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Archive For: SC – 3 – Georgetown, Winyah Bay, Pee Dee River, Black River

  • LNM: Shoaling Survey, Sampit River, Georgetown, SC, AICW Statute Mile 403


    Georgetown, South Carolina

    Georgetown, A CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, is a must stop of Waterway cruisers and caution is called for when entering the harbor channel off Sampit Point.

    SOUTH CAROLINA – WINYAH BAY – SAMPIT POINT: Shoaling
    The U.S. Coast Guard received a report of extreme shoaling and a possible hazard to navigation in the entrance to the Steel Mill Channel. See below for the USACOE survey of the area. Chart 11532 LNM 24/18

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  • FOCUS ON – Georgetown, South Carolina, AICW Statute Mile 403


    VHF 16 & 68   Located on the Sampit River, Harborwalk Marina is only a boardwalk away from Georgetown's Historic District, great food, shopping, etc. A safe harbor from bad weather and located in calm
    Georgetown, South Carolina

    Georgetown, A CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, is home to Harborwalk Marina, also A CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, only a boardwalk away from Georgetown’s Historic District for history, entertainment, great food, and shopping!

    Port of Call – Georgetown, South Carolina
    There is a town, whose location astride the confluence of several rivers caught the attention of our nations earliest explorers, as early as 1526 when the Spanish recognized its natural resourcefulness and tried but failed to settle successfully. Then in 1729 the English actually laid out the town; its natural shipping port qualities provided an important role in our fight for independence during the Revolutionary War, and it was virtually unscathed during the Civil War, thriving to its prominence today. You don’t want to miss visiting historic and exciting, Georgetown, South Carolina, a delightful escape form 21st century hustle with its southern charm and hospitality.
    Sitting where several rivers, the scenic and mysterious Waccamaw, the Great Pee Dee, the Black, and Sampit rivers all yawn lazily into vastness of Winyah Bay, Georgetown constantly calls to mind its rich and storied past. For many years it was South Carolina’s most important port north of Charleston, this jewel of a coastal town retains its character of years ago while a new spirit of success sustains its future. Skippers and Captains who make Georgetown a “port of call” will be greeted with the warm hospitality of this quiet, historic town.

    Georgetown County Museum

    The heritage of the remarkable rice and indigo eras is important to fully appreciate Georgetown and its surrounding rivers and streams. Anyone who takes the time to examine their charts, will find that Georgetown is perfectly suited to take advantage of waterborne commerce. These same deep and easily navigable streams, today present a multitude of exploration opportunities for pleasure cruises. As you move quietly through these streams they gradually reveal one or more of the fabulous plantation houses that have survived hundreds of years.
    As you enter Georgetown’s harbor on the Sampit River, the first marina is Hazzard Marine, which you will see on your starboard side. Located a little further from the historical and dining areas, you are still with in a nice easy walk to the towns central area. Hazzard Marine is a full-service marina and boat yard with transient dockage on floating docks, 30/50-amp power, fuel, and pump-outs. Internet link: www.hazzardmarine.com

    VHF 16 & 68   Located on the Sampit River, Harborwalk Marina is only a boardwalk away from Georgetown's Historic District, great food, shopping, etc. A safe harbor from bad weather and located in calm

    Further into the harbor on starboard, is Harborwalk Marina. It is on the boardwalk in the heart of Georgetown’s historic district, shopping, and dining areas. Harborwalk Marina has fuel, pump outs, laundry, lounge, showers, and ships store, along with floating and fixed docks with power services for 30/50/100-amp services. 
    I must say, at Harborwalk you are right in the heart of town, right on Front Street where you are just a few enjoyable steps to 16 restaurants, 23 stores, 5 museums, and more all downtown.
    We strongly suggest that you first stop by the Georgetown Chamber which is on the same grounds as Harborwalk Marina. Pick up a town and tour pamphlet. A little planning can help you get much more accomplished and everyone highly recommends one of the many tour excursions. Ask about the light in the window story surrounding the Heriot-Tarbox House. Ghosts? You will have to see for yourself. 
    Do a quick check to see what is going on in the Francis Marion Park, where there is often “Music In The Park” concerts and be sure to see what the “Swamp Fox Players” are up to. Could be very entertaining.
    You will easily spot the Clock Tower of the Old Market Building which houses the Rice Museum, a most interesting treasure of the community that helps one understand how Georgetown’s rice and indigo production was a good for some, but there was a sad side also. None-the-less, the town has survived many economic ups and downs and serious disasters. See the story of an African-American, born into slavery and later in life became the first African-American elected to the US House of Representatives.
    Next door and part of the exhibits is the oldest recovered vessel of colonial times; built around 1730, the Browns Ferry Vessel, a general-purpose freighter in its day, used on the local rivers. It was discovered on the bottom of the Black River in 1974 and has been carefully treated and reconstructed for display.
    Don’t miss the South Carolina Maritime Museum in the heart of Georgetown’s Historic District. The SC Maritime Museum is the creation of the “Harbor Historical Association” to help celebrate the maritime history of South Carolina and Georgetown, the states second largest port. On exhibit there is the Fresnel lens from the North Island lighthouse; enjoy the museums many programs and events that tell of South Carolina’s storied maritime history. It is also a perfect place to find that unique nautical gift. 

    Kids at the Museum

    Dining is really fun and a treat in Georgetown, with the local “Lowcountry cooking,” casual waterfront dining, to the finer upscale restaurants. Almost every skipper I’ve spoken to has enjoyed “Thomas’s Café” for either breakfast of lunch as well The River Room, or Atlantic House Restaurant, or Beef O’Brady’s, (all my Irish friends), you name it Georgetown has it, from international specialties to local specialties, you will not be without something special to please your appetite.
    Shopping right in the heart of town is fun, no big box stores, most are owned and operated by local citizens, how refreshing. From antiques to local artisans’ crafts, to coastal boutiques for men and women, there is something for everyone. A great place to find that special birthday, Mother or Father’s Day, Christmas, or personal gift for someone special.
    If you need to take a night or two off from the live-aboard routine, and that is highly recommended, go get pampered; historic Georgetown is ready to accommodate with a host of fine bed-and-breakfasts inns and motels. Be sure when staying in one of the historic inns to check for the resident ghosts, that so loved Georgetown after their lives here, they have stayed in town.
    Georgetown once visited, will always be a part of you. Wonderful memories will be created and the warm hospitality will pull you back someday.
    Stop by, for at least several days or more in this coastal port-of-call. Georgetown’s southern charm is calling you.

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  • Big Improvements Underway at Harborwalk Marina, Georgetown, SC, AICW Statute Mile 403


    VHF 16 & 68   Located on the Sampit River, Harborwalk Marina is only a boardwalk away from Georgetown's Historic District, great food, shopping, etc. A safe harbor from bad weather and located in calm
    Georgetown, South Carolina

    Harborwalk Marina, A CRUISERS’ NET SPONSORS, is only a boardwalk away from Georgetown’s Historic District for history, entertainment, great food and shopping. Harborwalk Marina is the third marina on your starboard side as you enter the protected waters of Georgetown, also A CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR! And OnSpotWifi is also A CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!

    RE: Harborwalk Marina Expansion, Georgetown SC.
    Despite this winter’s frigid temperatures and construction issues, we are working to complete the planned upgrades, and despite a slight setback in our time frame, the delay will not keep us from using our current floating docks or our new 200’ floating fuel dock. During the winter months we have also installed “OnSpot Wifi” and have had nothing but great feedback.CLICK HERE FOR PHOTOS AND MORE!

    We hope to see everyone headed north soon!







    Chris Carroll, Operations Manager
    Harborwalk Marina
    Evening Post Industries
    P.O. Box 274
    525 Front Street
    Georgetown SC 29440
    843-546-4250
    843-240-2318 (Cell)
    www.harborwalkmarina.com
    ccarroll@harborwalkmarina.com

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  • Floating Fuel Dock Open at Harborwalk Marina, Georgetown, SC, AICW Statute Mile 403


    VHF 16 & 68   Located on the Sampit River, Harborwalk Marina is only a boardwalk away from Georgetown's Historic District, great food, shopping, etc. A safe harbor from bad weather and located in calm
    Georgetown, South Carolina

    Harborwalk Marina, A CRUISERS’ NET SPONSORS, is only a boardwalk away from Georgetown’s Historic District for history, entertainment, great food and shopping. Harborwalk Marina is the third marina on your starboard side as you enter the protected waters of Georgetown, also A CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!

    Guys, just wanted to let you know that our 200’ floating fuel dock is now open and we are pumping fuel again.

    Chris Carroll, Operations Manager
    Harborwalk Marina
    Evening Post Industries
    P.O. Box 274
    525 Front Street
    Georgetown SC 29440
    843-546-4250
    843-240-2318 (Cell)
    www.harborwalkmarina.com
    ccarroll@harborwalkmarina.com

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  • Healy Report: Socastee to Isle of Palms, SC, AICW Statute Miles 410-457


    Isle of Palms Marina is located on the east side of the Intracoastal Waterway, northeast of Charleston at Mile 456.5 and south of ICW Marker 116.  50 41st Avenue

    This leg of Jim and Peg Healy’s sojourn through South Carolina begins in the Waccamaw River, south to Winyah Bay, then turns west into Estherville Minim Creek and ends on Isle of Palms, home to CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Isle of Palms Marina. Again, our sincere thanks to these very experienced cruisers for sharing their experiences and expertise with all of us.
    The southbound minimally marked entrance to Minim Creek from Winyah Bay requires careful lookout or you will pass it, especially on an outgoing tide. And as a sidebar on Minim Creek, see Minim Creek Ferry.

    Sanctuary and crew traveled south from Socastee, SC, on the Waccamaw, to Mt. Pleasant, SC, on Tuesday, 10/17/2017. Low tide in the region was early afternoon (13h30). The entrance to the Estherville-Minim Canal at Winyah Bay is very shoal for at least the first 1/2 mile. The Esterville-Minim Creek Canal and the Fourmile Creek Canal have both continued to shoal. We saw spots at 6-1/2 ft at 1/3 tide. READ MORE!

    We managed – poor planning – to arrive at McClellanville at dead low tide (10/17/2017, 13h51, +0.1 ft above MLLW). Our depth sounder transducer is 30″ below the waterline, and it quits when it get’s to 2 to 2-1/2 ft above a soft bottom or weeds. Today, it quit. So, I don’t know how deep the water really is. What I do know is, Sanctuary draws 4-1/4 ft. What I learned for certain is, the bottom of the ICW around McClellanville is soft mud. I had slowed to just above idle, (never approach anything faster than you’d want to hit it). We never got stopped making way, but there were spots where I could feel the soft mud throwing the boat around. One of many times I really, really liked having a single engine boat with a prop and rudder protected by a beefy full keel. We never encountered anything hard; nothing that went “bump” along the hull. The stretch between G”35″ and R “48” is definitely the worst long stretch (4 miles) on the ICW at this point. Not bad when the tide is in, but 4 ft or less at low tide, and worse yet if celestial low tide. Southbound, check the tide station called “McClellanville, Jeremy Creek” before departing (or passing by) Georgetown. To stay clear of the McClellanville mud at MLLW, ditch out up above McClellanville and wait for a better tide if you’ll arrive at low and your boat draws more than 3 ft.

    Those who have done this stretch of South Carolina ICW in the past know there are some very impressive, long docks extending from shore. Many show signs of very significant storm damage. Several that had nice multi-deck sun shelters top were tipped over and lying in the water (well, lying in the mud at low tide). Many of the docks and access-ways had decking missing, we assume from waves and high water lapping at them from beneath. We saw sunken floats and many pilings askew. We did not see any flotsam, but I would definitely keep a sharp lookout throughout the region. Crab pot floats are everywhere. In fast currents, floats bob underwater. Be on the lookout…

    There has been generally more transient boat traffic than I expected this early in the season. Don’t know if that predicts more traffic later, or maybe they’ve all already come through, so slower later??? The big go-fast boats we’ve encountered have generally been gentlemen about passing, but it’s on you if you’re a slow boat to keep a sharp eye out astern for approaching, overtaking traffic.
    Jim

    Peg and Jim Healy aboard Sanctuary, currently at Rock Creek, Pasadena, MD
    http://gilwellbear.wordpress.com
    Monk 36 Hull #132
    MMSI #367042570
    AGLCA #3767
    MTOA #3436

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    For a complete list of Sponsoring Marinas along this route, go to SC SSECN Sponsoring Marinas

  • Report from Harborwalk Marina, Georgetown, SC, AICW Statute Mile 403

    VHF 16 & 68   Located on the Sampit River, Harborwalk Marina is only a boardwalk away from Georgetown's Historic District, great food, shopping, etc. A safe harbor from bad weather and located in calm

    Harborwalk Marina, A SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSORS, is only a boardwalk away from Georgetown’s Historic District for history, entertainment, great food and shopping.

    Open with dockage and fuel. Fuel dock limited due to new construction between now and October 14th. Fuel dock hoping to be ready for regular fall transients.

    Chris Carroll, Operations Manager
    Harborwalk Marina
    Evening Post Industries
    P.O. Box 274
    525 Front Street
    Georgetown SC 29440
    843-240-2318 (Cell)

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  • Praise for Harborwalk Marina and Georgetown, SC, AICW Statute Mile 403


    VHF 16 & 68   Located on the Sampit River, Harborwalk Marina is only a boardwalk away from Georgetown's Historic District, great food, shopping, etc. A safe harbor from bad weather and located in calm
    Georgetown, South Carolina

    Georgetown and Harborwalk Marina, both SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSORS, continue to do everything possible to make your visit a special one. Located on the Sampit River, Harborwalk Marina is only a boardwalk away from Georgetown’s Historic District for history, entertainment, great food and shopping.

    Enjoy Georgetown – a great stop. As with any cruising along the GA, SC and NC coasts, be mindful of tides and follow markers carefully. We strongly recommend Harbor Walk Marina in Georgetown – pet friendly for sure and immaculate restrooms/showers. Be sure to tell Chris, the owner/dockmaster, hello from Midas Touch.
    Mike and Marian Warlic, on AGLCA’s Forum

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  • Expansion and Renovation at Harborwalk Marina, Georgetown, SC, AICW Statute Mile 403


    VHF 16 & 68   Located on the Sampit River, Harborwalk Marina is only a boardwalk away from Georgetown's Historic District, great food, shopping, etc. A safe harbor from bad weather and located in calm

    Georgetown and Harborwalk Marina, both SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSORS, continue to do everything possible to make your visit a special one. Located on the Sampit River, Harborwalk Marina is only a boardwalk away from Georgetown’s Historic District for history, entertainment, great food and shopping.

    HARBORWALK MARINA
    525 Front Street ! Georgetown, 29440 ! PO Box 274 ! Phone: 843-546-4250
    E-Mail: stay@harborwalkmarina.com Web: www.harborwalkmarina.com
    May 9, 2017
    Harborwalk Marina Expansion/Renovation
    Georgetown SC
    Harborwalk Marina of Georgetown, SC, will double its capacity to serve transient boaters on the Intracoastal
    Waterway with an expansion expected to be completed by September. Read More!

    The marina, an affiliate of Evening Post Industries located on the Sampit River at the foot of Queen Street in
    Georgetown, broke ground May 1 on the project that will add 825 linear feet of new floating dock that includes a
    new 100-foot fuel dock with new high-flow dispensers for gasoline and diesel.
    Improvements will also include a fuel hut on the dock for more convenient transactions, including ice and pump-out
    service, over 385 feet of new bulkhead and drainage allowing the marina to be dredged to 8 feet MLW, and
    improvements to parking and the marina building that will follow.
    “Harborwalk Marina accommodates over 1,600 individual boats a year,” said manager Chris Carroll. “This brings a
    major economic boost to the downtown Georgetown area. We are the closest marina to the downtown, and many of
    our customers shop and dine on Front Street.
    The marina, formerly known as Gulf Auto Docks, has been a Georgetown boating landmark for years. It was
    purchased by Evening Post Industries in 1989. It was renamed Harborwalk Marina in the mid-1990s. A major
    renovation in 2008 provided travelers with a new building offering climate-controlled showers, restrooms and
    laundry facilities, 725 linear feet of floating transient overnight dockage with WiFi, cable TV and clean municipal
    water seven days a week. With 7 to 12 feet of depth, the marina can accommodate vessels up to 200 feet. The
    building provides space to sell ice, batteries, oils, soaps, shirts, hats and boat supplies along with a wide porch and
    rocking chairs for travelers to enjoy the sunsets over Winyah Bay. Hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
    “We like to think, we are not the biggest marina on the ICW,” Carroll said, “but we are one of the best.”

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  • More Good Words for Harborwalk Marina and Georgetown, SC, AICW Statute Mile 403


    VHF 16 & 68   Located on the Sampit River, Harborwalk Marina is only a boardwalk away from Georgetown's Historic District, great food, shopping, etc. A safe harbor from bad weather and located in calm

    Our thanks to Charlie and Jackie Ridley for their report on Harborwalk Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR! and Georgetown. Located on the Sampit River, Harborwalk Marina is only a boardwalk away from Georgetown’s Historic District, great food and shopping, as the Ridleys attest!

    As usual Harborwalk very nice. Joe- dock hand- nice, knowledgeable and helpful. Read More!

    Wifi not great but ok [on an earlier visit – continue reading]. Ate at Alfresco Bistro- a little pricey but great! Shower very nice. One of our favorite places. Back here on 1-1-17. Wifi seemed better and cable tv very good. Joe here again and did his usual good job. Ate at a new place for Sun lunch and will definitely will be back!!!! Aunny’s– meat and three “soul” food. Fried chicken, ribs (Jackie said best ever had) mac & cheese , okra, butter beans, tomatoes, squash casserole , cornbread. Terrific- needed a to go box. Mamma Jane was truly the boss!
    Charlie and Jackie on TRAVELER

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  • Height Restriction at Non ICW Bridge, Pee Dee River, Georgetown, SC, off AICW Statute Mile 401


    Jericho Creek exits the Waterway to the west, north of Georgetown at Statute Mile 395. There are 5 recommended anchorages in those waters. The fixed 20ft bridge John Winter describes is just north of the Pee Dee River/Waterway intersection at Georgetown Landing Marina. Thank you John!

    The 20′ bridge on the Pee Dee just north of Georgetown, SC just off the ICW which is the route many boaters take to connect back to the ICW through Jericho Creek is being worked on. It has chain link fencing draped under it to catch falling debris. Clearance is maybe 16′.
    John Winter.

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  • Shallow Water in Minim Creek Canal, AICW Statute Mile 415, 8/31/2016


    This area of shallow water is at the south end of the Estherville Minim Creek Canal which begins at the Waterway’s exit southward from Winyah Bay.

    SOUTH CAROLINA – AICW – MYRTLE GROVE SOUND AND CAPE FEAR RIVER TO CASINO CREEK – WINYAH BAY – CHARLESTON HARBOR: Depth of Channel.
    The U.S. Coast Guard has found at low-tide depths of less than 5ft of water in the middle of the channel between Winyah Bay-Charleston Harbor Channel Light 4 (LLNR 34120 [33°11.7192N / 079°16.3300W, 33.195320 / -79.272167]) and Winyah Bay-Charleston Harbor Daybeacon 5 (LLNR 34125 [33°11.4410N / 079°16.5012W, 33.190683 / -79.275020]). Mariners are advised to use caution while transiting the area. Chart 11532, 11534 LNM 35/16

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  • FOCUS ON Georgetown, SC, AICW Statute Mile 403


    VHF 16 & 68   Located on the Sampit River, Harborwalk Marina is only a boardwalk away from Georgetown's Historic District, great food, shopping, etc. A safe harbor from bad weather and located in calm

    The County Chamber of Commerce for Georgetown County, South Carolina and Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net are delighted to share the rich history of this area’s earliest settlements in and around Winyah Bay and along the several rivers that converge near Georgetown. The preserved old southern rice and indigo plantations still provide glimpses into our country’s earliest commercial, agricultural and aqua-cultural endeavors. Providing easy access to this “stroll-worthy community” for the cruising community is the recently completely renovated Harborwalk Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS NET SPONSOR. Putting Georgetown, SC on your list of fun ports of call is a must.

    Looking for a great place to take a brief respite from the ICW? Then take a turn at marker 40 and head up the Sampit River to Historic Downtown Georgetown.

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    Georgetown Harbor – Sampit River

    Dockage is available at several marinas, and there are day docks on the City’s Harborwalk. The third oldest city in South Carolina, Georgetown has been welcoming visitors to their harbor for almost 300 years.

    Front Street Shopping

    Front Street Shopping

    Once you arrive in Georgetown and find a dock or anchorage, it’s time to start exploring the area. Within easy walking distance (just a few blocks) there are more than 14 restaurants, five museums and an abundance of shops. The locals are friendly and always glad to welcome visitors.

    Stewart Parker House - facing the river

    Stewart Parker House – facing the river

    Start your exploration at the Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center, next to Harborwalk Marina. There you will get free information including maps of the area, local attractions and history. Make time to visit all our museums – each highlights a different aspect of the rich history of the area.

    Keith House B&B on Front Street

    Keith House B&B on Front Street

    The Rice Museum highlights the history of rice production in the area. Did you know Georgetown County was the largest producer of rice in North American in the early 1800’s? You will also have the opportunity to see the remains of the oldest wooden vessel known to have been built in North America.

    The South Carolina Maritime Museum on the Harborwalk celebrates the maritime history of the state and port of Georgetown. Exhibits include historic photographs, documents, artifacts, and interactive displays. The centerpiece of the museum is the 5th order Fresnel lens that was the heart of the North Island Lighthouse for over 100 years. The Museum is also the home of the annual Georgetown Wooden Boat Show, which has been named a Top 20 Event in the Southeast and won the Bundy award as one of the best events in the state.

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    Fresnel Lens from North Island Lighthouse

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    Kids at Maritime Museum

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Georgetown County Museum features artifacts from all over the county, including a handwritten letter from General Francis Marion, the Swamp Fox. The Gullah Museum celebrates the Gullah culture of the western African people that were brought to our shores against their wills in the 1700 and 1800’s, and forged a shared culture that shaped the landscape, food and language of the Lowcountry.

    Kaminsky House Museum

    Kaminsky House Museum

    The Kaminski House Museum, dating from 1765, features an extraordinary collection of European and American antiques, along with a glimpse into the history of Georgetown.

    Georgetown’s National Register Historic District along the harbor is home to over 63 structures over 200 years old. You can pick up a historic walking map for a do-it-yourself tour or jump on the Swamp Fox tour trolley and enjoy an hour long narrated excursion through the oak-lined streets. You’ll be regaled with almost 300 years of history and may even hear a ghost story or two. Love ghost stories? Ask at the Visitors Center about one of our local lantern-led evening ghost tours!

    Make sure you plan to spend several days in our harbor. You will need that much time to experience all the sites and sample all the amazing restaurants within a few steps of the water. Many Thursday evenings you can also enjoy free concerts in Francis Marion Park, right on the Harborwalk. One thing we can guarantee, you’ll leave a visit to Georgetown having made new friends and planning your return trip.

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  • Georgetown Restaurant Praised, Georgetown, SC, AICW Statute Mile 403


    VHF 16 & 68 Located on the Sampit River, Harborwalk Marina is only a boardwalk away from Georgetown's Historic District, great food, shopping, etc. A safe harbor from bad weather and located in calm

    As Claiborne would have said, news of good food is always welcome! So we thank Bob and Susan Crenshaw for these good words for a new Georgetown restaurant, especially as this lovely port is recovering from a devastating fire in 2013 that destroyed a number of waterfront cafes. Harborwalk Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, is the northwesternmost marina on the downtown Georgetown/Sampit River waterfront.

    Cruising News
    Great new restaurant in Georgetown DiAngelo’s
    We just had a wonderful dining experience at DiAngelo’s on 929 Front street in Georgetown. We had opportunity to meet the owner, Pat DiAngelo and his wife Debbie. Also the chef, Tony came out and introduced himself. A.J. was our server.
    Wonderful home made Italian food that was fantastic. Chef Tony prepared us a sample of his yet unnamed dumpling gnocchi dish that was fantastic.
    Then to top off the nite he brought us some samples of Zeppoli, an Italian doughnut that melted in your mouth. These are wonderful people who need to be supported to make their business successful. The owner, Pat, was very gracious and appreciative of his customers. We cannot recommend a better dining experience than one we had.
    The kicker is that Chris, Dockmaster at Harbourwalk recommend we try them out. You will not be disappointed.
    Bob & Susan Crenshaw
    Carolina Girl

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  • Herl Report: Harborwalk Marina, Georgetown, SC, AICW Statute Mile 403


    VHF 16 & 68   Located on the Sampit River, Harborwalk Marina is only a boardwalk away from Georgetown's Historic District, great food, shopping, etc. A safe harbor from bad weather and located in calm

    Good news about so little debris in the Waterway. Let’s hope it stays that way. Harborwalk Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR! is the northwesternmost marina on the downtown Georgetown/Sampit River waterfront.

    Harborwalk Marina
    Left Osprey and headed down the ICW, water was extremely high, up to 4 or 5 ft above normal high tide. Surprisingly we did not run into a lot of debris on way to Georgetown, just took it slow and watched for any objects on the water. No problems at all.
    Again Georgetown is a good place to stop. All the shops are within walking distance and all are interesting to visit, not to mention all the good food.
    The crew here at Harborwalk as always are great.
    Phil and Sandy Herl

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  • High Praise for Hazzard Marine, Georgetown, SC, near AICW Statute Mile 403


    Moving upstream from Winyah Bay, Hazzard Marine is the first facility cruisers will encounter on the downtown, Sampit River Georgetown waterfront. This facility was rebuilt several years ago and now, as Skippers Bill and Devon attest, is a far cry from the forgettable fishing craft dock that once it was.

    Hazzard Marine is one of the best most friendly marinas my wife and I have ever stopped at!
    We were on our way from Carolina Beach NC to the Excuma islands in the Bahamas when we had some unexpected boat problems. Hazzard Marine was the closes marina with a travel lift so we limped on in not knowing anybody there or having reservations.
    WOW is all I can say!! the folks there we so helpful and friendly.
    The entire staff helped with all the repairs/rental cars/meal suggestions/shipping of repair parts,etc etc.
    After 5 days there we hated to leave and move on.
    The prices are reasonable and the marina is very well kept.
    GREAT PLACE FOR A LAYOVER/WEEKENDER/OR JUST TO MEET THESE WONDERFUL FOLKS.
    Bill and Devon `WIDEOPEN’

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Hazzard Marine

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Hazzard Marine

  • Sandy Island, SC, Gets New School Bus Boat, near Georgetown, SC

    School is in session for all ages and all places, even islands! But this “school bus” is one you may not know about, so Watch Your Wake! Sandy Island is the name of a small unincorporated community in Georgetown County, South Carolina. This article by Erin MacPherson is from WPDE.com.

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    Sandy Island gets new school bus boat
    by Erin MacPherson
    Posted: 08.05.2015 at 6:11 PM
    For years, the Sandy Island community and Georgetown County School officials have wanted a new school boat to get students who live on the island to and from school. The boat they were using was from 1964. And now, they have a new one. “It transports students just like a bus from Sandy Island to the mainland and then we put them on a bus and take them to school,” said Dr. Randy Dozier, Georgetown County Superintendent.
    The New Prince Washington is the state’s only school boat.
    Dr. Dozier says the boat they used before this one was outdated.
    “It was fairly slow, not as accessible and harder to operate. We wanted to bring it up to speed and make it safer more modern. Now we have a boat specifically for that and it’s brand new,” said Dozier.
    Dozier says the school board understood how important this boat is for the students on Sandy Island.
    “I have ridden on the old boat; it’s not a satisfactory trip. It’s a safe trip but it’s just crowded and old. This new boat is so much better and I can’t wait to ride on it,” said Richard Kerr, a trustee with the Georgetown County School Board.
    But getting this new boat wasn’t an easy task. Dozier says it’s all thanks to State Superintendent Molly Spearman.
    “This is owned by the state department much like a school bus. They maintain it. We provide the pilot, they provide the base salary, and we supplement that,” said Dozier.
    Tuesday, the boat passed the Coast Guard’s inspection.
    It seats 12 people, has a place for the pilot and co-pilot, and it has tie downs for wheelchairs.
    Dozier says it can safely fit 16 people and has plenty of life jackets for all passengers.
    “It looks great and meets all specifications,” said Dozier.
    The New Prince Washington will have its first launch on the first day of school.
    There’s no word yet on what they’re going to do with the old school boat.

  • A Visit to Harborwalk Marina, Georgetown, SC, AICW Statute Mile 403


    VHF 16 & 68   Located on the Sampit River, Harborwalk Marina is only a boardwalk away from Georgetown's Historic District, great food, shopping, etc. A safe harbor from bad weather and located in calm

    Harborwalk Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR! is the northwesternmost marina on the downtown Georgetown/Sampit River waterfront. Check out their shiny new, first-rate, shower and laundry building! Skipper Herl’s report isn’t dated, but it seems to coincide with the current heatwave we are enduring in SC.

     

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    Just a short run, 4 hr, north of Lelands [McClellanville] into Georgetown to Harborwalk Marina. Cris met us at the dock. Cris and my crew prevented me from crashing and burning at the dock. We arrived early so were able to take a walk down town, It is hot (100deg.) so the walk was short but very interesting. Visited the museum and some stores, they all had AC.
    The dock was nice, it was just too hot to do anything.
    Phil and Sandy Herl

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s South Carolina Marina Directory Listing For Harborwalk Marina

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

  • Minim Creek Ferry Replaced with Floating Swing Bridge, AICW Statute Mile 411.5


    When southbound, the Waterway turns southwest into Esterville Minim Creek Canal exiting Winyah Bay at Mile 410.5. The cable operated ferry crossing is now a floating swing bridge crossing at Mile 411.5. Folks who remember Sunset Beach floating bridge fondly (!) will look forward to seeing this apparatus first hand. Our thanks to Skipper Murdoch for these photos.

    At St M 411 in place of the Esterville Ferry is new “Floating Swing Bridge” somewhat like the old Sunset Beach Bridge. Here are some pictures taken yesterday.
    Bill Murdoch

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  • 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 /?p=144354
    For a 2013 ACOE survey of area north of Ben Sawyer Bridge, see /?p=125717
    For a 12/2013 report on Ashepoo-Coosaw Cutoff, see /?p=129101
    For an alternative to Ashepoo-Coosaw Cutoff, see /?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

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