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SC Cruising News – AICW, Coosaw River to Lady’s Island (Statute Mile 518 to 536)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 09-21-2009

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Alternative to AICW/Ashepoo-Coosaw Cutoff Tested, off Statute Mile 517

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 01-23-2014

Combahee Bank - Click for Chartview

In reponse to an SSECN posting on an alternate to Ashepoo-Coosaw Cutoff (http://cruisersnet.net/?p=120938), Captain Mullins and crew took the Round-your-elbow route into St. Helena Sound to avoid the Cutoff and did so successfully.

On our trip south on an Ocean Alexander 58, 4 ft. draft, we determined that we were going to transit the Ashepoo Coosaw Cutoff at low tide so we decided to turn left, heading south, after we passed through the cut at Fenwick Island. The Ashepoo river had 20 to 25 ft. of water in the middle and we followed it to the mouth, exited and went out in the St. Helena sound, turned north and bypassed the problem stretch all together. I would recommend this route for anyone with a 4 or 5 ft. or deeper draft heading into that area.

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Less Than 5 Feet (MLW) of Water Found on the AICW/Ashepoo Coosaw Cutoff Problem Stretch (St. M. 517) –

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 12-04-2013

Our good friends, and SSECN strategic partners, Captains Mark and Diana Doyle, founders and owners of “On The Water ChartGuides” (http://www.onthewaterchartguides.com/), give us an updated, graphic report below, relaying what they discovered as they navigated through the AICW – Ashepoo Coosaw Cutoff Problem Stretch on 11/16/13! Note that the Doyle’s soundings were taken near mid tide, so to calculate MLW depths, you must subtract 5.5 feet from their soundings depicted below. Applying this correction, Diana and Mark noted “multiple soundings of LESS THAN 5 FEET IN THE AICE CHANNEL NEAR MARKERS #184 AND #185. CLEARLY all cruisers piloting vessels larger than row boats should transit this AICW Problem Stretch at mid to high tide ONLY!
Incidentally, Diana and Mark have recently published a new edition of their immensely popular “ICW CruiseGuide.” Click on the book graphic to the above left for more details, and to place an order!

Hi Claiborne,
For those transiting South Carolina, Ashepoo Coosaw Cutoff continues to be a problem area and carries LESS THAN 5 FEET MLLW.
I’ve attached a printable high-resolution file of our November 16th survey report and depth-annotated track.
Hopefully, SSECN readers cruising this area will find the report useful.
Best,
Captains Mark & Diana Doyle
m/v Semi-Local
www.OnTheWaterChartGuides.com

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

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Shoaling at Southwestern Tip of Ashepoo – Coosaw Cutoff AICW Problem Stretch Confirmed AGAIN (Statute Mile 517) – Captains Mark and Diana Report

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 09-02-2013

For the last eight weeks or so, the Ashepoo – Coosaw Cutoff (canal) section of the South Carolina AICW (north of Beaufort, SC) has been the subject of an ACOE survey (FIRST seen here on the SSECN), multiple SSECN postings, and a joint call from the SSECN, the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Association, and the South Carolina Marine Association, suggesting members of the cruising community contact the SC US Congressional delegation, and ask them to support a special appropriation to dredge these waters. (see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=119918, http://cruisersnet.net/?p=120036 and http://cruisersnet.net/?p=121335).
Now, our good friends, and SSECN strategic partners, Captains Mark and Diana Doyle, founders and owners of “On The Water ChartGuides” (http://www.onthewaterchartguides.com/), give us an updated, graphic report relaying what they discovered as they navigated through the Ashepoo – Coosaw Cutoff’s southwesterly mouth on 8/26/13.
NOTE THAT THE DOYLE’S SOUNDINGS WERE TAKEN AT MID-TIDE, MEANING THAT YOU MUST SUBTRACT 4.4 FEET FROM THEIR SOUNDINGS TO DISCOVER WHAT MLW DEPTHS WOULD BE. As you will discover, there is at least one spot along the southeastern flank of the Waterway, a short hop northeast of marker #185, that would be less than 3 feet at low water!
YIKES!!!!!! We need to get these waters dredged NOW!!!!!
Incidentally, Diana and Mark are just about to publish a new edition of their immensely popular “ICW CruiseGuide.” Click on the book graphic to the above right for more details, and to place a pre-order!

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

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Important – Alternative to AICW/Ashepoo-Coosaw Cutoff Problem Stretch, Statute Mile 517

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 08-12-2013

Boaters 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 historiCaptain Constant’s (dockmaster at SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Port Royal Landing Marina) report below is yet another confirmation of the many reports we have posted on the SSECN about AICW shoaling in the Ashepoo-Coosaw Cutoff Problem Stretch (see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=120036). And, just last Friday we appealed to the Cruising Community, for help in lobbying the South Carolina US Congressional delegation for a “supplemental appropriation” that would allow the US Army Corps of Enginners to dredge the Ashepoo – Coosaw Cutoff, and the AICW, north of Charleston, where it passes behind shallow Breach Inlet (see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=120893).
Captain Constant’s  suggested alternate route to avoid the Cutoff seems valid, and his is Local Knowledge – always good to have! Cruising south, the “bypass” would begin by turning southeast on the Ashepoo River (downstream), at the southern end of Fenwick Cut, then continuing downstream to Combahee Bank in St. Helena Sound. After CAREFULLY bypassing the “Combahee Bank” shoals, this route then turns northwest and heads for the Coosaw River, rejoining the Waterway near statute mile 519.5, west of marker #186.
Unfortunately, both the route around the “Combahee Bank” shoals, and the AICW route near the point of rejoining the Waterway west of #186, are very sparsely marked, and the open waters from St. Helena Sound could kickup with an outgoing tide and easterly wind. THE USE OF A WELL FUNCTIONING GPS CHARTPLOTTER IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED WHILE TRAVERSING THIS ALTERNATE ASHEPOO-COOSAW CUTOFF BYPASS ROUTE!
In spite to these challenges, until and if dredging is accomplished in the Ashepoo – Coosaaw Cutoff, this alternate passage may be preferable to the shallow depths in the Cutoff, particularly at low water.
SSECN would like to hear from ANY other cruisers who have made use of this Ashepoo – St. Helena Sound – Coosaw River alternate route. PLEASE share your experiences with our fellow cruisers. You can use the “Comment” function below, or send e-mail directly to EditorialDirector@CruisersNet.net. Thanks in advance!

I’m the dock master at Port Royal Landing Marina in Port Royal, SC. The shoaling going on just north of Beaufort at the Ashepoo-Coosaw cutoff is too low to navigate at low tide now with most trawlers and virtually all sailboats. How the dredges get through I don’t know.
One alternative to dredging this area is to move the ICW one inlet closer to the ocean. If you go east out the Coosaw River to the Ashepoo River you will see its inlet at Otter Island. This inlet is a natural river with fresh water influx and is about 20′ in depth at the mouth at one point is about 15′ then back to 20′ at the Fenwick Cut. If traveling south you would take a left when clearing the Fenwick Cut and travel close to Otter Island into the Coosaw River.
I live across the sound from this water and it is the way us locals travel now.
Tony Constant

Captain Constant offers further advice on the Ashepoo/Coosaw Rivers junction at Combahee Bank.

When entering the Ashepoo River From the Coosaw River you should be closer to the beach at Otter Island than to the port channel marker. The shoal is shoaling there as well but not near as hard. As a rule I use, when north bound, if I see 12′-15′ of depth I will steer to starboard until I see about 20′.
The Ashepoo-Coosaw Cutoff’s bottom is V shaped, meaning the channel is in the middle of the cut. 6-8 months ago it was much deeper with 9′-10′ of depth last year. Capt Ted took a 45′ trawler through about a month ago and only found 3′ of depth.
Tony Constant

Well this is a bad thing with the cut off! But, it would be nice if reporting vessels would post the state of the tide in their reports. If Capt. Ted had 3′ at low water very bad, but if there is 5′ at high water, not so bad. Cygnus ll draws 3’4″
Capt. Mike Wright

We did take this alternate route a couple of years ago when heading north at low tide. We decided to avoid the cutoff and go the long way around. It worked well with our 6′ 3″ draft. The only advice I would give is to give the Combahee Bank plenty of respect. It would appear to be shoaling further southeast.
Captain Richard

Does this alternate route turn up the coosaw river north of combahee bank or do yu have to go around the bank on the southeast end?
Jake Smith

In answer to Captain Smith’s question above, we recommend rounding Combahee Bank, by carefully passing to the east and south of this shoal, staying well south of the one unnumbered, but lighted marker which denotes its position. Then, set a course to the northwest, passing southwest of marker #12. Use your chartplotter to keep to the wide channel while continuing northwest to rejoin the AICW, west of marker #186. Hope that helps to answer your question!

Fenwick Cut - Click for Chartview

Combahee Bank - Click for Chartview

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Important – Shoaling WORSENS on Southwestern End of the AICW/Ashepoo Coosaw Cutoff Prolem Stretch (Statute Mile 517)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 07-31-2013

On 7/28/13 (a weekend no less), the Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net received a telephone call from Captain Mike Verdolini, (Civil Engineering Technician, Navigation Branch, South Atlantic Charleston), at the Charleston, SC branch of the US Army Corps of Engineers. Captain Mike informed us that the Corps had just finished an official survey of the AICW from Charleston, SC to Beaufort. Two patches of severe shoaling had turned up, which he thought (quite rightly) should be brought to the IMMEDIATE ATTENTION of the cruising community.
By the way, before going further, let me just say how honored we are that the US Army Corps of Engineers turned to the Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net as their FIRST MEANS to get this important information into the hands of cruising captains.
One patch of NEW shoaling appeared at the NORTHEASTERN tip of the Ashepoo-Coosaw Cutoff, near marker #177. We have put up a separate posting/Navigational Alert, about these shallows at http://cruisersnet.net/?p=119918.
The other area of concern appeared on our old friend, the “AICW Problem Stretch,” at the southwestern tip of the Ashepoo-Coosaw Cutoff (Statute Mile 517), between markers #180 and #185.
As you will see in the below graphic, supplied to the SSECN by the USACOE, low water depths on the southern-southeastern side of the channel, from the interior reaches of the Ashepoo – Coosaw Cutoff, to a point southwest of marker #185, run from 5.6 to as little as 2.6 feet. SOMEWHAT BETTER DEPTHS CAN BE MAINTAINED BY FAVORING THE NORTHERN AND NORTHWESTERN SIDES OF THE CHANNEL, but even with this plan of action, low water depths of as little as 4.7 feet are quite possible.
WE NOW STRONGLY RECOMMEND THAT ALL CRUISERS WHO PILOT VESSELS DRAWING MORE THAN 3 FEET, TIME THEIR PASSAGE OF THE AICW/ASHEPOO COOSAW CUTOFF STRICTLY FOR TIMES OF MID TO (PREFERABLY) HIGH TIDE!
WE ASK THE HELP OF THE CRUISING COMMUNITY TO HELP US DISTRIBUTE THIS VITAL INFORMATION TO OUR FELLOW CRUISERS. If you belong to other nautical lists or forums, please direct members of such associations to this posting at http://cruisersnet.net/?p=120036. Both year round Palmetto State cruisers, and those cruising south on the AICW this fall, need to be well aware of this new hazard long before they actually arrive on these waters.
The entire Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net team promises to keep a very CLOSE EYE on this developing situation as we move into the fall, 2013 transient season. We will bring you fresh info just as soon as it is available. In the meantime, everyone take care on these waters, and, again, please let us hear about your experiences at #177!!!!

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Sir,
In response to your call for feedback from cruisers who recently traversed the Ashepoo Coosaw cutoff:On Monday, 24 June 2013, I traversed this area southbound at dead low tide. I encountered very shallow water, around 3.5 feet, all the way from marker 180 to 185. My sailboat with a wing keel is aground when my sounder reads 4.3 feet, but the bottom seemed to be soft mud and I was able to plow through it, although at severely reduced speed because of the viscosity. (I had increased the engine speed to maximum rpm.) My position was the “magenta line” which travels down the middle of the cut in this area. Having passed marker 185 and into the Coosaw River, the water deepened and I was out of trouble. The tide tables predicted water depths to be 1 foot below mean low tide on this day.
Peter Denoncourt
S/V Kite

Dataw Island Marina (Statute Mile 521.5)

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

Dataw Island Marina, 100 Marina Drive, Dataw Island, SC 29920 Mile Marker 521, 843 838 8410On 4/30/13, as part of a South Carolina Wish List, we posed the following question:

Statute Mile 521.5 – who has left the AICW’s run through Coosaw River, and journeyed south by way of Parrot Creek to Morgan River, and spent some time at Dataw Island Marina? What did you think of this facility? Did you dine ashore at the on-site restaurant? How was the food?

Responses follow:

Dataw Island Marina – easy access of the Coosaw River via Parrot Creek at MM 521. Follow the markers (green on the port side) southeast through the creek and you’ll have plenty of water on your way into the Morgan River. The tidal current here is very swift at times so when you call the Dataw Island Marina office be sure and let them know you want to a spot on their long floating face dock and dock into the current. If you play an extended stay you can move around to the interior on slack tide. The staff is very helpful and courteous.
This is a beautiful and great location, albeit somewhat removed from Beaufort proper. If you need supplies/groceries, Port Royal Landing Marina has immediate access via walking or courtesy car to West Marine, multiple grocery stores as well as hardware stores.
Dataw Island is private but access and use of the marina is open to the public. They have 83 slips and a large (50T) travel lift as well as a very skilled yard staff which are actually employees of Marsh Harbor Marina. Immediately next door to the marina office are two great little places: Sweetgrass and The Outpost Coffee Shop. Sweetgrass has a great little bar and wonderful menu with local flavors and accents. One of the better marina restaurants we have enjoyed along the ICW.
Jeff Graham
s/v Far Niente

Excellent facilities, restaurant had new owners and was great when we were there a year ago. Great place to rent a bike and ride around. It is beautiful. Also, stop on the southern tip of Morgan Island (Monkey Island) and wait for the moneys to come out. Not too far off the ICW!
Tracy Hellman

Parrots Creek is well marked leading you to the Morgan RIver. Bearing to starboard entering the Morgan, you will see Dataw Marina on your port side up river. The marina is well kept and the people are most helpful. If you just want to dine, call on VHF, they monitor 68 and 16, and you can tie up on the face dock. The Sweet Grass Restaurant (dinner) and the Outpost (lunch) are both excellent. I believe the Outpost serves breakfast also. Check info@sweetgrassdataw.com . I am taking my wife, Robin, to Sweet Grass for Mother’s Day dinner this coming Sunday.
Emil and Robin Meyers

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More Praise for Dataw Island Marina, AICW Statute Mile 521.5

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 02-25-2013

Dataw Island Marina - Click for Chartview

Dataw Island Marina, 100 Marina Drive, Dataw Island, SC 29920 Mile Marker 521, 843 838 8410A short distance south off the Waterway via Parrot Creek, then Morgan River, Dataw Island Marina lies just west of marker #6, along the southern banks. Dataw Island Marina is a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!

2013 January transient N/B, 1 Night moving a customers MY from Jax to Baltimore. Staff at Marina is first class and could not have been more helpful. With all of our hook time, it was real nice to get off and have an awesome meal. Sweet Grass food and hospitality was great. Easy off the AICW, but watch your depths and mind your markers. It is shallow in spots. Will definately plan a stop here again! Absolutely beautiful,,,, Thanks Rhett!
Perry

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Praise for Dataw Island Marina, AICW Statute Mile 521.5

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 07-22-2012

Dataw Island Marina, 100 Marina Drive, Dataw Island, SC 29920 Mile Marker 521, 843 838 8410A short distance south off the Waterway via Parrot Creek, then Morgan River, Dataw Island Marina lies just west of marker #6, along the southern banks. Dataw Island Marina is a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!

If you would like some relaxing downtime from cruising but don’t want to anchor, this is definitely worth getting off the ICW for a visit! Dataw is a gated island golf and tennis community, very quiet and peaceful. If you like to walk for bike ride (marina has loaners) this is a terrific place, just beautiful. We did a pay for two nights and the third is free deal and will definitely stay here again, maybe for longer. The staff is wonderful. There’s a dinner restaurant as well as a very casual daytime eatery in the marina. Dinner in the restaurant last night has been my only disappointment. It was on the pricey side, which was to be expected, but to me the food was on par with a Denny’s. My husband enjoyed it but me, not so much. Regardless of dinner, I would stay at Dataw Island Marina again in a heartbeat!
Paula aboard M/Y Sea Eagle
1983 50′ Californian

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Important – Foul Bottom on Wimbee Creek Anchorage, near AICW Statute Mile 523, 6/18/12

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 06-18-2012

After following the mostly sheltered waters of the AICW running south from Charleston, while cruising to Beaufort, South Carolina, cruisers might well be excused when they exit the southwesterly entrance of the Ashepoo – Coosaw Cutoff, for gasping just a bit at the wide swath of open waters which spread out before them. This mighty body of water is the Coosaw River, which the AICW follows mostly west to the northern entrance of Brickyard Creek (thence south to Beaufort).
Our very good friends, Captains Mark and Diana Doyle, have obviously explored these waters themselves over the past couple of decades while researching their superb “Managing the Waterway” series of guide books.
As you will read below, one stream where they had dropped the hook before was Wimbee Creek. This stream cuts off from the Bull River, which itself makes into the Coosaw’s northern flank near Statute Mile 521 (see chart to the above right). HOWEVER A VERY DIFFERENT EXPERIENCE GREETED OUR EXPERIENCED CRUISING DUO ON THIS OCCASION!
As you will read below, Diana and Mark discovered the hard way that a portion of Wimbee Creek has a very foul bottom. Farther upstream (see below), it’s apparently safe (or at least “safer”) to drop the hook, but the creek’s waters, southeast of charted “Chisolm,” where chart 11518 shows a sounding of “11″ feet, are definitely off limits!
The SSECN is declaring a Navigational Alert for these waters!

Hi Claiborne,
On June 10, 2012, we anchored in Wimbee Creek, a popular anchorage off Bull River, running north of the Coosaw River in South Carolina. In 13 feet (MLLW) we deployed a Bruce anchor with 120′ of chain, compensating for the expected additional 7 feet of tide in this area. Like nearly all our surveyed anchorages in Georgia and southern South Carolina, we anticipated high current.
Unfortunately, within a few hours our ground tackle started behaving abnormally. At first we attributed it to opposing wind and current, but it was soon apparent something more serious and unusual was occurring.
The wind continued to climb and thunderstorms could be seen advancing so we decided to retrieve the anchor and re-set. We were stopped short at about 60 feet of chain—in 13 feet of water—stuck on something so large that any attempts by the windlass or by “running over” the anchor merely pulled our bow down!
We were stuck, short-scoped, with strong thunderstorm activity predicted throughout the night, but with no choice but to wait for TowboatU.S. to bring a diver the next morning.
We payed back out the recovered 60 feet of chain and spent an uncomfortable night.
Roy Stegall, a cruiser on s/v Gideon who works part-time for TowboatU.S. Port Royal, and Gene Clark, an experienced diver, arrived on the scene at 0745 hrs. the next morning. It took Gene a couple of hours of blind handwork in the tannic, murky high current to get control of the situation.
His report from down-under: A wide area of huge “rocks”—which we later determined were likely dumped construction debris from an old foundation—covered the mud bottom. Some of the chunks were half the size of the TowBoatU.S. vessel! As the strong winds and currents continuously shifted, our chain had actually been pulled UNDER one of these huge boulders, requiring a rolling hitch and hard horizontal yank using the TowBoatU.S. vessel to pop it free.
This was no ordinary anchor-fouling. The anchor was free and about 20 feet from the boulder. This was a chain-fouling!
A resident yelled out from his dock that a nearby trawler, anchored further up the creek on what looked like a back-up nylon rode, had just lost its anchor and chain in the same area and was waiting to try to locate it.
So this area is a serious hazard and has claimed at least two boats.
The problem site is south of the center of Wimbee Creek, off the second residential dock. Do not anchor anywhere near the first through third docks. Instead, proceed further up the creek, and stay well off the shore.
The chartlet below shows our new anchored position, the fouled area, and the depths (and tides) we read thoughout this anchorage.
Our heartfelt thanks to the excellent team at TowBoatU.S. Port Royal for safely turning around what could have been an even worse situation!
Best and see you On the Water,
Captains Mark & Diana Doyle
http://www.OnTheWaterChartGuides.com

Not To Be Used For Navigation

 

Did I luck out! Two years ago, I anchored in that exact same spot (well, obviously, not exactly the same; I’d still be there).
Donovan

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More on Shoaling in AICW – Ashepoo Coosaw Cutoff Problem Stretch (Statute Mile 515)

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 01-23-2012

With his 6.25 ft draft, Capt. Pascal keeps a very sharp eye on the Waterway’s trouble spots and we can rely on the accuracy of his reports and the depths recorded here coincide with earlier reports of 5.8 feet at dead low in this perennial “AICW Problem Stretch” south of Charleston, SC. Penny’s report of Jan 23 suggests that the channel is shifting with the renewed shoaling.

I found shoaling to have worsened significantly over the summer in the southern section between the Coosaw and Rock creek. I follow the exact same path and found depths to be almost 2 ft shallower than back in May. I had planned to arrive with 3′ of tides remaining and ended up squeaking by with just a ft under the wheels (6.25 draft). This is definitely a play-the-tide stretch for most and close to Lil Mud River level.
Everything else so far is pretty much unchanged since spring.
Here are my notes:
MM516 Ashepoo Coosaw Southern section, 6′ to 7′ MLW most of the way but some 4.5 to 5′ MLW spots just north of R184. This is down almost 2′ from this spring on the same line. Make sure you come in or exit the southern end of the cut at an angle as shown on the charts (by R184/G195).
A new can G177 has been added by the FL G 177 to mark the shoal.
Note that the northern section of the cut off bet R166 and R172 is no problem, over 12′ MLW.
Capt. Pascal Gademer

Cruising News:
Claiborne
Just came through the Ashepoo-Coosaw Cutoff roughly two hours after high tide, +5.8’, and the lowest depth readings were 10.8’, suggesting there would be only 5’ at low. Looks like severe shoaling; suggest transiting with this in mind.
So far, in our transit south this year from Sandy Hook to Delray Beach, this is the first serious shoaling we encountered.
Mike Horowitz aboard ALTAIR

Just came through the Ashepoo Coosaw cutoff 3 times in the last 6 weeks. At the southern end near the Coosaw river, I saw 6 ft. at dead low tide. Favour the red side going south.
The other two times I came through at mid tide rising and had no trouble. My vessel draws 5 ft. Hope this helps.
Phil Mullins

Just cleared the Ashepoo Coosaw Cutoff 1 hour after high tide with a 5 ft draft. Lowest water reported was 12 ft. near red 184. The new green can 177A is off station. Currently in the grass about 100 feet south of green day marker 177.
Dick White aboard M/V Emerald Lady

These updated reports are pretty accurate except showing even more shoaling as green markers 169 and 177 are standing in grass with 20-30 feet of sand/mud on the bank at just before low tide. Depth sounder went off more times than I care to count. stay exactly between R 184 and G 185 then hug south bank to avoid extending shoal just after before heading to R 186. Favoring red as mentioned in another report put us in the mud for a quick thrill.
Penny aboard Penelope

Click Here To View Another Recent Report from This Trouble Spot.

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Restaurant Open at Dataw Island Marina, AICW Statute Mile 521.5

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 11-06-2011

Dataw Island Marina, 100 Marina Drive, Dataw Island, SC 29920 Mile Marker 521, 843 838 8410A short distance south off the Waterway via Parrot Creek, then Morgan River, Dataw Island Marina lies just west of marker #6 at the intersection of Parrot Creek and Morgan River. Dataw Island Marina is a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!

The restaurant is open and is called Sweetgrass. The food is excellent. It serves dinner 6 nights and is closed on Wednesday.
Pat Judd

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Log of the Palmetto Moon: Isle of Palms to Port Royal

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 10-27-2011

Palmetto Moon with Jim, Su and Lazy Cat Alex have just traveled from Georgetown, SC To Brunswick, Ga. Palmetto Moon cruises at 8.5 MPH and draws 4.5 ft. Here are the issues and observations of their travels:

2-Isle of Palms (MM-456.9) to Port Royal Landing (MM-539.5) We left 2.5 hours before low tide.
In the White Point area (MM-495-500) at low tide
Between R-110 and G-121 center of channel;
At G-111 – G-113 we saw 4 feet under us
At G-115 – G-117 we saw 3.5 feet under us
Running at just above Idle Speed stirred up a lot of mud/sand through most of the area from G-111 G-119
This info is what we experienced in our travels. As always you are the captain of your vessel and should use this as info only. Safe travels.
Palmetto Moon

Dataw Island Marina Offers Fall, 2011 Special Promotions (SC AICW, Statute Mile 521.5)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 09-30-2011

Dataw Island Marina, 100 Marina Drive, Dataw Island, SC 29920 Mile Marker 521, 843 838 8410What a nice set of special pricing and discounts for cruising visitors to this SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!!! And, the offer to have groceries waiting for you upon coiling your lines is really going above and beyond!
Dataw Island Marina actually lies on the Morgan River. It is easily accessible from the AICW’s run along Broad Coosaw River, via Parrot Creek. Follow the link below for more information!

Cruising News:
Dataw Marina is offering free electrics for transients for the months of October and November. Stay with us for two nights and the third night is free! The Outpost Coffee Shop and Bistro is offering 10% off to transients for October and November. Sweetgrass Restaurant will provide a free bottle of house wine with the purchase of two dinner entrees (dine in only). If you need groceries or supplies, call ahead to the marina (843) 838-8410 before 12 PM and we will try to have them here for you when you dock. Don’t forget to ask about our long term storage rates. Hope to see you soon!
Carol Clayton

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Good Visit to Dataw Island Marina off AICW Statute Mile 521.5 north of Beaufort, SC

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 07-09-2011

Dataw Island Marina, 100 Marina Drive, Dataw Island, SC 29920 Mile Marker 521, 843 838 8410A short distance south off the Waterway via Parrot Creek, then Morgan River, Dataw Island Marina lies just west of marker #6 at the intersection of Parrot Creek and Morgan River.

Wanted to pass along an excellent review on Dataw Island Marina. We are on a trip from Charleston to Hilton Head and finally stopped there for what we thought would be one night and then on to Beaufort. Dataw was so incredible we spent two nights and skipped Beaufort this time! The one year old Sweetgrass restaurant was incredible – so good we ate there both nights. It looks like the most special beach home right out of a novel, with a great screened porch for dining, or inside that is truly special.
They just opened their “fishcamp” store while we were there – breakfast and lunch items that are great, as well as many general store items to stock up on. It looks like an old fishcamp, complete with vintage mementos.
The staff of the marina and restaurants all couldn’t have been more kind and made us instantly welcome.
We enjoyed the amenities available to those that stay, at the club – playing tennis and hanging at the pool one day. Next time we will pack the clubs as we could have played either of the two courses. Riding our bikes and seeing the beautiful island homes was also worth the visit – this is now on the chart as a MUST STOP!
Bill Saint
President and CEO Classica Homes
Office – 704-940-3923
Cell – 704-507-2068
bsaint@classicahomes.com
1101 Wood Ridge Center Drive #155
Charlotte, NC 28277

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Good Times at Dataw Island Marina (Statute Mile 521.5)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 10-08-2010

Dataw Island Marina, 100 Marina Drive, Dataw Island, SC 29920 Mile Marker 521, 843 838 8410Captain Orin’s good experiences at Dataw Island Marina are not a surprise to anyone here at the Cruisers’ Net. Since the current management team took over, this has been a very well run establishment. Note that you do have to leave the AICW’s run through the Coosaw River, and then follow a marked passage south through Parrot Creek to Morgan River, in order to access Dataw Island Marina. The trip is worth the effort!

We stayed here one night this week and were extremely pleased. The staff is excellent and there have been changes since the last edition of Claiborne’s book. The restaurant is open. It is right in the marina and excellent. The shower rooms are private and the best e have seen in this area. All transients are likely to be on the face dock because the Morgan River current makes it too tough to get in the slips. The dock help is excellent. We are coming back!
Orin Guidry

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Ladys Island Bridge Responds On-Demand Weekends (Statute Mile 536).

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 06-06-2010

As we have posted recently, Ladys Island Bridge is on a temporary on-the-hour-only opening schedule Monday through Friday. However, as Larry Shick states below, if you ask nicely or if it’s a weekend, you might get an opening on demand! Isn’t it grand when we get those little surprises?

Submitted on 2010/06/06 at 5:22pm
For what it’s worth, we went through this bridge today (6/6/10). The bridge opened “on request.” Perhaps this was because it was a weekend, but at any rate, the “only on the hour” rule did not apply this time.
Captain Larry Shick

Submitted on 2010/08/16 at 5:50pm
This bridge is very old, has problems, and the city has out grown it! There is far too much boat traffic holding up far too much road traffic, and causing traffic jams when people need to get places! Slow down SOME on highway construction and build a bigger, TALLER bridge that does not have to be opened!
Gilbert R. Murrell

Surprise, surprise!, This past Sunday morning, I tried to get through the Lady’s Island Woods Bridge (Swing Bridge from Beaufort, SC AICW mile 536). I hoped to transit on demand since road traffic was almost non-existent. No luck. It is obvious that the bridge tender has no flexibility.
Again, I called Gene Stratton, Bridge Management Specialist, Seventh Coast Guard District, Miami, Florida (305.415.6740) for clarification on when to expect the temporary change to be rescinded. To date there have been two confusing notices of the temporary change: one states the bridge opens on demand on weekends and the other states that there is no exception to the rule on weekends. Stratton said the temporary change would be lifted one year after the rule has been published in the Federal Register or whenever the new bridge is completed, which ever comes first. The temporary rule has yet to be published in the Federal Register so who knows.
This change to the bridge opening schedule was made without public comment. Stratton said he welcomes written comment on this situation and suggested that comments be sent to him at the following e-mail address: allen.e.stratton@uscg.mil.
Captain Ray Gallagher

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Bass Creek Anchorage (Statute Mile 521)

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 04-23-2010

15 miles north of Beaufort and just to the east off the AICW via well-marked Parrot Creek, Bass Creek offers 8-13 feet depths for secure holding and the peace and quiet of South Carolina’s many marsh anchorages.

Currently anchored here with one other boat and it’s delightful. Being Chesapeake sailors, we initially found these open marsh anchorages less than desirable and then they began to grow on us. Not for nasty weather, but usually a nice breeze and the sounds of the marsh birds make for wonderful relaxation.
s/v MicMac

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Dataw Island Marina (Statute Mile 521.5)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 03-01-2010

Dataw Island Marina, 100 Marina Drive, Dataw Island, SC 29920 Mile Marker 521, 843 838 8410Dataw Island Marina actually sits off the AICW’s run through Coosaw River. This fine facility is accessed by way of a marked channel running first through Parrott Creek, then across the Morgan River.
Dataw Island is an SSECN CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, and we are proud to number a facility of this caliber among our active supporters.

Things have changed at Dataw. The maarina keeps getting better and Ken and Carol Treadway are working to make it even better. The restaurant has closed but is due to re-open very soon. According to Ken, it should be a big step up. Call to check the status.
Plenty of help available if needed when arriving or departing. Fuel costs are generally much cheaper than other marinas in the area.
I have stayed several times totaly over two months. I have also taken advantage of their yard.
Capt Dave

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