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Myrtle Beach Yacht Club is unmatched for its Lowcountry charm and gracious hospitality. Osprey MarinaTransients Welcome - Under new ownership - Located at mile marker 354 in Myrtle Beach South CarolinaIsle 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 AvenueWindmill Harbour Marina, Hilton Head SCHarbour Town at Hilton Head, with its familiar red-and-white-striped lighthouse, is a fine resort marina with an enormous number of amenities.At 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 community

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  • Six Atlantic Coast Sites Scheduled for NOAA Surveys in 2015

    Of the six Atlantic coast survey sites, the Charleston and Savannah surveys will obviously be of special interest to SSECN!

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    NOAA targets busy coastal areas for hydro surveys
    NOAA survey ships are scheduled to survey nearly 1,800 square nautical miles in the U.S. coastal waters of the lower 48 states this year, collecting data that will update nautical charts for navigation and other uses.
    The Office of Coast Survey will manage the surveys that measure water depths and collect ocean floor data for charting, identifying navigational hazards, informing wind farm decisions, mapping fish habitats, and assisting with coastal resilience. Check the useful story map, 2015 Hydrographic Survey Projects, for the survey outlines and more information. We will update the map as weather and operational constraints dictate.

    Briefly, this year’s 13 NOAA hydrographic survey projects are:
    Gulf of Maine, where chart soundings in heavily trafficked and fished areas are decades old and need updating for navigational safety
    Buzzards Bay (Massachusetts and Rhode Island), where increased use of deeper-draft double-hull barges – and possible installation of marine transmission cable routes and wind energy development — requires updated soundings
    Rhode Island Sound, where the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has identified a wind energy lease area
    Approaches to Chesapeake (North Carolina), where charts of critical navigational areas need updating for navigation and to assist the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management manage windfarm activity
    Approaches to Charleston (South Carolina), where updated soundings will provide the correct under-keel clearance information for the expected transit of larger and deeper-draft ships
    Approaches to Savannah (Georgia), where the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project will increase the authorized depth of the harbor from 42 to 47 feet and updated soundings will provide the correct under-keel clearance information for the expected transit of larger and deeper-draft ships
    Chatham Strait (Alaska), where charts need to be updated for cruise liners, ferries, Coast Guard cutters, Navy vessels, tugs, and barges that use this waterway on a regular basis or when avoiding storms in the Gulf of Alaska
    Approaches to Kotzebue (Alaska), where deep-draft vessels have their cargo lightered to shore by shallow draft barges
    Point Hope (Alaska), where shipping traffic is increasing due to receding ice but charted soundings are sparse and date back to the 1960s
    West Prince of Wales Island (Alaska), where updated charts are needed by smaller vessels that use Televak Narrows as an alternate passage during foul weather
    Shumagin Islands (Alaska), where Coast Survey needs data to create a new, larger scale, nautical chart
    Port Clarence (Alaska), where Coast Survey needs data to create a new, larger scale, nautical chart
    South Arctic Reconnaissance Route, where trackline data will assist consideration of the U.S. Coast Guard’s proposed Bering Strait Port Access Route Study
    North Coast of Kodiak Island, where we need to update charts for Kodiak’s large fishing fleet and increasing levels of passenger vessel traffic.

  • GOOD NEWS: Megadock Re-Opened, Charleston City Marina, AICW Statute Mile 469

    11/6: The recent fuel leak at City Marina, due to a failed connection, has been repaired, the area cleared by the USCG and the fuel dock re-opened. Charleston City Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, is located along the Ashley River’s northeastern banks, northeast of marker #5.

    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

  • A SC Waterway Mini-Guide from Little River Inlet to Beaufort, AICW Statute Miles 349-517

    Many thanks to Skippers Lunsford for providing very recent reports from six shoaling areas between Myrtle Beach and Beaufort. Three of these areas have been designated SSECN Problem Stretches and their descriptions are listed below.
    For a recent report on McClellanville, see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=144354
    For a 2013 ACOE survey of area north of Ben Sawyer Bridge, see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=125717
    For a 12/2013 report on Ashepoo-Coosaw Cutoff, see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=129101
    For an alternative to Ashepoo-Coosaw Cutoff, see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=134342

    Hi there. We just came through this area in the last week, a bit ahead of the pack, so thought we’d pass on what we found at the traditional trouble spots to help those who come behind us (a copy of what we posted on a couple of Facebook groups). Thanx for all you do.
    Dan and Jaye Lunsford

    SM 349-352 The Rockpile: This stretch has numerous rock ledges on the sides of the channel so its important to stay in the middle. Not quite as scary as it sounds, but its the first time on the journey that the ICW is anything but mud if you do make a mistake. The ledges are very easy to see at low tide, and there is plenty of water depth even at the lowest tide. On weekends it can be crowded with power boats who may want to pass you if you are a slower sailboat and there really isn’t a lot of room to move over.

    SM 430-435 McClellanville: Time the tides here if at all possible. If you’re really motivated you can tiptoe your way through; we saw 6′ MLLW, but so much simpler to just give it a couple of hours.

    SM 460 shoals before Ben Sawyer bridge: 4′ MLLW, so its really important to time the tides here. Favor the north side of the channel from before G117A to G119.

    SM 471 Wappoo Creek Bridge: This operator is REALLY a stickler for time; bridge is closed during rush hour opens every 1/2 hour during the middle of the day (check the complex operating schedule) but if you aren’t waiting at the bridge before the opening, the operator will not hold even a moment but will make you wait for the next one.

    SM 501-504 Watts Cut: Although not listed as a traditional trouble spot, there are numerous shoals to 6′ MLLW along this reach. In a slow sailboat it’s hard to time the tides to have water here, and also water at the next trouble spot.

    SM 517 Ashepoo-Coosaw Cutoff: Stay at least a couple of boat lengths off G177 at the entry (“square the corner”) for 10′ MLLW. At the exit, R184 was reported destroyed; a new temporary drop aid (floating can) was placed there on Friday — we met the Coast Guard small boat that was doing the work on their way back. Slightly favor that NW side between R184 and G185, but time the tides if necessary, we saw 5′ MLLW here briefly.

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s “AICW Problem Stretches” Listing For the Waterway south of McClellanville to Awendaw Creek

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To This AICW Problem Stretch

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s “AICW Problem Stretches” Listing For the AICW North of Ben Sawyer Bridge to Isle of Palms Bridge

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To This AICW Problem Stretch

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s “AICW Problem Stretches” Listing For the AICW/Ashepoo Coosaw Cutoff Problem Stretch

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To This AICW Problem Stretch

  • Special Winter Rates at Charleston City Marina, AICW Statute Mile 469

    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!

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    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

  • 4:00 PM Now Last Opening at Wappoo Creek Bridge, AICW Statute Mile 471

    This correction of the opening schedule of the Wappoo Creek Bridge from last opening at 3:30 to the correct 4:00PM M-F time was prompted by a report from Ray Schmidt and follow-up by John Kettlewell, see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=144596. A request by SSECN to Michael Lieberum, District 7 Bridge Supervisor, for assistance resulted in the correspondence below sent to the bridge operators clarifying the schedule, hopefully, once and for all. Bravo to Officer Lieberum! and our thanks to Ray Schmidt and John Kettlewell for their participation.

    From: “Lieberum, Michael B CIV” <Michael.B.Lieberum@uscg.mil>
    Date: September 29, 2014 at 11:22:43 AM EDT
    To: “BodifordCA@scdot.org”

    This office has receive a report that the Wappoo Creek Bridge is not opening at the 4 p.m. opening. It is understood that from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. the bridge would be closed between June 1 to September 30th; however, the bridge could open at 3:55 p.m.

    The intent of the regulation is that the last opening would occur at 4:00 p.m. and then close until 6:30 p.m.

    (d) SR 171/700 bridge across Wappoo Creek Mile 470.8 at Charleston. The draw shall open on signal, except that from April 1 to November 30 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, except federal holidays, and from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., on Saturdays, Sundays and federal holidays, the bridge need not open except on the hour and half-hour. From June 1 to September 30 and from December 1 to March 30 the draw need not open from 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. and from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, except federal holidays, and from April 1 to May 31 and from October 1 to November 30 Monday through Friday, except federal holidays, the draw need not open from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
    Please instruct your bridge tender accordingly.

    Mike:
    We will adjust our operations to meet your clarification stated below.
    By copy of this email I am instructing our tender supervisor to direct his staff to accommodate openings of the Wappoo Bridge up to an including 4:00pm. This will carry through to the half hour and hour openings, so that last opening before the curfew will be at 4pm.
    Please let me know if you need anything further in this regard.
    Thanks, John

    Click Here To View the South Carolina Cruisers’ Net Bridge Directory Listing For Wappoo Creek Bridge

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

  • Update to 3:30 as Last Opening at Wappoo Creek Bridge, AICW Statute Mile 471

    Skipper Schmidt is not the first to be stymied by the complicated opening schedule of the HWY 171 Wappoo Creek Bridge. As I told Ray in my reply: Check SSECN first! We have the correct opening times listed as shown in the link below. Wappoo Creek Bridge with a 33ft closed vertical clearance is south of the Ashley River/ICW intersection in Charleston, SC.

    Leaving Charleston the literature I had said the bridge will not open after 4 PM due to commuter traffic. When I got there at 3:45, I was informed that the last opening is 3:30, not 4. I anchored and waited until 6:30 with another boat that had the same incorrect schedule.
    Ray Schmidt

    9/29/2014 Now this from Capt. John J. Kettlewell:

    Larry:
    I just got off the phone with the District 7 Coast Guard office (Barry Dragon 305-415-6743) and he confirmed that the regulations call for the Wappoo Creek bridge Mile 470.8 to open on the hour and half hour until 4pm through November 30. When I said that apparently the bridge operator was telling people that the last opening was at 3:30pm, he said “We’ll get that fixed.” He further said that the bridge operators in South Carolina sometimes go off on their own with regard to schedules and they have to be reminded from time to time that they are required by law to adhere to the Coast Guard schedule. I was contacted by a boater who went through there recently and the operator refused to open at 4pm.
    John J. Kettlewell

    I suggest that anyone who does not get a bridge opening at 4pm immediately report it to the Charleston CG station (843-724-7600), which is right near there. I have had to do that before and the CG ordered the bridge tender to open up. Sure, I’ve seen the traffic backed up there and many other places, but until the regulations are changed the bridge tender has to follow them.
    John J. Kettlewell

    Stay tuned for a follow-up to this issue!

    Click Here To View the South Carolina Cruisers’ Net Bridge Directory Listing For Wappoo Creek Bridge

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

  • Private No-Wake Buoys – Legal or Illegal?

    Here is an issue that few of us have heard about or even considered. Most of us slow-boaters and liveaboards are very aware of the damage caused by excessive wake and it is easy to understand how a waterfront resident might be tempted to add a private no-wake buoy. Some of us would even like to tow a no-wake buoy behind us! Our thanks to Tommy Braswell for this article in the Charleston Post and Courier.

    Illegal No Wake buoys becoming a navigational hazard in S.C.
    Legal or illegal?

    For boaters in South Carolina, including Department of Natural Resource officers, No Wake buoys that are popping up in state waters are confusing and becoming a hazard to navigation.
    So beginning Oct. 1, the DNR Law Enforcement Division will begin a statewide survey to locate illegal buoys in South Carolina waters. Once the survey is complete, DNR will then begin marking each illegal buoy and owners will have 30 days from the date marked to remove the buoy.

    For the full story, see http://www.postandcourier.com/article/20140914/PC20/140919744

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  • New Charleston Harbor Entrance Chart Available, AICW Statute Mile 465

    As of July 4, 2014, new chart 11525 (Charleston Harbor Entrance and Approach) replaces the old chart 11523 (Charleston Harbor Entrance) and Chart 11523 is also replaced with 11528. It expands chart coverage further east, covering an additional 345 square nautical miles that wasn’t on the old chart. The harbor entrance channel intersects the Waterway at statute mile 465. And while this new chart is intended primarily for deep draft commercial vessels, it has value for all vessels navigating the entrance channel jetties which have prompted two recent Navigation Alerts: http://cruisersnet.net/?p=142704 and http://cruisersnet.net/?p=114481

    UPDATE LNM: 34/14

    Chart Title: SOUTH CAROLINA, CHARLESTON HARBOR ENTRANCE AND APPROACH 11528 1st, Ed 01-Jul-14
    NOAA Chart 11525 has been withdrawn and re-issued as Chart 11528.
    NOAA Chart 11523 25th Edition (South Carolina, Charleston Harbor Entrance) has been cancelled and replaced with NOAA Chart 11528.
    Find information on obtaining charting products and a listing of authorized agents at
    www.nauticalcharts.NOAA.gov for nautical charts and publications.

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Entrance to Charleston Harbor

  • Report from Charleston Maritime Center, Cooper River, near AICW Statute Mile 465

    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.

    Recently stayed here for three nights. Tugs and boats leaving a wake is not the issue. A strong east winds (10 knots plus) and this is not the place to be. Other than that this marina is located well for walking and touring the city. If you bike go down East Bay St. and straight across the Hwy 17 Cooper River Bridge (protected bike/walking lane). Then you can take the boat taxi back if you like along with your bike straight to the Maritime Center. Nice round trip! Good views from top of bridge.
    Doyle Evans

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

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

  • Waterway Shoaling Headlined, Post and Courier, Charleston, SC

    The link below takes you to an article by Prentiss Findlay, headlined in the Post and Courier as “Low-Tide Effect Grounds Boaters,” about three of our “favorite” spots: i. e. AICW Problem Stretches at McClellanville, Breach Inlet (Isle of Palms) and Ashepoo-Coosaw Cutoff. Every SSECN reader can confirm the troubles brought on by lack of dredging all along the Intracoastal. It is somewhat comforting that shoaling is finally making the front page of a SC newspaper. Will something be done? Keep watching your depthfinder and holding your breath!

    http://www.postandcourier.com/article/20140530/PC16/140539917
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    Skipper Divers sends good news about funds for dredging:

    This morning’s Charleston Post and Courier reports that Charleston County Council has appropriated $500,000 towards dredging the ICW at Breach Inlet and McClellanville. Here is the link: http://www.postandcourier.com/article/20140529/PC16/140529191
    Tom Divers

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at the southern section of Jeremy Creek

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s “AICW Problem Stretches” Listing For the AICW North of Ben Sawyer Bridge to Isle of Palms Bridge

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To This AICW Problem Stretch

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s “AICW Problem Stretches” Listing For the AICW/Ashepoo Coosaw Cutoff Problem Stretch

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To This AICW Problem Stretch

  • Canvas Work Recommendations in Charleston, SC AICW Statute Mile 465

    These recommendations come to us via the AGLCA Forum.

    We highly recommend Custom Canvas of Charleston. They recently fabricated an enclosure for our cockpit and we are very pleased. Owners Jim and Jeri Perillo are friendly and professional with many years of experience. They can be reached at 843-767-1573 ( call them ASAP — like all good craftsmen, they are busy)
    Cary and Martha
    Freedom

    We have used Jim Perillo of Charleston Custom Canvas for many years. Their work is very good, and their prices are reasonable. The only trouble would be getting on their schedule. You know how it is. If you do good work, everybody wants you.
    Jim

  • Proposed Anchorage Relocation, Ashley River, off the 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.<div class=

    This large anchorage across from Charleston City Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, is a popular stopping point for fall and spring migation, as well as for visitors to Charleston. The often heated debate over the expansion of City Marina into the existing channel has been an on-going one for many months.

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    Publication Date:
    Wednesday, May 07, 2014
    Agencies:
    Coast Guard
    Department of Homeland Security
    Dates:
    Comments and related material must be received by the Coast Guard on or before June 6, 2014. Requests for public meetings must be received by the Coast Guard on or before June 6, 2014.
    Comments Close:
    06/06/2014

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

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

    Charleston Maritime Center - Click for Chartview

    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

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

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

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

    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

    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

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

    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

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

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

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

    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.
    Chart 11524 LNM: 01/14

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of AICW/ Shem Creek Intersection

  • Cooper River Marina Awarded “Clean Marina” Status

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

    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
    360 Sundancer
    “Shell Seakers”

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

     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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