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Welcome to The City Marina The City Marina Wins Jack Nichol Award for Design See our feature on The Visitors Network Located on mile marker 469.5 of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, the Charleston City Marina features 19,000 feet of linear dock space covering 40 acres of water.  The marina was named 2005 National Marina of the Year (Marina Dock Age Magazine), and offers state-of-the-art amenities and facilities to promise an enjoyable stay.  The City Marina's MegaDock extends 1,530 feet and is the longest free standing floating fuel dock in the Southeast.  These features, and Historic Downtown Charleston location, make The City Marina one of the east coast's most popular marinas.
 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 downtoA 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 aSeaside Luxury at its bestDataw Island Marina, 100 Marina Drive, Dataw Island, SC 29920 Mile Marker 521, 843 838 8410VHF 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 calmBoaters 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 historiThe Downtown Marina Of Beaufort, SC, 1006 Bay Street Beaufort, SC 29902 (843) 524-4422 or Marker #239 on ICW
Isle of Palms Marina is located on the east side of the Intracoastal Waterway, northeast of Charleston at Mile 456.5 and south of ICW Marker 116.  50 41st AvenueOsprey MarinaAt 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.Myrtle Beach Yacht Club is unmatched for its Lowcountry charm and gracious hospitality. Transients Welcome - Under new ownership - Located at mile marker 354 in Myrtle Beach South CarolinaWindmill 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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    Light Blue Background Denotes Postings Concerned with “AICW Problem Stretches”
  • High Praise for Hazzard Marine, Georgetown, SC, near AICW Statute Mile 403

    Moving upstream from Winyah Bay, Hazzard Marine is the first facility cruisers will encounter on the downtown, Sampit River Georgetown waterfront. This facility was rebuilt several years ago and now, as Skippers Bill and Devon attest, is a far cry from the forgettable fishing craft dock that once it was.

    Hazzard Marine is one of the best most friendly marinas my wife and I have ever stopped at!
    We were on our way from Carolina Beach NC to the Excuma islands in the Bahamas when we had some unexpected boat problems. Hazzard Marine was the closes marina with a travel lift so we limped on in not knowing anybody there or having reservations.
    WOW is all I can say!! the folks there we so helpful and friendly.
    The entire staff helped with all the repairs/rental cars/meal suggestions/shipping of repair parts,etc etc.
    After 5 days there we hated to leave and move on.
    The prices are reasonable and the marina is very well kept.
    GREAT PLACE FOR A LAYOVER/WEEKENDER/OR JUST TO MEET THESE WONDERFUL FOLKS.
    Bill and Devon “WIDEOPEN”

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Hazzard Marine

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  • El Galeon at Charleston Maritime Center, Cooper River, near AICW Statute Mile 465

    The Charleston Maritime Center, found on the Cooper River side of the Charleston peninsula within walking distance of downtown Charleston, is proud to be hosting El Galeon’s first ever visit to Charleston. El Galeon will be docked at the Maritime Center until Monday, August 31 and will be open every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., costing $10 per adult and $5 per kids.

    Tallship Visit
    From August 26-31, 2015 – The El Galeon Ship, the only galeón class vessel in the world sailing today. This historic tall ship hails from Spain, and will be offering tours of the unique and historic ship while docked at Charleston Maritime Center. El Galeón was recently featured in the NBC mini-series Crossbones that starred John Malkovich as the legendary pirate Blackbeard. For more information on this historic ship, check out www.elgaleon.org

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

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  • Dredging Funded for Breach Inlet Problem Stretch, AICW Statute Mile 459

    This article by Prentiss Findlay in Charleston’s Post and Courier is a follow up to his earlier piece on much needed dredging in the Isle of Palms area of the Waterway, http://cruisersnet.net/?p=149544.

    Army Corps: Crucial McClellanville, Breach Inlet dredging in works for Intracoastal Waterway
    Prentiss Findlay
    Aug 23 2015 12:01 am
    Jeremy Creek in McClellanville will likely be dredged after the Army Corps of Engineers announces the details of a contract in a few weeks.

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    The picturesque, historic village of McClellanville, which depends on Jeremy Creek for its commercial fishing livelihood, is facing a crisis because the tributary is in such bad shape.

    “Our creek is just a disaster right now, frankly. Some of these extra low tides, the sides of the creek are almost touching. The bigger boats can hardly move at all except from half-tide up,” Mayor Rutledge Leland said.

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    The Breach Inlet bridge links Sullivan’s Island (right) and the Isle of Palms.
    Enlarge The Breach Inlet bridge links Sullivan’s Island (right) and the Isle of Palms. File/Staff
    “Beyond critical” was how he described creek conditions.

    “It’s reached an emergency situation,” he said.

    But help could be on the way, he said.

    Leland said he came away from a recent meeting with Army Corps of Engineers officials optimistic that the town would see its share of $2.4 million recently awarded to the Corps Charleston District for Intracoastal Waterway dredging. The creek is considered part of the waterway.

    “It was very good news. I left there feeling very good. It sounds like we are going to be a part of the package and it will just be a matter of time before they (Corps) are here. Probably November or December before we see a dredge here,” Leland said.

    The Corps’ top priority for waterway dredging in this area has been identified as the stretch from Isle of Palms Connector to Ben Sawyer Bridge, particularly in the area of Breach Inlet between IOP and Sullivan’s Island.

    The waterway condition in that area has caused the IOP Marina to take a big hit financially. Boaters go offshore and re-enter the waterway at Charleston Harbor because the local stretch has acquired a reputation as one of the worst areas of the Intracoastal from Virginia to Florida, officials said.

    In 2013, a Mount Pleasant woman was injured on the waterway near the inlet when a 44-foot trawler drawing 3 feet 10 inches of water hit bottom. The impact caused her to fall. In the emergency room, doctors determined she had a fractured vertebrae, a concussion and a broken rib. She spent two nights in the hospital, officials said.

    On Thursday, Corps officials said that McClellanville could benefit from the latest round of federal funding for waterway dredging in this area. Charleston County has agreed to contribute another $500,000 to the cause, which would bring the total available for waterway channel maintenance to about $3 million. First, though, the federal government must agree to accept the county funds, officials said.

    Corps officials said two companies bid for Intracoastal dredging here, and there is an apparent low bidder. Corps Charleston District spokeswoman Glenn Jeffries said she could not discuss specifics of the project without putting it in jeopardy. Details will be finalized in the first week or two of September, officials said.

    “Until the contract is awarded, we really can’t say the price, we really can’t say exactly what work will be accomplished, but based on the (bid) opening, there is a better than average chance that we will get to do something in McClellanville,” said Brian Williams, who is the Corps district chief for programs and civil projects.

    Leland said the creek was last dredged about 10 years ago. The tributary was created from mud flats as part of the original waterway project, he said.

    When the tide comes in, the mile-long creek that leads to McClellanville’s two seafood processing plants is passable for the big boats, but even then conditions are not ideal.

    “It pretty much has to be on the (high) tide, but it’s getting to be more of a struggle every day,” Leland said.

    How much the problem is costing the town has not been determined, he said, but one study showed that McClellanville-based commercial fishing pumps millions into the economy, he said.

    The last substantial funding the Army Corps received for waterway dredging was in 2009 through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Some states, such as Florida and North Carolina, have dedicated funding for waterway maintenance. The Florida Inland Navigation District collects about $20 million annually to pay for waterway maintenance in 12 counties. North Carolina funds waterway maintenance through boater registration fees and the gas tax.

    For now, trawlers push their way through shallow water in Jeremy Creek. At low tide, the creek is a muddy mess that idles many boats for long stretches of the day, Leland said.

    “The only thing that is keeping it (creek) open now is the (boat) traffic. They’re stirring the mud up. The (Army) Corps calls it ‘agitation dredging.’ That’s the only reason we have any water at all right now,” he said.

    Reach Prentiss Findlay at 937-5711 or Twitter.com/prentissfindlay.

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s “AICW Problem Stretches” Listing For the AICW North of Ben Sawyer Bridge to Isle of Palms Bridge

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

  • Sandy Island, SC, Gets New School Bus Boat, near Georgetown, SC

    School is in session for all ages and all places, even islands! But this “school bus” is one you may not know about, so Watch Your Wake! Sandy Island is the name of a small unincorporated community in Georgetown County, South Carolina. This article by Erin MacPherson is from WPDE.com.

    New andy Island School Bus Boat

    New Sandy Island School Bus Boat

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    New Sandy Island School Bus Boat

    Sandy Island gets new school bus boat
    by Erin MacPherson
    Posted: 08.05.2015 at 6:11 PM
    For years, the Sandy Island community and Georgetown County School officials have wanted a new school boat to get students who live on the island to and from school. The boat they were using was from 1964. And now, they have a new one. “It transports students just like a bus from Sandy Island to the mainland and then we put them on a bus and take them to school,” said Dr. Randy Dozier, Georgetown County Superintendent.
    The New Prince Washington is the state’s only school boat.
    Dr. Dozier says the boat they used before this one was outdated.
    “It was fairly slow, not as accessible and harder to operate. We wanted to bring it up to speed and make it safer more modern. Now we have a boat specifically for that and it’s brand new,” said Dozier.
    Dozier says the school board understood how important this boat is for the students on Sandy Island.
    “I have ridden on the old boat; it’s not a satisfactory trip. It’s a safe trip but it’s just crowded and old. This new boat is so much better and I can’t wait to ride on it,” said Richard Kerr, a trustee with the Georgetown County School Board.
    But getting this new boat wasn’t an easy task. Dozier says it’s all thanks to State Superintendent Molly Spearman.
    “This is owned by the state department much like a school bus. They maintain it. We provide the pilot, they provide the base salary, and we supplement that,” said Dozier.
    Tuesday, the boat passed the Coast Guard’s inspection.
    It seats 12 people, has a place for the pilot and co-pilot, and it has tie downs for wheelchairs.
    Dozier says it can safely fit 16 people and has plenty of life jackets for all passengers.
    “It looks great and meets all specifications,” said Dozier.
    The New Prince Washington will have its first launch on the first day of school.
    There’s no word yet on what they’re going to do with the old school boat.

  • Floating Hazards East of Charleston, SC, 8/5/2015

    The last known position of these two drifting hazards was 188NM due east of Charleston, SC.

    ATLANTIC OCEAN -SOUTH CAROLINA – CHARLESTON: POTENTIAL HAZARD TO NAVIGATION
    The U.S. Coast Guard received a report of (2) scientific deep-sea moorings lost and visible on the surface as yellow syntactic floats. Each would be carrying a cable/chain measuring 75ft below it with instruments attached. Each float has contact information “IF FOUND.” The last known position of the floats was 32-29-48.25N 76-11-28.57W. Mariners are urged to use extreme caution.

  • Comments Requested on Opening Schedule Changes at Ladys Island Swing Bridge, AICW Statute Mile 536

    Our thanks to author James H. Newsome for submitting this request for comment from the USCG, see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=148206 and http://cruisersnet.net/?p=148506. Comments and related material must be received by the Coast Guard on or before September 4, 2015. Requests for public meetings must be received by the Coast Guard on or before September 4, 2015.

    The open comment period for the change of schedule on Ladys Island Swing Bridge is available on the Federal Register at the link below. Please consider posting posting on Cruiser’s Net as soon as possible.

    Federal Register | Drawbridge Operation Regulations; Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, Little River to Savannah River

    James H. Newsome
    Contributing Writer – Southwinds Magazine
    s/v CaiLeigh Anna – Coastal Cruising With Hugh & Suze

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

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  • SSV Oliver Hazard Perry Sets Sail from Newport, R.I.

    Because of The Spirit of South Carolina, built by hundreds of volunteers and based in Charleston, tall ships are of particular interest to Charlestonians. One will not be surprised to learn of an invitation to visit Charleston being extended to Oliver Hazard Perry in the near future.

    Maiden Voyage:
    SSV Oliver Hazard Perry Sets Sail

    NEWPORT, RI (July 17, 2015) – Rhode Island’s 200-foot Official Sailing Education Vessel SSV Oliver Hazard Perry sailed for the first time yesterday in Narragansett Bay after she left the Hinckley Boat Yard in Portsmouth, R.I. to begin a journey up the coast to join the Tall Ships Portland 2015 festival. Anyone on or near East Bay Passage between seven and eight a.m. saw a truly amazing spectacle when four of the ship’s 20 sails were unfurled, one-by-one as crew members climbed aloft to set free the lines that secured them to the yards.

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    Rhode Island’s 200-foot Official Sailing Education Vessel SSV Oliver Hazard Perry sailed for the first time yesterday in Narragansett Bay. (All photos credit Onne van der Wal)

    Rhode Island’s 200-foot Official Sailing Education Vessel SSV Oliver Hazard Perry sailed for the first time yesterday in Narragansett Bay. (All photos credit Onne van der Wal)
    Available for download in high resolution by clicking the photo

    “This is a huge milestone,” said Jess Wurzbacher, Executive Director of the non-profit Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island (OHPRI), “over the past seven years all of her movements have been under the control of tugs. The wind was blowing 12-15 knots out of the north to make it a nice downwind run out of the Bay, so it was great to watch the sails harness some of that power – it is what we have all been waiting to see for years.”

    SSV Oliver Hazard Perry is the first ocean-going full-rigged ship built in America in over a century. She also is this country’s largest privately-funded, actively sailing Tall Ship, one of only 75 Tall Ships in the world designated by Sail Training International as Class A.

    On July 3rd SSV Oliver Hazard Perry was dockside at the Newport Shipyard for the “Homeport Rhode Island” gala. The annual fundraising event celebrated the unprecedented $16 million economic development project, which has supported hundreds of jobs in the Rhode Island marine industry. It raised $122,000 while also honoring the non-profit organization’s Board Chairman Bart Dunbar for his unfailing devotion to OHPRI’s Education-at-Sea mission.

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    Supporters gathered at Newport Shipyard for Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island’s “Homeport Rhode Island” Gala on Friday, July 3. (All photos credit Al Weems, alweemsphoto.com)
    Available for download in high resolution by clicking the photo

    With orange being the color theme, most of the 450 guests were decked out in their orange best. The signature drink, the “Dunbar Fizz,” also was orange, and wait staff from Blackstone Catering sported orange bow ties. Cocktail hour included tours of the ship, passed hors d’oeuvres and offerings from a fresh seafood bar, while dinner was served under a giant tent with orange globe lights.

    At the event, Dunbar acknowledged all of OHPRI’s supporters, and especially Admiral Tom Weschler, OHPRI’s Chairman Emeritus, who was in attendance, with helping the organization realize its dreams. “We are far from finished with fundraising,” said Dunbar, explaining that the focus will soon turn to the ship’s Education at Sea programs, “but it is a huge milestone to have the ship completed and going through its final inspections and preparations for accommodating students of all ages.”

    Rhode Island’s Tall Ship will serve the youth from all states with its Education at Sea programs. It is the first ocean-going full-rigged ship built in America in over a century.

    The Spirit of South Carolina

    The Spirit of South Carolina

  • 418ft National Security Cutter Coming to Charleston, SC

    South Carolina is proud to have the National Security Cutter James make Charleston her home port. NSC 5 is named to honor Capt. Joshua James, one of the world’s most celebrated lifesavers.

    USCG’s New Cutter Sails from Ingalls
    Posted by Eric Haun
    Thursday, July 16, 2015

    The National Security Cutter James (WMSL 754) sails away from Ingalls Shipbuilding. (Photo: Lance Davis/HII)

    The National Security Cutter James (WMSL 754) sailed away from Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division on Sunday, July 12, one month after being delivered to the U.S. Coast Guard, HII announced.
    The new built vessel James will be commissioned on August 8 in Boston before heading to Charleston, S.C., where she will be stationed alongside Ingalls’ fourth NSC, Hamilton (WMSL 753).

    “James is an excellent ship and another example of the outstanding work accomplished by our shipbuilders,” said NSC Program Manager Derek Murphy. “Through serial production in this program, each successive ship continues to come down the learning curve. The quality remains world-class, as proven by the substantial reduction in the number of trial cards with each successive ship in the class. Ingalls shipbuilders have once again delivered an NSC that will continue to protect our nation for the next 40 years.”

    CLICK HERE for the full story from MarineLink.com

  • Openings Questioned at Socastee Swing Bridge, AICW Statute Mile 371

    Skipper Lattimer poses questions that have asked many, many times over the years. See http://cruisersnet.net/?p=89755 and http://cruisersnet.net/?p=143206 for comments from other boaters. As to precedents for openings, emergency vehicles and vessels get priority. On weekends, it is normally water traffic that is heavy and the On Demand must restricted to openings every 15 minutes. During weekday rush hours, the opposite is true. And, as I understand from conversations with the bridge tenders, the old swing bridge roadway still serves a nearby school zone, requiring that waterway traffic be restricted for school buses. It is a tough job for the tenders who must rely on their on-the-spot judgement to apply restrictions.

    Re: Socastee swing bridg . What do you mean “Opens on Demand” Demand from who? Also, how many boats are considered heavy vessel traffic? It’s not unusual to have a hundred, probably a lot more, cars and trucks tied up when the bridge is open to “some” boats. Which should take precedence?
    Ed Lattimer

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

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  • Dredging Funded for Isle of Palms Problem Stretch, AICW Statute Mile 459

    Finally!! But, sadly, not until October in the middle of the Fall Migration, as explained in this article by Prentiss Findlay in Charleston’s Post and Courier. A reminder that the tidal range in this area is 5+ feet, so high tide would give you 7+ feet. And, as in the past, we recommend HIGH TIDE ONLY through this stretch.

    Corps has $2.4 million for Waterway dredging at IOP, Sullivan’s

    A boat is shown stranded on a shoal in the Intracoastal Waterway. A local section of the waterway between Isle of Palms Connector and Ben Sawyer Bridge will be dredged to make marine travel easier. The federal government has appropriated $2.4 million for the project.

    A boat is shown stranded on a shoal in the Intracoastal Waterway. A local section of the waterway between Isle of Palms Connector and Ben Sawyer Bridge will be dredged to make marine travel easier. The federal government has appropriated $2.4 million for the project.

    Some $2.4 million in federal funds has been authorized for dredging the Intracoastal Waterway between Ben Sawyer Bridge and the Isle of Palms Connector, officials said Thursday.

    The section at Breach Inlet between Isle of Palms and Sullivan’s Island is only two feet deep at low tide. “It’s bad. It’s definitely bad,” said Brian Berrigan, president of Isle of Palms Marina.

    Work to dredge the channel is expected to begin in October, said Sean McBride, spokesman for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Charleston District.

    “It’s our No. 1 priority,” McBride said.

    The waterway near Breach Inlet has been nearly dry at low tide because of shoaling, a condition in which sand builds up and blocks the channel. The authorized channel depth is 12 feet and the width is 90 feet.

    Berrigan said word of the dredging is good news but only a temporary solution for a condition that is sure to happen again.

    “We definitely need a long-term fix,” he said.

    Berrigan said transient boaters avoid the area because of the shoaling problem.

    “It’s changing people’s schedules for sure,” he said.

    As a result, the marina has taken a tremendous hit financially. Diesel fuel sales are off 30 percent from last year, he said.

    The City of Isle of Palms said the condition of the waterway has created safety concerns for boaters, particularly at low tide. “Boaters should use caution in this area until the dredging project can deepen the ICW,” the city said.

    The dredging is expected to be completed by the end of the year, the city said.

    In the fall of 2013, a Mount Pleasant woman was injured on the waterway near the inlet when a 44-foot trawler drawing 3 feet 10 inches of water hit bottom. The impact caused her to fall backward and hit her head. In the emergency room, doctors determined she had a fractured vertebrae, a concussion and a broken rib. She spent two nights in the hospital.

    Because of the low water, some boaters go offshore and re-enter the waterway at Charleston Harbor. The section of waterway has acquired a reputation as one of the worst areas from Virginia to Florida.

    The last substantial funding the Army Corps received for waterway dredging was in 2009 through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

    Some states, such as Florida and North Carolina, have dedicated funding for waterway maintenance. The Florida Inland Navigation District collects about $20 million annually to pay for waterway maintenance in 12 counties. North Carolina funds waterway maintenance through boater registration fees and the gas tax.

    Reach Prentiss Findlay at 937-5711 or Twitter.com/prentissfindlay.

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s “AICW Problem Stretches” Listing For the AICW North of Ben Sawyer Bridge to Isle of Palms Bridge

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

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

    The two Tom Point Creek anchorages are among the best south of Charleston, as a number of you have commented. Our thanks to Phil and Sandy Herl for this report.

    Tom Point Creek
    We finally left Lady’s Island Marina, after one month enjoying every minute. And getting our pumps and cat food delivered. With a late start we had to stop and just wait for the tide at Ashepoo/Coosaw cut but that was no problem, we have no agenda. When we got through the cut we thought about St Johns Marina or the Isle of Palms too late for either. Both jam up and jelly tight, we stopped at Tom Point Creek for an overnight anchor. No problem, and we enjoy an anchor out as long as the gen keeps working, and it did. Started out first thing in the AM and was running too early for Leland Marina (low tide) so we just dropped an anchor and waited out the tide and came in with no problems.
    Just enjoying the trip.
    Phil and Sandy Herl

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

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  • Good Visit to Myrtle Beach Yacht Club, AICW Statute Mile 346

    Myrtle Beach Yacht Club on Coquina Harbor has been a great stopping place and a friend to cruisers for years, as Skipper Herl reports. Naturally, they are A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR! The entrance to Coquina Harbor lies on the north side of the Waterway opposite Marker #13.

    Myrtle Beach Yacht Club
    Arrived around 3:45 and melted into the dock. Been a long day, lots of slow going with a lot of no wakes. And it has been hot. Stopped at Osprey for fuel, best prices in the area, then continued to Myrtle Beach for the night. To hot to cook so we eat at Clarks, its right next to the marina. Every thing was excellent.
    Had a problem with the electric “Y”, had to get one ordered from West Marine. Had two days to enjoy the area, we rented a car and did just that. Found some fresh shrimp and did them on the Barbee. Then were able to find Fishy Fishy, had a fantastic meal. Great stay.
    Phil Herl

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

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  • Charleston Harbor Dredging, AICW Statute Mile 465

    The South Channel of Charleston Harbor is essentially the Waterway as it runs east/west from the Ashley River to the Waterway’s eastern harbor entrance into Sullivans Island Narrows at ICW marker #130. There is plenty of water on either side of the harbor channel in which to avoid the dredge equipment. Project dates are not given.

    SOUTH CAROLINA – CHARLESTON HARBOR SOUTH CHANNEL: Dredge Operations
    Mariners are requested to stay clear of the dredge, pipelines, barge, derricks and operating wires about the dredge. All operators should be aware that the dredge and pontoon lines are held in place by cables, which are attached to anchors some distance from the dredge and pontoons. Buoys are attached to the anchors so that they may be moved as the dredge moves. Submerged lines should be avoided. Mariners are requested to exercise extreme caution when approaching, passing, and leaving the dredging plant. The dredge LEXINGTON monitors VHF channels 13 and 16. Mariners arc cautioned to strictly comply with the Inland Rules of the Road when approaching, passing and leaving the area of operations, and remain a safe distance away from the dredge, booster, buoys, cables, pipeline, barges, derricks, wires and related equipment. Owners and lessees of fishnets, crabpots and other structures that may be in the vicinity and that may hinder the free navigation of attending vessels and equipment must remove these from the area where tugs, tenderboats and other attendant equipment will be navigating. Dredging operations will be conducted twenty-four (24) hours a day seven (7) days a week, all fishnets, crabpots and structures in the general area must be removed prior to commencement of any work, a slow NO WAKE speed is requested of transiting vessels. All vessels are requested to contact the dredge prior to passing. Chart 11518 and 11524 LNM: 25/15

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  • A Visit to Harborwalk Marina, 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

    Harborwalk Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR! is the northwesternmost marina on the downtown Georgetown/Sampit River waterfront. Check out their shiny new, first-rate, shower and laundry building! Skipper Herl’s report isn’t dated, but it seems to coincide with the current heatwave we are enduring in SC.

     

    Harborwalk Marina
    Just a short run, 4 hr, north of Lelands [McClellanville] into Georgetown to Harborwalk Marina. Cris met us at the dock. Cris and my crew prevented me from crashing and burning at the dock. We arrived early so were able to take a walk down town, It is hot (100deg.) so the walk was short but very interesting. Visited the museum and some stores, they all had AC.
    The dock was nice, it was just too hot to do anything.
    Phil and Sandy Herl

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

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  • Report from Leland Oil Company, McClellanville, SC, AICW Statute Mile 430

    Recently renovated Leland Oil Company sits on the northern shores of Jeremy Creek in the heart of McClellanville, hard by the stream’s charted turn to the west. Like many others, we find McClellanville to be one of the most delightful stops on the AICW and yet it’s known to only a few cruisers. Our thanks to Skipper Herl for this report and excellent photos.

    Leland Marina
    Started out first thing in the AM and made good time, too good. Or maybe I just did not calculate the tide correctly. Anyway, early for Lelands Marina (low tide) so we just dropped an anchor and waited out the tide and came in after 3:00 pm with no problems. Lelands is a small Marina, very friendly and close to the ICW. We did have some issues with the electric (weak breakers) but we got it sorted out.
    Lelands are trying to continue to upgrade but still have some bumps to get over. I would stay again if for no other reason than the location is great for picking up fresh shrimp for dinner. The town (McClellanville SC) is small and very quiet. All within walking distance.
    Phil Herl


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  • Music in the Park, Georgetown Waterfront, 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

    Our thanks to Chris Carroll, Marina Manager of Harborwalk Marina, for sending this calendar of twice monthly music concerts scheduled through September in Francis Marion Waterfront Park. Georgetown County and Harborwalk Marina are both SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSORS! Harborwalk Marina is the northwesternmost marina on the downtown Georgetown/Sampit River waterfront.

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  • Minim Creek Ferry Replaced with Floating Swing Bridge, AICW Statute Mile 411.5

    When southbound, the Waterway turns southwest into Esterville Minim Creek Canal exiting Winyah Bay at Mile 410.5. The cable operated ferry crossing is now a floating swing bridge crossing at Mile 411.5. Folks who remember Sunset Beach floating bridge fondly (!) will look forward to seeing this apparatus first hand. Our thanks to Skipper Murdoch for these photos.

    At St M 411 in place of the Esterville Ferry is new “Floating Swing Bridge” somewhat like the old Sunset Beach Bridge. Here are some pictures taken yesterday.
    Bill Murdoch

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  • Another !! Update on Ladys Island Swing Bridge, AICW Statute Mile 536

    On May 6, we posted this Update on the Ladys Island Swing Schedule, http://cruisersnet.net/?p=148206, in which the new restrictions applied M-F only. Today we received another update from our good friend, Mike Ahart of Waterway Guide, that increases the restrictions to seven days a week.

    The temporary deviation for Ladies Island Swing Bridge in Beaufort SC does apply on weekends and holidays, to the consternation of the bridge tenders and all the sailboaters waiting hours for a bridge opening on a Sunday morning!

    I had talked to the tenders when the new schedule started, and they said, despite the notice, that it would not apply to weekends/holidays…well, I guess they were “corrected.” Another strange thing is that the notice applies to all vessels, including commercial. The bridge tenders raised a stink about that, since the tugs and barges are on schedule and cannot stop – so, apparently, the Coast Guard is allowing the bridge to open on signal for tugs and barges, despite never changing or issuing a notice to reflect this (at least not one I have managed to find).

    BTW: On CruisersForum.com, someone cited a posting at SSECN from 2010…but also pointed to the current bridge listing.

    MikeA
    Mike Ahart, News Editor, Waterway Guide
    804-313-0274
    www.waterwayguide.com

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