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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 downtoSeaside Luxury at its bestThe Downtown Marina Of Beaufort, SC, 1006 Bay Street Beaufort, SC 29902 (843) 524-4422 or Marker #239 on ICWDataw 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 calmA 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 aBoaters 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 historiWelcome 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.
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 communityWindmill Harbour Marina, Hilton Head SCOsprey MarinaTransients Welcome - Under new ownership - Located at mile marker 354 in Myrtle Beach South CarolinaLadys Island Marina - Beaufort, SCHarbour Town at Hilton Head, with its familiar red-and-white-striped lighthouse, is a fine resort marina with an enormous number of amenities.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 AvenueMyrtle Beach Yacht Club is unmatched for its Lowcountry charm and gracious hospitality.

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  • Good Stretch To Sight Eagles on South Carolina AICW, St. M. 416 to 410

    Having cruised through the waters referred to below, between the AICW’s southerly exit from Winyah Bay, and the crossing at North Santee River, for well over thirty years now, I can wholeheartedly second Captain Hartsell’s recommendation. This portion of the Waterway is bounded by vast grass marshes which stretch back to higher, well wooded banks. You can see all sorts of bird life along this stretch, in addition to the “eagles” mentioned below.

    As Spring is now in full swing, the northern migration is beginning. I’d like to share a place that I have found along the South Carolina ICW for spotting Eagles. Beginning at the North Santee River and ending at Winyah Bay I have found the largest concentration of Eagles, seeing as many as 12 Eagles on one trip along this portion of the ICW. They are often sitting on a branch high in the tallest pine trees along the banks but I have seen them flying and landing along the shoreline as well. For those of you doing the loop this year, I envy you. It is a magical trip, Enjoy!
    Leslie Hartsell
    m/v Somewhere

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of the AICW Between North Santee River and Winyah Bay

  • More Good Words for Bucksport Marina, AICW Statute Mile 377

    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 community

    Bucksport Marina - Click for Chartview

    Many good words about newly renovated (and under new ownership) Bucksport Marina and their on-site restaurant, continue to be recorded here on the Cruisers’ Net! And, of course, these good people are a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS NET SPONSOR! PLEASE patronize them and all our other sponsors whenever possible!!!!

    Ralph and crew are really doing a great job here. Rob, the Dock Master knows what he’s doing and goes out of his way to make you welcome. They have CONWAY SAUSAGE again!! Yeah, that’s the good stuff. Prices are very good and the facilities just keep getting better. Stop in for the food and music it will be worth your time.
    Capt. Dan

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

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  • Strong Tidal Currents on AICW/Elliott Cut/Wappoo Creek Lead To A Change in Plans

    The appealing account below is excerpted from our good friend, Captain Wally Moran’s site, “LiveBloggin’ the ICW (http://bloggingtheicw.blogspot.com/). We will be hearing a LOT more from Captain Wally as he follows the AICW during the next several weeks/months. Give his blog a look-see. It is well worth the time of any true cruiser!

    Somedays you simply might as well sleep in. Today would have been a good day for that, and when the alarm went off at half past six, I thought about it. Today appears to be the last day of the winter that just won’t end – cold, dreary, drizzley with a cold and biting wind out of the north. Tomorrow’s forecast is sunny and high 60s. I headed out for Elliot Cut, naturally at the very height of the ebbtide. Elliot Cut is a difficult cut at the best of times if the current isn’t with you, and the current today was between 3.5 and four knots. My boat speed was down to .9 knots at one point – and hovered between 1 and 1.4 knots for almost the entire cut.
    Waiting till the tide switched wasn’t really an option if I wanted to make any distance, as it didn’t reverse itself until nearly 1 pm. I’d lose half the day, so onward I struggled, making three boat lengths a minute. To put that into perspective, normal would be 15 to 18 boat lengths per minute.
Slowly, oh so slowly, Gypsy Wind struggled…I was grateful that this cut is fairly short, less than a half mile…and finally, we came through into the Stono River. Now the wind that I hadn’t felt inside the cut bore down. It was brisk – a Canadian word meaning ‘really damn cold!’
    The tide was still against me but less strong so I was now making about 4.5 knots while watching the wind push mist along the water. This wasn’t fun. Then I noticed poor Aduana shivering and that decided me – I turned around, the speed shot up to 6 knots even as I dropped the engine speed to idle, and we returned to the anchorage to spend the day sensibly, rather than struggle in the cold and wet.
    Cruising is supposed to be fun, and sometimes we forget that in the rush to get somewhere. So, excuse me while I take the pup ashore and we play ball and she chases some squirrels. After that, I’m going to put together a video about what an average day cruising the ICW is like, so those of you who haven’t done this yet can get an idea of how good it can be.
    Do I know how to have fun or what?
    Posted by Wally Moran at 3:45 PM

    We have been through Elliott Cut -Wapoo Creek Bridge many times. No problem with current, They have always been managable. I do put out a Security Call on Both VHF 13/16 for commercial traffic. Transited the cut on 4-19-13 on a flooding tide. Dropped the Antenna’s and took our 30 ft Air draft right under the bridge with no opening necessary any
    restrictiions is not a problem if you just check your cruising guide and plan your arrival accordingly.
    Capt Bob Kovach

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Wappoo Creek and Elliott Cut

  • AICW Shoaling in Northern Fields Cut, AICW Statute Mile 574

    Northern Fields Cut - Click for Chartview

    The “AICW Problem Stretch” at the intersection of northern Fields Cut and Wright River was dredged three years ago and was more or less clear through the end of 2012. However, as Captain Colburn relates from personal experience, shoaling is once again beginning to occur.
    This posting at first created quite a ruckus here at the SSECN, as Captain Colburn originally recommended favoring the “red” side of the channel. Heretofore, the shoaling at the northern end of Fields Cut, always seemed to build from the northwest side of the passage, between the northern mouth of Fields Cut, and marker #48. We wondered if the new shoaling was coming in from the southeast, rather than its traditional direction from the NW, and sent out a special “Alert” soliciting more information from the cruising community.

    SHORTLY AFTER ISSUING THIS SPECIAL ALERT BASED ON CAPTAIN COLBURN’S ORIGINAL RECOMMENDATION TO FAVOR THE “RED” SIDE OF THE CHANNEL, WE RECEIVED THE FOLLOWING CLARIFICATION, AND HAVE CHANGED HER ORIGINAL TEXT ACCORDINGLY!!!

    Yikes! What was I thinking??
    I can’t say I’m sorry enough, but I meant to favor the GREEN side of the channel. Please amend my recent report on the intersection of the Fields Cut north end with the Wright River.
    Patrece Colburn

    April 7, 3:30PM
    North end of Fields Cut — stay way over on the GREEN side of the channel coming out of the cut (northbound).
    After spending the last hour or so aground in the center of the channel at low tide, I could recommend staying close to the [GREEN] side of the channel. A sail boat was also aground with us. We waited for the tide to come up and both freed ourselves under our own power.
    Patrece Colburn

    Claiborne,
    I transited Field’s Cut in late Jan. 2013 and found the shoal dead in the middle of the channel on the north side. I was pulled off by Boat U.S. Savannah, very expertly may I say. We entered the cut right in the middle of the channel and about 100 yards or so, ran aground. The tide was ebbing, but not dead low.
    We were on the bar about 30 minutes before a boat passed us near the south side of the channel and shouted the deep water is to the “green ” side.
    Unfortunately, we discovered a fuel leak from a corroded injector and had the Boat U.S. captain take us to Thunderbolt Marina where we spent 2 weeks getting it and one other injector fixed.
    Instead of continuing on south, we decided to return to Charleston, SC and lick our wounds.
    On the way back north, we paid particular attention to Field’s Cut and stayed on the “green” side and had no problem.
    Our Boat US captain said a new shoal had been forming for a couple of months.
    Then northwest side of the channel is not the side to transit. There is some deep water on that side of the shoal,but finding it may be difficult.
    Captain Phil Mullins
    S/V Katash
    Isle of Palms, SC

    We were the sailboat aground at the north end of Fields Cut during low tide April 7, 2013. We had followed the advice to favor the red side and ran aground. The trawler that ran aground with us was close to the center of the channel, on the magenta line. The deepest water was while hugging the green side of the north end of the channel and going close to G47 going into the Wright River. We were traveling northbound.
    Roger Globig

    AllEZ! MT50 with 5 ft draft. Transited Hells Gate on 4-14-13 at 2 hours into a rising tide. Transit time 4 minutes.
    Water 8-10 ft. (5 ft under our keel) Fields Cut Transited on 4-14-13 @ 12:25 Noon Entered from South going North
    5 ft draft we had 10 feet under the keel. We were 1 hour into a falling tide. Just stay in the middle and do some
    cruise planning. Follow you Depth sounder. No Drama, just planning.
    Capt. Bob

    We just passed thru Fields Cut on 4/19/2013 and found no problems. We carried over 10 feet MLW for the entire cut. As a point of interest we changed sides (going north favoring Red to favoring Green) at about 32 04.611N and 080 56.836W.
    John Holmes

    Here are my GPS tracks going and coming last December. My draft is only 4′-3″ but I start paying attention whenever the depth gets under 8. I don’t remember any particular concern on either transit. There are lots of other stretches that seemed worse.
    Roger Long
    S/V Strider

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

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  • Recommendations from Georgetown, SC, AICW Statute Mile 403

    VHF 16 & 68   Located on the Sampit River, Harborwalk Marina is only a boardwalk away from Georgetown's Historic District, great food, shopping, etc. A safe harbor from bad weather and located in calmGeorgetown County Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 1776, Georgetown, South Carolina 29442Reflections Grill is at 816 Front Street and 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!

    Cruising News:
    While visiting Georgetown, SC we had lunch at a delightful restaurant named Reflections Cafe. Great burger with a large choice of toppings. Highly recommend this eatery. Also we found Harborwalk Marina to be very friendly with very good accommodations.
    Horace Whitaker

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

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  • Good Rates at Myrtle Beach Yacht Club, AICW Statute Mile 346

    Myrtle Beach Yacht Club is unmatched for its Lowcountry charm and gracious hospitality.

    Myrtle Beach Yacht Club Marina - Click for Chartview

    Myrtle Beach Yacht Club on Coquina Harbor has been a great stopping place and a friend to cruisers for years and low dockage rates are certainly good news for the spring migration!. Naturally, they are a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!

    Cruising News:
    Just a friendly reminder that Myrtle Beach Yacht Club in Little River,SC has remained at $1.25 per foot regular and $1.00 per foot for Boat US members. Come see us and save some $$. Happy Boating!
    Bud Coonfield

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

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  • Good Words For Barefoot Marina (Statute Mile 353.5)

    Transients Welcome - Under new ownership - Located at mile marker 354 in Myrtle Beach South CarolinaThe SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR facility, Barefoot Marina, discussed in such glowing terms below, is located on the WESTERN side of the AICW/Pine Island Cut, just south of the Barefoot Landing Bridge, and should NOT be confused with the Barefoot Landing Marina, which flanks the eastern side of the Waterway.

    We have spent several months at Barefoot Marina, off and on usually in the off-season, say November – April. It is a wonderful facility, great floating concrete (Bellingham)docks, right on the ICW. Easy walk or bike ride across the bridge to Barefoot Landing and lots of restaurants and shops….although the shopping is not as nice as it was 5 or 6 years ago. Also, Alabama Theater is right there and has good shows.
    Talk directly to Bill Rathbon about rates. They are very inexpensive for what you get…nice showers, pool, very clean facility.
    Be sure to eat at the Seafood Hut across the street and slightly north of Barefoot Landing – small and little atmosphere, but great food and great owners. I can guarantee you’ll get a hug before you leave.
    [If] you’re talking about being there for several months you might want to look in to purchasing one of the restaurant discount books, which offer many great buy one get one free deals at the nicest restaurants. Use it twice and its paid for itself! Sold by Ritz Limo, I’m sure Bill can help you get in touch…the owner keeps his boat there at the marina I think.
    Betsy Johnson
    Rick ‘n Roll

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

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  • AICW Problem Stretch Shoaling Confirmed Near McClellanville, SC, Statute Mile 434

    Due to persistent shoaling, in early 2011 we designated the Waterway south of McClellanville to Awendaw Creek, as an “ICW Problem Stretch.” As before, we recommend passage at mid or high tide. Capt. Schmidt confirms that shoaling still persists in this area.

    As you know, there are problems here.
    Today, Jan. 11 starting at mile 430, beacon 35 depth drops to as low as 4 feet and is consistently 5 feet. Found two boats aground at beacon 40. It was 1330, dead low tide, new moon with prediction of -0.7 feet. By beacon 42 it was back to the normal 9-10 feet.
    Your advice to pass at mid to high rising tide is correct, but time and mother nature put us there at the wrong time. But we made it. I draw 3′-9″ so I slowly passed the grounded vessels.
    Ray Schmidt

    Went thru this area on January 6 2013 and saw 8.1′ at mid-tide. Be cautious in this area.
    Captains Gregory and Mary Yount

    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

  • Bucksport Sausage Available Once Again at Bucksport Marina, AICW Statute Mile 377

    Bucksport Marina - Click for Chartview

    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 communityMany good words about newly renovated (and under new ownership) Bucksport Marina and their on-site restaurant, continue to be recorded here on the Cruisers’ Net! And, of course, these good people are a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS NET SPONSOR! PLEASE patronize them and all our other sponsors whenever possible!!!!
    The ONLY negative thing we have heard about the new regime, is the FORMER absence of the famous “Bucksport Sausage” for sale in the on-site ship’s store. AS YOU WILL READ BELOW, THAT OVERSIGHT HAS NOW BEEN REMEDIED! So, as you pass up the Waccamaw River (AICW) this spring (or anytime), be SURE to stop and sample this delightful treat!

    Cruising News:
    Just a note to say hello to everyone and remind you to stop by and see us on your trip on the waterway. We do have sausage in the Ships Store now. We are open 7 days from 8 am till 5 pm.
    Ralph Simms

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

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  • New Hydrographic Surveys Public Website from USACE, Charleston District

    The Corp of Engineers of Charleston has rolled out a great website that allows you to see the latest hydrographic survey data in the Federal Channels in Charleston Harbor and the AIWW. It works great on an IPAD or other tablet.

    1. Click on the Charleston or AIWW block. Use your mouse to drag the map around and scroll wheel to move in and out. The legend is in the upper left corner (Small squares with lines).
    2. Remember in the legend generally Blue is good-Green-OK-Red Look Out. The depths are at MLLW. We will be adding the buoys and markers.
    3. This is a small step and we will be putting a comments button on it for the public so we can improve the site.
    Link is: http://w3.sac.usace.army.mil/home/;
    Regards,
    David Warren
    Project Manager Civil Works
    USACE Charleston District

  • Report from Georgetown Dry Stack Marina (formerly Boat Shed Marina), AICW Stetute Mile 403

    Georgetown Dry Stack Marina - Click for Chartview

    Georgetown Dry Stack Marina guards the northeastern banks of the Sampit River along the downtown Georgetown Waterfront.

    Headed south from Beaufort, NC on ICW. Stopped over at the old Boat Shed Marina in Georgetown. It is now called Georgetown Dry Stack Marina. This is a very recent event as is evidenced by some improvements which hopefully will be undertaken very soon.
    The people are very friendly and this facility should improve to be a nice stopover.
    Mens and Womens restrooms and showers need some attention but are adequate.
    Dockage is $1.50 per foot and $5 per day for 30 or 50 amp electrical per day or $10 for both.
    One note, I could not raise the marina on the radio and had to call at 843-546-1700. Hopefully, they will be equipped with handheld radios before long. Address is 18 South St. James Street, Georgetown, SC 29440. email at gdsm5461700@gmail.com
    Harold “Cap’n H” O’Briant

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Georgetown Dry Stack Marina

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  • More Praise for Dataw Island Marina, AICW Statute Mile 521.5

    Dataw Island Marina - Click for Chartview

    Dataw Island Marina, 100 Marina Drive, Dataw Island, SC 29920 Mile Marker 521, 843 838 8410A short distance south off the Waterway via Parrot Creek, then Morgan River, Dataw Island Marina lies just west of marker #6, along the southern banks. Dataw Island Marina is a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!

    2013 January transient N/B, 1 Night moving a customers MY from Jax to Baltimore. Staff at Marina is first class and could not have been more helpful. With all of our hook time, it was real nice to get off and have an awesome meal. Sweet Grass food and hospitality was great. Easy off the AICW, but watch your depths and mind your markers. It is shallow in spots. Will definately plan a stop here again! Absolutely beautiful,,,, Thanks Rhett!
    Perry

    Click Here For The Cruisers’ Net’s South Carolina Marina Directory Listing For Dataw Island Marina

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  • Good Words for Palmetto Bay Marina, east of AICW Statute Mile 564, Hilton Head Island, SC

    Palmetto Bay Marina - Click for Chartview

    After leaving Calibogue Sound, Hilton Head Island’s Broad Creek runs northeast for a bit and then turns sharply east. Soon after flowing through this easterly cut, Palmetto Bay Marina will come abeam to the south. As Captain Murtha confirms, this facility also mechanical and haul-out repairs.

    Stayed here for three months (Dec 2012 – Mar 2013). Inside docks are comfortable and location is fairly protected in three directions. Dockmaster is friendly and attentive. Laundry faciities (one washer and dryer) & shower (1) is located in restaurant area (fairly private early in am).
    Had an excellent experience getting routine mechanical maintenance (adjusting Yanmar 3JH3E valves , adjusting idle speed, and checking hoses/belts) with Palmetto Bay Yacht Services. They are on site & efficiently performed requested work without looking for additional tasks. I would recommend their service.
    Jim Murtha

    Click Here To View the South Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Palmetto Bay Marina

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  • Report on Depths in SC Waterway, AICW Statute Miles 420 – 455

    Extreme tidal ranges have been the norm for the last year, giving not only lower, but also higher, than charted depths. Seeing highs and lows a foot or more off the charted numbers has been common. Navigating the constantly changing depths in the Waterway channels is part of the challenge (fun?) of staying off the bottom, even in normal depth conditions. Our advice has always been: follow the markers and do not depend entirely on the magenta line on your chart or chartplotter.

    Cruising News:
    Hi – wanted to report general shoaling in the stretch from just south of the South Santee River and extending down to Price Creek, past marker 80. We just ran it at low water, and did not see 9′ anywhere in that entire stretch; the average depth was 7.5 to 8′, and running a narrow zigzag centered on the channel showed the deepest water to be in the center and shoaling (mostly) slowly toward the edges. The variation in depth is small, with no bars that I saw. Extreme caution is recommended.
    Also note that it doesn’t get a whole lot better after Price Creek: the depths come up very slowly, until suddenly going completely schizophrenic just past Dewees Island: up to 35′ as you cross the rivers and the inlets, instantly dropping to 7′ or 8′ as you come up on the other side (silting in.)
    Ben

  • Another Report of Reduced Clearances on AICW Bridges, Statute Mile 557.5

    Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net has received so many reports of reduced clearances at both fixed and opening bridges, plus damaged tide boards and higher-than-normal tides, that we would have to post a Navigation Alert at practically every bridge. This has been a major annoyance for our tall masted friends and our advice to all is to assume a lower vertical clearance and wait for a lower tide.
    Our boat is a 43′ Fontaine/Pajot catamaran. Our mast is 62′ from the water. Hilton Head says it’s 65′ fixed clearance and our VHF radio antenna hit the bottom of the bridge as we passed. We went under the Hilton Head Bridge on December 23, 2012 at about 1 PM at about a 4.6 tide. A bit of a close one.
    Sandy Horn

    Click Here To View the South Carolina Cruisers’ Net Bridge Directory Listing For Hilton Head Bridge

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  • Reduced Clearance Reported at Socastee Bridge, AICW Statute Mile 371

    Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net lists the closed vertical clearance for the old, decrepit Socastee Bridge at 11ft. However, this has been an unusual year for higher-than-normal water levels at many bridges over the Waterway, aggravated by a number of damaged or misplaced tide boards. When in doubt, take the Tigars advice and call the bridge tender to discuss the clearance and/or to request an opening. In the case of reduced clearance at a fixed bridge, wait for the tide. Socastee swing bridge opens “on demand” UNLESS water traffic becomes heavy, as on a weekend, then bridge closures may be required every 15 minutes to accommodate road traffic.

    Cruising News:
    One guide book says 12 feet, the chart says 11 feet, but the tide board at high tide said 9 feet. Eyeball estimate says 9 feet is probably about right. The bridge tender on duty December 29 was polite and opened early for us.
    Michael and Jane Tigar

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

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  • More Praise for Osprey Marina, AICW Statute Mile 373

    Osprey Marina , owned by Carson Benton, is at mile marker 373 on the Intracoastal Waterway in Myrtle Beach. Osprey Marina offers a protected harbor 150 yards off the waterway accessible by a private d

    Osprey Marina - Click for Chartview

    Osprey Marina lies at the southern foot of AICW section known officially as the Pine Island Cut (a. k. a. “the Rock Pile”), just as the Waterway sweeps south into beautiful Waccamaw River. Osprey Marina is one of the finest marinas you will ever discover, and these good folks are A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!

    Cruising News:
    Yes, many people have said it, but here it is again. These folks are wonderful! Lowest fuel prices for many miles, plus a Boat/US discount. The grill is closed in winter, but Miles the dockmaster, had made “chicken bog” in a pot — sausaage, rice, chicken and spices — and offered us some. This is the place to stop, just before you take off down the beautiful Waccamaw River.
    Michael and Jane Tigar

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

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  • Observations on Three Charleston Anchorages, AICW Statute Mile 469

    These three anchorages lie between the intersection of the Waterway and Ashley River and the Hwy 17 bascule bridge several hundred yards up the Ashley. As a longtime Charleston boater, Capt. Koerner is very familiar with these waters.

    The northernmost anchorage, closest to the City Marina (and their dinghy dock) has the shallowest water during tidal range. Holding ground is pluff mud, but great for catamarans. Off the City Marina you will find deeper water, but strong currents, and it tends to get crowded during the seasons. If you go under the 56′ bridge, you will find it much less crowded, though a much further dinghy ride to the City Marina dinghy dock. The Harborage on the Ashley River (former Ashley Marina) does not offer service to cruisers at anchor.
    HB Koerner

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Charleston/Ashley River Anchorages

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  • IMPORTANT – Serious Shoaling on Jeremy Creek – McClellanville, SC (Statute Mile 430)

    Our contact at the US Army Corps of Engineers has just forwarded copies of an official USACOE survey of depths on Jeremy Creek taken 11/19/12. Take a look at the first three lines of soundings north of the stream’s mouth, in the enlargement of the survey below. You will quickly see why we have designated this posting as “Important” and have set an SSECN Navigation Alert for these waters.
    All depths shown on this survey are corrected for Mean Low Water. So, a quick glance will show you that, at low tide, you might be cruising through as little as 2.0 to 2.6 feet depths, RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE CHANNEL! Fortunately, channel depths improve farther upstream.
    However, until and if dredging can be accomplished on the southern portion of Jeremy Creek, entrance and exit at times near low water will be relegated strictly to shallow draft vessels!
    Now, why is this such a big deal. Well, Jeremy Creek provides the only water access to the charming village of McClellanville, South Carolina, and its recently improved marina, Leland Oil Company. The shoal depths at the entrance to Jeremy Creek are going to be a real obstacle to visiting both this marina and the adjoining community.
    Fortunately, there is a 5.5 to 6 foot tidal range in this region, so most cruising craft will be able to navigate southern Jeremy Creek near the time of high tide. Of course, having to time your travel around the tides can be a major inconvenience to cruisers.
    A telephone conversation with the dockmaster at Leland Marine on 12/28/12 confirmed the surveyed shallow depths, and we were told that deeper draft boats are indeed having to play the tides when entering and leaving. On the other hand, the dockmaster said he had accommodated several boats this fall season with 5-foot draft, but clearly, these vessels did not arrive or leave at low water.
    The dockmaster went on to say that everyone in McClellanville is hoping that the USACOE will dredge Jeremy Creek this year, but he has not heard of any definite plans to do so. Let’s hope this dredging happens soon!
    In the meantime, ALL mariners bent on a visit to McClellanville and/or Leland Oil Company, NEED TO TAKE THIS INFORMATION INTO ACCOUNT!

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at the southern section of Jeremy Creek

  • Higher than Normal Tides Lower Vertical Clearance at Hwy 802/McTeer Bridge, Beaufort, SC, AICW Statute Mile 540

    Highway 802 Bridge - Click for Chartview

    The moon and higher than normal tides this year have been causing problems for our tall masted friends. There are tide gauges missing from a number of bridges in NC and SC. The Coast Guard Chief of Operations of Bridge is aware of the missing boards and hopefully, they will be replaced and/or corrected soon! In the meantime, keep an eye on the tide tables for the particular area and proceed with caution at mid-tide through all the fixed height bridges.
    The notices to report damage posted at most bridges generally refers to damage occurring to the bridge – usually the fender system – and not, unfortunately, for damages to vessels.

    NO GAGE ON THIS BRIDGE FOR HEIGHT.
    We were told by Port Royal Landing that there was only 63 foot of Clearance at High Tide on 12-12-12.
    (There is a notice to report bridge damage.)
    With a phone number???????
    Debra Baas

    We passed through this bridge on 12/7/2012. No tide gauges. Most of the sixth fenderboard was showing above the water (we were told that if the top of the fifth was showing there was 65′ 5″ of clearance). Predicted tide at the Beaufort Island tide station then was +1.2 feet. Out 66′ tall antennas passed under the bridge without touching.
    John Kremski

    The critical piece of information that’s often hard to come by is the relation of tide height (relatively easy) to MHW. MHW for a location is printed on some smaller-scale charts, but I haven’t seen it presented by chartplotters or applications (e.g. Wxtide32). We can get MHW indirectly from the NOAA Tides & Currents Datums pages. Careful though! The tabulated numbers are not based on MLW or MLLW, but on “station datum” so there’s a little extra math. But it sure would be useful to have something more portable that doesn’t require Web access.
    There’s no substitute for ACCURATE clearance boards, though.
    As a footnote, with a mean sea level rise per annum of about 2mm, a bridge built 50 years ago at 65′ clearance would have lost about 4″ of that.
    Larry Shick

    Click Here To View the South Carolina Cruisers’ Net Bridge Directory Listing For Highway 802 Bridge

    Click Here To View the South Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Port Royal Landing

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Highway 802 Bridge

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