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  • Announcement: All South Carolina Cruising News

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    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!

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  • Bucksport Marina Drag Boat Races Begin June 3rd, AICW Statute Mile 377


    Bucksport Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS NET SPONSOR!, lies south of Waterway marker #36, along the western shores of the beautiful Waccamaw River. Bucksport is hosting four drag boat races this summer in June, July, August and September, as well as a reduced dockage rate for SSECN readers.


    “PARTNERS IN THE COMMUNITY”

    We are proud to announce this year we have some exciting events that we are sponsoring. As the economy has improved, we have positioned ourselves to grow as well! With the support of our local communities and surrounding areas we are fortunate that we have survived two major floods and we are ready to move forward!
    “FAMILY ORIENTED EVENTS”
    Scheduled this year are (4) Drag Boat Races. One each in June (3rd, 4th & 5th), July (8th, 9th & 10th), August (12th, 13th & 14th) and Sept. (9th, 10th & 11th). This is a major under taking and takes lots of planning and many resources.
    “WE NEED YOUR HELP”
    We are soliciting for volunteers to work the admission gate & parking attendants for two hours slots, this will give you a free ticket each day of the event (Sat & Sun)
    We are Soliciting Tiered Sponsorships to off-set the many costs that are incurred to run events such as these. We are planning Sponsorships at different cost to fit different budgets because businesses have varying degrees of needs. Banners, free admission tickets, announcements over loud speakers, your logo on our flyers, advertising spots in the media and our Social networks and email lists will be used.
    “COME STAY DURING THE EVENT”
    We offer RV Sites-very limited spaces (full hook-ups, Electric only and Parking only with out any hook-ups) These sites are priced competitively and all come with (2) free admission tickets both days of the event. We offer tent camping without hookups as well and these also come with the free admission tickets for (2) people. These all come with access to our laundry facilities, showers and bathrooms which are heated and air conditioned and have just recently been upgraded.
    We offer Boating Slips-very limited spaces available ( some with electric but most without )
    “ENJOY THE DINING TRULY WATERFRONT”
    Food & Drink stations strategically located for your convenience and pleasure. Tiki Bar Waterside to indulge while enjoying the activities open from 11 am to 2 am. Choice of inside or outside dining with Air Conditioning or the Great Outdoors!!
    “GAMES AND ACTIVITIES”
    Enjoy free Putt Putt on the front deck waterside before, during and after the races. Free Corn Hole as well!! We have two pool tables / coin operated one outside bar area and one inside with A/C.
    “MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT”
    As always we will be offering live music and entertainment throughout the weekends!
    “PONTOON & JET SKI RENTALS”
    As always we are now offering Rentals before and after the Event.

    “COME GRAB YOUR SLICE OF THE RIVER LIFE & COME GET YOUR BUCKSPORT ON” !!
    PS – LIMITED RV, CAMPING AND BOAT SLIPS ARE AVAILABLE, CALL NOW TO RESERVE YOUR ACCOMMODATIONS BEFORE IT IS TO LATE @ 843-397-5566
    ADVERTISERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO CONTACT US SOON TO SECURE YOUR SPONSORSHIP BEFORE ALL SLOTS ARE FILLED!!
    PLEASE FEEL FREE TO FORWARD THIS EMAIL TO ALL OF YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY ON YOUR CONTACT LIST AND COPY AND PASTE ON YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA PAGES!!!

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

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  • Good Words for Little River Swing Bridge Tender, AICW Statute Mile 347


    A Marina That's As Luxurious As It Is Convenient Close to Myrtle Beach with clear sailing to the Atlantic. The Harbourgate Marina Village is your gateway in North Myrtle Beach to all the excitement a
    We most often receive complaints about bridge tenders, so it’s nice to hear good words for an oft maligned bridge. With a closed vertical clearance of 7ft, Little River Swing Bridge crosses the Waterway at Statute Mile 347 just south of SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Harbourgate Marina.

    Very attentive and efficient bridge tender.
    Traveling under 5/23/16 mid day.
    Carolyn Hackett

    Click Here To View the South Carolina Cruisers’ Net Bridge Directory Listing For Little River Swing Bridge

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

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  • Ridley Report: Bull Creek Anchorage, AICW Statute Mile 565.5


    Charlie and Jackie continue their journey north with a report on these two anchorages, southern and northern upstream, on the waters of Bull Creek, south of Calibogue Sound and Hilton Head Island, east of the Waterway’s flashing daybeacon #34.

    5-2-16 Now anchored in one of our favorites– Bull Crk east off ICW just south of MM565. Anchored in front of house where water not so deep. Good holding and usual tidal current. Good verizon. Look out over Calibogue Sound and Hilton Head island. Nice.
    Charlie and Jackie on Traveler

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

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  • Ridley Report from Tom Point Anchorage, AICW Statute Mile 495.5


    Skippers Charlie and Jackie Ridley have submitted several reports documenting their voyage north on the Waterway, beginning with Tom Point Creek anchorage, one of the best south of Charleston, as a number of you have commented.

    5-1-16 Anchored in Tom Point Creek just past MM 495. Easy in and out. In about 8′, good holding and plenty room for other boats, but were none. 3-4 bars on Verizon–great views!! Tide current usual.
    Charlie and Jackie on Traveler.

    5-14-16 Anchored in Big Tom Creek about ½ mile in from MM613, Wide channel and easy in and out of creek. Anchor set first try. Decent Verizon. Beautiful sunset!! will stop here again.
    Charlie and Jackie on Traveler.

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

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  • FOCUS ON – Harbour Town Yacht Basin, Hilton Head Island, SC, AICW Statute Mile 565


    Harbor Town Yacht Basin, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, lies just off the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway on Calibogue Sound, below Statute Mile 565 at Marker 32, right in the heart of The Sea Pines Resort.

    Recently voted the 2015 “Marina of the Year” by Marina Dock Age magazine, the Harbour Town Yacht Basin has been a place for visitors and guests to enjoy world-class accommodations for over 40 years. Located in the heart of The Sea Pines Resort and on the Calibogue Sound, this full-service marina offers everything: shopping, dining, entertainment, watersports, fishing charters, cruises, and much more. Irrefutably Hilton Head Island’s most famous and visited marina, our amiable and experienced staff and Harbourmaster are dedicated to providing each visitor and guest with lifelong memories all amidst the spectacular backdrop of the iconic Harbour Town Lighthouse.
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    The Harbour Town Yacht Basin was built in 1969 by legendary founder, Charles Fraser. Modeled after a famous harbor in Portofino, Italy, Harbour Town Yacht Basin was designed to attract visitors while preserving the natural beauty of the landscape. This included preserving the Liberty Oak, which was incorporated into the layout of the marina in lieu of building more slips. Centuries old, the Liberty Oak has stood as a symbolic landmark for wedding venues and concerts, but the most iconic image of the yacht basin is the Harbour Town Lighthouse. Constructed the same year as the marina, the lighthouse has welcomed visitors to one of the most beautiful and unique places on earth while offering one-of-a-kind views.
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    Harbour Town Yacht Basin is an intimate marina that offers over 100 docking slips where visitors can dock nightly, monthly, or even for a lifetime. Modern facilities and exceptional service continue to contribute to the world-class resort experience that keeps guests coming back year after year. Guests and visitors at the yacht basin can enjoy world-class facilities throughout The Sea Pines Resort, such as the Harbour Town Clubhouse, the Sea Pines Beach Club, the Plantation Golf Club, and the luxurious Inn & Club at Harbour Town.
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    Guests can enjoy charter fishing, cruises and sightseeing tours, as well as watersports at Harbour Town. Explore fertile fishing grounds with the island’s most experienced captains on a three-hour or overnight excursion aboard a fishing charter, observe various marine life from aboard a multi-passenger yacht during a sightseeing tour of Calibogue Sound and Daufuskie Island, or close up on a waverunner, kayak, or paddleboard.

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Harbor Town Yacht Basin

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  • FOCUS ON – Windmill Harbour Marina, AICW Statute Mile 558


    Windmill Harbour Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, is located hard by the southwesterly mouth of the Waterway’s passage south down Skull Creek, on the shores of Hilton Head Island, south of marker #27.

    Welcome to Windmill Harbour Marina, situated on the northwest coast of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. We are located on the Intracoastal Waterway, just ½ mile south of the Pinckney Island Bridge at mile marker 558, 500 yards south of channel marker 27, and ½ mile north of channel marker 29 in the Calibogue Sound. The marina’s 15.5 acre harbour boasts 258 boat slips, offering many for short or long term rental or sale. Transient dockage is available including dining privileges at the Yacht Club, laundry, restrooms and showers, competitively priced fuel and a pump out station. Our remarkable harbour offers a safe, tide free haven protected by a lock system directly off the Intracoastal Waterway. The Windmill Harbour Marina lock is 75′ long by 19′ wide. Hours of operation are 0800 to 1900 by harbour master or 24 hours by yachtsmen with a keycard. We monitor channel 14 VHF and our phone number is 843-681-9235.
    One of only three private locked harbours on the east coast, Windmill Harbour Marina offers an unparalleled combination of convenience and security…the safest place to keep your yacht.

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    Windmill Harbour initially began in 1981, the founding company chose a Southwestern style featuring an adobe look and a large windmill at the entrance.  This design, however, was not embraced by the community. In response, the founders removed the windmill and the land plan changed to a mix of single-family homes, townhomes and condominiums in a more acceptable southern traditional style, similar to residences found in Charleston. As Windmill Harbour began to take shape, more and more homes were built in that style. This led to the evolution of the Charleston Lowcountry look one sees in Windmill Harbour today.
    Windmill Harbour is home to a variety of different boaters. From small center console fishing boats to large offshore sport fishing boats, fertile fishing grounds are nearby. A significant fleet of Harbor 20s engages in class racing and there are numerous cruising and sailing activities including the Calibogue Cup, Harbour Town Cup and Ocean Challenge.

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    One of the most important assets of the community is the marina and its unique harbor. The harbor is composed of 15.5 acres and houses more than 255 boat slips and is the largest harbor on Hilton Head Island by nearly a hundred slips. The lock was constructed to create a protected harbor from the weather and the changing tides. It was only the second lock existing on the eastern seaboard at the time. The lock is operated with the gravity flow of water, electricity and hydraulics. As complicated as it may appear, it is very simple to operate.

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    As the marina and neighborhood came together the next step was to give the community a place to gather. Thus the South Carolina Yacht Club was born. The vision was that the club would be populated by the most interesting residents and visitors to Hilton Head Island, reminiscent of those early social gatherings on Hilton Head. This led to the decision which established a club that property owners could choose to join, but were not required to do so, and that would invite membership from outside of Windmill Harbour and Hilton Head as well. More detailed information on the founding of the South Carolina Yacht Club can be found on its website.

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    The unique history, breathtaking beauty, meticulous planning and unique harbor have made Windmill Harbour a premier marina community in the Lowcountry. Its vibrancy and growth are a testament to its founders and its residents.

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

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  • More Good Words for Downtown Marina of Beaufort, SC, AICW Statute Mile 536.5


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

    A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!, Downtown Marina is located north of AICW marker #239, a short distance west of the Lady’s Island swing bridge, in the heart of downtown Beaufort.

    Great stop! The marina staff is very good with the tides and the rolling current. Diesel pump was VERY slow, but price reasonable. Could not ask for a better place to shop and eat! Plenty of restaurants to choose from, and cute little shops to browse. This is our second time here, and will return!
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    Click Here To View the South Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Downtown Marina

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  • Sea Pines June Events/Activities, Harbour Town Yacht Basin, AICW Statute Mile 565


    Harbor Town Yacht Basin, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, lies just off the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway on Calibogue Sound, below Statute Mile 565 at Marker 32, right in the heart of The Sea Pines Resort.

    Events/Activities
    June 1-30
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    Gregg Russell Concerts
    Every night except Saturdays; 8-9:30pm
    Celebrating 40 years in Harbour Town in 2016, Gregg has become a Sea Pines classic. You can find him underneath the Liberty Oak entertaining adults and children alike. His concerts are not to be missed. Complimentary.

    SondorBlue Concerts
    Saturdays; 7:30-9:30pm
    SondorBlue is a young, talented band of four Island-raised musicians turned college students. Their fun, energetic music blends styles and songs from the 60’s to modern day, and is known to leave fans tapping their feet and dancing along. Complimentary.

    Full Moon Shore Explore
    June 20; 8-10pm
    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. Minimum of 6 guests. $16/adult, $11/child (ages 12 & younger).

    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 Shore Explore
    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 $19/adult, $14/child (ages 12 & younger)

    Freshwater Fishing
    Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays
    9-10:30am
    Enjoy a relaxing morning fishing 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)

    Flick & Float
    Wednesdays 8-10pm
    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. $17/adult, $14/child (ages 12 & younger)

    Lowcountry Family Ghost Stories
    Thursdays 8-9:15pm
    Join us in the Sea Pines Forest Preserve for an evening of Lowcountry activities, ghost stories, and toasting marshmallows around a campfire. Reservations required; contact (843) 842-1979. $16/adult, $11/child (ages 12 & younger)

    Forest Preserve Wagon Journey
    Tuesdays; 5-6:30pm
    Sit back, relax and experience the animals and plant life of the Sea Pines Forest Preserve. Reservations required; contact (843) 842-1979. Minimum of 6 guests. $17/adult, $13/child (ages 12 & younger).

    Golf Croquet Clinic
    Tuesdays; 9am
    Enjoy playing croquet on our immaculate lawn adjacent to the Harbour Town Clubhouse. Reservations are required; contact (843) 842-1979. $10 per person.

    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, and Integrity, 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 to find hidden items at our popular sights. Share your pictures on Instagram and tag @theseapinesresort. Get started at seapines.com/geocaching. Complimentary.

    RESORT CONTACT:
    Nancy Cappelmann (843.363.8335)seapines
    The Sea Pines Resort
    ncappelmann@seapines.com

    MEDIA CONTACT:
    Liz Smith (843.842.1935)
    The Sea Pines Resort
    lsmith@seapines.com

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Harbor Town Yacht Basin

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  • Charleston In-Water Boat Show, April 29-May 1, 2016, Ashley River, Charleston, SC

    Charleston’s in-water boat show will be held at Bristol Marina and Brittlebank Park on the north shore of the Ashley River within easy walking distance of The Harborage Marina and Charleston City Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!<

    Our focus is to assist boaters with the purchase or sale of their powerboats. All our yacht owners are trained and educated on the handling and systems of their new vessel as part of our service. We want to make sure your experience with us is easy by being thorough with your needs. Through aggressive internet marketing, publication ads, and our long term networks we also have the resources to get your yacht sold! Our experience allows us the understanding of the market place.Intracoastal Yacht Sales, a long-time SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, with locations in Wrightsville Beach, NC, Little River, SC and Charleston, SC, will also be at the show.

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    The Charleston In-Water Boat Show takes place every April at the Bristol Marina and Brittlebank Park in downtown Charleston, South Carolina. JBM took the helm of this show in 2014, after a five-year hiatus. Under JBM, the show celebrated a very successful comeback, thanks to the support of the City of Charleston and the Bristol Marina, as well as the best boat dealers and manufacturers from all over the Southeast and beyond. The Charleston In-Water Boat Show is the largest of its kind between Annapolis, Maryland and Tampa, Florida.

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

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    Click Here To View the South Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For The Harborage at Ashley Marina

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  • Destroyed Daybeacon at Steamboat Creek Anchorage, off the AICW near Statute Mile 496.5


    Steamboat Creek cuts the southwestern banks of the North Edisto River, southeast of the ICW/Dawho River; anchorage lies northeast of the charted position of Steamboat Landing.

    We are anchored in Steamboat Creek this evening [4/13]. The piling for daymark R2 is present, but the board with “R2” is missing at the entrance to the creek.
    Capt. David Grimes

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

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  • Praise for Windmill Harbour Marina, AICW Statute Mile 558


    Windmill Harbour Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, is located hard by the southwesterly mouth of the Waterway’s passage south down Skull Creek, on the shores of Hilton Head Island, south of marker #27. Our thanks to Bob Miller for these kind words for one of our fine sponsors!

    Just wanted to comment on the staff and marina facilities at Windmill Harbour . We kept our 43′ motor yacht there over this past winter (2015-16) and believe there is no better choice in the Hilton Head area. Very professional marina staff and pleasant location. The marina is in a gated community so it is safe and secure, and the marina is protected by a lock system which keeps the water depth constant in the marina. It is home to the South Carolina Yacht Club so many nice boats and activities. They welcome transient boaters as well as those for longer stays. One thing to be aware of is that access to stores and restaurants will require transportation as it is a residential area.
    Bob Miller

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

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  • Voyaging Canoe Hokulea Coming to Charleston, SC, AICW Statute Mile 465

    Click Here to read – and hear- this report from Hawaii Public Radio. Look for them as you migrate north!

    Voyaging Canoe Hokulea Navigates Florida Waterways
    By MOLLY SOLOMON • 4 HOURS AGO

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    CREDIT OIWI TV / MAUI TAUOTAHA

    Voyaging canoe Hōkūle‘a is continuing her journey up the East Coast of the mainland. The canoe recently left Titusville, Florida and is traveling along the Intracoastal Waterway, where she’s encountered new wildlife and a whole lot of aloha.
    HPR’s Molly Solomon checked in with navigator Bruce Blankenfeld as part of our ongoing coverage Hōkūle‘a: Voyage of Aloha.
    Hōkūle‘a’s next stop is Charleston, South Carolina — then it’s on to Virginia and New York in June.

    April 14, 3:30PM

    Hokulea approaching Charleston Maritime Center

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    The crew of Hokulea was greeted by a contingent of native Hawaiians who now live in the Charleston area. The greeting included drumming and conch blowing.

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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 calmGeorgetown County Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 1776, Georgetown, South Carolina 29442

    The County Chamber of Commerce for Georgetown County, South Carolina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS NET SPONSOR, 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, also 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.

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    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.

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

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  • Sea Pines May Events/Activities, Harbour Town Yacht Basin, AICW Statute Mile 565


    Harbor Town Yacht Basin, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, lies just off the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway on Calibogue Sound, below Statute Mile 565 at Marker 32, right in the heart of The Sea Pines Resort.

    Events/Activities May 1-30
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    12th Annual Yacht Hop
    Sunday, May 1; 5:30-9pm
    Step aboard stunning yachts docked in Harbour Town Yacht Basin and enjoy wine, hors d’oeuvres and live entertainment by The Headliners. All proceeds benefit patient care programs at Hospice Care of the Lowcountry. To purchase tickets, please contact (843) 706-2296 or visit hospicecarelc.org.

    Stan Smith Super Series
    Friday, May 20 – Sunday, May 22
    Please join Stan Smith, Sea Pines Resort’s touring professional, past champion of Wimbledon and the U.S. Open, and former U.S. Olympic men’s coach and his staff for a fun-filled weekend. The class will feature video analysis of your serve, stroke and strategy instruction, footwork and many practice drills. Reservations required; contact (843) 363-4495. $305; adults only.

    Full Moon Shore Explore
    May 19; 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. Minimum of 6 guests. $15/adult, $10/child (ages 12 & younger).

    Gregg Russell Concerts
    May 27-29; 8-9:30pm
    Celebrating 40 years in Harbour Town in 2016, Gregg has become a Sea Pines classic. You’ll find him under the famed Liberty Oak, entertaining adults and children alike, and his concerts are not to be missed. Complimentary

    Sandbox at the Stables
    Monday, May 30; 10am-2pm
    Join us on Memorial Day for the 4th Annual Sandbox at the Stables event. There will be live music, games, exhibitions, pony rides, concessions and more! Admission is $5 and tickets for concessions and other activities are sold separately. For more information, please visit thesandbox.org.

    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.

    Forest Preserve Wagon Journey
    Tuesdays; 5-6:30pm
    Sit back, relax and experience the animals and plant life of the Sea Pines Forest Preserve. Reservations required; contact (843) 842-1979. Minimum of 6 guests. $16/adult, $12/child (ages 12 & younger).

    Golf Croquet Clinic
    Wednesdays; 10am
    Enjoy playing croquet on our immaculate lawn adjacent to the Harbour Town Clubhouse. Reservations are required; contact (843) 842-1979. $10 per person.

    Introduction to Fly Fishing
    Daily; Call for reservations
    Learn the art of fly casting and the basics of fly fishing in the scenic Sea Pines Forest Preserve. Join Captain Fuzzy Davis for a custom two-hour clinic that will have you casting like a pro. All tackle and flies are included and no license is required. Targeted species include bass and bluegill. Reservations are required and can be made by contacting The Sea Pines Resort recreation department at (843) 842-1979. $200 for up to two anglers, $75 for each additional angler with a maximum of five anglers.

    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, and Integrity, 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 to find hidden items at our popular sights. Share your pictures on Instagram and tag @theseapinesresort. Get started at seapines.com/geocaching. Complimentary.

    RESORT CONTACT:
    Nancy Cappelmann (843.363.8335)seapines
    The Sea Pines Resort
    ncappelmann@seapines.com

    MEDIA CONTACT:
    Liz Smith (843.842.1935)
    The Sea Pines Resort
    lsmith@seapines.com

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  • Happy Hour on the Megadock, Charleston City Marina, AICW Statute Mile 469


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    Charleston City Marina is welcoming its transient guests with a free Happy Hour on the Megadock Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday evenings with live music on Thursdays beginning in May. Charleston City Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, is located along the Ashley River’s northeastern banks, northeast of marker #5.

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  • Gregg Russell’s 40th Anniversary, Harbour Town, Hilton Head, SC AICW Statute Mile


    There are few boating parents who have not taken their offspring to a Gregg Russell concert under the Liberty Tree at Harbour Town Yacht Basin, only to discover that they, the parents, have had as much fun as the kids. These wonderful concerts are a great way to reward your children and yourself after a long day on the water.

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    Gregg Russell’s 40th Anniversary in Harbour Town
    Gregg Russell will celebrate 40 years of performing in Harbour Town this year. Since 1977, Russell has entertained adults and children with his family-friendly music, becoming a classic not only throughout Sea Pines but Hilton Head Island as well.
    Gregg Russell has also written and performed children’s music for TV specials although he is best known for performing on the Liberty Oak stage in Harbour Town. Fifteen years ago, the nature-inspired playground across from the stage was even named after Gregg Russell as a tribute to his 25 years of entertaining visitors and guests.
    “It is an honor and pleasure to know and work with Gregg, and what an achievement to have performed to the delight of children and families for 40 years,” says Rob Bender, Director of Recreation and Marine Operations at The Sea Pines Resort. “Our mission is to create lifelong memories and I cannot think of a better example than the memories Gregg has created for our guests night after night and year after year.”
    Gregg Russell fans can celebrate his 40 years in Harbour Town by submitting their favorite photos from his many performances to marketing@seapines.com to be shared in the Harbour Town Facebook page, and by joining him under the Liberty Oak on the dates below:

    March 28- April 1 from 7:30-9pm
    April 4-8 & 11-13 from 7:30-9pm
    May 27-29 from 8-9:30pm
    June 1-August 26, every night except Saturdays; 8-9:30pm

    For more information on activities and amenities at Harbour Town or The Sea Pines Resort, please visit www.seapines.com/events.

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  • Charleston SC Entrance Channel NavAid Relocation, near AICW Statute Mile 465


    These NavAid relocations are in support of Channel dredging that will begin April 2, see http://cruisersnet.net/155961

    SOUTH CAROLINA – CHARLESTON ENTRANCE – CHARLESTON HARBOR: AtoN Relocation.
    Beginning on March 30, 2016, in preparation for the Army Corps of Engineers maintenance dredging project within the Charleston Harbor Entrance channel, the USCGC MARIA BRAY will be temporarily relocating the six buoys listed below. The buoys will be relocated approximately 30 yards outside of the channel from their original assigned position. All buoys will be returned to their normal assigned position following the completion of the dredging project, projected to be May 31, 2016.
    Charleston Harbor Channel Lighted Buoy 13 (LLNR 2400.2)
    Charleston Harbor Channel Lighted Buoy 14 (LLNR 2400.5)
    Charleston Harbor Channel Lighted Buoy 15 (LLNR 2405)
    Charleston Harbor Channel Lighted Buoy 16 (LLNR 2410)
    Charleston Harbor Channel Lighted Buoy 17 (LLNR 2415)
    Charleston Harbor Channel Lighted Bell Buoy 18 (LLNR 2420)
    For further information, contact U.S. Coast Guard Sector Charleston Waterways Management Division at: (843) 740-3188 or our 24-hour Command Center Line at (843) 740-7050. Charts 11521 11528 LNM 13/16

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  • A Driver’s Perspective on Ladys Island Swing Bridge Closures, AICW Statute Mile 536


    Fran is expressing exactly the frustration that we are experiencing here in Charleston. More and more development on our coastal islands is underway without adequate supporting construction of roadways and bridges to accommodate the resulting increase in vehicle traffic. Until planners either wake up to the downside of rampant development, drivers and boaters alike are going to continue to suffer long waits during rush hours or in emergency evacuations. SSECN asks, that as you confront fewer and fewer bridge openings, please be patient! Rarely is delayed vessel travel as dangerous as miles of backed up idling vehicles. And DO NOT yell at the Bridge Tender! It is NOT their fault. If you want to yell at someone, yell at the developers and city planners!
    Fran is responding to an earlier comments on Ladys Island Bridge in Beaufort, SC.

    I live on Lady’s Island and work in Burton. If anyone traveling from Beaufort to Lady’s Island or the outer Islands thinks there is NOT a traffic problem when this bridge opens and closes, they are delusional. I’ve lived at my residence since 1976. The growth on the Lady’s Island side is enormous and once the Wal-Mart is built, it will be a nightmare. It [congestion] already is when the Woods Bridge breaks down. The McTeer Bridge is not adequate to accommodate traffic to or from Lady’s Island, St. Helena, Fripp Island, etc. The only solution to this issue is to build another bridge or limit the bridge openings. Traffic backs up well beyond Bellamy Curve during rush hours in the evening. I can’t even imagine what traffic is going to be like should a hurricane head to Beaufort. Well, actually I can. During Hurricane Fred it took two hours to get from Lady’s Island to the National Cemetary on Boundary… and 11 hours to get to Atlanta. People will need to evacuate Beaufort a week in advance of hurricane at the rate the population of Beaufort is growing on the Lady’s Island side.
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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.

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    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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