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

  • Warning on Dewees Inlet north of Charleston, SC

    Between the Winyah Bay Entrance south of the AICW from Georgetown, SC and the Charleston, SC harbor entrance, there is really no safe inlet and Dewees Inlet carries this emphatic warning from Claiborne: WARN ANYONE OFF FROM USING THIS INLET. THERE IS NO CHANNEL TO SPEAK OF AND TO SAY IT’S TREACHEROUS IS AN UNDERSTATEMENT. IT COULD BE DEADLY!!!

    We are headed back off-shore to the south – Charleston, but would prefer Isle of Palms as it takes about two hours off the trip… if we can get in through Dewees Inlet. Charts show no marked channel to the outside but inside the water is charted deep (no channel markers), tides run 5+ feet and there are some tempting areas that may not be shoaled up. Does anyone know if this passage can be made safely with a ~6 ft. draw at HT? Thanks
    Captain Ric

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  • Good Report on Harborwalk Marina in 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 calmLocated in the calm waters of the Sampit River harbor and convenient to all the attractions of downtown Georgetown, Harborwalk is A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!

    We just stayed at Harborwalk Marina in Georgetown, SC and found it newly renovated… great showers and laundry. Low tide is a trip coming in – stay to starboard after the entry marker and hug the docks. At Harbor Walk Marina depth is around 6.5 ft. at the inner most dock at low tide. Outside and finger docks have plenty of water even at a dead low tide.
    Captain Ric

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

  • Georgetown Landing Marina, AICW Statute Mile 403

    Georgetown Landing Marina has a long, welcoming transient/fuel dock that makes easy handling of the occasional opposing wind and river currents that can occur. Because of the expanse of open dockage, Georgetown Landing makes a great rendezvous spot for groups flotillas.

    Great place to stay. The dock staff were very friendly and helpful (including Bella the yellow lab pup!) The bathrooms were very clean. It was an easy walk into town. We were inside the long face dock and had no problems in strong winds from both the south and north. Being at a sportfishing marina wasn’t a bad deal–someone didn’t want their king mackerel catch and gave it to us!!
    S/V Moondance

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  • Hazzard Marine And Georgetown, SC (near 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 is a gar cry from the forgettable fishing craft dock that once it was.

    Very helpful people and nice location is you want close access to downtown. We had several meals at The River Room restaurant and were pleased with the quality of their food and reasonable prices.
    If you like 100+ year old houses, this is the place for you! The older districts of town begin just next to Hazzard Marina. Don’t miss the Rice Museum.
    Sykes
    SV Aquarius

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

  • Boat Shed Marina (Georgetown, SC – Near St. M. 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 calmBoat Shed Marina is one of several very fine facilities along the downtown Georgetown/Sampit River waterfront. Please also consider Harborwalk Marina, a bit farther upstream. This facility is a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!

    Because of high winds and very cold temps we pulled in to Boat Shed instead of dropping the anchor. This is our second stay here and we find it a great place to tie up. They have changed the marina office to a larger building and now have a super stocked ship’s store. Cost of $1.40 per foot includes electric, WiFi, water, and cable TV hook-up. The fuel hoses can easily reach any boat on the dock. Several trash containers spaced along the pier. Friendly staff and close to town and all the restaurants.
    Larry Morrow

    Click Here For The Cruisers’ Net’s South Carolina Marina Directory Listing For Boat Shed Marina

    Click Here For The Cruisers’ Net’s South Carolina Marina Directory Listing For Harborwalk Marina

  • Hazzard Marine (Georgetown, SC, near Statute Mile 403)

    Like Captain Andy, I can remember with Hazzard Marine was one of the most forgettable “facilities” in the SC Low Country. My how times have changed, this time for the better. Hazzard Marine is now an excellent facility, but so its Harborwalk Marina (A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR), just a bit farther upstream.

    Equus is on the hard in Georgetown at Hazard’s Marina & Boatyard with a shaft- cutless bearing- stuffing box problem that was about to sink us . Hazard’s is a first-class operation now. I remember it from years ago as only a rickety old pier with a bad fuel pumps. It is now small but five star for service and accomodations..
    Best of the season to you and yours,
    Andy Denmark

    Click Here To View the South Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Hazzard Marine

  • Kudzu Bakery (Georgetown, SC)

    Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 1776, Georgetown, South Carolina 29442I can add to Captain Lea’s comments below Kudzu Bakery, by relating that their chocolate chip cookies are to die for, and, really, we’ve never had anything here that wasn’t good. Kudzu is within walking distance of all the downtown Georgetown marinas, and within a long walk or a quick taxi ride from Georgetown Landing Marina (on the Pee Dee River). Give Kudzu a try, you won’t be sorry!

    We have not eaten at the Kudzu Bakery but always stop there to buy their delicious foods, jams, pickles, etc. Not to be missed in Georgetown!
    James Lea
    S/V Estelle

  • Downtown Georgetown Marinas (Sampit River, Statute Mile 403)

    On 9/1/09, as part of a “South Carolina Wish List,” I posed the following question:

    13. Has anyone docked at either Hazzard Marine, Boat Shed Marina or Harborwalk Marina along the downtown Georgetown waterfront (Sampit River)? How did you find these facilities?

    Responses follow:

    Boat Shed Marina. New docks and great people. We were sailing north out of Charleston Harbor to Georgetown and got stuck when the wind shifted to the north and we had to tack several times. We got there two hours after they closed but two dock hands stayed to help us dock. Very good people and we will definitely go back there.
    Best Regards
    George
    S/V Chez Nous

    Hazzard Marine in Georgetown- good directions into the marina and a very helpful dockhand. We needed to go into town to provision at the Piggly-Wiggly, so we called the Midnight Cab Co. $3 to anywhere in town!
    Joy and Shel Rabin, aboard m/v Evening Star

    Click Here To View the South Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Hazzard Marine

    Click Here To View the South Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Boat Shed Marina

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

  • Georgetown Landing Marina (Statute Mile 403)

    On 9/1/09, as part of a “South Carolina Wish List,” I posed the following question:

    12. Has anyone stayed at Georetown Landing Marina lately? What was your experience there?

    Responses follow:

    We have stayed at Georgetown Landing Marina for at least six years in our trek up and down the waterway. It is always an easy in and out for us. They answer the phone and radio promptly. Very long face dock, easy to get fuel. A young staff of dockhands but always skilled and knowledgeable. Free wi-fi does work. Excellent restaurant adjacent to the marina and is within walking distance of some food stores. The last time we were there was this past April. Only downside is no cable TV.
    Ken Stickrath

    Subject: SC wish list
    Cruising News: We visited both Charleston City Marina & Georgetown Landing within the last six months. I agree with the opinion expressed about
    Georgetown Landing on the web site. The marina is oriented towards sport fishing. The office is very friendly, the walk into town acceptable, Wifi not reliable, currents are strong & docking on the outside in heavy weather is not a good idea.
    Tim Carter

    Click Here To View the South Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Georgetown Landing Marina

  • Scarey Incident While Anchored On Winyah Bay (south of Georgetown, SC)

    I guess the incident described second-hand below by Captain Arnold could happen anywhere at anchor. Scarey to think about, but at least the cruiser in question was not harmed.
    There has been a HUGE debate about whether cruisers should have guns aboard raging on several of the other mailing lists. Incidents like this will certainly make one think!

    An experienced cruiser who goes every year to the Exumas from Chesapeake, moored as he always does in Winyah Bay just south of Georgetown in the charted mooring area just before you turn into the Estherville Canal (or after if you’re going north) .
    He was woken up at 4am by somebody trying to get on his boat. It was a fellow asking for a cigarette and without permission he clambered on board and approached the cabin hatch asking if he could look around. My friend had a .45 pistol. As the guy poked his head down through the hatch he hit his face hard with the gun then demanded the guy immediately back off and jump off the boat or he’d be shot. He did so – where another guy had a small boat a few yards away. Apparently he learned there had been a series of robberies on boats in the bay. This incident was in May this year.
    We have to consider the unpalatable fact of poor economic times. Amateur Piracy might well become a current risk on the ICW – especially to those who like mooring overnight in lonely coves. Owners should have a weapon of some kind on board – though maybe not a gun, since a flare pistol might be equally effective. And should NEVER come out of the hatch since by staying inside the boat, you hold the stronger position if temporarily.
    You might recall I had a similar experience of two guys being on my boat at night as I was docked at Deep Creek Lock. In that incident I think they were simply teenagers looking to steal something on deck – but who knows – they are certainly volatile situations which could easily go wrong.
    I’m holed up in Mill Creek, VA, – an absolutely pristine beautiful creek with deep water and high bluffs with only a few splendid homes hiding behind trees. Meeting a friend tomorrow across the river at Reedville. No signs of pirates here as yet. 🙂
    Best wishes
    Arnold

  • Harborwalk Marina Adds New Bath House, Laundry and Captain’s Lounge (Georgetown, SC, 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 calmHarborwalk Marina is the most upstream facility along the downtown Georgetown waterfront. They are also the closest to the business district’s many excellent restaurants (don’t dare miss the Rice Paddy and the River Room), and great shopping. Of course, I’m prejudiced, as these fine folks are a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!
    Stop by and visit with Captain Chris! Tell him the Cruisers’ Net sent you!

    Claiborne,
    We wanted to reach out and let everyone know that after starting the process of dredging, tearing down and rebuilding floating docks some 2-3 years ago……. we have finally finished our new marina office, captain’s lounge, laundry and bath house.
    We can now say we have completed the dredging and 625 feet of linear floating docks, a 1,200 square foot marina office, captain’s lounge and bath house. We have two private shower and restroom facilities along with four washers and driers, all climate controlled. They are secured with a pass key and open 24 hours. The lounge is setup for reading, computer use and has a big screen TV. We have a friendly new staff and are ready to serve your overnight needs. We have the most competitive dock and fuel rates on the ICW. Being downtown, with in walking distance of everything, is pretty nice too.
    I like to tell everyone we may not be the biggest, but we are the best!
    Here is what all we offer now.
    Permanent & Transient dockage
    high speed – high capacity, diesel and gas pumps
    ice, oil and batteries
    30/50/100 amp service • showers & heads
    wireless internet • cable TV • laundry facilities
    city water • pump-out service • lounge with big screen TV
    fish cleaning station • dry storage • parking
    Chris Carroll
    Operations Manager
    Harborwalk Marina

    The marina now has a new laundry facility that also houses two bathrooms. I believe it is climate controlled. My boat was moored in the innermost dock and am in 10 feet of water. Nice floating docks. Chris, the dockmaster who assisted me, was very helpful. This is the closest marina to downtown Georgetown, a couple blocks closer than the Boat Shed and Hazard Marine. For some reason, there were no seats in the bathrooms when I showered. It was only after I left that I noticed two plastic seats on the porch that should have been in the bathrooms for changing.
    HB Koerner

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

  • Georgetown Downtown Anchorage and Anchor Lights (Statute Mile 403)

    If memory serves, and sometimes, at least in my case, it does not, this is the second posting we have had here on the Cruisers’ Net concerning the local water cops in Georgetown handing out tickets for anchored vessels not showing an anchor light. So, if you drop the hook off the downtown Georgetown waterfront (on the Sampit River), be SURE you have an anchor light that functions till the next morning’s light (see below)!

    Subject: Georgetown, S.C. harbour update
    Cruising News: Know And Follow the rules!
    This past Friday I received a little “gift” from the DNR, in the form of a 110.00 ticket for “No anchor light between sunset and sunrise”. Now I did think I had an anchor light, I had installed a solar light on the Stearn rail that glowed brightly every night as I walked down the Harbourwalk. There were several problems with this that the DNR was only happy to point out! First was that solar lights are only as good as the batteries they contain AND how much direct sunlight they receive. The DNR patrol toured the harbour at 04:30, and apparently by then my light managed to run down. I’m not usually out and about at 4:30, so I was unaware.
    The second and probably more important point is that a light on the rail is NOT visible 360 degrees, and therefore does NOT satisfy RULE 30.
    It would seem that the only option would be the masthead anchor light, but no the DNR will accept two lights, one on the bow and one on the stearn to create a 360 degree arc of visibility. (Remember the rule ALSO states that the light must be visible for a minimum of two miles. My problem was that my exhisting anchor light will drain the batteries in no time, and me getting up the mast with ease just ain’t going to happen. What I came up with is a low amp light with a photo cell mounted on a ‘pig stick’ that I can put up when we are at anchor (which by the way is where the boat lives way too much of the time. I hope this might clear up some of the confusion re lights here. BTW, there should be more news soon regarding the proposed mooring field, I’ll post as soon as I hear anything.
    Fair winds
    George


    Click Here For To View the South Carolina Anchorage Directory Listing For This Anchorage

  • Good Words About Visiting Georgetown, SC (Statute Mile 403)

    Captain Margaret has got it right! There are few places I would rather coil our lines than Georgetown, South Carolina. And, both the city of Georgetown and Harborwalk Marina are both SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS' NET SPONSORS

    Subject: Georgetown
    Cruising News: I'd like to comment on docking in Georgetown.  I
    Georgetown is an amazing little Southern town.  It has some great restaurants, fun shops, history, tours — from history to pirates to wildlife or almost anything else that might interest you.  Yeah, the paper mill is there, but you really do get used to the smell.  Now, when I smell Geownetown, it feels more like coming home than something to race through.  For my money, both McClellanville and Georgetown are jewels in the rough, places definitely not to be missed.
    Margaret. B. Smith
    Messing About

  • Hazzard Marine and Rice Paddy Restaurant (Georgetown, SC, Statute Mile 403)

    I just love a cruising stop in Georgetown, and not just because this city is a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR! This place an embarrassment of riches when it comes to good marinas and GREAT places to eat! Read on!

    Subject: Hazzard Marine — Rice Paddy
    Cruising News: Huzzah’s for Hazzard Marine.  Since 8 Nov 2008 this has been our best marina experience.  It’s a small place with a big heart and excellent facilities and management.  The Rice Paddy can be described the same way — a big heart, excellent ambiance and management.  And the food and service staff puts it in our top three ICW dining experiences.  We strongly recommend both.
    Chris Waln


    Click Here To View the South Carolina Marina Directory Listing For Hazzard Marine

  • Goat Island Grill – Georgetown, SC

    While I have had the pleasure to review any number of wonderful dining attractions in Georgetown, SC, (A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS' NET SPONSOR) I am not familiar with Goat Island Grill. I'll be sure to catch it my next time around, however!

    Kismet arrive in Georgetown @ MM 403 on the S.C. ICW on Sunday with a hankering for fried green tomatoes. We found our way to Goat Island Grill right in the middle of Front Street where we satisfied our desire. We found the Goat Island Grill to be clean, reasonably priced, a menu that included everything form sandwiches to prime rib. The staff was friendly and the service wonderful. On Wed 4/29 they¹re having ³Exploration of Asia Dinner² for those that might be in the area. We have no vested interest in this eatery and only pass this info on because it stood out in comparison to
    most.
    Jim & Lisa Favors – Kismet
    Fathom 40

  • Hazzards Marine (Georgetown)

    If you have not visited Hazzards Marine (on the downtown/Sampit River waterfront) for several years, you won’t believe the changes. This is now an excellent facility.

    Moving a move north we stopped at Hazzard’s Marina in Georgetown. Great facilities on long floating pier.  Laundry and showers clean, working and near pier.  They have Captain’s lounge and free wifi but you need good antenna to get it from out on pier.  Just a 4 block walk to town.  The dockmaster on a Sunday was there to help us tie up but was not knowledgeable about the town.  We enjoyed Hazzards.  Good stop. 
    Sincerely,
    Phil and Carey Bolin
    Apolonia, 43′ Vista

    We have stopped at Georgetown a number of times and always enjoyed it. We found Hazard Marina to be the best place for us of the 3 we tried. We probably wouldn’t stay there for a week but a night or two has always been a good stop.
    May you have fair skies and calm seas,
    Capt. Jackie and Capt. Lynn Millikin
    Nauti Dreams


    Click Here To View the South Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Hazzards Marine

  • Georgetown Landing Marina (Georgetown)

    Georgetown Landing Marina is located on the Pee Dee River side of Georgetown. As noted below, this location puts you away from the downtown business/historic district, but it is walkable (if you are up to a hike).

    We are currently at Georgetown Landing ($4.50/ft/wk with BoatUS). They can’t do enough for you here. It’s furthur from town but still walkable. We’re on a nice floating dock, a large “t” straight out from the office. The current is strong and it appears exposed but we weathered one really bad blow very well. The charter captains have been great and we enjoyed the excitement of a really large tournament and subsequent partying last weekend. We saw lots of beautiful dorado and wahoo. There is a very nice butcher on Fraser (hwy 17) who went out of his way to get us what we were looking for. He also said to call and since they deliver to the Front st restaurants they could drop an order off at the marina. We have taken advantage of Enterprise’s weekend special for car rental and locals have given us lots of places to explore. We have enjoyed our stay here. The old houses and churches are nice. It’s a short car ride to good plantation tours south and Brookgreen gardens to the north. Charleston is an hour away by car and Murrell’s Inlet a half hour. We would come back to Georgetown again and stay at Georgetown Landing Marina.
    John & Ellie Wheeler
    ADIOS


    Click Here To View the South Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Georgetown Landing Marina

  • Boat Shed Marina – Georgetown

    Boat Shed Marina is located on the dowtown/Sampit River Georgetown waterfront. It lies right next door to Hazzard Marina, and downstream of Harborwalk Marina (a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR).

    Ourselves and several other boaters had a great stay at Boat Shed Marina at Georgetown three weeks ago.  The staff was extremely knowledgeable, and helpful, and the rate was $1.40 all inclusive, no discounts.  Boat Shed is between Hazard and Harborwalk.  Nice floating dock and fine water and power, clean restrooms and showers, but no laundry.  It is an easy walk to a nice rice plantation museum, some fine restaurants, beautiful residential area, and an old small downtown area.  One of the boaters stated that the meal at the Rice Patty Restaurant was one of the best on the Loop.  I also understand that you can use the mooring balls, if one is available, and no one oversees them.  We had a very fine stay at Boat Shed.
    Robert & Kay Creech
    C-Life


    Click Here To View the South Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Boat Shed Marina

  • Georgetown Landing Marina (Statute Mile 403)

    Georgetown Landing Marina is located on the Pee Dee River side of Georgetown.

    Subject: Georgetown Landing update (Marina)
    Cruising News: Any weather from the South or south east causes rocky conditions in the marina but especially on the face dock.  Land’s End Restaurant is good food but marina wifi is finicky and no cable on face dock.  Exposed to wakes from passing small boats.
    Pat B


    Click Here To View the South Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Georgetown Landing Marina

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