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  • USACE Survey of Calabash Creek, AICW Statute Mile 342

    Calabash Creek - Click for Chartview

    We are indebted to Officer Mike Verdolini, US Army Corp of Engineers, for sending this November, 2013 survey of the channel in Calabash Creek. The survey has four parts, one showing the entire navigable channel from the Waterway eatsward, sections one to three showing details of the depths in the channel. Because it is impossible to read the depth numbers in the pictures below, the links to each section are included, allowing you to zoom in and read the numbers. Section 3 also displays the location of all the docks in the creek, as well as the City Dock. Calabash Creek departs the Waterway just south of the NC-SC state line.

    Survey of Calabash Creek Channel

    Calabash Creek Channel

    https://mail.google.com/mail/?ui=2&ik=8ea136ec9d&view=att&th=1433f77a9a344980&attid=0.4&disp=safe&zw

    Survey, Section 1

    Section 1

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    Survey, Section 2

    Section 2

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    Survey, Section 3

    Section 4

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

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

  • Possible Development of Goat Island in the Future for Georgetown, SC, AICW Statute Mile 403

    Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 1776, Georgetown, South Carolina 29442

    Georgetown Harbor - Click for Chartview

    Any boater who has visited Georgetown harbor, especially to anchor, knows the location of Goat Island, because it parallels Harbor Walk and the rest of Georgetown waterfront. The owner of Goat Island is proposing to deed the property to the City of Georgetown for development for recreational use(see the Master Plan below). For the full story in the Georgetown Times, go to http://www.gtowntimes.com/article/20131025/GTT06/131029932/1110/goat-island-owner-sees-opportunity-for-georgetown-the-city-on-the-sampit

    Click Here To View the South Carolina Cruisers’ Net Anchorage Directory Listing For Downtown Georgetown Waterfront Anchorage

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Downtown Georgetown Waterfront Anchorage

  • Upper Waccamaw Navigation Aids to be Removed, off the AICW to Conway, SC

    AICW/Upper Waccamaw Intersection - Click for Chartview

    Several of our fellow cruisers have reported on the pleasant upstream trip on the Upper Waccamaw to Conway, SC. See http://cruisersnet.net/?p=126674 and http://cruisersnet.net/?p=128632. The “uncharted” Upper Waacamaw departs the Waterway at statute mile 375 and, until now, has been well marked off-chart by aids #5-#16. While depths in the Upper Waccamaw are reported to be good, the removal of these daybeacons and buoys will certainly make this side trip more difficult. Our Congress at work!

    SOUTH CAROLINA – AICW – WACCAMAW RIVER
    The following changes will be made to the aids to navigation system in the Waccamaw River.
    All Waccamaw River Daybeacons and Buoys from Daybeacon 5 (LLNR 33780) to Daybeacon 16 (LLNR 33810) will be permanently discontinued. There are seven aids to navigation that will be removed. This action is scheduled to start the week of the 17th of February 2014. Chart 11534 LNM: 51/13

    Instead of removing Aids to Navigation, we ought to remove “Aides to Congress”
    John Winter

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Upper Waccamaw/AICW Intersection

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

  • A Good Stay at Port Royal Landing Marina (Statute Mile 539)

    Boaters 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 historiGlad to hear that Captains Bill and Laura Bender had such an enjoyable stay at SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Port Royal Landing Marina. This fine facility is located directly off the AICW’s run south from Beaufort, SC, through the Beaufort River, on the western shoreline, just south of marker #244.

    Kindred Spirit III enjoyed a delightful evening at Port Royal Marina. We’ve been to Beaufort, SC, many time but never to PRM. It isn’t convenient to downtown Beaufort but there is a loaner vehicle, of which we and another couple, took advantage. The town is cycling distance and the marina has loaner bikes. A Doc in a Box and CVS are [within] walking distance. The staff was absolutely wonderful, kind, and genuinely caring. If you’re a paying customer, 2 nights gets you one free. The restaurant adjacent to the marina has GREAT burgers. The marina has wifi, book exchange, captain’s lounge and ship’s store.
    Bill and Laura Bender

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

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Port Royal Landing Marina

  • IMPORTANT – Enlightening Study About the Economic Benefits of the AICW

    The Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net has chosen to apportion an unusually large amount of line space to what we feel is the very important story presented below. If you have even a passing interest in EVER cruising the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, we urge you to read and study all the text and graphics below. We believe, at least for the AICW, this is one of the most important articles ever published on the SSECN!
    On 11/22/13, I had the good fortune to be a speaker at the annual Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Association conference in Charleston, South Carolina. I spoke about how the entire Southeastern USA marine business is predicated on the semi-annual “snowbird migration,” and, should the AICW become an unviable avenue for this twice a year migration, the entire pleasurecraft industry in our part of the world would be fundamentally altered.
    However, before I made my presentation, everyone’s eyes practically popped out of their collective heads at the information imparted to the conference by Mr. Harry Simmons, Mayor of the town of Caswell Beach, North Carolina. Mayor Simmons gave all attendees an up close and personal look at an in-depth, economic survey of the Atlanic Intracoatal Waterway’s economic benefits! This report was primarily funded by North Carolina Beach, Inlet and Waterway Association, which owns the published results, with major support from North Carolina Sea Grant and the NC Dept of Environment & Natural Resources. It was prepared by noted economic experts, Dr. Jim Herstine, Ph.D., Dr. Chris Dumas, Ph.D. (both of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington), and Dr. John Whitehead, Ph.D.— Appalachian State University. All of which is to say that this study/report comes with some genuine expertise and impressive credentials attached.
    I think it fair to say that the entire audience was stunned when we learned that:

    For every $1.00 of Federal expenditure on maintaining the AICW, there is an economic return of $26.00

    For every $1.00 of NC State and local government expenditure, there is an economic return of $29.00

    WOW, I only wish I could find any sort of investment that would yield these sorts of return! Are these totally amazing stats or what!!!

    Please take a moment to peruse these three excerpts from the study’s graphic, executive summary:

    And, finally, take a look at what would happen if the AICW ceased to be a viable avenue of migration and commerce. NOTICE THE 53% OF BOAT OWNERS THAT WOULD ABANDON CRUISING ENTIRELY IF MAINTENANCE OF THE AICW WAS FURTHER REDUCED!

    Given these professionally prepared and researched figures, YOU MIGHT THINK THAT OUR POLITICIANS WOULD BE DESPERATE TO FIND MORE FUNDS TO SPEND ON AICW MAINTENANCE RATHER THAT THE INDIFFERENT ATTITUDE MOST SEEM TO SHOW TOWARDS THE WATERWAY!

    So, what can we do about this. Quite simply, if you want the AICW to continue, not only for those of us cruising now, but for future generations as well, the Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net once again urges ALL members of the cruising community to join the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Association (http://www.atlintracoastal.org/). For only a tiny investment of $25.00 a year, we can be assured that the rather astounding economic study alluded to above will be plopped front and center into every state and Federal politician’s lap. I can’t think of any better way to spend a measly $25.00! To join the AIWA, please visit:

    http://www.atlintracoastal.org/join-aiwa

    For those who would like to learn more about the AICW Economic Study, please follow these links:

    Executive Graphic Summary:

    AIWWbenefits

    Full Text of Economic Study:

    AIWWstudy

    While I applaud efforts to build political pressure to fund maintenance of the ICW, in today’s climate there had better be a “Plan B” somewhere ready to pull out if that doesn’t work. Let’s face it, the ICW serves and benefits a fairly narrow slice of the U.S. population (including me). Accordingly, a lot of the members of Congress probably don’t even know what it is. How many votes will we get from Wyoming and Arizona? Commercial use isn’t helping much any more, so it’s up to us.
    While an alternative plan might diminish the chance for more help from Washington, someone had better start to figure out how we might collect user fees. After all, in some cities people who want to drive in the downtown in rush hour have to pay extra for it. Think transponders. While not wanting to go too deep into the pun category, I think user fees are “the wave of the future”, and we had better wax up our surf boards.
    K. C. Moore, Jr.

    Claiborne,
    I should have added the comment that the ICW problems predate the country’s recent budget problems and the sequester, etc. by many years. The challenge involved in getting money from Washington started to really bite when the Corps stopped dredging between Port Royal Sound and the King’s Bay channel…and this was about five years ago. The job got even tougher since Congress abandoned the
    earmark practice. Earmarks got things like this done…and they are pretty much gone.
    K. C. Moore

    If you’ve not already joined BoatUS you can be heard in Washington, even if your state representative is not a boater…http://www.boatus.com/news/gastax.htm
    David Burnham

  • Less Than 5 Feet (MLW) of Water Found on the AICW/Ashepoo Coosaw Cutoff Problem Stretch (St. M. 517) –

    Our good friends, and SSECN strategic partners, Captains Mark and Diana Doyle, founders and owners of “On The Water ChartGuides” (http://www.onthewaterchartguides.com/), give us an updated, graphic report below, relaying what they discovered as they navigated through the AICW – Ashepoo Coosaw Cutoff Problem Stretch on 11/16/13! Note that the Doyle’s soundings were taken near mid tide, so to calculate MLW depths, you must subtract 5.5 feet from their soundings depicted below. Applying this correction, Diana and Mark noted “multiple soundings of LESS THAN 5 FEET IN THE AICE CHANNEL NEAR MARKERS #184 AND #185. CLEARLY all cruisers piloting vessels larger than row boats should transit this AICW Problem Stretch at mid to high tide ONLY!
    Incidentally, Diana and Mark have recently published a new edition of their immensely popular “ICW CruiseGuide.” Click on the book graphic to the above left for more details, and to place an order!

    Hi Claiborne,
    For those transiting South Carolina, Ashepoo Coosaw Cutoff continues to be a problem area and carries LESS THAN 5 FEET MLLW.
    I’ve attached a printable high-resolution file of our November 16th survey report and depth-annotated track.
    Hopefully, SSECN readers cruising this area will find the report useful.
    Best,
    Captains Mark & Diana Doyle
    m/v Semi-Local
    www.OnTheWaterChartGuides.com

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

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

  • Another Adult Beverage Source Recommended near Port Royal Landing Marina, AICW Statute Mile 539

    Port Royal Landing Marina - Click for Chartview

    Boaters 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 histori

    Captain Graham is responding to an earlier posting about an adult beverage store on Lady’s Island, see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=128639. Port Royal Landing Marina guards the western banks of the AICW/Beaufort River, a short hop south of downtown Beaufort, SC. Port Royal Landing Marina is a much valued SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!

    Bill’s is indeed a great liquor, wine, beer store. Here’s another local tip if you are a microbrew connoisseur. If you spend the night or two at Port Royal Landing Marina, just south of the Beaufort swing bridge, there is an amazing selection of about 20 microbrews on draught at, of all places, the PIGGLY WIGGLY, about a half mile around the corner from the marina. Growlers are available in a couple sizes. There is also a larger selection available in bottles. PLUS, the small shopping center where “THE PIG” as it is known, is located also has a Sears Hardware, a West Marine, and a hard liquor store as well. Marina staff can give you complete directions. They can also have a loaner car you can use if you really want to load up on groceries and growlers.
    Jeff Graham

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

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Port Royal Landing Marina

  • Adult Beverage Store on Lady’s Island, Beaufort, SC, AICW Statute Mile 536.5

    Ladys Island Marina - Beaufort, SCA SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Lady’s Island Marina, in Beaufort, South Carolina, lies along the southern shores of Factory Creek, which enters the AICW/Beaufort River immediately east of the Ladys Island swing bridge.

    Bill’s Liquors & wines – Beaufort, SC – located within walking distance of Lady’s Island Marina (great place to stay).
    Although not a brewery but a liquor, wine and beer store, Bill’s has a growler filling station in the beer section and always has 8 micro brews available in 32 oz and 64 oz growlers. Stopped by today and they had a beer tasting scheduled for this afternoon for Westbrook brewery beers, out of Mt Pleasant, SC.
    They also had Allagash Blonde Ale, Harpoon IPA, Southern Tier Pumking, Lazy Magnolia Southern Pecan, Thomas Creek Up the Creek Extreme IPA, Red Hare Rauchbier, Blue Moon Belgian White.
    They will also give you a taste of any beer at the station.
    Joe Moran

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

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Lady’s Island Marina

  • Report from Cox Lake Anchorage on the Upper Waccamaw River, off the AICW

    Departing the Waterway at statute mile 375, four miles south of the Socastee Bridge, this “off-road” venture on the lovely, upper section of the Waccamaw River to the city of Conway, SC has pleased many cruisers and has proven to be a worthy side trip. And now Captain Thomason adds knowledge of a quiet, safe anchorage between Conway and the Waterway. This is very good news indeed, as, prior to this posting, we knew of no other place to spend the evening once the confines of the AICW were left behind, than to continue upstream to the city Marina at Conway. Now, there is a FREE alternative!
    Unfortunately, this upper section of the Waccamaw is not covered on any NOAA chart, so we must relay on Captain Thomason’s description below to find this anchor down spot. However, using the magic of “Google Earth,” we have isolated a satellite image of this body of water, which you will see on the upper, right corner of this posting!
    Has anyone else anchored on Cox Lake??? If so, we want to hear from you. Please share your experiences by making use of the “Comment” function at the end of this posting. We can’t wait to hear from you!

    Dear Claiborne,
    Cox Lake is a body of water north east of R marker 16 (approximate location N33 47 683, W 079 03 102). Depart the marked route just south of R 16, proceed through the obvious opening to the lake. Depths going in are in the 7-9 ft range. We like to anchor directly across from the opening at the mouth of a wide cove, past a large dock to starboard in 12 to 14 ft of water or deeper in to the cove for shallower depths (10 ft or less). The deepest into the cove we have anchored is N33 47 856, W 079 03 102. Cox Lake is known to locals who sometimes anchor here to party but that’s only happened once for us (and they left at night). Other than the one dock, the shores are natural cypress. At one point there were a couple of very small homemade “houseboats” on the north side of the lake but they have been gone the last two times we anchored. The anchorage is not affected by wakes from boats on the river. A nice spot to pass a quiet night. Hope this helps!
    Cox Lake is approximately two and a half miles from Conway City Marina.
    Jean Thomason

    Click Here For An Earlier Review of Conway, SC

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

  • Captains Landry and Baier Report on AICW Problem Stretch North of Charleston Harbor, Statute Mile 460

    Cruisers’ Net has posted reports of shoaling in this Problem Stretch (which the ACOE terms as “behind Breach Inlet”) for months now. (see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=120335). And we are once again greatly indebted to Captains Susan Landry and Chuck Baier, owners of Beach House Publications, publishers of “The Great Book of Anchorages,” (http://www.tgboa.com) for providing the superb, in-depth article below. THANKS CHUCK AND SUSAN! Please read on!

    Claiborne, We transited the ICW from Dewees Creek past the Ben Sawyer Bridge at 0830 this morning, November 7, 2013. Here are the depths that we found. First, we did study the Corps of Engineers most recent survey to determine on which side of the channel the deepest water could be found. It appeared to us that favoring the red side would be best, and that is what we did. We are southbound, so take that into consideration for the report.
    All depths reported would be at low tide for today. Before the Ben Sawyer at red “118” we found 8.2 feet at about 30 feet off the marker. The depths increased to 10 feet as we approached Swinton Creek. Very near the crossing at Swinton Creek the depths were 6 feet. Here is a situation where many may get confused. The currents at Swinton Creek and several other crossing of the ICW near inlets are very strong cross currents. As we crossed the creek we were set immediately off to starboard and pushed out of the channel due to the incoming tide. Fortunately the depths as we crossed these creeks were 17 to 20 feet where the current has scoured them out. But if running on autopilot, the course would not be corrected enough to get the boat back into the channel before hitting shoal waters. We have also found that if set by current, looking ahead will give us a false sense of still being in the channel. But if we look behind us, it becomes very apparent the we have been pushed far out of the channel. We recommend hand steering through this stretch and looking forward as well as behind to determine where the boat is. The speed and direction of these strong currents will depend on whether the tides are incoming or outgoing and how strong the currents are at that particular
    time. Now back to the depths.
    Approaching green “117” the signboard is missing and the piling only is sticking about 6 feet out of the water and angled toward the channel. Passing Swinton Creek we found depths of 7 feet, then dropping to 6 feet. As we approached first opening to Breach Inlet, the depths were 5.8, then 5.3, then 4.5. At the intersection of Breach Inlet, the depths were 12 feet with very a strong cross current. Beyond that point to the second crossing at Breach Inlet we saw depths of 10 to 12 feet until we reached Inlet Creek where we briefly had 6 feet. The depths came back to 10-12 feet, which
    continued until the Ben Sawyer Bridge. Beyond Ben sawyer we never saw anything less than 12 feet.
    As you can see, there is one very shallow area at low tide in the 4- to 5-foot range, so boats with deeper drafts will need to transit at higher tides. With tides in the 5- to 6-foot range for this area, that allows plenty of depths for deeper drafts. We hope this will help all of those that transit this section of the waterway after us. We will keep you posted on any other issues we find.
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    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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  • Good Words for Toler’s Cove Marina, Charleston, SC, AICW Statute Mile 462

    Toler's Cove Marina - Click for Chartview

    Toler’s Cove Marina guards the Waterway’s northwestern shore southwest of the Sullivan’s Island swing bridge.

    We pulled in here after a long day southbound on the ICW. They were full, but the staff was very helpful and tied us up at the fuel dock. Easy in, easy out. Good, convenient stop.
    Bru Brubaker

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

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  • Captains Chuck and Susan Report on Georgetown, SC, AICW Statute Mile 403

    Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 1776, Georgetown, South Carolina 29442 As virtually all cruisers are aware by now, Georgetown experienced a horrendous fire on the harbor waterfront several weeks ago. We are once again greatly indebted to Captains Susan Landry and Chuck Baier, owners of Beach House Publications, publishers of “The Great Book of Anchorages,” (http://www.tgboa.com) for providing the superb, in-depth article and photographs on Georgetown’s recovery. THANKS CHUCK AND SUSAN!

     

    Georgetown Harborwalk

    Claiborne, we’re very happy to report that the downtown area of Georgetown, SC is recovering nicely from the devastating fire that destroyed a block of historic buildings. All of the affected businesses have relocated throughout the downtown area, and all of them are either open for business or will be opening very soon.

    Georgetown is Recovering

    Even though we arrived on a rainy and windy weekday with chilly temps, there was not a parking space to be had downtown. The shops and restaurants were busy and there were many visitors walking along the main street and on the Harborwalk.

    The piles of debris still stand as a scar on the landscape and debris removal has been slowed due to finding asbestos in the ruins of the old buildings. This is not unusual for buildings of this age, but due to environmental regulations, the material can’t just be loaded on a truck and hauled away. The removal will continue as quickly as possible. The town is open for business and still welcoming to cruisers.

    Georgetown Fire Aftermath/Debris

    The marinas are all functional and doing their best to make us all feel at at home. The anchorage had about a half dozen cruising boats this evening, and there is space for more, even with the semi-permanently anchored boats that have
    been here for quite a while.

    There are two new restaurants in town and the city has many holiday celebrations and events planned between now and Christmas. The town is raising funds for victims of the fire by selling t-shirts in some shops and taking donations.We encourage boaters to come to Georgetown and show our support to a great waterfront town.
    Chuck and Susan
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    Thanks Chuck and Susan…..Your kind words make every day better for all who are trying to recover from this devastating fire
    Geoff Groat

    Georgetown Harborwalk Marina

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

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

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

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    Click Here To View the South Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Georgetown Dry Stack Marina

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    Click Here To View the South Carolina Cruisers’ Net Anchorage Directory Listing For Downtown Georgetown Waterfront Anchorage

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  • Good Words for Barefoot Marina, Myrtle Beach, SC, AICW Statute Mile 353.5

    Barefoot Marina

    Transients Welcome - Under new ownership - Located at mile marker 354 in Myrtle Beach South CarolinaDon’t confuse Barefoot Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!, with Barefoot Landing Transient Dock, which is located on the eastern (ocean) side of the AICW in Myrtle Beach, while Barefoot Marina guards the western banks.

    We usually stop on the opposite side of the ICW [Barefoot Landing], but thought we would try it out on the other side. Good choice. Dock master was great help, facedock quiet, and the onsite restuarant had very good happy hour.
    Bru Brubaker

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

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  • How to Avoid the AICW Shoal at the Northeastern Tip of the Ashepoo Coosaw Cutoff AICW Problem Stretch (Statute Mile 516.5)

    The Ashepoo – Coosaw Cutoff section of the AICW consists of a man-made canal which connects the Waterway between Rock Creek and the Coosaw River. Some two weeks ago, the SSECN posted an IMPORTANT “Navigation Alert” about severe shoaling at the northeastern end of the Ashepoo – Coosaw Cutoff, near marker #177. (see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=119918). Now, our good friends, and frequent SSECN contributors, Captains Jim and Peag Healy give some very useful advice below as to how this hazard can be avoided.

    There is advice in many places to take G’177′ very wide. That correct advice is not new; it has been the case for years. That particular post drys at low tide, and always has. That danger is very easy to see at low tide, but it would be easy to ground near that post at high tide, so as is the case with all daymark posts in the southeast, stay away from them. They mark shoals, not channels.
    That G’177′ problem is very easy to see at low tide. The post is dry! It jumps out at you! But at high tide, it would be very deceptive. That’s what the problem is at that particular daymark. I “take my half out of the middle.” 🙂
    Be well, my friend
    Peg and Jim Healy

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

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

    Our good friends and frequent SSECN contributors, Captains Peg and Jim Healey, have sent us up-to-the-minute depth findings on the southwesterly section of the Ashepoo – Coosaw Cutoff AICW Problem Stretch. This man-made canal connects the AICW between Rock Creek and the Coosaw River.
    On 7/31/13, we published one of many reports by fellow cruisers that soundings had deteriorated at the southwestern tip of the Cutoff (see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=120036).

    Sanctuary draws 4-1/4 feet. We transited the Ashpoo-Coosaw cut on Novenber 2, 2013, at 13h15, which was 1h20 before low tide, +0.9′ datum on the tide almanac. This was not a period of celestial high/low tides.
    The Ashpoo-Coosaw cut consists of two parts. The problem part is the southern cut, located between Rock Creek and the Coosaw River. The very worst part is at the point where the cut joins/enters the Coosaw River.
    In the southern Ashpoo-Coosaw cut, however, we saw actual depths of 4.9′ mid-channel at G’179.’ Then again, maybe 4.7′ just south of R’184′ G’185.’ The most current advice we found was to favor the red center-quarter of the channel at R’184′ G’185.’ We took that advice, and we got through. Very skinny water.
    Peg and Jim Healy aboard Sanctuary

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

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  • Praise for Cricket Cove Marina (Statute Mile 345)

    Adventure Sailing - Authorized Amsoil Dealer and DistributorCaptain Jerry B. is the owner of new SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Adventure Sailing, LLC, authorized “Amsoil” distributor. Be SURE to check out Jerry’s very special deal only available to SSECN readers at http://cruisersnet.net/?p=126177.
    Captain Jerry has just made a cruise from Beaufort, NC, and is spending some time at Cricket Cove Marina, the northernmost cruising craft oriented facility in coastal South Carolina waters. Looks like he found much to admire!

    Spending a bit of time at Cricket Cove marina. Dock Master, Capt Bill and the staff are pure examples of outstanding South Carolina hospitality.
    Fuel prices are great.
    Snookies restaurant above the marina offices is a real treat!
    Capt. Jerry B

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

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  • An Excellent Review of Conway, SC on the Upper Waccamaw River, off the AICW

    Departing the Waterway at statute mile 375, four miles south of the Socastee Bridge, this “off-road” venture on the lovely, upper section of the Waccamaw River, abandoned by the AICW, has pleased many cruisers and has proven to be a worthy side trip.
    One fixed bridge does lie between the AICW and Conway. We have never found a published vertical clearance for this span, but it has always appeared to us to be 30 feet or so. Clearly, the wonderful side cruise to Conway is off limits for most sailcraft.
    The wonderful review below was sent to us by our good friends Peg and Jim Healy

    Sanctuary and crew made our first visit to Conway, SC, on the Upper Waccamaw River, on October 29 and 30, 2013.  On the advice of the dockmaster at Osprey Marina, we departed the ICW at Enterprise Landing, at daymark G”1.”  The channel in that area is narrow, and shoals to 7-1/2 feet for a short distance.  Once past that area, the river widens and become a magnificent cypress swamp meandering stream.   Navigation planning was only slightly more complicated than usual.  “Standard” NOAA charts do not cover the upper Waccamaw.  The rule is, as always when upbound, “red, right, returning.”  The river is adequately marked with clearly visible daymarks.  Navigation is straight forward.  We stayed to the middle of the river on longer, straighter stretches, and favored the outside radius of turns and switchbacks.  From the ICW at Enterprise Landing to Conway, there are three shoal areas: first, just above G”1,” second, in the vicinity of R”12,” and third, in the vicinity of R”16.”   We never saw less than 7-1/2 feet in any of these areas.  Tidal ebb and flood currents are insignificant for cruising boats.
    We stayed at the Conway City Marina.  The marina “basin” is on the west shore of the marina.  The entrance is on a curve in the river.  The tidal range here is about 18″ – 24.”   Reports of shoaling across the marina entrance are correct.  Local guidance is to favor the green center-quarter when entering and leaving the marina basin.  We were in the red-center quarter upon arrival, and even though we arrived virtually at high tide, we plowed through soft mud in the area of the entrance.  The second day of our visit, we relocated to another dock at high tide.  By favoring the green center-quarter, we cleared the shoaling in about 5-1/2 feet of water.  There is stone rip rap on both the green and red outside-quarters of the entrance, so caution and slow speed is advised.
    The Conway City Marina is not a transient destination.  As first-timers to the area, we had excellent telephone support from the attendant, and we were certainly made welcome.  There is no docking assistance provided.  The marina offers three docking locations.  One is a floating face dock inside the marina entrance.  There is room on that dock for 2, 40′ cruising boats.  There is also a small resident river tour boat on the north end of that dock.  Outside the marina, 1/4 mile upstream on the west shore, there are two 40′ floating docks immediately below the SC Rt. 905 road bridge.  These docks are part of an extensive and beautiful River Walk system.  All of the docks have 30A and 50A power.  None have potable water.  The docks themselves are aging, and in a generally dilapidated state of repair.  Cleats on the in-river docks are loose and somewhat small for cruising boats.  That said, the in-river docks do have two obvious advantages: first, approach depths are better, and second, the walk to the town is much shorter and easier.  It is a very long walk to anywhere from the dock located in the marina entrance channel.
    The City of Conway is the Horry County Seat.  There is A LOT of government here; a lot, including a large jail complex and the county courthouse.  Discount coupons (“Discover Conway Downtown Shopping Card”) for visitors are available at the Visitor’s Center, 903 3rd Ave; (843) 248-1700.  Get several cards, because you give up the coupon when you use them.  History and architecture buffs will enjoy the city.  There is a historic downtown walking trail.  The locals are friendly.  There are several good restaurant choices    Grocery shopping and the post office are not within what I consider to be walkable distance.  Despite the limitations, this river trip is exquisite.  It is unique, beautiful and well worth the effort.
    Peg and Jim Healy aboard Sanctuary
    Currently at Rock Creek, Pasadena, MD

    We go to Conway every spring and fall when passing through the area. A nice alternative to overnighting at a dock @ $1.00 per foot is to anchor in Cox Lake, behind R 16. Good depths and plenty of room. From there it is a half hour run up-river to one of the free docks on the river. Spend the day in Conway and return to Cox Lake for the night (or run back down the river and anchor before getting to Enterprise Landing.
    Jean Thomason

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

  • Report and Local Notice to Mariners re McClellanville Problem Stretch, AICW Statute Miles 430-435

    McClellanville Problem Stretch - Click for Chartview

    We have been receiving AICW shallow water reports for time out of mind, centered on the Waterway channel south and west of McClellanville, South Carolina, to Awendaw Creek. And, in early 2011, we designated the area as an “ICW Problem Stretch.” As before, we recommend passage at mid or high tide and Capt. Powers confirms that recommendation with his observations. For the most recent survey of this area, see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=123112

    Transited McClellanville mm 430-435 area today- 2- 2.5 hrs after low water. No temp markers. Lowest water observed 8.0 ft
    Mike Powers S/V Second Flight

    SOUTH CAROLINA-AICW-WINYAH BAY CHARLESTON HARBOR: Severe Shoaling.
    The ACOE of Charleston, South Carolina has reported the location of severe shoaling in the AICW South of McClellanville, South Carolina. This area of severe shoaling is most significant between and near Winyah Bay-Charleston Harbor Daybeacon 35A (LLNR 34237) and Winyah Bay-Charleston Harbor Daybeacon 37(LLNR 34240). Further information can be found on the ACOE Charleston website at http://www.sac.usace.army.mil/ The ACOE has no future plans for dredging due to budget restrictions. Mariners are advised to transit the area with extreme caution. Chart 11518 LNM 44/13

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

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  • Report from Awendaw Creek Anchorage, AICW Statute Mile 435

    You almost have to think of Awendaw Creek as two different bodies of waters. First, there is the southwesterly branch, which is followed by the AICW for several miles, southwest of marker #50. Then, there is the seaward branch, south of marker #50, and bypassed by the Waterway. This latter stream can make for a good overnight anchorage, but, over the years, we have received reports from some cruisers who have found shallow depths here. But, even after dark, Captain Scott found the way in. As a note, Charleston is about 35 statute miles south of Awendaw Creek.

    Anchored out at Awendaw Creek last night on a trip from Charleston to Georgetown. Got in after dark and anchored up with no problem. A little recreational shrimping boat traffic until about 10 p.m. Beautiful evening. Surprisingly, you can still see the lights of Charleston from this far off.
    Jeff and Gina Scott

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

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  • Newest ACOE Survey of AICW Problem Stretch north of Ben Sawyer Bridge, Statute Mile 460

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    The Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net has posted reports of shoaling in this Problem Stretch (which the ACOE terms as “behind Breach Inlet”) for months now. (see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=120335). Our thanks to the US Army Corps of Engineers in Charleston, SC for providing SSECN with the newest (October, 2013) survey of this Problem Stretch. Once again, the Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net is honored to be the FIRST means by which the US Army Corps of Engineers chose to get this critical information into the hands of the cruising community.
    By looking closely at the area in the center of the survey, hard by Marker #117A opposite Swinton Creek, you can see MLWW corrected depths of AS LITTLE AS .2 FEET ON THE SOUTHERN (SOUTHEASTERN) TIER OF THE WATERWAY CHANNEL, and even the northern section, which has always been the deeper part, MLW soundings can run to only 4.2 ft depths.
    Need we say it, cruisers piloting craft of almost any draft MUST time their passage of these waters for mid to high tide!

    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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