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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!

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    Light Blue Background Denotes Postings Concerned with “AICW Problem Stretches”
  • Shallow Water in Minim Creek Canal, AICW Statute Mile 415, 8/31/2016


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

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

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at Minim Creek Canal

  • Cook with Cruising Kiss, available at Bucksport Marina, AICW Statute Mile 377


    Author Corinne Kanter has these suggestions to make your culinary summer delightful and delicious! Bucksport Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS NET SPONSOR!, lies south of Waterway marker #36, along the western shores of the beautiful Waccamaw River. As well as making sausage, Bucksport is hosting one more drag boat race this summer in September, as well as a reduced dockage rate for SSECN readers.

    If you are inside and near Bucksport Marina, pickup Bucksport Sausage.
    Need more helpful hints, you should carry the cookbook CRUISING KISS, keep it simple Sailor? Stupid? or really SYSTEM.
    Have a great race. Cook with KISS.
    PS. If you would like a autograph copy order direct or get it on Amazon. Corinne had the column in Multihull Magazine out of Quicy, Mass. titled Corinne’s Culinary Corner.

    Cook With K.I.S.S.
    Corinne Kanter, author of The Cruising KISS Cookbook
    www.sailcopress.com
    The Rooster Crows but the HEN delivers the goods
    corinnekanter@gmail.com

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

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

  • Hilton Head Heroes Benefit Golf Tournament, October 16, 2016


    Through the Hilton Head Heroes program, Sea Pines has supported hundreds of families with a child suffering from a life threatening illness during their stay in the Hero House located near Harbour Town. This is a benefit well worth your support.

    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.

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    August 15, 2016
    The Sea Pines Resort to Host Golf Tournament Benefiting Hilton Head Heroes
    CLICK HERE for More Information and to Register

    (Hilton Head Island, SC) – The Sea Pines Resort will host The Gregg Russell Children’s Classic Golf Tournament benefiting Hilton Head Heroes on the new Atlantic Dunes by Davis Love lll on October 1, 2016. A select field of golfers will be the very first to experience this exciting new championship course prior to the official grand opening.
    “I have not only worked with Sea Pines Resort the past 40 years, they have been major supporters of the Hilton Head Heroes program,” said Heroes Co-founder Gregg Russell. “Sea Pines has embraced hundreds of families with a child suffering from a life threatening illness during their stay in the Hero House located near Harbour Town. We are thrilled that our supporters will be able to make a difference in these families lives while enjoying this fabulous new course.”
    Participants and their guests will cap off the day with a fun awards and after party at The Rooftop Bar at Poseidon in Shelter Cove Towne Center. This evening event will be open to the public and feature special musical guests, an auction and food and drink. For more information or to register, please go to HHHeroes.com or call Mark Hammond (Tournament Chairman) at 843.686.2012.
    MEDIA CONTACT:
    Liz Smith (843.842.1935)
    The Sea Pines Resort
    lsmith@seapines.com

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

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  • High Praise for 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.

    8/5/16- Marina has been dredged. Nothing less than 8 feet throughout. This is by far one of the premier resort marinas on the East coast. Very professionally run and staffed. That free bottle of wine is a classy touch. Outstanding restaurants and shopping all over HH Island. Miles of bike trails and great beaches and swimming pool.
    Rick Sorrenti

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

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  • Sea Pines September 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.

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    Events/Activities

    September 1 – 30

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    Gregg Russell Concerts
    September 1-4; 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.

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    Run for Ret 5K Run/Walk and WOD
    Saturday, September 3; 8am
    The tenth annual Island Run for Ret will race through the Sea Pines Forest Preserve on hard packed dirt trails, shaded under old live oak trees, around beautiful lakes, and over age old wetlands. Visit www.gotrievents.com/run-for-ret to register.

    Harbour Town Fall Fest
    Sunday, September 11; 11am-6pm
    With summer behind us, come enjoy the splendor of Harbour Town with this family-friendly event that will include: a sidewalk sale with Harbour Town shops offering great deals and fabulous finds; local favorite “Deas-Guyz” in concert who feature an entertaining mix of old Motown, R&B, pop, rock, reggae and dance beats; nautical activities featuring a variety of watersports, nature tours and boat rides; great dining on the Harbour all day; and children’s activities.

    Stan Smith Super Series
    Friday, September 16 – Sunday, September 18
    Please join Stan Smith, The Sea Pines Resort’s touring professional for the last 44 years, past champion of Wimbledon and the U.S. Open, Olympic men’s coach and his staff of one (or more!) for a fun-filled weekend. The class will feature video analysis of your serve, stroke and strategy instruction, footwork and many practice drills. To reserve your space for this special event, please call the Sea Pines Racquet Club at (843) 363-4495. $305/adults only.

    Full Moon Session – Jazz by the Sea
    Friday, September 16; 8-10pm
    Enjoy music by the Mike Barbara Trio under the full moon in the Atlantic Room at the Sea Pines Beach Club. Experience live jazz and incredible views of the Atlantic Ocean, as well as a variety of specialty drinks and cocktails. Reserved for guests 21 years and older.

    Beach Sweep
    Saturday, September 17; 9am-12pm
    Take part in the largest one-day volunteer cleanup event of its kind in South Carolina as a volunteer with staff from The Sea Pines Resort. Conducted annually since 1988, the sweep takes place in conjunction with the International Coastal Cleanup, coordinated by the Ocean Conservancy. We have five miles of the most beautiful beaches along the coast; help us keep them that way! Please contact The Sea Pines Resort recreation department at (833) 842-1979 to volunteer.

    Jazz by the Sea
    Tuesdays & Thursdays; 8-10pm
    Enjoy music by the Mike Barbara Trio at Ocean Lounge, located on the second floor of the world-class Sea Pines Beach Club every Tuesday and Thursday. Experience live jazz and incredible views of the Atlantic Ocean, as well as a variety of specialty drinks and cocktails. Reserved for guests 21 years and older.

    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.

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

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

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  • Shoaling Extending Southeast at Combahee Light, St. Helena Sound, AICW Alternate Route


    Cruisers wishing to avoid the regularly shoaling Ashepoo-Coosaw Cutoff by using the alternative route (http://cruisersnet.net/?p=145074 and http://cruisersnet.net/145808) downsteam in St. Helena Sound to the Combahee Bank, then northwestward upstream on the Ashepoo River to rejoin the ICW, will want to pay close attention to depths as you round the Combahee Bank Light.

    SOUTH CAROLINA – ST HELENA SOUND: Shoaling
    Shoaling has been reported extending from Combahee Bank Light (LLNR 4040) approximately 1NM in a southeast direction. Depths are reported between 5-15ft at Mean Low Water, while Chart # 11517 shows between 22-25ft. Mariners are advised to transit the area with extreme caution. Chart 11517 LNM 28/16

  • Summer Dockage Specials at 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.

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    CLICK HERE FOR ALL THE SPECIALS AND ALL THE DETAILS!

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

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

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

  • Travel and Leisure Names Charleston Best City in the World

    This Post and Courier article on Charleston was proudly – and justifiably so – submitted by David Rogers of City Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR. Charleston is also home to another SSECN SPONSOR, Charleston Harbor Marina at Patriots Point.

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    CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA NAMED WORLD’S BEST CITY AND NO. 1 CITY IN THE U.S. AND CANADA BY THE TRAVEL + LEISURE 2016 WORLD’S BEST AWARDS

    Rankings’ Effect on Tourism Continues to Positively Impact the Charleston Economy
    CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA (July 6, 2016) – For the first time, readers of Travel + Leisure magazine have voted Charleston, South Carolina the World’s Best City in the 2016 World’s Best Awards. Charleston is the first domestic destination to earn the coveted World’s Best City ranking, and for the fourth consecutive year, the readers of Travel + Leisure ranked the Charleston area the No. 1 City in the U.S. and Canada. The news was shared by Jacqui Gifford, Senior Editor of Travel + Leisure, on the TODAY Show on July 6.

    Charleston exceeded other destinations in the categories of sights/landmarks, culture/arts, restaurants/food, people/friendliness, shopping and value to earn the World’s Best City and the No. 1 City in the U.S. and Canada designation, scoring 91.66 overall. The complete results of the 2016 World’s Best Awards Survey are featured on TravelandLeisure.com/WorldsBest and in the August issue of the magazine, on newsstands July 15.

    Travel + Leisure Editor Nathan Lump said, “Charleston is a remarkably dynamic place, so it’s no surprise that it has achieved its highest ranking ever in our survey as this year’s best city in the world. The city has managed to preserve all the qualities for which it is widely known—a prime coastal setting, historic architecture, friendly locals—while also nurturing a creative culture that is making it one of the most notable destinations for those who seek out interesting restaurants, bars, and shops that highlight a dedication to distinctive craft.”

    The No. 1 rankings continue to positively impact tourism, the number one economic driver to the Charleston area. Since 2012, the first year Charleston was awarded the No. 1 City in the U.S. and Canada ranking in the Travel + LeisureWorld’s Best Awards, the total economic impact of tourism has increased 14% to $3.68 billion in 2015 according the Office of Tourism Analysis at the College of Charleston. Additionally, the average expenditure per adult and the total labor earnings has increased.

    Dan Blumenstock, Chairman of the Charleston Area Convention & Visitors Bureau and Director of Hotel Operations of Fennell Holdings remarked, “Readers of Travel + Leisure continue to recognize our destination for its friendly people, renowned cuisine, historic landmarks, flourishing arts community, and celebrated shopping scene. This award is a testament to the vitality of Charleston as a world class destination.” Blumenstock added, “The area’s tourism and hospitality community has enjoyed positive growth over the past four years, due in part to the numerous awards bestowed on the Charleston area. We look forward to continued and responsible economic impact as a result of the No. 1 City in the World ranking.”

    In addition to the No. 1 City rankings, The Spectator Hotel, located in historic Charleston, was recognized as the No. 1 Top City Hotel in the U.S.

    Michael Tall, President & Chief Operating Officer of Charlestowne Hotels stated, “The Spectator was designed, and is operated, with our discerning guests’ needs and desires for a unique, curated experience. With the hotel only having opened less than a year ago, we are truly honored to be recognized by the readers of Travel + Leisure as the No. 1 Top City Hotel in the 2016 World’s Best Awards in the categories of rooms and facilities, service, location, value, and design.”  

    Travel + Leisure readers voted on their favorite hotels, cities, islands, spas, cruise lines, airlines, tour outfitters, and car-rental agencies. The 2016 World’s Best Awards readers’ survey results (listed by overall and regional rankings) and survey methodology are featured in the August issue of Travel + Leisure magazine, online at: www.TravelandLeisure.com/WorldsBest, and in the World’s Best Awards 2016.

    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 Charleston Harbor Marina

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  • Sea Pines August 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

    August 1 – 31

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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 through August 27; 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
    Thursday, August 18; 8:30-10pm
    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).

    Full Moon Session – Jazz by the Sea
    Thursday, August 18; 8-10pm
    Enjoy music by the Mike Barbara Trio under the full moon at the Sea Pines Beach Club. Experience live jazz and incredible views of the Atlantic Ocean, as well as a variety of specialty drinks and cocktails. Reserved for guests 21 years and older.

    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)

    Jazz by the Sea
    Tuesdays & Thursdays; 8-10pm
    Enjoy music by the Mike Barbara Trio at Ocean Lounge, located on the second floor of the world-class Sea Pines Beach Club every Tuesday and Thursday. Experience live jazz and incredible views of the Atlantic Ocean, as well as a variety of specialty drinks and cocktails. Reserved for guests 21 years and older.

    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; 7-8:30pm
    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.

    Nature’s Wild Side
    Wednesdays & Fridays; 11am-12pm
    Learn about the local animal life of Sea Pines. Children will learn about different animals through educational crafts, which are provided. Reservations required; contact (843) 842-1979. $10/child (ages 4-12 with adult supervision).

    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.

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

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

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  • Reminder: Bucksport Marina Drag Boat Races Continue, July 8th, 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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  • Captain Jim Healy Discusses the Waterway from Charleston to St. Augustine

    Longtime cruiser and SSECN Contributing Editor, Captain Jim Healy, shares his knowledge and experience in these observations on this portion of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. Thank you Jim!

    The entire region from Charleston to St. Augustine has high tidal ranges, ranging from 5′ at St. Augustine to as much as 9′ in Savannah/Beaufort/Charleston.  Those high tidal ranges create swift tidal currents, and especially for first-times, docking is easiest in the 1/2 hour before and after slack.
    There are many areas of shallow water in the region.  The very best resource for current data on low water and caution areas is available via www.activecaptain.com.  Two other  websites that all ICW travelers should know about are www.waterwayguide.com and www.cruisersnet.net.  I’m sure you are familiar with the Waterway Guide book series.  The “Salty Southeast Cruiser’s Net” (SSECN) is  really a boating group.  It was founded by Claiborne Young.  After Claiborne’s untimely loss, the group continued in operation.  The Cruiser’s Net website specializes on the US Southeast.  There is some duplication of material between the WWG site and the SSECN site, but there is unique value to both.  Both are excellent resources for fuel prices, marinas and anchorages.  These websites would make a good sidebar for any ICW article.  Two of these websites require registration – SSECN does not – and all three are free, and all are very useful to ICW boaters.  Both WWG and SSECN also have smart phone apps that duplicate and augment website information and are very useful on small-format devices.
    There are some generalizations that apply to the region, including the stretch from Georgetown, SC all the way south to below Fernandina Beach.  In some of those areas, boats drawing more than 4′ will want to consider not traveling at low tide; especially celestial low tides.  The Army Corp of Engineers (USACE) is responsible for dredging the ICW.  USACE is funded by state congressional delegations.  In recent years, the money congress allocates to dredging has been diverted to “more pressing needs,” and so many areas of the ICW are shoaling, and in fact, the ICW resource is slowly being lost; well, allowed to die, really, by congress.  There is a not-for-profit called the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Association.  The Executive Director is Brad Pickel; bpickel@seahavenconsulting.com.  That would make another sidebar for any article on the ICW.  There are some local knowledge bypasses around some shoal areas.  All of the cruising sites above can provide additional detail.
    Renting a car in any of these venues greatly expands what a boating visitor can see and do.  Some, but not all, marinas have courtesy cars.  Generally they can’t be used for long periods, but they are useful for re-provisioning when needed.
    Hope this helps.
    Jim
    Peg and Jim Healy aboard Sanctuary, currently at Ft. Myers, FL
  • A Good Visit to Shelter Cove Marina, Hilton Head, SC, AICW Statute Mile 564


    Shelter Cove is located in a man-made cove on the southeastern shores of Broad Creek in Hilton Head Island near creek markers #22 and #23. Broad Creek departs the Waterway on the eastern shore of Calibogue Sound just as the Waterway turns west into the Copper River. Our thanks to Dick Lawson for this review.

    Spent 4 nights here this past month. This is a beautiful and very well run marina. It is large and slips can be either close to the “action” or close to the marina office/store and showers. Regardless, one of the dock boys will show up in a golf cart to deliver you to your destination. Within walking distance there are several very nice restaurants and other shops. Transportation is also provided to the supermarket, or to the beach. Location is several miles off the ICW, up Broad Creek, and, as the name implies, it is very sheltered. Look forward to a return trip.
    Dick Lawson

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  • Captain Jim Healy on Charleston and Beaufort, SC and Savannah, GA

    Contributing Editor, Captain Jim Healy, shares his perspective on Charleston and Beaufort, SC and Savannah, GA where several SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSORs are located. Thank you Jim!

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    Charleston, SC and Savannah, GA: magnificent old southern cities with many points-of-charleston-harborinterest and fine restaurants; our strategy is to take a tour bus around the city.  Look for a tour company that has same-day on-and-off privileges.  (We do this every time we arrive somewhere we’ve not been before, including Canada).  We take the entire tour circuit first, then go back to places that we think we’d like to know more about.  At Charleston, start at the Welcome Center.  Or, take the tour boat to Fort Sumter; nice stjohnsaquarium near the Ft. Sumter ferry docks.  In Charleston, there is a water taxi from the Charleston Maritime Center that goes back and forth to Patriot Point, which is savanahhyattdockswhere the USS Yorktown is located.  In Savannah, there is a nice stage theater within walking distance of the downtown waterfront (http://www.savannahtheatre.com).  The Savannah waterfront is very interesting, with a large riverwalk, wonderful park overlooking the River, and large shipping and commercial traffic as well as every kind of small-isleofhopeboat and pleasure craft.  There are several architecture tours in both cities, and both have lots of weekly and seasonal activity for visitors.  From Savannah (there are marina options in downtown Savannah on the Savannah River or at Thunderbolt and Isle of Hope), boaters can also visit Tybee Island (light house and Fort Pulaski).

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    Beaufort, SC: from the Beaufort Downtown Marina, take a carriage tour through the historic ante-bellum homes in the area.  The downtown is friendly with many shoppes and good restaurant options.

    Jim Healy

  • Report from Hague Marina, Myrtle Beach, SC, AICW Statute Mile 368.5


    Hague Marina is located in a sheltered loop on the Waterway’s southern shore some 2.4 nautical miles southwest of the Myrtle Beach high-rise and railroad bridge.

    They had a fantastic ships store but it burned. Owner is making do right now with small office building.
    Fabrication shop and tools were not damaged in fire, so they can still do anything you need. Not fancy, but gets job done. My brother worked there from 1972-2013. He quit to be a Restaurant Chef.
    Frederick

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  • Little River Swing Bridge Stuck in Open Position, AICW Statute Mile 347


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    Bad news for motorists, good news for boaters – at least until inevitable repairs begin. With a closed vertical clearance of 7ft, Little River Swing Bridge crosses the ICW just south of SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR Harbougate Marina. This Associate Press report comes from The Daily Reporter, Greenfield, Indiana (!!).

    A swinging bridge over the Intracoastal Waterway near North Myrtle Beach has been closed after the gearbox that moves the bridge broke.
    THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    First Posted: June 02, 2016 – 5:48 pm
    Last Updated: June 02, 2016 – 5:48 pm

    CLICK HERE for the full report.

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


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    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

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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

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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.

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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.

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