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 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 downtoVHF 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 calmWelcome 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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  • 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”
  • 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 Savannah River Entrance, off AICW Statute Mile 576

    This dredging is at the eastern end of the Tybee Roads main shipping channel into the Savannah River.

    GEORGIA – SAVANNAH RIVER AND WASSAW SOUND: Maintenance Dredging Savannah Entrance
    Manson Construction will commence dredge operations on 21 February in the vicinity of Bloody Point Range and Jones Island Range. The work area is between Tybee Range Lighted Buoy 4 (LLNR 4560) and Tybee Knoll Cut Range Lighted Buoy 20 (LLNR4730). The dredge disposal area is near the outbound end of the channel, south of the channel and east of the Savannah Light. Operations will be conducted 7 days per week, 24 hours per day until approximately 31 March 2015. The dredge NEWPORT is currently on scene and Dredge GLENN EDWARDS will join the project on or about 15 March. The dredge will monitor VHF channels 13, 16 and 66. Mariners are advised to reduce speed and exercise caution in the vicinity of both dredges. Further information contact the Assistant Operations Manager, Juan Valdez (904) 697-6099. Chart 11512 and 11505 LNM: 08/15

    The following aids have been temporarily relocated to facilitate dredge operations until further notice:
    Bloody Point Range LB 8A (LLNR 4580.1) to 32-00-02.063N/080-47-17.312W
    Bloody Point Range LB 11 (LLNR 4605) to 32-01-08.238N/080-48-31.212W
    Jones Island Range LBB 17 (LLNR 4640) to 32-02-11.449N/080-50.31.612W

  • 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

  • Update 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

    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

  • 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
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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.

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    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

  • Detailed Report on Ashepoo-Coosaw Alternate, AICW Statute Mile 517

    Once again we are indebted to Captains Mark and Diana Doyle for this excellent report from the alternative route to Ashepoo-Coosaw Cut-off which is a perennial shoaling spot. As the Ashepoo-Coosaw Cut-off has silted in further, we have had several reports of the use of an alternate route to by-pass the shoaling, see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=145074. For a chart of Ashepoo-Coosaw Cut-off, scroll northwest on the chartview and don’t forget to check Argus from the top bar to see the shoaling.

    Hi Larry,
    Diana and I ran the alternative route out into St. Helena Sound and around the Ashepoo Coosaw Cut-Off the other day … and found deep water all of the way.
    For those interested in evaluating the option to avoid this ICW Trouble Spot [Ashepoo-Coosaw Cut-off], here’s a depth-annotated track and survey report:

    Ashepoo Coosaw Cut-Off Alternative: St. Helena Sound Route

    Diana and I transited the Ashepoo Coosaw Cut-Off Alternative on November 22nd, 2014 with about two-thirds tide and falling. (Small-scale overview, screenshot at upper right.)
    The (northern) relevant tide station, Seabrook, has a Spring Tidal Range (STR) of 7.3 feet and our height of tide was 4.5 above MLLW.
    Our plan was to run a southerly course, along the deeper charted waters west of Fenwick Island, through the marshes west of the Otter Islands, and into St. Helena Sound to round Combahee Bank and then proceed northwesterly up the Coosaw River to rejoin the ICW near R186 and STM 519.

    A few observations on this alternative route:
    1. The alternative route is longer than the preferred ICW Magenta Line route but avoids the Ashepoo Coosaw Cut-Off ICW Trouble Spot. At lower water stages, some cruisers may wish to evaluate this option.
    2. There are few significant navaids to follow for this alternative route. The route is fairly well charted, but unaided.
    3. St. Helena Sound can often be “boisterous” and busy with shrimping traffic.
    4. We experienced water depths of no less than 16 feet (11.5 feet adjusted for MLLW) on the transit. The lowest water was along Fenwick Island, then deepening into the 20s and 30s, and even 40s, 50s, and 60s for the St. Helena Sound and Coosaw River portions.
    5. Note that we chose to move farther easterly of the extending shoals at Combahee Bank than some other reports have advised. There are varying reports of success, although also noting substantially less water, by splitting the charted dayboard on Combahee Bank and the charted 15-foot shoal. Shrimpers and other locals have reported substantially more water eastward of the 15-foot pocket, which we experienced during our depth survey (see primary screenshot to right).

    Again, no recommendation being made here. Just sharing data. Captains are responsible for their decisions and outcome.
    Best,
    Captains Mark & Diana Doyle
    m/v Semi-Local
    www.OnTheWaterChartGuides.org

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    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Combahee Bank

  • Beaufort City Mooring Recommended, Beaufort, SC, AICW Statute Mile 536.5

    The Beaufort City Anchorage is a mooring field managed by the Downtown Marina of Beaufort, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR! For more on the recently installed mooring field, see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=88324

    We’ve anchored at Beaufort SC several times…. and each time I swear we’ll never do that again…. Love the town, but the currents are swift, and the bottom, at least where we’ve anchored in the past is HARD…. With a lot of scope out, you do PULL IN… but you spend all you time wondering if just the tip of the anchor (Manson supreme) is all that’s “IN”…. Two days ago, with high winds, and lots of fetch (waves)… We watched the two boats in front of us… (toward the town) drag anchor, tangle and go ashore… WE decided to pull anchor and leave…. or possibly suffer the same fate…
    Recommendation… TAKE a mooring ball or slip if going to Beaufort… or leaving the boat…. We understand from the dockmaster that Beaufort WILL be putting in more moorings…. with better (as in larger) spacing…
    Dean Perry

    Click Here To View the South Carolina Cruisers’ Net Anchorage Directory Listing For Beaufort City Anchorage

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Beaufort City Anchorage

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

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

  • Free Thanksgiving Meal at Bucksport Marina, 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. This generous free meal is typical of the concern always shown for their boating visitors at this unique and fine marina. Plus a reduced rate for SSECN readers.

    Hey Everybody,
    The Grand Opening of Captains Seaweeds Restaurant & Tiki Bar presents a Special Thanksgiving Day Meal!!
    The meal is free which will be Turkey and all of the trimmings.
    The Bar will be open for business. (Come Meet The New Bartender and Staff)
    This is a new beginning for Captain Seaweeds, Under new and energized ownership.
    Please checkout the New Menu and The Hours of Operation that will be Consistent with Customers needs.

    Reduced Fall and Winter Campground Rates are in effect.
    Many New and Exciting Activities and Events are being planned.
    Examples but not limited to are:

    Competition Volleyball Tournaments, Putt Putt Tournaments, Drag Boat Races, Wakeboard Tournaments, Pool Tournaments, Concerts, Bike Swap Meets, Watercraft Rentals, Kayaking and Tours, Jet Skiis, Air Hockey, Darts, Dancing, Corn Hole, Horse Shoes, Classic Cars Shows, Corvette Shows, Fishing Tournaments, Football/Basketball/ Sports Parties and Socials, Weddings and Receptions, Birthday Parties

    A new Website is almost up and running with constant updates (www.bucksportplantation.com)

    We offer boat and watercraft storage ($75 MONTHLY)
    Plus a special rate of $1.00 per foot per night if you say you saw this posted on Cruisers Net.
    We offer long and short term Wet storage as well.
    Reduced RV REPAIR rates for our customers
    Watercraft Mechanic services are now available as well for our customers.

    Please call for more information or for Reservations!!
    Thanks,
    Jeff Weeks
    Manager
    Bucksport Plantation Marina & RV resort
    843-397-5566
    bpmrvss@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

  • Warning: AICW Vessels Boarded by SC DNR at Little River Inlet, Statutue Mile 341

    Little River Inlet lies south and east of the Waterway, right at the NC-SC state line, intersecting the Waterway at Mile 342. As Skipper King states, no further information is available at this time, but you should review your boarding procedures with your crew.
    11/10/2014: A phone call to SC DNR shed no light on the reason for the boardings other than safety checks. The office with I spoke knew of no incident in the area that might prompted the boardings.

    On Saturday, 8 November, officers with South Carolina Department of Natural Resources were observed intercepting southbound vessels at mile 341.8 just after G “119.” The patrol boat emerged from Little River Inlet with blue lights flashing, stopped and boarded a southbound trawler. When the boarding officer returned to the patrol boat, it proceeded to intercept the next southbound vessel, a 40-foot cruising sloop. In each case, the boarding lasted several minutes. No information is available as to the purpose or results of the boardings.

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of the Intersection of the AICW and Little River Inlet

  • GOOD NEWS: Megadock Re-Opened, Charleston City Marina, AICW Statute Mile 469

    11/6: The recent fuel leak at City Marina, due to a failed connection, has been repaired, the area cleared by the USCG and the fuel dock re-opened. Charleston City Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, is located along the Ashley River’s northeastern banks, northeast of marker #5.

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

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

  • More Tender Woes at Ben Sawyer Bridge, AICW Statute Mile 462

    Boaters in South Carolina have been having bridge tender issues recently, such as this posting about Wappoo Bridge: http://cruisersnet.net/?p=144631 and this posting about the Ben Sawyer Bridge: http://cruisersnet.net/?p=144808. As noted in this link, steps are being taken to remind bridge tenders of proper regulations.

    In the meantime, when holding course waiting on a reluctant bridge tender, try your best to remain cordial and professional, especially if the tender is not particularly so. Circling your vessel in a swift current upstream of the bridge is not easy and usually requires your full “unfrustrated” attention, especially in the presence of other vessels.

    We went through the Ben Sawyer Bridge at 1400 on October 31. The bridge tender on duty is still “adjusting” schedules to traffic. She could have easily done a two vessel opening by holding up the powerboat ahead of us about 5 minutes. Instead, she made us wait for a second opening much longer than the powerboat would have waited. She told another vessel on the radio that the next opening would be on the hour.
    Roger Long

    The comments below by Lisa and Tripp are more typical of the kind of response boaters get at Ben Sawyer.

    Click Here To View the South Carolina Cruisers’ Net Bridge Directory Listing For Ben Sawyer Memorial Bridge

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Ben Sawyer Bridge

  • Another Report of Shallow Water South of McClellanville, , AICW Statute Mile 433

    This report from Peg and Jim Healy confirms other recent reports of shallow water through this perennial Problem Stretch (http://cruisersnet.net/?p=145005). SSECN’s recommendation of a mid to high tide passage is still valid!

    Sanctuary and crew came southbound through McClellanville, SC between 11h45 – 12h15 yesterday, Monday, November 3, 2014. Our Garmin Tide Almanac and Tides and Currents Android app showed us at +1’ on the rising tide.
    Based on what we saw, there could be areas less than 4’ at MLLW, and certainly during periods of celestial (spring) lows. Cruiser’s must be attentive through this area.
    Details: from G”35” all the way through, and 1/2 mile south of, R”40”, we saw depths of 6’ or less, and we saw two spots of less than 5’. I do not have a recommended path through the area. We proceeded slowly, and slightly drifted back and forth across the centerline of the channel looking for best depths, but we didn’t find anything that would be helpful to pass along. It seems to be a lumpy, mud bottom.
    At low tide, this area will be difficult for deep draft boats. I would say this is very much like the Little Mud River as a significant trouble spot on the A-ICW, except it’s longer than the Little Mud River (or seemed so).
    We also saw a sailboat aground at Dewees Creek, but that was a nav error, as he was definitely out of the channel.
    Peg and Jim Healy aboard Sanctuary

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    Monk 36 Hull #132

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s “AICW Problem Stretches” Listing For the Waterway south of McClellanville to Awendaw Creek

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

  • Depth Report from Isle of Palms, Problem Stretch, AICW Statute Mile 459

    Our thanks to the Skippers Healy for their report from this Problem Stretch. The 2.5ft depths referred to came to us in September of 2013 from Mark and Diana Doyle (http://cruisersnet.net/?p=122644), so it is possible that shoals have shifted since that time. However, as recent as May of this year, there have been groundings reported at Marker #117 (http://cruisersnet.net/?p=141177). No dredging has been done through this section. If you draw 5ft or less, Skipper Healy’s depth readings are good news, but slow and cautious is still a good recommendation.

    Sanctuary and crew came through Mt. Pleasant southbound (Isle of Palms to the Ben Sawyer Bridge) between 13h15 – 13h40 yesterday, Monday, November 3, 2014. Our Garmin Tide Almanac and our “Tides and Currents” Android app reported +2.8 ft at 13h15.
    Summary: Slightly favor red, control depth at +2.8 ft was about 8 ft, so no worse than 5.2 ft at MLLW.
    Details: (Southbound)
    G”117” – 18’ mid channel
    Mt. Pleasant Bridge – 12.1’ mid span
    R”118” – 11.6’ mid channel
    Swinton Creek – 8.1’ mid channel
    G”117A” – 9.7’ mid channel
    Coneh Creek – 8.4’ favor red
    G”119”/Inlet Creek – 8.2’ favor red
    G”121” – 10’ favor red
    It seems to me I have seen reports of 2.5’ at MLLW, but on the path we followed, that would not have been the case.
    Peg and Jim Healy aboard Sanctuary, southbound at Charleston, SC

    http://gilwellbear.wordpress.com

    Monk 36 Hull #132

    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

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  • Still Another Alternative to the Ashepoo-Coosaw Cutoff, AICW Statute Mile 517

    We have had lots of discussion (http://cruisersnet.net/?p=141157)  on bypassing Ashepoo-Coosaw Cutoff by heading southeast to Combahee Bank then northwest to return to the Waterway south of the Cutoff. Now Skipper Dammeyer offers another alternative by heading almost due west from Combahee Bank into Morgan River to SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Dataw Island Marina. Slipper Dammeyer and I had a chance to compare navigation notes this week just before he headed south from Charleston. If Dataw Island Marina is in your float plan, this is a logical choice of routes.

    Larry,
    Thanks for the encouragement to take the alternative to Ashepoo Coosaw cut. We arrived at Fenwick [Cut] about 2:30 or a couple of hours before low. We motored out and down the Ashepoo in calm seaway, went below the Combahee Bank and across St Helena Sound all the way to green 11 below pelican bank and found 25-30 ft of water to turn up Morgan Creek to Dataw Marina. Saving us from having to motor up the ICW and then crossing at Parrot Creek.
    Thanks again,
    Rick Dammeyer
    S/V Promise, Catalina 445, 5ft draft

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  • More Good Words for Ladys Island Marina, AICW Statute Mile 536.5, in Beaufort, SC

    Over the last three years, Ladys Island Marina has been undergoing big improvements in the marina portion of this property under the direction of owner, Kelly Ryan, and these improvements have been confirmed by the recent positive comments SSECN has received. Ladys Island Marina is located in Factory Creek just east of Ladys Island Bridge.

    Thanx, Larry, that spot [Jekyll Creek] has been troublesome forever. I’m glad you found our observations useful; we’ve gotten so much assistance from this site over the years that its wonderful to be in a position to pay it back, and keep Claiborne’s vision alive.
    BTW, can’t say enough good things about Lady’s Island marina (SM536). Quiet, well-maintained, many services within easy walking distance (groceries, hardware store, liquor store, nice bakery and many restaurants, etc). Very accomodating management/dockmaster Steve is going cruising, new dockmaster TJ started on Monday and he’s clearly committed to carrying on the cruiser-friendly tradition. Loaner car and/or bikes. A ***woodshop*** for doing boat projects!!! Longish walk or short bike ride across the swing bridge to historic downtown.
    We’re waiting on a part for our autopilot, expected in next Friday. We’ll be staying another week, then if weather permits we’ll be doing a single overnight and bypassing Georgia.

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  • Report from Ashepoo-Coosaw Cutoff, AICW Problem Stretch Mile 517

    This report comes to us from Dan and Jaye Lunsford’s log of their voyage through South Carolina, see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=145002. And, as reported by our good friends Mark and Diana Doyle: For those transiting South Carolina, Ashepoo Coosaw Cutoff continues to be a problem area and carries LESS THAN 5 FEET MLLW. For an alternative to Ashepoo-Coosaw Cutoff, see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=134342

    SM 517 Ashepoo-Coosaw Cutoff: Stay at least a couple of boat lengths off G177 at the entry (“square the corner”) for 10′ MLLW. At the exit, R184 was reported destroyed; a new temporary drop aid (floating can) was placed there on Friday — we met the Coast Guard small boat that was doing the work on their way back. Slightly favor that NW side between R184 and G185, but time the tides if necessary, we saw 5′ MLLW here briefly.
    Dan Jaye Lunsford

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