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  • Announcement: All South Carolina Cruising News

    PLEASE CAREFULLY READ OUR DISCLAIMER!

    Below, you will discover our COMPLETE listing of South Carolina cruising news/postings from fellow cruisers, arranged in chronological order, based on publication date. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO NARROW YOUR SELECTION of SC cruising news to those messages which pertain to a specific geographic sub-region, locate the RED, vertically stacked menu, on the right side of this, and all Cruisers’ Net pages. Click on “South Carolina.” A drop down menu will appear, with a blue background, Now, click on “SC Regional Cruising News.” A sub-drop-down menu will now appear, listing 11 South Carolina geographic sub-regions. Select your waters of interest, and after clicking on your choice, a list of messages will appear, confined to the sub-region you have picked!

    Yellow Background Denotes Navigation Alert Postings

    Light Blue Background Denotes Postings Concerned with “AICW Problem Stretches”
  • LNM: Destroyed ICW Daybeacon 21B, Statute Mile 359, Myrtle Beach, SC


    This destroyed Waterway daybeacon 21B is on the southeast side of the channel south of Myrtle Beach.

    SOUTH CAROLINA – AICW – MYRTLE GROVE SOUND AND CAPE FEAR RIVER TO CASINO CREEK – LITTLE RIVER-WINYAH BAY: Hazard to Navigation.
    Little River-Winyah Bay Daybeacon 21B (LLNR 33705.5) destroyed. Wreckage is marked with a TRLB WR 21B displaying FL Q W characteristic.

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window Zoomed To the Location of Daybeacon 21B

  • 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

    CLICK HERE FOR SURVEY!

    CLICK HERE FOR AREA SPONSORING MARINAS
  • July Events at Sea Pines Resort, Harbour Town Yacht Basin, AICW Statute Mile 565


    Harbour Town at Hilton Head, with its familiar red-and-white-striped lighthouse, is a fine resort marina with an enormous number of amenities.

    Harbour Town Yacht Basin, A CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, is 100% open. With newly renovated docks, upgraded electrical service and Onspot WiFi, also a CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, the marina is ready for your reservation. And, as always, activities at the Sea Pines Resort are ongoing as you will see in the Event Schedule below. Hilton Head Island is absolutely marvelous any time of year and the Gregg Russell concerts are priceless!

     
    CLICK HERE FOR JULY EVENTS! !

    The Sea Pines Resort
    Events & Activities

    July 1-31

    seapines.com/events

    July 4th Parade

    Wednesday, July 4; 8:30am

    Show off your red, white and blue spirit by decorating your bicycle, wagon, dog or kids for a fun-filled parade around Harbour Town. Meet at the parking lot adjacent to the Harbour Town Lighthouse at 8:30am to register and pick up decorating supplies. Parade line-up begins promptly at 9:30am and entries will be judged on patriotism. Supplies limited to first 100 registered. Following the parade, join us for carnival games, inflatables and more. (843) 842-1979

    Fourth of July Fireworks at Harbour Town

    Wednesday, July 4; approximately 9pm

    Join the festivities in Harbour Town for a fireworks extravaganza that will light up the sky over the famous Harbour Town Lighthouse and Calibogue Sound. Enjoy food, fun and live music. (843) 842-1979

    Fun With Albert

    Sundays; 7-7:45pm

    Join The Sea Pines Resort recreation team and our mascot, Albert the Alligator, for photos, games and activities on the lawn adjacent to the playground in Harbour Town. Complimentary

    Freshwater Fishing
    Monday-Thursday; 9-10:30am (not taking place July 4)

    Enjoy a relaxing morning fishing from the shore by the beautiful lakes of the Sea Pines Forest Preserve. Supplies provided. Reservations required; contact (843) 842-1979. $19/adult, $14/child (ages 12 & younger)

    Water Aerobics

    Tuesdays & Thursdays; 8:15-9am

    Shallow aquatic fitness class designed to maximize the water’s resistance, improve cardiovascular fitness, muscular strength and endurance, and flexibility. Come experience the benefits of water training. (Non-swimmers welcome.) Reservations required; $13/adult. (843) 842-1979

    Monday Night Exhibition

    Mondays through August 29; 5:30pm

    Join us for an exciting tennis demonstration with valuable tips, refreshments, prize drawings, and our traditional fishbowl sale. This event is sponsored by Sea Pines Real Estate, Prince, Adidas and Wilson. For additional information, please contact the Sea Pines Resort Racquet Club at (843) 363-4495.

    Crabby Encounters

    Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays; 9-10:30am (not taking place July 4)

    Spend your morning searching for the crabs of Hilton Head Island and learning about crabs and other beach creatures, including the Atlantic bottlenose dolphin. Supplies provided; catch & release. Reservations required; contact (843) 842-1979. $19/adult, $14/child (ages 12 & younger)

    Dive-In Movie

    Tuesdays; 8-10pm

    Enjoy a fun summer night at the Harbour Town Swimming Pool while watching a movie. Check-in begins at 8pm with the movie starting at 8:30pm. Reservations required; contact (843) 842-1979. $14/adult, $11/child (ages 12 & younger)

    Nature at Night

    Thursdays; 8:30-9:30pm

    Enjoy a wagon ride after dark through the Sea Pines Forest Preserve. Discover the personality of our nocturnal wildlife and learn about the legends of Sea Pines. Reservations required; contact (843) 842-1979. $17/adult, $14/child (ages 12 & younger)

    Craft Activities

    Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays; 12-2pm

    Children and adults can enjoy a variety of craft activities at the Sea Pines Beach Club. (843) 842-1979. Prices vary; $10-$16

    Tie-Dye Creations

    Tuesdays & Thursdays; 12-2pm

    Join us at the Sea Pines Beach and create a tie-dyed T-shirt with The Sea Pines Resort logo. (Sizes available: youth small through adults.) $17 per item. (843) 842-1979

    Gregg Russell Concerts

    Monday-Friday; 8-9:30pm

    After celebrating 40 years of Harbour Town entertainment in 2016, Sea Pines classic, Gregg Russell, is back for another great season. You can find him underneath the Liberty Oak entertaining adults and children alike. His concerts are not to be missed. Complimentary


    Beach Yoga

    Mondays, Tuesdays & Wednesdays; 8am

    Enjoy the beautiful views of the ocean as you relax and focus on strength, flexibility, and balance. Please bring your own beach towel to use as your yoga mat, and meet our instructor on the beach behind the Sea Pines Beach Club. Reservations required. $15/adult. (842) 842-1979

    The Nice Guys

    Sundays; 7-9pm

    Get your groove on with the island’s favorite dance/pop/funk band, performing a variety of contemporary music the whole family will enjoy. Call (843) 842-1979.

    Forest Preserve Wagon Journey

    Mondays; 5-6pm and 6:30-7:30pm

    Sit back, relax and experience the animals and plant life of the Sea Pines Forest Preserve. Reservations required; contact (843) 842-1979. $17/adult, $14/child (ages 12 & younger)

    Full Moon Shore Explore

    July 26; 8-9:30pm

    Discover our beaches under a full moon. Search for nocturnal life including ghost crabs and other sea creatures, which scurry throughout our dunes and surf systems. Reservations are required; contact (843) 842-1979. $16/adult, $11/child (ages 12 & younger)

    Sea Turtles of Hilton Head Island

    July 3, 11, 19 and 25; 8-9pm

    Join us as you learn about the life of sea turtles on Hilton Head Island. Enjoy an educational and fun informational program from Hilton Head’s own sea turtle expert, Amber Kuehn, M.S. in Marine Biology. Learn about different types of sea turtles, their nesting patterns and the best ways to protect them as they venture to our shores. Reservations required; contact (843) 842-1979. $19/adult $15/child (ages 12 and younger)

    Tour an Archaeological Site

    Monday-Friday through July 13; 9am-3pm

    Explore the Sea Pines Shell Ring, a 4,000-year-old Native American Site, and learn about the ancient history of Hilton Head Island. Archaeologists are working onsite and docents are available to answer questions. For additional information, please visit facebook.com/SPART.edu.

    Charter Fishing

    Daily; Call for reservations

    Harbour Town Yacht Basin offers the most experienced fishing captains on Hilton Head Island operating private fishing charters all year long. Just 10 minutes from the Atlantic Ocean, its fleet, including the Izzy A, Echo, Integrity and Payback will guide you to the most fertile fishing grounds. Harbour Town Yacht Basin offers trips ranging from three-hour inshore excursions to overnight trips to the Gulf Stream, 70 miles offshore. All items are provided, and catch will be cleaned at the docks. Reservations are required; contact Harbour Town Yacht Basin at (843) 363-8335.

     

    Click Here To View the South Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Harbour Town Yacht Basin

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Harbour Town Yacht Basin

  • Good Review of Myrtle Beach Yacht Club, AICW Statute Mile 346


    Myrtle Beach Yacht Club is unmatched for its Lowcountry charm and gracious hospitality.

    A CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Myrtle Beach Yacht Club occupies the northerly banks of Coquina Harbor; Coquina Harbor itself cuts into the northern banks of the Waterway, opposite marker #13.

    Stayed there over a soggy Memorial Day weekend. Good price ($1/ft with Boat US discount), great facilities, helpful dock personnel (Bud and Lex), friendly locals. Tight entrance, so be careful.
    Jimbo Jr.

    Click Here To View the South Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Myrtle Beach Yacht Club

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window Zoomed To the Location of Myrtle Beach Yacht Club

  • MSIB 20-18 Sector Charleston 2018 Hurricane Season

    Our thanks to Officer Justin Heck for this notice from Sector Charleston.

    SECTOR CHARLESTON
    2018 ATLANTIC HURRICANE SEASON

    The Atlantic Hurricane Season begins June 1, 2018 and runs through November 30, 2018. The Sector Charleston Captain of the Port (COTP) will announce changes to port conditions via a Marine Safety Information Bulletin (MSIB) and a Broadcast Notice to Mariners (BNM) when tropical storm force winds (sustained winds of 34 kts/39 mph or greater) threaten South Carolina. READ MORE!

    All vessels, waterfront facilities, and marinas should review their heavy weather plans. Please take into account that drawbridges may not open for vessel traffic when sustained wind speeds reach 25 mph or during land evacuations. Vessels greater than 500 gross tons that are unable to go out to sea are required to submit heavy weather plans to the COTP.

    This MSIB can be viewed at https://homeport.uscg.mil/port-directory/charleston. For Heavy Weather Advisory Group (HWAG) or Waterway specific questions, please contact (843) 323-7761. For Facility and Vessel specific questions, please contact (843) 740-3186 or (843) 302-1009. For Coast Guard related emergencies please contact Sector Charleston Command Center at (843) 740-7050.

    Kind Regards,

    Justin Heck
    Sector Charleston
    Waterways Management Division
    P: 843-740-3184
    C: 843-323-7761

  • Georgetown, SC – Best Coastal Small Town, AICW Statute Mile 403


    Georgetown, South Carolina
    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

    Congratulations to Georgetown, A CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, 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! This recognition as Best Coastal Small Town is certainly well deserved! For more on Georgetown, go to FOCUS ON.

    Georgetown wins ‘Best Coastal Small Town’ from USA Today

    GEORGETOWN, SC – South Carolina’s third oldest city is America’s No. 1 coastal town, according to USA Today and 10Best Reader’s Choice voters.

    CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL ARTICLE

    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

  • WARNING: More on Shoaling at Problem Stretch, Isle of Palms, SC, AICW Statute Mile 459


    This stretch of shoaling has been a Problem Stretch for some time and just recently, see https://cruisersnet.net/171976. Our thanks to Bill King for this onsite report confirming shoaling and groundings, as well as good advice about mid to high tide passage.

    Crept through at 30-minutes after low tide. This entire stretch between the bridges is a very challenging area. We draw 4′. Stayed in center most of the time for 5′-8′, favored the red side opposite the small inlets for double-digit depths. Just south of the high rise bridge, it is shoal on the red side. A sailboat with 5.5′ draft was aground; 50′ sportfisherman was just off center to red side and being pulled off as we approached. Much less stressful to do this stretch at mid-tide or more.
    Bill King

    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

  • Report from Problem Stretch, AICW Statute Mile 460, Isle of Palms, SC


    The stretch north of the Ben Sawyer Bridge around marker 118 has been a Problem Stretch for years and, as Phillip Mullins notes, the channel is constantly shifting, negating area dredging very quickly. Cruisers’ Net continues to recommend mid to high tide for passage through this stretch.

    Return back to our home Marina yesterday at very dead low tide. Made it through the breach Inlet section but read five and six foot deep at the lowest point. From the Isle of Palms Connector Bridge North to Isle of Palms Marina it is 6 ft for several yards before you get to the marina. Saw 5 and 5.5 feet several places. Was able to stay close to marker 118 as we passed along beside it at 6.1 feet. Does not look like the dredging 2 years ago lasted very long. Thought u might want to pass this along to the cruisers.
    Phillip Mullins

    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

  • A Good Ride from Beaufort to Isle of Palms, SC, AICW Statute Mile 536-459

    The Downtown Marina Of Beaufort, SC, 1006 Bay Street Beaufort, SC 29902 (843) 524-4422 or Marker #239 on ICW
    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

    77 Miles in one day – that is definitely a good day’s run, especially through the numerous shallow spots in that stretch. Such tidal luck may be a once in a lifetime occurrence! And that fact that both Downtown Marina of Beaufort and Isle of Palms Marina of Charleston are CRUISERS’ NET SPONSORS had a lot to do with it! Well done Phillip.

    Left Beaufort South Carolina two hours after low tide from the downtown Marina and caught the incoming tide up the Beaufort River it continued through the Coosaw back into the Waterway and all the way back to Isle of Palms. Could not believe it. 42-foot sail and we averaged 6.6 knots. Saw 7.5 and 8.10 several times. Never had a head current. Could not believe it. Please pass this along to the Northbound Cruisers this spring.

    This trip usually takes us two days but on this occasion it took 10 hours.
    Phillip Mullins

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

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

    Click Here To View the South Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Isle of Palms Marina

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

  • June Events at Sea Pines Resort, Harbour Town Yacht Basin, AICW Statute Mile 565


    Harbour Town at Hilton Head, with its familiar red-and-white-striped lighthouse, is a fine resort marina with an enormous number of amenities.

    Harbour Town Yacht Basin, A CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, is 100% open. With newly renovated docks, upgraded electrical service and Onspot WiFi, also a CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, the marina is ready for your reservation. And, as always, activities at the Sea Pines Resort are ongoing as you will see in the Event Schedule below. Hilton Head Island is absolutely marvelous any time of year and the Gregg Russell concerts are priceless!

    The Sea Pines Resort
    Events & Activities

    June 1-30

    seapines.com/events

    CLICK HERE FOR THE JUNE EVENTS CALENDAR!
    Fun With Albert

    Sundays; 7-7:45pm

    Join The Sea Pines Resort recreation team and our mascot, Albert the Alligator, for photos, games and activities on the lawn adjacent to the playground in Harbour Town. Complimentary

    Freshwater Fishing
    Mondays-Thursdays; 9-10:30am

    Enjoy a relaxing morning fishing from the shore by the beautiful lakes of the Sea Pines Forest Preserve. Supplies provided. Reservations required; contact (843) 842-1979. $18/adult, $13/child (ages 12 & younger)

    Monday Night Exhibition

    Mondays through August 27; 5:30pm

    Join us for an exciting tennis demonstration with valuable tips, refreshments, prize drawings, and our traditional fishbowl sale. This event is sponsored by Sea Pines Real Estate, Prince, Adidas and Wilson. For additional information, please contact the Sea Pines Resort Racquet Club at (843) 363-4495.

    Crabby Encounters

    Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays; 9-10:30am

    Spend your morning searching for the crabs of Hilton Head Island and learning about crabs and other beach creatures, including the Atlantic bottlenose dolphin. Supplies provided; catch & release. Reservations required; contact (843) 842-1979. $18/adult, $13/child (ages 12 & younger)

    Dive-In Movie

    Tuesdays; 8pm

    Enjoy a fun summer night floating on a tube at the Harbour Town Swimming Pool while watching a movie and eating pizza with your family. Reservations required; contact (843) 842-1979. $13/adult, $10/child (ages 12 & younger)

    Nature at Night

    Thursdays; 8:30-9:30pm

    Enjoy a wagon ride after dark through the Sea Pines Forest Preserve. Discover the personality of our nocturnal wildlife and learn about the legends of Sea Pines. Reservations required; contact (843) 842-1979. $16/adult, $13/child (ages 12 & younger)

    Beach Yoga

    Mondays & Wednesdays; 8am

    Enjoy the beautiful views of the ocean as you relax and focus on strength, flexibility, and balance. Please bring your own beach towel to use as your yoga mat, and meet our instructor on the beach behind the Sea Pines Beach Club. Reservations required; contact (843) 842-1979. $15/adult

    Water Aerobics

    Tuesdays & Thursdays; 8:15-9am

    Shallow aquatic fitness class designed to maximize the water’s resistance, improve cardiovascular fitness, muscular strength and endurance and flexibility. Come experience the benefits of water training. Non-swimmers welcome. Reservations required; $13/adult (843) 842-1979

    Craft Cove

    Mondays & Fridays; 12-2pm

    Children and adults can enjoy a variety of craft activities at the Sea Pines Beach Club. (843) 842-1979. Prices vary; $10-$15

    Tie-Dye T-Shirts

    Tuesdays & Thursdays; 12-2pm

    Join us at the Sea Pines Beach and create a tie-dyed T-shirt with The Sea Pines Resort logo. (Sizes available: youth small through adults.) $16/t-shirt. (843) 842-1979

    Gregg Russell Concerts

    Every night except Saturdays & Sundays

    Through August 24th; 8-9:30pm

    Over the years, Gregg Russell has become a Sea Pines classic. You’ll find him under the famed Liberty Oak entertaining adults and children alike. His concerts are not to be missed. Complimentary

    Live Entertainment – The Nice Guys

    Sundays; 7-9pm (not performing June 10)

    Get your groove on with the island’s favorite dance/pop/funk band, The Nice Guys. Performing a variety of contemporary music that the whole family agrees on! The fab five is comprised of some of the nicest guys around.

    Tour An Archaeological Site

    Monday, June 4 – Friday July 6; 9am-3 pm

    Explore the Sea Pines Shell Ring, a 4,000 year-old Native American site, and learn about the ancient history of Hilton Head Island. Archaeologists are working on-site and docents are available to answer questions. For additional information, visit facebook.com/SPART.edu

    Forest Preserve Wagon Journey

    Mondays; 5-6pm & 6:30-7:30pm

    Sit back, relax and experience the animals and plant life of the Sea Pines Forest Preserve. Reservations required; contact (843) 842-1979. $16/adult, $13/child (ages 12 & younger)

    Full Moon Shore Explore

    June 28; 8:30-9:30pm

    Discover our beaches under a full moon. Search for nocturnal life including ghost crabs and other sea creatures, which scurry throughout our dunes and surf systems. Reservations are required; contact (843) 842-1979. $15/adult, $10/child (ages 12 & younger)

    Sea Turtles of Hilton Head Island

    June 6-27 (excluding June 20)

    Wednesdays; 8-9pm

    Join us as you learn about the life of sea turtles on Hilton Head Island. Enjoy an educational and fun informational program from Hilton Head’s own sea turtle expert, Amber Kuehn, M.S. in Marine Biology. Learn about different types of sea turtles, their nesting patterns and the best ways to protect them as they venture to our shores. Reservations required; contact (843) 842-1979. $18/adult $14/child (ages 12 and younger)

    Charter Fishing

    Daily; Call for reservations

    Harbour Town Yacht Basin offers the most experienced fishing captains on Hilton Head Island operating private fishing charters all year long. Just 10 minutes from the Atlantic Ocean, its fleet, including the Izzy A, Echo, Integrity and Payback will guide you to the most fertile fishing grounds. Harbour Town Yacht Basin offers trips ranging from three-hour inshore excursions to overnight trips to the Gulf Stream, 70 miles offshore. All items are provided, and catch will be cleaned at the docks. Reservations are required; contact Harbour Town Yacht Basin at (843) 363-8335.

    Geocaching

    Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Sea Pines and discover your adventurous side through geocaching! Geocaching is a real-world treasure hunting game where you’ll follow clues. Share your pictures on Instagram and tag @theseapinesresort. Get started at seapines.com/geocaching. Complimentary; (843) 842-1979

      Liz Smith 
    Digital Marketing Coordinator

    Phone 843.842.1935
    lsmith@seapines.com
     

     

    Click Here To View the South Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Harbour Town Yacht Basin

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Harbour Town Yacht Basin

  • Shoaling Reported at Problem Stretch, Isle of Palms, SC, AICW Statute Mile 459


    This stretch of shoaling has been a Problem Stretch for some time, see https://cruisersnet.net/153694. Our thanks to Phillip Mullins for this most recent warning.

    Just south of IOP connector high-rise bridge Isle of Palms South Carolina red day mark 118.
    Middle of channel on the magenta line it was four feet deep two hours after low tide on May 2nd.
    You must hug the Daymark 118 to get around this low spot in the Waterway. It is not marked and I have seen no information about it.
    There is 10 to 12 feet next to marker 118.

    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

  • Cruising the Carolinas by Jan and David Irons


    Our thanks to Great Loopers, Jan and David Irons, for sharing their very attractive blog with our readers. The Waterway photography is exceptional! See The Rock Pile for Claiborne Young’s take on this unusual stretch south of Myrtle Beach.

    The “Rock Pile” is a man-made canal-like section of the AICW, officially known as the Pine Island Cut, running between Little River and Waccamaw River. The canal is narrow and lined with submerged rocks and a rock shelf, just a foot or two below the water’s surface. READ MORE!

    When the USACOE was building this portion of the AICW in the 1930’s they encountered a sold shelf of granite. The Corps simply blasted through this obstruction, but, over the years, the soft silt above and below these rocky outcropping has washed away, making the canal now appear wider than it really is. Also, over the years, many portions of the rock shelf have broken off, and left all sort of underwater rocks waiting to trap keels and underwater hardware.
    Cruisers are urged to hold as close to the mid-width of the Pine Island Cut as possible, and announce their presence on VHF in case large commercial traffic is approaching, which could force you out of the channel’s mid-line and onto the “rocks,” especially at high tide when the rocks are fully submerged. Our suggestion is to keep a sharp lookout for rocks and IDIOTS!

    Commuter Cruiser
    Scary Stuff! Rock Pile, Lockwood Folly & More: Cruising the Carolinas

    Posted: 29 Apr 2018 11:48 AM PDT

    Cruising the Carolinas, Great Loopers encounter long stretches of ICW lined with cypress swamps & a few scary spots with names like Lockwood Folly & The Rock Pile waiting to snare unexpecting Loopers. Don’t miss Bald Head Island to climb Old Baldy or the Mile Hammock Anchorage where, if you’re lucky, you might see Marines training to protect our freedom.
    This posting includes an audio/video/photo media file: Download Now

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To Chart Note Southern End of the Rock Pile

  • 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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  • Canvas Repairs and Custom Interiors, City Boatyard, Wando River, Charleston, SC


    Welcome to The City Marina The City Marina Wins Jack Nichol Award for Design See our feature on The Visitors Network Located on mile marker 469.5 of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, the Charleston City Marina features 19,000 feet of linear dock space covering 40 acres of water.  The marina was named 2005 National Marina of the Year (Marina Dock Age Magazine), and offers state-of-the-art amenities and facilities to promise an enjoyable stay.  The City Marina's MegaDock extends 1,530 feet and is the longest free standing floating fuel dock in the Southeast.  These features, and Historic Downtown Charleston location, make The City Marina one of the east coast's most popular marinas.

    The Charleston City Boatyard, a subsidiary of Charleston City Marina, A CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, is found on the northern reaches of the Wando River north of red marker #40.

    Are your boat’s cushions showing some wear and tear?
    Let City Boatyard’s Canvas Shop replace or repair your custom interior and exterior cushions.

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      Boat CushionsAre your boat’s cushions showing some wear and tear?

    Let City Boatyard’s Canvas Shop replace or repair your custom interior and exterior cushions. We use the most durable materials for long-lasting top-quality results. And, our experts handle everything: budgeting, planning, assistance with fabric choices, production, delivery and installation. City Boatyard makes sure your project runs smoothly, economically, and to your satisfaction.

    Contact (843) 884-3000 or canvas@thecityboatyard.com today for a quote. Free pick-up and delivery available to all Charleston area marinas.

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    The City Boatyard, 130 Wando Creek Lane, Charleston, SC 29492

     

     

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  • Wappoo Creek Bridge: Newest Opening Schedule, AICW Statute Mile 470.8


    As Charleston area boaters know, the opening schedule for Wappoo Creek Bridge has been in a “state of update” for years. Our thanks to experienced cruiser Larry Shick for this latest, more detailed schedule.

    New schedule from regulations.gov reads:

    (d) SR 171/700 (Wappoo Cut) Bridge across Wappoo Creek, mile 470.8, at Charleston, SC. The draw shall open on signal [weekends and Fed holidays]; except that the draw need not open from 6 a.m. to 9:29 a.m. and 3:31 p.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. Between 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays, the draw need open only once an hour on the half hour.

    Note only one opening per hour during the week!

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  • LNM: ICW Dredging, May 30-June 30, Statute Mile 360, Myrtle Beach, SC


    The Robert Grisson Parkway Fixed Bridge crosses the Waterway at Mile 306.5. Our thanks to Officer Sean Olson for this notice.

    The United States Army Corps of Engineers will commence dredging operations in the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway near the Robert Grissom Parkway Bridge at Day Beacon “22A”. The work will take place in two phases; Phase 1 will begin on May 20, 2018 and continue through June 2, 2018, and Phase 2 will begin June 17, 2018 and continue through June 30, 2018. READ MORE!

    Dredging will take place from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. The Dredge SNELL will be on scene and will be restricted in its ability to maneuver. Mariners are requested to contact the Dredge SNELL on VHF Channel 13 or 16 to arrange passing agreements. Mariners are advised to pass at a slow speed and carry minimum wake while in the vicinity of the operation.

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  • Question Regarding Current at Limehouse Bridge, Stono River, AICW Statute Mile 480


    With a fixed vertical clearance of 65ft, the John F. Limehouse Bridge crosses the Waterway/Stono River at mile 480. If you have local knowledge of the current in that area, please let John and Cruisers’ Net hear from you.

    How fast do the tidal currents run on the Stono River at say the Limehouse Bridge?
    Thanks.
    John of Jacksonville

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