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Archive For: SC – 7 – Dawho River to Ashepoo-Coosaw Cutoff

  • More on the Alternative to AICW/Ashepoo-Coosaw Cutoff Tested, off Statute Mile 517

    An earlier report recommended an alternate route to the Ashepoo Cutoff, see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=134342. Skipper Ross also reports on this slightly longer, but deeper water, with a warning about the southeast end of Combahee Bank.

    Because we would have been at the Ashepoo Coosaw cut at low tide, we decided to take the alternate route out St Helena Sound before heading up the river beside Fenwick island. There is a spot where the chart is incorrect. Just off the ocean end of Combahee bank, there is a place charted as 21 to 22 ft deep. It is actually 10 ft at low tide. The rest of the charted depths are close to correct. Although this route is 5 miles farther, it is an excellent alternative to “The Cut”
    Richard Ross MV Chez Nous

    I second the above. You do not want to pass closer than 1/2 mile south of the Combahee Bank marker, and even then keep a wary eye on the depth sounder.
    A much less stressful alternative to the cutoff at less than high tide.
    Larry Shick

    I should have realized when we first published the initial message above from “Chez Nous” that these good people pilot an ARGUS research vessel. As you will see below, ARGUS project leader, John Hursey, forwarded us this very useful chartlet, showing the soundings taken by Chez Nous. Note the color change in the sounding circles at the two spots indicated by the red lines. This shows soundings around 10 feet were taken at these locations!

    Hi Claiborne,
    This just in from M/V Chez Nous, passing southeast of Combahee Bank in St. Helena Sound:
    Just off the ocean end of Combahee Bank, there is a place charted as21 to 22 ft deep. It is actually 10 ft at low tide.”
    John

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    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Combahee Bank

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

    Combahee Bank – Click for Chartview

    In reponse to an earlier SSECN posting on an alternate to Ashepoo-Coosaw Cutoff (see 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.

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Combahee Bank

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

    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

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

  • How to Avoid the AICW Shoal at the Northeastern Tip of the Ashepoo Coosaw Cutoff AICW Problem Stretch (Statute Mile 516.5)

    The Ashepoo – Coosaw Cutoff section of the AICW consists of a man-made canal which connects the Waterway between Rock Creek and the Coosaw River. Some two weeks ago, the SSECN posted an IMPORTANT “Navigation Alert” about severe shoaling at the northeastern end of the Ashepoo – Coosaw Cutoff, near marker #177. (see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=119918). Now, our good friends, and frequent SSECN contributors, Captains Jim and Peag Healy give some very useful advice below as to how this hazard can be avoided.

    There is advice in many places to take G’177′ very wide. That correct advice is not new; it has been the case for years. That particular post drys at low tide, and always has. That danger is very easy to see at low tide, but it would be easy to ground near that post at high tide, so as is the case with all daymark posts in the southeast, stay away from them. They mark shoals, not channels.
    That G’177′ problem is very easy to see at low tide. The post is dry! It jumps out at you! But at high tide, it would be very deceptive. That’s what the problem is at that particular daymark. I “take my half out of the middle.” :-)
    Be well, my friend
    Peg and Jim Healy

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

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

  • Successful Passage through Ashepoo/Coosaw Cutoff Problem Stretch, AICW Statute Mile 517

    Captain Poovey is responding to a Navigation Alert we posted in August of this year ( http://cruisersnet.net/?p=121335 ) concerning shallow depths in the Ashepoo/Coosaw Cutoff in which the ACOE mentioned marker #185 in the southwestern portion of the Cutoff as an area to watch.

    Passed through here this afternoon [10/7/13] from the north. Abreast of Marker G-185 at 12:42 PM I measured 10.6′.
    Bob Poovey m/v Threadbare

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Ashepoo/Coosaw Cutoff

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

    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

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

  • Dredging NOT in the Forecast for Ashepoo/Coosaw Cutoff AICW Problem Stretch, Statute Mile 517

    This extract, cherry picked from a recent Local Notice to Mariners, refers to the AICW Problem Stretch known as the Ashepoo – Coosaw. This man-made canal connects the AICW between Rock Creek and the Coosaw River.
    Some two weeks ago, the SSECN posted an IMPORTANT “Navigation Alert” about severe shoaling at the northeastern end of the Ashepoo – Coosaw Cutoff, near marker #177 (see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=119918). A little later, we also published reports by fellow cruisers that soundings had also deteriorated at the southwestern tip of the Cutoff (see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=120036).
    Partnered with the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Association and the South Carolina Marine Association, we subsequently asked for the help of the cruising community in securing a “special appropriation” to have these waters dredged (see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=120893).
    The official notice below confirms that dredging cannot take place here due to budgetary restrictions. Until and if the money is found to deepen this AICW Problem Stretch, either wait for high to mid-tide or see Tony Constant’s recommended alternate route: http://cruisersnet.net/?p=120938

    South Carolina-AICW-Winyah Bay – Charleston Harbor-Ashepoo Coosaw Cutoff: Severe Shoaling

    The ACOE of Charleston, South Carolina had just finished an official survey of the AICW from Charleston, SC to Beaufort. Two patches of severe shoaling exist; the first appearing at the northeastern tip of the Ashepoo-Coosaw Cutoff near Ashepoo-Coosaw C/O LT 177 (LLNR 35195). The other area is at the southwestern tip of the Ashepoo-Coosaw C/O between Ashepoo-Coosaw C/O DBN 180 (LLNR 35195.3) and Ashepoo-Coosaw C/O DBN 185 (LLNR 35205.2). Further information can be found on the ACO Charleston website at http://www.sac.usace.army.mil/ The ACOE has no future plans for dredging due to budget restrictions. Mariners are advised to transit the area with extreme caution.

    Claiborne,
    We just got the alert and request to contact our legislators with regard to the AICW shoaling problems in South Carolina. We live right on the AICW in Hilton Head, and frequently see the long dredge strings being towed back and forth between Florida and North Carolina. We’ll get their attention when shoaling is so bad that they can’t move their dredges to all those other places where they do dredge!
    K. C. Moore, Jr.

    And, messages like the one below are the result of not keeping up with AICW maintenance dredging:

    We have decided to cancel our trip South this year for this very reason. Probably would have been our last since we are turning 70 this year. How sad to watch this wonderful waterway be ignored, when it means so much to so many.
    It truly saddens me to see all that’s going on … or not going on … in our wonderful country.
    Please keep up your good work of keeping people informed and, hopefully, safe !
    Best Always,
    John

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position on the Northeastern Tip of the Ashepoo-Coosaw Cutoff, Near Marker #177

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

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

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

    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

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Fenwick Cut

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Combahee Bank

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

    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!!!!

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

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

    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

  • VERY IMPORTANT – Extreme AICW Shoaling at Northeastern Entrance to Ashepoo Coosaw Cutoff, AICW Statute Mile 516, 6/29/2013

    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.
    Back to the survey, one area of concern is our old friend, the “AICW Problem Stretch,” at the southwestern tip of the Ashepoo-Coosaw Cutoff (Statute Mile 517). We are publishing a separate article about the worsening shoaling here, near marker #185 (see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=120036).
    HOWEVER, what really got both Captain Mike’s and our own attention were the survey results depths, hard by marker #177 AT THE NORTHEASTERN ENTRANCE TO THE ASHEPOO-COOSAW CUTOFF (hard by the Waterway’s intersection with Rock Creek)!
    As you will see in the below graphic, supplied to the SSECN by the USACOE, low water depths of as little as 1-foot, are now to be found hard by the northern side of marker #177. YIKES!!!!
    These grounding depths can be bypassed by not approaching #177 closely, and favoring the NORTHERN SIDE of the AICW channel from a point 200 yards or so east-northeast of #177, to the point where the channel swings farther to the southwest, and enters the main body of the Ashepoo-Coosaw Cutoff. Again, as shown in the USACOE survey snippet below, even at low water, minimum 6.5 foot depths can be held by following this plan of action.
    Of course, this all sounds much easier on paper (or, in this case, on the screen), than when you are on the water. Clearly, the passage from Rock Creek into the northeasterly entrance of the Ashepoo-Coosaw Cutoff (or the other way around), is now an area that demands MAXIMUM ALERT from all cruisers, and the most cautious navigation of these waters.
    There are two aspects of this shoaling that we find particularly troubling. First, this is the first we have heard about shoaling near marker #177, and, secondly, Captain Verdolini informs us that there is no immediate budget available to dredge this troubled section of the Waterway.
    WE ASK THE HELP OF THE CRUISING COMMUNITY TO HELP US DISTRIBUTE THIS VITAL, BREAKING INFORMATION TO OUR FELLOW CRUISERS. If you belong to other nautical lists or forums, please direct members of such associations to this “Navigation Alert” posting at http://cruisersnet.net/?p=119918. 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.
    It almost goes without saying, but we are going to say it anyway, the Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net is declaring a Navigational Alert for these waters, and I have no doubt this Alert will remain in effect, until dredging finally takes place along this stretch of the AICW.
    We would also very much like to hear from members of the cruising community who have cruised the AICW within the last thirty to sixty days between Charleston and Beaufort (or the other way around). Did you find shallow depths near #177? What did you find to be the best means to bypass this shoaling? PLEASE send your data to EditorialDirector@CruisersNet.net. Your fellow cruisers can’t wait to hear from you!
    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!!!!

    Note Soundings to the West of Left Pointing Red Arrow

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position on the Northeastern Tip of the Ashepoo-Coosaw Cutoff, Near Marker #177

    Update as of 7/30/13 – After publishing the article above, we immediately brought this situation to the attention of Brad Pickel, Executive Director of our strategic web partner, the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Assocation (http://www.atlintracoastal.org/). As you will see from his message below, Brad took action immediately, and we HOPE the meetings he describes will shake loose some additional funds for dredging these problem waters SOON!

    Thank you Claiborne. I have followed up with the Charleston District and the message you heard was correct. This area along with Breach Inlet are priority areas for maintenance, but there are no funds currently available for these efforts. If funds were to become available, it would be through a supplemental or emergency appropriations bill. Some of our board members and I will be meeting with representatives of Senator Graham and Senator Scott’s staff tomorrow and we will definitely bring these concerns to their attention. I will let you know of any additional feedback I receive on this topic.
    Respectfully,
    Brad Pickel
    Executive Director
    Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Association

    And, responding to our request for information from the cruising community, several captains have responded. Note that all either swing wide of #177, or came through at half to mid-tide. SMART!

    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 did not encounter the shoaling your alert mentioned near marker 177, but I stayed wide of that marker.
    Peter Denoncourt
    S/V Kite

    We passed marker 177 today 8-3-2013 at about half falling tide. The marker was on dry ground. However there was plenty of water ( 15 to 20 ft ) if you take the turn wide. Of a much greater concern was the rest of the cut to marker 185, in some places we only say 5.2 to 5.7 ft under our boat while on plane. I can only imagine there is very little water in this cut at full low tide. Be very cautious when transiting this area.
    David Doyle

    We passed marker 177 northbound around June 1st of this year at near mid-tide. I had noticed a shoal off 177 before at low tide so our strategy was to “square the corner”. By this I mean we continued into Rock Creek unitl mid-stream before turning starboard and we would continue at the middle of Rock Creek when southbound until turning to port only when we are centered at the Ashepoo-cut off Canal. ‘best of luck, Aythya crew
    Stewart Force

    CAVALIER cruised the AICW north past markers 177 and 185 on 23 June 2013 about 2 hours past high tide. We draw 5 feet and at no time saw less than 7 feet at both areas. We stuck to the center of the channel. No issues.
    Jeanne and Terry

    Regarding the Marker 177 at Ashepoo cut-off and Rock Creek. I passed this point at medium tide about June 1st of this year without noting a problem. I have seen a shoal off 177 before at low tide and my strategy has been to “square the corner”. By this I mean proceding to the center of Rock Creek before turnng starboard when northbound & proceding to the center of the cut-off canal before truning to port when southbound. Hope the conditions of the waterway are maintained. Thanks for your alerts,
    Aythya crew

    Passed marker 177 southbound yesterday afternoon at low tide. Swinging wide of the marker at about mid- width of the cutoff there was over 20 ft of depth until well past the marker. Much shallower at the western end past #185.
    Tom Divers
    M/V Tanqueray

  • Mosquito Creek – Ashepoo River Anchorage (Statute Mile 513)

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

    Statute Mile 513 – anyone leave the ICW, cruise north on the Ashepoo River, and anchor or just visit Mosquito Creek? If you anchored, what were your impressions here? Did you dinghy ashore and purchase some fresh seafood at the commercial establishment?

    Responses follow:

    We have visited Mosquito Creek three times in the last six months, and enjoyed our time there. There is room to anchor by the last of the private docks on the creek and around the bend. Holding was good with great protection from fetch. We also spent one night at the B&B Seafood docks. They charge $25/night, for which you get a dock and access to shore. Just down the street, the SC Department of Natural Resources has a large grassy area where your dog can exercise. If you have bicycles, there is a long road though wildlife refuge areas to explore. The next road and intersection is 16 miles away. While the road has no bike lane, the traffic is so light that there are no safety issues. The only business in Bennetts Point is the B&B, which has fresh shrimp, if the shrimp boat has been out, and a few convenience store items.
    Glen and Jill Moore
    DeFever 40 Last Dance

    Click Here To View the South Carolina Cruisers’ Net Anchorage Directory Listing For the Mosquito Creek – Ashepoo River Anchorage

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of the Mosquito Creek – Ashepoo River Anchorage

  • Depth Report from Rock Creek Anchorage, AICW Statute Mile 516

    Rock Creek Anchorage - Click for Chartview

    Rock Creek has shoaled badly, south of the stream’s first turn to the northeast, north of the it’s intersection with the AICW. Favor the eastern banks in order to stay clear of the correctly charted shoal making out from lower Rock Creek’s westerly banks.

    We anchored after the northeast turn. There is a shallow section on the starboard side the channel right where you approach the first trees along the bank. The port side has 15 to 18 feet of water with 7 to 8 feet at 1 hour before low tide past the turn getting shallow on the starboard tide of the creek past the turn. We anchored in 6.5 feet of water 250 meters past the turn. We were having 20 to 22 kt of wind from the north which calmed down to 12 to 15 behind the trees.
    John Pholeric

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

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

  • Uncharted Markers/Shoals on AICW/Ashepoo River, Statute Mile 512

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    Even the latest chartplotters cannot keep up with aids to navigation added to mark shoaling, and it can be confusing to approach a marker that often just does not make sense when looking at the chart. Thanks to Capt. Butler for bringing these uncharted markers to our attention!

    New red nun 166 in Ashepoo River to mark shoal and the QR168 where you make the hard turn to port for the cutoff. Also noticed a new G175 in place of the range in Rock Creek.
    Karen Butler

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

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Marker #175

  • Don’t Even Think About Anchoring In The Charted “Oxbow” Off the AICW/Dawho River (Statute Mile 500) – Captains Mark and Diana Report

    On the Water GuidebooksI well remember one delightful October afternoon in 1983 when we came cruising along the AICW’s run through South Carolina’s Dawho River. This stream, along with a man-made canal, serves to connect the AICW between the North and South Edisto Rivers.
    Anyway, we were on our initial research trip, seeking out anchorages for the first edition of my “Cruising Guide to Coastal South Carolina and Georgia.” As I always still do to this day before beginning on-site research of new waters, I had poured over (in this case) chart 11518, looking for good anchorage possibilities. And here, hard by marker #128, were several charted oxbows which NOAA reported as having 6 to 12 foot depths.
    Well, like Diana and Mark, we arrived, THANK GOODNESS, at MLW. Imagine my astonishment when our first look inside all three oxbows revealed nothing but MUD!!!! To say the least, we warned everyone away from these potential traps and cheats in the pages of “CGSC-GA!”
    A check of the very latest version of chart 11518 on the Cruisers’ Net’s “Chart View” module, shows that NOAA is FINALLY showing no depth on the northeastern oxbow at MLW, but is still erroneously promising some MLW depths in the south side oxbow, which is the subject of Mark and Diana’s article below (see chartlet at right – click to open a Chart View page centered on the oxbow in question). It only took NOAA 29 years to correct 1/3 of their error. Need I say more about my opinion of the NOAA charting folks.
    So, if you seek to safely drop the hook on the Dawho River section of the South Carolina AICW, please continue cruising west, pass under the Dawho – Edisto Island Bridge, and give Fishing Creek along the northerly banks a try. Even this body of water has a TRICKY entrance. Follow the link below to learn how safe entry can be achieved!

    Check Out the MUD!

    Hi Claiborne,
    No names mentioned here … but someone asked us about anchoring in the oxbow off Dawho River R128.
    We told them: In a word, DON’T !!!
    As you well know, the closest tide station, Dawho Bridge, has an STR (Spring Tidal Range) of 7.2 feet, which can make a lot of South Carolina and Georgia bad ideas seem like good ones … especially when NOAA charts the oxbow at 7 feet low water.
    [See depth-annotated track and NOAA chart screenshot below.]
    We’ve heard people chatting about this possibility before, so on our last pass northbound (two months ago), we just happened to be passing R128 near low tide.
    As you can see in the chart screenshot and accompanying photo, there is plenty of water in the ICW channel but EVERYTHING dries out in the oxbow.
    Again, no recommendation being made here. Just sharing data. Captains are responsible for their own decisions and outcome.
    Best and see you On the Water,
    Captains Mark & Diana Doyle
    http://www.OnTheWaterChartGuides.com

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of the Oxbow Off the AICW/Dawho River

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

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

  • Report on South Edisto/AICW Anchorage, AICW Statute Mile 504.5

    South Edisto/AICW Anchorage is south of Charleston on the waters of the South Edisto just above Watts Cut, in the body of the hairpin turn that swerves back to the west.

    We anchored here over the 11 ft mark on the chart and found the charted depths to be accurate. The anchor grabbed quickly and held through the night despite a 30 mph blow at 2:00 am.
    Max Miller

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

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of South Edisto Anchorage

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

    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.

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

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

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

    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

  • Good Report from the AICW’s Run Through Dawho River, Statute Mile 497

    We have had reports of shallow water encountered near the eastern end of the AICW’s traversal of South Carolina’s Dawho River, between the North and South Edisto Rivers, and we established a “Navigation Alert” for the waters just east of this position this past spring. We’re glad to hear that Carl had no problems here.

    I came through here 8/24/11 at dead low tide and had 7.5 feet of water off Marker 115.
    Skipper Carl

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position on the AICW/Dawho River

  • Report on Depths in Watts Cut, AICW Statute Mile 503

    Watts Cut is a straight, narrow AICW channel that connects the South Edisto River with the Dawho River south of Charleston.

    On the way back, we came thru this area at dead low tide. I draw 5 ft. in a 42 ft. sail, we took it very slow through Watts Cut, just south of the Dawho R. Bridge. We favored the red side and found 8 ft. of water. After the bridge, we had plenty of water until we hit the last turn and it went to 7 ft. Again, dead low water.
    Philip W. Mullins aboard S/V Katash, Isle of Palms, SC

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

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