
    Email us for service: service@charlestonboatyard.com
    VIsit us on the web: www.charlestonboatyard.com
    We will be revamping our website and Facebook page shortly. Also look for promotions and discounts arriving soon.
    Paige Haines
    READ MORE

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Charleston Boatyard 

  • Boat Fire, Harborage at Ashley Marina, Ashley River, Charleston, SC, near AICW Statute Mile 469


    The Harborage at Ashley Marina lies along the northeastern shores of Ashley River (on the Charleston peninsula) between the charted 56 foot fixed bridge and the 18-foot Highway 17 bascule bridge. Initial findings indicate that this fire was related to fueling.

    CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) –
    Authorities are working to figure out what caused a boat to explode and catch fire at the Harborage at Ashley Marina Monday morning.

    CLICK HERE FOR REPORT AND VIDEO from live5 news.com

    Click Here To View the South Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For The Harborage at Ashley Marina

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  • A Good Visit to City Marina, Charleston, SC, AICW Statute Mile 469


    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 City Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, is located along the Ashley River’s northeastern banks, northeast of marker #5, and only a hop, skip and jump from the path of the AICW! This report by Patrick Anderson comes from AGLCA’s Forum.

    We have had a wonderful two days in Charleston at the City Marina! Read More!

    We have now done Fort Sumter, a horse carriage tour, City Market and some walking around. We were supposed to leave this morning, but the weather forecast was for a thunderstorm last night and today, and boy, did that materialize! We are on a C-Dory 25 Cruiser, and we had foolishly had left the side windows open. We had thunder and lightening all night, some rain, and this morning a torrential downpour that goes on and on! We had some mopping up to do, and are running the Endless Breeze fan (a terrific 12 volt fan, by the way) to kind of dry things out! Fortunately we had buttoned up the camperback canvas last night, and the cockpit is nice and dry. I called the office and was able to extend for one more day, as the forecast is a little better for tomorrow. One day at a time I guess! Current installment of our blog, which does not cover the thunderstorm, is here!
    Patrick Anderson

    Click Here To View the South Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Charleston City Marina

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  • Collision with Dredge Equipment, Cooper River, Charleston, SC, near AICW Statute Mile 465


    This incident confirms the wisdom of advice always given by the USCG to stand clear of dredge equipment. Dredging in the southern Waterway has become so common that boaters often ignore published warnings of less easily seen dredge equipment in support of the clearly visible dredge vessel.

    News Release
    April 9, 2017
    U.S. Coast Guard 7th District PA Detachment Jacksonville
    Contact: Coast Guard PA Detachment Jacksonville
    Office: (904) 714-7606/7607
    After Hours: (305) 318-1864

    Coast Guard rescues 3 boaters after accident near Ravenel Bridge
    CHARLESTON, S.C. — The Coast Guard rescued three boaters Sunday after their vessel struck a dredge near the Ravenel Bridge. READ MORE

    Coast Guard Sector Charleston Command Center watch standers received a notification of a boater whose vessel struck a dredge ejecting two boaters into the water at 12:24 a.m.

    A Coast Guard Station Charleston 29-foot Response Boat–Small boatcrew launched and an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew in the area diverted to assist. Two Charleston County Sheriff marine units also responded.

    The RB–S boatcrew arrived on scene at 12:47 a.m. and recovered one boater who was sitting on top of the dredge. A Charleston County Sheriff marine unit recovered the other two boaters.

    The three boaters were transported to the Charleston Maritime Center where EMS were waiting.

    The condition of the boaters is unknown at this time and South Carolina Department of Natural Resources is conducting an investigation.

    And from Charleston’s Post and Courier:

    Three rescued after boat crashes into dredge pipe near Ravenel Bridge
    By Angie Jackson ajackson@postandcourier.com Apr 9, 2017 Updated 12 hrs ago (0)

    Three boaters were rescued early Sunday after their vessel struck a dredge pipe in the Cooper River near the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

    CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL REPORT 

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  • Wounded Nature -Working Veterans’ April Newsletter

    Wounded Nature-Working Veterans organizes cleanups to address the many wildlife critical coastal areas that have never been cleaned. If you would like to volunteer and if you have a suitable boat (see below), the next scheduled cleanup is April 22.

    Public beach and roadside cleanups benefit the travel & tourism Industry. Our coastal cleanups benefit wildlife. READ MORE!


    Improving South Carolina’s Seafood Population and Production!

    On March 25th, 2017, Boeing, Bosch, Charleston Southern University Women’s Volleyball Team, SC Department of Natural Resources, Fish and Wildlife Service and the general public worked with Wounded Nature – Working Veterans to make a real coastal difference.

    Trash and debris that poison, entangle and injures marine wildlife was removed from Charleston Harbor. In place of the trash and debris, an oyster bed that we started laying last year, was extended and has begun filtering the water around this island.

    Getting wet, dirty, smelling like pluff mud, feeding the mosquitoes, gnats and flies, acquiring some scratches, scrapes and cuts is just a small part of what these volunteers endured to make a real coastal difference.

    Cleanup news
    Coastal Cleanup April 22nd, 2017
    Capers Island

    Low tide is 11:23. Wounded Nature boats should leave the ramp around 8:30 and spend several hours removing trash and debris from the high tide line area.

    Meeting location:
    We will be launching from the Buck’s Hall Boat Ramp. We will be performing this coastal cleanup in conjunction with the Power Boat Squadron.

    Currently, we cannot take on any additional volunteers for this project unless they have a boat and are willing to return with some trash and debris in their boat.

    Overnight primitive camping on the beach will be available with a permit from SC DNR. Permits available at: http://www.dnr.sc.gov/mlands/specregshp.html

    At Wounded Nature-Working Veterans we organize cleanups to address the many wildlife critical coastal areas that have never been cleaned. Most areas can only be accessed by boat. For us, there is no need to further study the problem, we are focused on remedial action and getting tons of trash and debris removed from our coastal areas. We do make a real difference! Our work results in increased fish and shellfish populations and reduced debris deaths for dolphins, manatees, sea turtles and endangered coastal wildlife.
    Small personal donations allow us to carry out our greatly needed mission!

  • Wappoo Creek Wake Zone Extended, Charleston, SC, AICW Statute Mile 470-471


    This extension of the Wappoo Creek wake zone is between the HWY 30 Connector Bridge at Mile 470 and the Wappoo Creek Bridge at Mile 471, an open stretch of water bordered by a number of homes and docks. Wappoo Creek joins Elliott Cut to connect the Ashley River and the Stono River south of Charleston. See History of Wappoo Creek for more on this area.


    Wappoo wake zone to be extended
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    Wappoo Creek looking north from HWY 17 Bridge

    Due to increased boating traffic, the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) is extending the Wappoo wake zone of the Intracoastal Waterway in Charleston County.

    The seasonal wake zone will be extended north to about 200 yards south of the James Island connector bridge, and south to the entrance of Coburg Creek. The extension will be in effect April 15, 2017, through Sept. 15, 2017. The normal wake zone will remain in effect until April 15 and will start again after Sept. 15.

    This is one of the busiest stretches of water within the entire state, and law enforcement wants to minimize the risk for accidents.

    “This is a popular area because there are two public boat landings within one mile of each other,” SCDNR Cpt. Donnie Pritcher stated. “The traffic has grown tremendously over the years and we want to keep people safe.”

    For questions regarding the wake zone extension, contact the SCDNR law enforcement investigations office at 843-953-9378.

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  • History of Wappoo Creek – Elliott Cut, AICW Statute Miles 470 to 472


    Our thanks to Tommy Bessinger for this question to which I am sure many boaters who have fought the opposing swift current through Wappoo Creek – Elliott Cut will have answers and opinions – no profanity, please! Elliott Cut is a short, narrow Waterway channel through a residential neighborhood of high steep banks connecting the Ashley River with the Stono River. Although references are made to “Wappoo Cut” and “Elliott Cut” as early as the 1770’s, Wappoo Creek, as charted, west of the Ashley River, becomes is a winding shallow creek running north of Elliott’s Cut. Elliott’s Cut, named for William Elliott, was dredged to bypass the twists of Wappoo Creek and was dredged to the current depth in the late 1880’s as part of the Intracoastal Waterway Project. Historians, please add your two-cents or more to help allay Tommy’s questions!

    I live on Elliott’s Cut in the neighborhood of Edgewater Park. Lived here most of my life. I have looked and I cannot find any of the history of the construction of Elliott’s Cut and how and when it came to be. Can anyone please point me in the right direction for information please? Thank you!!!
    Tommy Bessinger Read More for References!

    References from Google:


    http://riverspoint.net/jihistth.pdf

     

    Leaving Charleston Harbor south, the Intracoastal Waterway passed from the Ashley River through the Wappoo Cut and continued along a sinuous string of tidal streams and land cuts 66.5 miles to the Beaufort River at Beaufort, South Carolina. Better than the segment to the north of Charleston, the existing inland water course from Charleston to Beaufort had a minimum depth of six (6) feet, interrupted at only four locations, and, except for a six (6) mile passage across the St. Helena Sound, was well protected from the sea.

    Earlier work on this segment of the waterway tackled its most problematic stretches. The first undertaking was at Wappoo Cut, a crooked and shallow creek that joined the Ashley and Steno rivers. By dredging and by a cutoff bypassing some of the worst bends, a project authorized in 1881 created a channel through the cut six (6) feet deep and sixty (60) feet wide. At the other end of this segment, a project adopted in 1890 improved Brickyard Creek. A continuation of the Beaufort River, Brickyard Creek had a fairly good seven (7) foot channel except near its juncture with the Coosaw River, where the channel practically disappeared among shoals. Work completed in 1905 provided the creek with a constant seven (7) foot depth and “convenient width.” A third improvement, made in 1905-1906, was the construction of Fenwicks Island Cut in the central portion of this segment. It replaced a narrow, tortuous, and shallow passage through Mosquito Creek – the cut, seven (7) feet deep and ninety (90) feet wide, connected the South Edisto River with the Ashepoo River.
    J.D. Lewis – PO Box 1188 – Little River, SC 29566
    http://www.carolana.com/SC/Transportation/sc_icw.html

     


    From The Siege of Charleston 1780 by Gen. Wilmot G. DeSaussure
    http://www.clansinclairsc.org/siegecharleston.htm

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of the Elliott Cut – Wappoo Creek Section of the AICW

  • Update on Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina, AICW Statute Mile 465


    We have received word that following Hurricane Matthew, some changes are necessary at SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Charleston Harbor Marina which sits on the Mount Pleasant side of Charleston Harbor, hard by Patriots Point between Horse Reach’s flashing buoys #34 and #36.

    We are now instituting an amenities fee for the transient. Daily will be $18, Weekly will be $90, and monthly will be $300. The current list is below.
    Kelley Read More

    · -24 hour full service marina / 24 hour security
    · -Protective breakwaters and Wide floating docks
    · -6 pack Charter service available
    · -Clean facilities, shower and laundry
    · -Wireless Internet Access
    · -Access to Harborside pool and Jacuzzi
    · -10% off all food & beverage purchased at the Harborside Hotel & Fish House with marina card
    · -10% off rooms at the Harborside Hotel with marina card (Except Blackout Dates)
    · -10% off Purchases at the Marina Store with the marina card
    · -Easy access to Charleston’s #1 beach party, Party at the Point, as well as other events
    · *Be sure to ask about our Tenant Referral program
    · -Additional Beach Club Amenities
    · Unlimited access – year round- to our heated pool(s) with complimentary towel service and poolside cabanas when open.

    · Food and Beverage service at the Tiki Bar and Grille or your private cabana

    · Use of all Pool amenities including life-sized chess board, bocce ball court and fire pits

    · Exclusive invitations to resort hosted events like Party at the Point, Bazaar at the Point, Winterfest, Smoke on the Harbor, Burgers Bands and Brews, & Oyster Roasts, etc. Complimentary admission to these events for registered pool members and their dependents.

    · Access to book the Beach Club’s private event space (board room, private movie theatre, yacht club) for member hosted events.

    L. Kelley Poe
    Director of Marina Operations
    Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina
    24 Patriots Point Road
    Mount Pleasant, SC. 29464
    Tel : 843.284.7065
    KPoe@CharlestonHarborResort.com
    www.CharlestonHarborMarina.com
    www.charlestonharborfishhouse.com

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  • Charleston City Marina is Open for Business! Charleston, SC, AICW Statute Mile 469


    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.

    Fortunately for cruisers seeking transient dockage, City Marina experienced very little damage from Matthew and is open, complete with complimentary Happy Hours! (http://cruisersnet.net/?p=159828&preview=1&_ppp=7a78c75f5c) Charleston City Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, is located along the Ashley River’s northeastern banks, northeast of marker #5, and only a hop, skip and jump from the path of the AICW!

    Click Here To View the South Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Charleston City Marina

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  • Charleston City Marina Wins 2016 Charleston’s Choice Awards, AICW Statute Mile 469


    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 City Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, is located along the Ashley River’s northeastern banks, northeast of marker #5, and only a hop, skip and jump from the path of the AICW!

    The City Marina was the winner in the Marina category of the Post & Courier’s 2016 Charleston’s Choice Awards. It is a well-deserved honor. Read More

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  • Travel and Leisure Names Charleston Best City in the World

    This Post and Courier article on Charleston was proudly – and justifiably so – submitted by David Rogers of City Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR. Charleston is also home to another SSECN SPONSOR, Charleston Harbor Marina at Patriots Point.

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    CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA NAMED WORLD’S BEST CITY AND NO. 1 CITY IN THE U.S. AND CANADA BY THE TRAVEL + LEISURE 2016 WORLD’S BEST AWARDS

    Rankings’ Effect on Tourism Continues to Positively Impact the Charleston Economy
    CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA (July 6, 2016) – For the first time, readers of Travel + Leisure magazine have voted Charleston, South Carolina the World’s Best City in the 2016 World’s Best Awards. Charleston is the first domestic destination to earn the coveted World’s Best City ranking, and for the fourth consecutive year, the readers of Travel + Leisure ranked the Charleston area the No. 1 City in the U.S. and Canada. The news was shared by Jacqui Gifford, Senior Editor of Travel + Leisure, on the TODAY Show on July 6.

    Charleston exceeded other destinations in the categories of sights/landmarks, culture/arts, restaurants/food, people/friendliness, shopping and value to earn the World’s Best City and the No. 1 City in the U.S. and Canada designation, scoring 91.66 overall. The complete results of the 2016 World’s Best Awards Survey are featured on TravelandLeisure.com/WorldsBest and in the August issue of the magazine, on newsstands July 15.

    Travel + Leisure Editor Nathan Lump said, “Charleston is a remarkably dynamic place, so it’s no surprise that it has achieved its highest ranking ever in our survey as this year’s best city in the world. The city has managed to preserve all the qualities for which it is widely known—a prime coastal setting, historic architecture, friendly locals—while also nurturing a creative culture that is making it one of the most notable destinations for those who seek out interesting restaurants, bars, and shops that highlight a dedication to distinctive craft.”

    The No. 1 rankings continue to positively impact tourism, the number one economic driver to the Charleston area. Since 2012, the first year Charleston was awarded the No. 1 City in the U.S. and Canada ranking in the Travel + LeisureWorld’s Best Awards, the total economic impact of tourism has increased 14% to $3.68 billion in 2015 according the Office of Tourism Analysis at the College of Charleston. Additionally, the average expenditure per adult and the total labor earnings has increased.

    Dan Blumenstock, Chairman of the Charleston Area Convention & Visitors Bureau and Director of Hotel Operations of Fennell Holdings remarked, “Readers of Travel + Leisure continue to recognize our destination for its friendly people, renowned cuisine, historic landmarks, flourishing arts community, and celebrated shopping scene. This award is a testament to the vitality of Charleston as a world class destination.” Blumenstock added, “The area’s tourism and hospitality community has enjoyed positive growth over the past four years, due in part to the numerous awards bestowed on the Charleston area. We look forward to continued and responsible economic impact as a result of the No. 1 City in the World ranking.”

    In addition to the No. 1 City rankings, The Spectator Hotel, located in historic Charleston, was recognized as the No. 1 Top City Hotel in the U.S.

    Michael Tall, President & Chief Operating Officer of Charlestowne Hotels stated, “The Spectator was designed, and is operated, with our discerning guests’ needs and desires for a unique, curated experience. With the hotel only having opened less than a year ago, we are truly honored to be recognized by the readers of Travel + Leisure as the No. 1 Top City Hotel in the 2016 World’s Best Awards in the categories of rooms and facilities, service, location, value, and design.”  

    Travel + Leisure readers voted on their favorite hotels, cities, islands, spas, cruise lines, airlines, tour outfitters, and car-rental agencies. The 2016 World’s Best Awards readers’ survey results (listed by overall and regional rankings) and survey methodology are featured in the August issue of Travel + Leisure magazine, online at: www.TravelandLeisure.com/WorldsBest, and in the World’s Best Awards 2016.

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  • Captain Jim Healy Discusses the Waterway from Charleston to St. Augustine

    Longtime cruiser and SSECN Contributing Editor, Captain Jim Healy, shares his knowledge and experience in these observations on this portion of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. Thank you Jim!

    The entire region from Charleston to St. Augustine has high tidal ranges, ranging from 5′ at St. Augustine to as much as 9′ in Savannah/Beaufort/Charleston.  Those high tidal ranges create swift tidal currents, and especially for first-times, docking is easiest in the 1/2 hour before and after slack.
    There are many areas of shallow water in the region.  The very best resource for current data on low water and caution areas is available via www.activecaptain.com.  Two other  websites that all ICW travelers should know about are www.waterwayguide.com and www.cruisersnet.net.  I’m sure you are familiar with the Waterway Guide book series.  The “Salty Southeast Cruiser’s Net” (SSECN) is  really a boating group.  It was founded by Claiborne Young.  After Claiborne’s untimely loss, the group continued in operation.  The Cruiser’s Net website specializes on the US Southeast.  There is some duplication of material between the WWG site and the SSECN site, but there is unique value to both.  Both are excellent resources for fuel prices, marinas and anchorages.  These websites would make a good sidebar for any ICW article.  Two of these websites require registration – SSECN does not – and all three are free, and all are very useful to ICW boaters.  Both WWG and SSECN also have smart phone apps that duplicate and augment website information and are very useful on small-format devices.
    There are some generalizations that apply to the region, including the stretch from Georgetown, SC all the way south to below Fernandina Beach.  In some of those areas, boats drawing more than 4′ will want to consider not traveling at low tide; especially celestial low tides.  The Army Corp of Engineers (USACE) is responsible for dredging the ICW.  USACE is funded by state congressional delegations.  In recent years, the money congress allocates to dredging has been diverted to “more pressing needs,” and so many areas of the ICW are shoaling, and in fact, the ICW resource is slowly being lost; well, allowed to die, really, by congress.  There is a not-for-profit called the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Association.  The Executive Director is Brad Pickel; bpickel@seahavenconsulting.com.  That would make another sidebar for any article on the ICW.  There are some local knowledge bypasses around some shoal areas.  All of the cruising sites above can provide additional detail.
    Renting a car in any of these venues greatly expands what a boating visitor can see and do.  Some, but not all, marinas have courtesy cars.  Generally they can’t be used for long periods, but they are useful for re-provisioning when needed.
    Hope this helps.
    Jim
    Peg and Jim Healy aboard Sanctuary, currently at Ft. Myers, FL
  • Captain Jim Healy on Charleston and Beaufort, SC and Savannah, GA

    Contributing Editor, Captain Jim Healy, shares his perspective on Charleston and Beaufort, SC and Savannah, GA where several SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSORs are located. Thank you Jim!

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    Charleston, SC and Savannah, GA: magnificent old southern cities with many points-of-charleston-harborinterest and fine restaurants; our strategy is to take a tour bus around the city.  Look for a tour company that has same-day on-and-off privileges.  (We do this every time we arrive somewhere we’ve not been before, including Canada).  We take the entire tour circuit first, then go back to places that we think we’d like to know more about.  At Charleston, start at the Welcome Center.  Or, take the tour boat to Fort Sumter; nice stjohnsaquarium near the Ft. Sumter ferry docks.  In Charleston, there is a water taxi from the Charleston Maritime Center that goes back and forth to Patriot Point, which is savanahhyattdockswhere the USS Yorktown is located.  In Savannah, there is a nice stage theater within walking distance of the downtown waterfront (http://www.savannahtheatre.com).  The Savannah waterfront is very interesting, with a large riverwalk, wonderful park overlooking the River, and large shipping and commercial traffic as well as every kind of small-isleofhopeboat and pleasure craft.  There are several architecture tours in both cities, and both have lots of weekly and seasonal activity for visitors.  From Savannah (there are marina options in downtown Savannah on the Savannah River or at Thunderbolt and Isle of Hope), boaters can also visit Tybee Island (light house and Fort Pulaski).

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    Beaufort, SC: from the Beaufort Downtown Marina, take a carriage tour through the historic ante-bellum homes in the area.  The downtown is friendly with many shoppes and good restaurant options.

    Jim Healy

  • Charleston In-Water Boat Show, April 29-May 1, 2016, Ashley River, Charleston, SC

    Charleston’s in-water boat show will be held at Bristol Marina and Brittlebank Park on the north shore of the Ashley River within easy walking distance of The Harborage Marina and Charleston City Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!<

    Our focus is to assist boaters with the purchase or sale of their powerboats. All our yacht owners are trained and educated on the handling and systems of their new vessel as part of our service. We want to make sure your experience with us is easy by being thorough with your needs. Through aggressive internet marketing, publication ads, and our long term networks we also have the resources to get your yacht sold! Our experience allows us the understanding of the market place.Intracoastal Yacht Sales, a long-time SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, with locations in Wrightsville Beach, NC, Little River, SC and Charleston, SC, will also be at the show.

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    The Charleston In-Water Boat Show takes place every April at the Bristol Marina and Brittlebank Park in downtown Charleston, South Carolina. JBM took the helm of this show in 2014, after a five-year hiatus. Under JBM, the show celebrated a very successful comeback, thanks to the support of the City of Charleston and the Bristol Marina, as well as the best boat dealers and manufacturers from all over the Southeast and beyond. The Charleston In-Water Boat Show is the largest of its kind between Annapolis, Maryland and Tampa, Florida.

    Click Here To View the South Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Charleston City Marina

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

    Click Here To View the South Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For The Harborage at Ashley Marina

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of The Harborage at Ashley Marina

  • Voyaging Canoe Hokulea Coming to Charleston, SC, AICW Statute Mile 465

    Click Here to read – and hear- this report from Hawaii Public Radio. Look for them as you migrate north!

    Voyaging Canoe Hokulea Navigates Florida Waterways
    By MOLLY SOLOMON • 4 HOURS AGO

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    CREDIT OIWI TV / MAUI TAUOTAHA

    Voyaging canoe Hōkūle‘a is continuing her journey up the East Coast of the mainland. The canoe recently left Titusville, Florida and is traveling along the Intracoastal Waterway, where she’s encountered new wildlife and a whole lot of aloha.
    HPR’s Molly Solomon checked in with navigator Bruce Blankenfeld as part of our ongoing coverage Hōkūle‘a: Voyage of Aloha.
    Hōkūle‘a’s next stop is Charleston, South Carolina — then it’s on to Virginia and New York in June.

    April 14, 3:30PM

    Hokulea approaching Charleston Maritime Center

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    The crew of Hokulea was greeted by a contingent of native Hawaiians who now live in the Charleston area. The greeting included drumming and conch blowing.

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