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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 calmThe Downtown Marina Of Beaufort, SC, 1006 Bay Street Beaufort, SC 29902 (843) 524-4422 or Marker #239 on ICWSeaside Luxury at its bestBoaters are our business and our only business. We are located directly on the ICW, and offer Exceptional Lowcountry facilities and hospitality. The Beaufort/Port Royal area is a beautiful and historiA 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 For those who own a boat and love the water, buying a SJYH wet slip is an easy decision when you consider the benefits. The opportunity to own waterfront access a mere 11 minutes from historic downtoWelcome 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.
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At Bucksport cruising visitors will discover all new docks, new power pedestals, a newly reopened on-site restaurant, clean – climate controlled showers and laundromat, as well as a warm welcome for the cruising communityHarbour Town at Hilton Head, with its familiar red-and-white-striped lighthouse, is a fine resort marina with an enormous number of amenities.Osprey MarinaTransients Welcome - Under new ownership - Located at mile marker 354 in Myrtle Beach South CarolinaMyrtle Beach Yacht Club is unmatched for its Lowcountry charm and gracious hospitality. 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 AvenueWindmill Harbour Marina, Hilton Head SC

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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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  • Report from Fenwick Cut, AICW Statute Mile 511

    Fenwick Cut slices through a narrow neck of Fenwick Island and connects the Ashepoo River with the Stono, north of the infamous Ashepoo-Coosaw Cutoff which Captain Healy wisely avoided by taking the alternate route east around Combahee Bank in St. Helena Sound, see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=145808.

    Fenwick Cut, northbound at 09h10 DST 4/27/2015:

    8.6 ft observed today, mid-channel, south entrance
    +1.8 ft tide level per Garmin chart plotter almanac, therefore
    6.8 ft MLLW control depth transiting the cut

    Jim
    Peg and Jim Healy aboard Sanctuary

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    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To This AICW Problem Stretch

  • DANGEROUS DEADHEAD IN WATTS CUT, AICW Statute Mile 503

    Our thanks to Captain Healy for alerting us to this hazard! Watts Cut is a straight, narrow AICW channel that connects the South Edisto River with the Dawho River south of Charleston.

    At APPROXIMATE location N 32° 37′ 13”, W 080° 21′ 54”, there is a very dangerous deadhead. This deadhead is a piling that has been driven into the bottom at an angle. It is located on the red side of the channel approximately 1/3 of the way from the channel’s red-side edge boundary. Meeting or overtaking vessels would be on that line. The location is approximately 1/2 way between G”139″ and R”138″. At MLLW, the deadhead would extend about 1 ft above the surface. At +1 ft on the tide, the surface has the appearance of a crab float dragged under by the current. By +2 ft, there is no visible sign of the deadhead. The tidal range in this area is 6+ ft.
    The Coast Guard is aware of the hazard and announces it at scheduled MSIB broadcasts, but nothing has been done to mark the hazard.
    Hitting this deadhead at speed could hole a boat, damage running gear and/or throw passengers overboard.

    Watts cut northbound at 10h05 DST 4/27/2015:
    6.3 ft observed today, mid-channel, south entrance +1.3 ft tide level per Garmin chart plotter almanac, therefore 5.0 ft MLLW control depth.
    Jim
    Peg and Jim Healy aboard Sanctuary, currently northbound at Charleston, SC

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at Watts Cut

  • Shoaling Reported at Calabash Creek Anchorage, AICW Statute Mile 342

    The anchorage at the mouth of Calabash Creek, just below the NC-SC state line, has been a popular stop for years, owing in no small part to the delicious seafood awaiting a dinghy ride up the creek. Sad to have it shoaled in.

    21 April 2015, attempted to anchor in the creek but saw that the anchorage had shoaled badly. Rather than anchor within the channel, we went back to Coquina Yacht Club marina for a fantastic rate of a dollar a foot plus three bucks for power with BoatUS. Third night is free. Very nice marina people…have scratched the Calabash creek anchorage off the list of possibilities. Too bad, considering we anchored there a little over two years ago and had fine depths and a very pleasant night…
    Barry Umberger

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

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of the Calabash Creek Anchorage

  • Good Words for Coquina Harbor Yacht Club, AICW Statute Mile 346

    Coquina Harbor Yacht Club guards the eastern banks of Coquina Harbor. Coquina Harbor itself cuts into the northern banks of the Waterway, opposite unlighted daybeacon #13.

    21 April 2015, attempted to anchor in the creek [Calabash] but saw that the anchorage had shoaled badly. Rather than anchor within the channel, we went back to Coquina Yacht Club marina for a fantastic rate of a dollar a foot plus three bucks for power with BoatUS. Third night is free.
    Barry Umberger

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s South Carolina Marina Directory Listing For Coquina Harbor Yacht Club

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Coquina Harbor Yacht Club

  • Nordic Tugs Now in the Carolinas, Intracoastal Yacht Sales

    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, offers full service brokerage representation from three locations, Wrightsville Beach, NC, Little River, SC and Charleston, SC.

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    Intracoastal Yacht Sales is pleased to announce that we are now the exclusive dealer for Nordic Tugs in the both North and South Carolina!

    For years boat cruising enthusiasts have had to travel out of state to find a fuel efficient trawler with a good reputation. That’s why we are so excited to offer the Nordic Tug brand to our customers! Finally a well built trawler available here in the Carolinas. With Nordic Tugs well known existing reputation for superior construction, and an increase in demand for new boats and fuel efficiency, our team is certain these boats will be a big hit on our east coast! Not only do climate controlled helms increase year round boating, but with their sharp entry and deep keel, her stability and seaworthiness ranks with the best ocean boats built today! Our Nordic Tug 42 was a big hit at the Charleston In-Water Boat Show! One great comment after another was made about the spaciousness and livability of the layouts. We are certain that if you compare these tugs with the competition, you will find a more stable and seaworthy vessel for your next expedition!

    Nordic Tugs Cruising Yachts share a heritage that includes their distinctive profile, a hand-laid overbuilt hull and the famous Nordic Tug ship-style pilothouse. Wherever a Nordic Tug owner goes, they travel in comfort and security, safe in the knowledge their vessel is one of the most seaworthy cruisers on the market today! From the classic charm of the Nordic Tug 26 to the majestic elegance of the Nordic Tug 54, there is sure to be a Nordic Tug that is right for you!

    Intracoastal Yacht Sales offers full service brokerage representation from three locations, Wrightsville Beach, NC, Little River, SC and Charleston, SC, and we are now are very proud to include Nordic Tugs customers to our growing list of good friends!! Check out our website at www.IntracoastalYachtSales.com or call Capt. Ric Stanley, Capt. Doug Ford, or Capt. Bobby Gregory for more information!

    Capt. Doug Ford CPYB
    Intracoastal Yacht Sales
    720 Hwy 17 Suite 201
    Little River, SC 29566
    843-340-0080
    888-566-5886 fax
    dford@IntracoastalYachtSales.com

    Capt. Ric Stanley, CPYB
    Intracoastal Yacht Sales
    910-297-4444 (cell)
    888-893-9755 (fax)
    rstanley@intracoastalyachtsales.com

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    2016 Nordic Tug 26
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    2016 Nordic Tug 34
    Available in August 2015
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    Sale Price $334,039
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    2016 Nordic Tug 40
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    Sale Price $582,280
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    2004 Nordic Tug 42
    In Charleston SC this Weekend!
    4mpg at 8 knots
    Only 180 Hours!
    Sale Price $399,900
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    Sale Price $1,646,331

  • Hilton Head Island Boat Show, 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 Waterways’ passage south down Skull Creek, on the shores of Hilton Head Island, south of marker #27.

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    Click Here for more information on The Hilton Head Island Boat Show.

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

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

  • Good Depths Reported at Fields Cut, AICW Problem Stretch Mile 575

    Northern Fields Cut, which was listed as a hazard to navigation (see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=143997) in Local Notices in August of 2014, is always an area to approach cautiously and at mid to high tide. Our thanks to Skipper Hale for this update. For a another depth report from Captains Mark and Diana Doyle, see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=144010

    April 11, 2015 northbound. We entered Fields Cut at about 1:45 after low water. We were carrying MLLW+ 2 feet. We stayed mid channel and never saw less than 10 feet. At the north end at R48A, we were half way between the buoy and shore and saw 20 feet. There is a slight shoal just after R48A but we saw 10 feet as we crossed it. We are a trawler drawing 4.5 feet and were running “point” for a sailboat which drew 6’2″. They also were fine all the way through.
    Cheers,
    Tom Hale
    Northbound on the ICW

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s “AICW Problem Stretches” Listing For Northern Fields Cut

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To This AICW Problem Stretch

  • Good Depths Reported at Ashepoo-Coosaw Cutoff, AICW Problem Stretch Mile 517

    Skipper Hale’s passage is what we can all hope for through this Problem Stretch. However, as recent as this past October (http://cruisersnet.net/?p=145007), depths of less than 5ft were reported via ARGUS readings at the south end of the Cut. Tidal range is 5-7ft here and is certainly a factor in deciding to take the Cutoff or use the longer alternate route, see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=141157. Be sure to click the ARGUS option at the top of the ChartView page.

    Ashpoo Coosaw cut off. We are north bound and arrived at the south end 1.5 hour after low water. We were carrying +1.5′ as we entered. The lowest we saw was just inside G185 we had over 6 feet but we might have been too far to the right. At G177 we had 20 feet of water. Clearly it is quite dependent on where you are, and there were times we were hunting a bit to find the best water. 30 or 40 feet to either side of our track could have been quite different,I think you can still take 4″ draft through at low water. There were three trawlers ahead of us the largest one was 50 feet and she was almost half an hour head of us. I think this passage is doable for most of the tidal cycle. Certainly the 4 hours before high water and 2-3 hours after high water. A sailboat half an hour behind us followed our track and instructions. They saw nothing less than 8.5′
    Cheers,
    Tom Hale
    Northbound on the ICW
    Charleston SC

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s “AICW Problem Stretches” Listing For the AICW/Ashepoo Coosaw Cutoff Problem Stretch

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To This AICW Problem Stretch

  • USCG 7th District Reply to Ladys Island Bridge Restrictions

    Our good friend, Mike Ahart of Waterway Guide, shares this reply he received from the Bridge Branch of the 7th District. See http://cruisersnet.net/?p=147494 for a lengthy discussion of the newly proposed opening regulations.

    Good Morning Mr. Ahart,
    This office is conducting in-depth internal discussions pertaining to this request and we’re committed to ensuring the most reasonable regulation is promulgated. No permanent changes have been made to the existing regulation to this bridge other than temporary changes listed in the LNM (see below). All notifications of changes, temporary and permanent, will be presented to the public and our main distribution is through Coast Guard NAVCEN: http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=lnmMain.

    Please feel free to call or email with any other concerns.

    Respectfully,
    Rob Glassman
    Transportation Assistant
    USCG D7 Bridge Branch

    And this from Michael Lieberum, 7th District Branch Management:

    Good Morning Mr. Dorminy,
    Thank you for the email, the Coast Guard is very interested in what the marine community has to say.
    In this case, CWO Chris Ruleman from Coast Guard Sector Charleston has the lead on this project and he would be able to address any concerns you may have.
    Sincerely,
    Michael Lieberum
    Seventh Coast Guard District
    Bridge Branch
    Bridge Management Specialist

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s South Carolina Bridge Directory Listing For Ladys Island Bridge

  • Eagles & Alligators in North and South Carolina

    My family can second these recommendations on observing wildlife in South and North Carolina, as posted on AGLCA’s Forum. These sections are some of the prettiest passages in the Waterway. You can find charts to each the ICW miles given by using the “STATUTE MILE/LAT-LON WIDGET” at the top of our Homepage.

    Going north on the ICW in South Carolina near mile 425 up through South Santee River keep your eyes peeled for several eagles who live in the area. Every single time we go through this area we see them. Next section is what I have deemed alligator alley is from North Santee River curve R16 through mile 416, one year in mid-May we spotted 18 on the banks and in the water. Also keep eyes open in the Waccamaw River from mile 385 to 377 we’ve spotted them in this section as well.
    Pam & Eric on Pier Pressure
    headed home to Beaufort, NC

  • Good News on MISSING: Sailing Vessel and Crew, Waccamaw River, SC AICW

    Bucksport Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS NET SPONSOR!, lies south of Waterway marker #36, along the western shores of the Waccamaw River. USCG 5th District phone is 757-398-6272..

    Please post on your Southeast Cruisers’Net: The Coast Guard is searching for the S/V ANGEL, a 35Ft Alberg, black hull with white cabin operated by 35yoa Louis Jordan. He was last known to be at Bucksport Marina in Conway SC on 23 January, He may be transiting the ICW north or south. If anyone has seen the S/V ANGEL and/or Louis Jordan, please contact the local Coast Guard office. Thank you. Bill Mathus, USCG Sector Hampton Roads, VA

    April 3, 2015, after 66 days at sea!

    Reported by his sister, Louis was found clinging to his capsized boat, by a freighter 200 miles off Cape Hatteras. Alive, flown to Va. for medical treatment for dehydration.
    Reggie Murphy

    Click Here for more on this story from Charleston’s Post and Courier.

    February 12, 2015

    Larry,
    Thank you for posting the note about the USCG looking for the S/V ANGEL along the AICW. I was hoping one of your readers would have remembered seeing him holed up in some secluded cove along the ICW….
    Update: The boat and it’s one man crew remain unlocated, but due to a lack of further info, the USCG has closed its case and is no longer actively searching for the Boat or it’s owner.
    Thanks,
    Bill Mathus
    Operations Unit Controller
    Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads

    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

  • Six Atlantic Coast Sites Scheduled for NOAA Surveys in 2015

    Of the six Atlantic coast survey sites, the Charleston and Savannah surveys will obviously be of special interest to SSECN!

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    NOAA targets busy coastal areas for hydro surveys
    NOAA survey ships are scheduled to survey nearly 1,800 square nautical miles in the U.S. coastal waters of the lower 48 states this year, collecting data that will update nautical charts for navigation and other uses.
    The Office of Coast Survey will manage the surveys that measure water depths and collect ocean floor data for charting, identifying navigational hazards, informing wind farm decisions, mapping fish habitats, and assisting with coastal resilience. Check the useful story map, 2015 Hydrographic Survey Projects, for the survey outlines and more information. We will update the map as weather and operational constraints dictate.

    Briefly, this year’s 13 NOAA hydrographic survey projects are:
    Gulf of Maine, where chart soundings in heavily trafficked and fished areas are decades old and need updating for navigational safety
    Buzzards Bay (Massachusetts and Rhode Island), where increased use of deeper-draft double-hull barges – and possible installation of marine transmission cable routes and wind energy development — requires updated soundings
    Rhode Island Sound, where the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has identified a wind energy lease area
    Approaches to Chesapeake (North Carolina), where charts of critical navigational areas need updating for navigation and to assist the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management manage windfarm activity
    Approaches to Charleston (South Carolina), where updated soundings will provide the correct under-keel clearance information for the expected transit of larger and deeper-draft ships
    Approaches to Savannah (Georgia), where the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project will increase the authorized depth of the harbor from 42 to 47 feet and updated soundings will provide the correct under-keel clearance information for the expected transit of larger and deeper-draft ships
    Chatham Strait (Alaska), where charts need to be updated for cruise liners, ferries, Coast Guard cutters, Navy vessels, tugs, and barges that use this waterway on a regular basis or when avoiding storms in the Gulf of Alaska
    Approaches to Kotzebue (Alaska), where deep-draft vessels have their cargo lightered to shore by shallow draft barges
    Point Hope (Alaska), where shipping traffic is increasing due to receding ice but charted soundings are sparse and date back to the 1960s
    West Prince of Wales Island (Alaska), where updated charts are needed by smaller vessels that use Televak Narrows as an alternate passage during foul weather
    Shumagin Islands (Alaska), where Coast Survey needs data to create a new, larger scale, nautical chart
    Port Clarence (Alaska), where Coast Survey needs data to create a new, larger scale, nautical chart
    South Arctic Reconnaissance Route, where trackline data will assist consideration of the U.S. Coast Guard’s proposed Bering Strait Port Access Route Study
    North Coast of Kodiak Island, where we need to update charts for Kodiak’s large fishing fleet and increasing levels of passenger vessel traffic.

  • Changes in Store for Ladys Island Swing Bridge? AICW Statute Mile 536

    Ladys Island Swing Bridge has had conflicts between road traffic and vessel openings for several years, see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=35995. Our thanks to good friend, John Kettlewell, for sending along this article from Sounding’s Trade Only section, prompting several well-said comments. With a closed vertical clearance of 30ft, Ladys Island Bridge crosses the waterway at Statute Mile 536.

    See http://cruisersnet.net/?p=147653 for a 4/3 response from USCG 7th District.

    Coast Guard seeks limits on bridge openings in South Carolina
    Posted on March 23rd, 2015
    Motorists won’t have to stop as much for openings of a major South Carolina barrier island swing bridge, but operators of large recreational vessels might have to find a new route.
    The Coast Guard is planning a trial run in April to limit the number of large boats that pass through the Richard V. Woods Memorial Bridge in tourist destination Beaufort, S.C.
    Known locally as the Woods Bridge, the swing bridge connects downtown Beaufort with Lady’s Island and the outer Sea Islands in Beaufort County. Because of the presence of the Intracoastal Waterway, the bridge is required to open frequently for boat traffic to pass through.
    Details of the trial period are pending from officials with the Coast Guard bridge division in Miami. However, local officials believe it will include restrictions on the hours when non-commercial vessels can pass through.
    “If it’s a commercial vessel, it’s one thing, but if it’s a pleasure boat, it’s another,” city interim manager Bill Prokop told The Beaufort Gazette.
    Log-book records show that the swing bridge opened nearly 4,000 times during a two-year period, with 660 of those for commercial boats.
    In October, Beaufort County and Beaufort city officials sent a letter to the Coast Guard bridge branch requesting a change in when and why the bridge opens, county engineering director Rob McFee said. The vehicle traffic delays cause an estimated $2 million loss annually for the community because of lost time and other economic factors, the letter said.
    County and city officials requested restrictions on the passage of non-commercial boats during daytime rush hours.
    “Not only do the drawbridge openings affect daily traffic and local economics, it also has a dramatic effort on emergency response. A revision in the opening schedule could potentially resolve many of the resulting daily impacts,” the letter stated, according to the paper.

    Gentlemen;
    I’m a resident of Lady’s Island and an active cruising boater. The issue involving the proposed limiting of the Woods Bridge to two waterway openings during the day is ludicrous. Much of the issue involving increased auto traffic out onto Lady’s Island is brought about by allowing the building of big box stores out on the Island. The cost to build a road over a bridge is very high, so why do we encourage increased traffic loads on our bridges by bringing people from the mainland to an Island to shop?
    The Woods Bridge is already on a restricted opening schedule during rush hours and on the hour and half hour during the rest of the day. Many sailboats typically spend a night in Beaufort. It’s a two day run for them from Charleston, and a full day run from Savannah, so they arrive late afternoon and leave early morning, and need the bridge opened so they can head north or arrive going south. If they miss these two opening times, they are screwed!
    Let’s be good county/city planners, and keep the big box stores off the Island and keep the auto traffic down so we can keep the AICW functional.
    Charles Gorgen
    ODYSSEE
    Consultant, Marine and Industrial Lifting Systems

    Gentlemen:
    We are active boaters who depend on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (A-ICW) for safe travel north and south each spring and fall. We have recently become aware of a proposal requested by the City of Beaufort, SC, which would limit the opening schedule of the Woods Bridge (Lady’s Island Bridge) in Beaufort, SC, to just two openings during the business day. This letter is based on my understanding that the City of Beaufort has proposed a schedule of openings at 10h00 and 14h00 daily, so essentially, every four hours.
    For the USCG Bridge Branch, allowing such a schedule is not consistent with the public interest and would be a violation of the public trust and public responsibility. It would also be a seriously negative precedent for the United States’ network of Federal Intracoastal Waterways.
    For the City of Beaufort, it demonstrates an utter disregard for the needs, safety and wellbeing of ICW users. It is irresponsible of the City of Beaufort to propose such restrictive conditions on top of already severe restrictions. Whatever happened to the City’s promise years ago to return to a 1/2 hours opening schedule after the completion of the second span of the south bridge?
    Improperly planned over-deveopment on Lady’s Island is not justification to confiscate access to the public trust waterways of the United States. The dual bridges at the south end of Lady’s Island provide access for emergency responders. The second span was justified in part based upon just that access. If emergency response capability on Lady’s Island is inadequate, that is the fault of inadequate city and county planning, not the fault of waterway users. South Carolina has utterly failed to maintain it’s waterways, and many areas near Beaufort have become impassible at low tide in throughout the region. The entire ICW region from the Savannah River in the South through Georgetown in the North has been allowed to shoal and presents a serious hazard to navigation interests at low tide. Being confined by daily waterway closures in Beaufort affects the safe transit of boaters through the entire 200 mile region.
    Having to deal with the natural tide cycle against an artificial schedule of man-made waterway closure creates potentially dangerous conditions. The passage of summer thunderstorms does not respect the time-of-day. The proposed confiscatory schedule creates a severe hardship for waterway users. Weather, poor waterway maintenance and short hours of daylight create dangerous conditions for waterway users forced to out-wait lengthy waterway closures.
    This proposal is inappropriate and disrespectful of the public trust for federal waterways.
    Respectfully,
    Peg and Jim Healy aboard Sanctuary

    Well said Jim. You’re one of the many “regulars” that use the AICW every spring and fall. If Wal Mart wants to build a store on Lady’s Island, maybe Wal Mart should build a third, high bridge, out to the Island, not create over taxing of the existing bridges such as to further restrict bridge openings.
    Hope to see you as you pass through Beaufort in a few weeks.
    Chuck Gorgen
    Consultant, Marine and Industrial Lifting Systems

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s South Carolina Bridge Directory Listing For Ladys Island Bridge

  • AIWA Winter Newsletter

    Because these are our home waters, SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’NET is especially proud to be a member of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Association and of supporting their invaluable work. If you are a cruiser of “The Ditch” you will want to join in support of the AIWA.

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  • Dredging at Tolers Cove Marina, AICW Statute Mile 462

    Tolers Cove Marina guards the Waterway’s northwestern shore southwest of the Ben Sawyer swing bridge, north of the Charleston Harbor.

    SOUTH CAROLINA – AICW – CASINO CREEK TO BEAUFORT RIVER – TOLERS COVE MARINA: Dredge Operations.
    Marcol Dredging will commence dredge operations on or about 16 February, 2015 at Tolers Cove Marina, in the Intracoastal Waterway, with the dredge CAPTAIN JOE. Dredge spoils will be deposited via pipeline across the Intracoastal Waterway at Upland Confined Disposal Facility. Dredging will continue 24 hours per day, 7 days per week basis until approximately 31 March, 2015. Mariners are urged to use caution while transiting the area. For on-scene communications, contact the dredge CAPTAIN JOE on VHF-FM channels 66 & 16. For more details, please contact Marcol Dredging at: (843) 747-2177. For Coast Guard related issues please contact Sector Charleston Waterways Management Division at: (843) 740-3188 or our 24-hour Command Center Line at: (843) 740-7050. Chart 11518 LNM: 07/15

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Tolers Cove Marina

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

  • US Power and Sail Squadrons Honored by BoatUS

    Boat U.S.USPower and Sail Squadrons provide valuable local community services with their public boating safety inspections and boat handling courses, as recognized here by BoatUS, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!

    NEWS From BoatUS
    Boat Owners Association of The United States
    880 S. Pickett St., Alexandria, VA 22304

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    (L to R) C/C Robert Baldridge; Cdr. Sterling Wyland, Ocean City; Lt/C. Bonnie Kanoy, North Strand; Cdr. JB Bagby, Ft. Macon; Cdr. Dick Todd, Lake Norman; Cdr. Jim Strothers, Sanibel-Captiva; D/C Mary Dodd, USPS District 8: Ted Sensenbrenner, BoatUS.

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    Press Contact: D. Scott Croft, 703-461-2864, SCroft@BoatUS.com

     

    MD, NC, SC and FL United States Power Squadrons Bestowed With Honors

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla., February 5, 2015 — At the US Power Squadrons (USPS) Annual Meeting held recently in Jacksonville, Florida, five Squadrons from across the country and one District were honored with Distinguished Civic Service Awards. Sponsored by Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS), the awards are given annually to the USPS District and Squadrons in recognition of exceptional service and public boating safety education and service to the boating community.

    “While America’s recreational boaters are enjoying the water with friends and family, Power Squadron members work hard giving up their own time to help make boating safer. They offer boat owners free vessel safety checks, provide boating safety instruction, and more. We greatly appreciate their commitment to ensuring everyone has a safe day on the water,” said BoatUS Foundation for Assistant Director of Boating Safety Ted Sensenbrenner.

    Top Squadron honors went to Sanibel-Captiva Sail and Power Squadron, Florida. Some of their activities included: participating in an on-water wreath laying ceremony honoring lost members of the armed forces, helping a local food pantry, and working to increase safety for paddlers. “They showed how difficult it can be to see kayakers at dusk and in times of limited visibility, and how simply adding white reflective tape to paddle blades can be a real lifesaver,” said Sensenbrenner.

    Second Place for Top Squadron went to Lake Norman Sail and Power Squadron, North Carolina, for their work with youth and bringing a new Sea Scout Ship to the area, as well as support of the “The Dolphin Project,” a local non-profit that performs surveys to monitor the health of dolphin populations.

    Third place went to North Strand Sail and Power Squadron, South Carolina, which hosted shoreline clean up events, collected donations for their local Helping Hands charity and Sea Haven, a residence for homeless teens offering crisis services.

    Runners up for Top Squadron included Ocean City Power Squadron, Maryland, for their community participation in parades, clean up events and their work with a respite care home to take families fishing and sightseeing. Another runner up was Fort Macon Sail and Power Squadron, North Carolina, for their work with the local visitors center to spread safety message as well as publishing boating safety stories and reaching out to boating families.

    Top USPS District Award, which recognizes the collective efforts of all of the squadrons within a region, went to USPS District 8, which includes South Florida and the Keys. The award is based on the amount of classroom hours logged, community outreach hours and number of vessel safety checks performed. These voluntary and free safety reviews are designed to educate boaters about recommended and required safety equipment aboard recreational vessels and to assess the condition of the safety equipment they have aboard.

    US Power Squadrons began with the efforts of Charles Chapman, who in 1914 realized that owners of recreational powerboats needed instruction on how to operate safely and with confidence. Today, the USPS has over 400 regional Squadrons for owners of both sail and powerboats.

    About United States Power Squadrons:

    Organized in 1914, United States Power Squadrons (USPS) is a non-profit, educational organization dedicated to making boating safer and more enjoyable by teaching classes in seamanship, navigation and related subjects. Our members are boating families who contribute to their communities by promoting safe boating through education. We enjoy participating with our fellow members on the water and in the classroom. USPS has nearly 40,000 members organized into over 400 squadrons across the country and in some US territories. USPS is America’s largest non-profit boating organization and has been honored by three US presidents for its civic contributions. Each squadron’s activities involve the three primary objectives of USPS: community service, continuing education, and enjoying the friendship and camaraderie of our fellow members. For more, go to USPS.org.

    About BoatUS and BoatUS Foundation:

    Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) is the nation’s leading advocate for recreational boaters providing its over half-million members with government representation, services such as 24-hour dispatch, on water boat towing as well as roadside assistance for boat trailers and tow vehicles, feature-packed boat insurance programs, money-saving benefits and vital information that improves the boating, fishing and sailing lifestyle. Its 501(c)(3) nonprofit BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water is a national leader promoting safe, clean and responsible boating, and provides innovative educational outreach directly to boaters and anglers with the aim of reducing accidents and fatalities, increasing stewardship of America’s waterways and keeping boating safe. For more, go to BoatUS.com or BoatUS.org.

  • Gas Tax to be Used for Dredging in SC ?

    With one of the lowest gas tax rates in the country and politicians loathe to raise any tax, this article on raising a SC tax might be whistling in the dark. But, then, we boaters are accustomed to holding our collective breaths waiting on helpful legislation! Will it ever come?!? This article from today’s Post and Courier in Charleston offers some hope that, at least, one official is concerned about the AICW.

    Ailing Intracoastal Waterway could be dredged using state gas tax money, local officials say
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    An increase in the state gas tax that is being considered in Columbia could be used to provide much-needed funds for dredging the ailing Intracoastal Waterway, local officials said.

    “I think the gas tax is basically a transportation tax so I do think it could justifiably be used for waterway dredging. I encourage our state leaders to research what has been done elsewhere along the waterway,” said Charleston County Councilman Dickie Schweers.

    Click here to read the full article.

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  • New Reports from Northern Fields Cut, AICW Problem, Statute Mile 574

    Northern Fields Cut, which was listed as a hazard to navigation (see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=143997) in Local Notices as recently as August, is always an area to approach cautiously and at mid to high tide. Our thanks to Skippers Lawrenson and Steeves for these updates. For a recent depth report from Captains Mark and Diana Doyle, see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=144010

    Came through Fields Cut on the 21st and 23 Nov. No problems as I hugged the East side. There is a new red in the water. 48A I believe, so the channel, which is very close to the shore, is easier to find. There was a large trawler in the channel when I returned, and so I chose to wait as I did not want to try to pass in that narrow channel. Had 15 feet or better at about half tide.
    Bill Lawrenson, SV Serenity.

    There is now a red marker marking that shoal at the location as shown by the Doyles which is quite close to the southern shore. Honor that marker and stay about midway between it and the shore. Went thru at the low and saw no less than 7 feet but running so close to shore may be a bit nerve wracking for some.
    Wayne Steeves

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s “AICW Problem Stretches” Listing For Northern Fields Cut

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To This AICW Problem Stretch

  • Hamlin Creek Anchorage Not Recommended, AICW Statute 459, Isle of Palms, SC

    This narrow creek anchorage, which is rated only One Anchor and only Fair as to foul weather protection in our directory, has been given further demotions by Capt. Tom. If the zero comments about the anchorage we have received is any indication of its unsuitability, then Capt. Tom’s recommendation should be taken to heart: use only in fair weather and with your best ground tackle!

    This is not a proper place to anchor while in transit.
    - Fixed bridge on NE entrance to creek – CL 28′
    - South toward ICW is terrible shoaling and an inlet bridge
    with up to 6kts current.
    Strongly advise you remove this from site. Tom

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

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Hamlin Creek

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