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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

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

  • 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

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

  • 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

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

  • 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

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

  • Mid-Atlantic GPS Testing, October 27, 28 and 29, 2013

    The testing center point is 45 nautical miles due east of Masonboro Inlet, HOWEVER, its testing radius is 118 NM, so GPS on the NC/SC Waterway could easily be affected.

    NC/FLA – MID- ATLANTIC – GPS TESTING
    THE GPS NAVIGATION SIGNAL MAY BE UNRELIABLE DUE TO TESTING ON GPS FREQUENCIES USED BY SHIPBOARD NAVIGATION AND
    HANDHELD SYSTEMS. SYSTEMS THAT RELY ON GPS, SUCH AS E-911, AIS AND DSC, MAY BE AFFECTED AT AN APPROXIMATE TESTING CENTER POINT OF 34 09’60.0″N 076 54’60.0″W, WITH A POSSIBLE IMPACT RADIUS OF 118 NM FROM CENTER POINT.
    2. GPS TESTING IS SCHEDULED TO BE CONDUCTED ON:
    27 Oct 2013: 1100Z – 1630Z
    28 Oct 2013: 1830Z – 0030Z
    29 Oct 2013: 1700Z – 2300Z
    30 – 31 Oct 2013: 1100Z – 1700Z3
    MORE INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE AT THE COAST GUARD NAVIGATION CENTER WEB SITE WWW.NAVCEN.USCG.GOV. DURING THIS PERIOD GPS USERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO REPORT ANY GPS SERVICE OUTAGES THAT THEY MAY EXPERIENCE TO THE NAVIGATION INFORMATION SERVICE (NIS) BY CALLING (703) 313-5900 OR BY USING THE NAVCEN WEB SITE TO SUBMIT A GPS PROBLEM REPORT.
    For additional information, you may contact the Navigation Information Service (NIS) watch stander at (703) 313-5900.
    LNM: 41/13

  • Good Passage through Northern Fields Cut, AICW Problem Stretch, Statute Mile 574

    Northern Fields Cut - Click for Chartview

    The intersection of Northern Fields Cut and the Wright River lies north of the intersection of the Waterway and the Savannah River. Shoaling there has always been an issue and even with last year’s dredging, shallow depths might be expected. However, Captain Poovey’s report brings more good news about recent depths.

    I came through here today(10-8-13) from the North at 1:15 PM (two hours past high tide). I stayed very close (25′) to Green “47” and stayed to the green side for over three hundred yards into the canal.
    I saw nothing less the 17 feet of depth. I learned the hard way last year when I strayed to the Red side and found the bottom and $1,200 in prop repairs! Tough lesson.
    Bob Poovey m/v Threadbare

    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

  • Successful Passage through Ashepoo/Coosaw Cutoff Problem Stretch, AICW Statute Mile 517

    Captain Poovey is responding to a Navigation Alert we posted in August of this year ( http://cruisersnet.net/?p=121335 ) concerning shallow depths in the Ashepoo/Coosaw Cutoff in which the ACOE mentioned marker #185 in the southwestern portion of the Cutoff as an area to watch.

    Passed through here this afternoon [10/7/13] from the north. Abreast of Marker G-185 at 12:42 PM I measured 10.6′.
    Bob Poovey m/v Threadbare

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Ashepoo/Coosaw Cutoff

  • The Infamous “Magenta Line” – Going, going . . .

    For years now, a debate has raged here on the SSECN, and virtually EVERY other nautical web site and forum, about the so-called “Magenta Line” which appears on NOAA charts covering the various Southeastern USA waterways (and probably in other USA regions as well). The “magenta line” is SUPPOSED to show the best path to take, in order to keep to the best depths. HOWEVER, as many have pointed out, that is NOT always the case. In fact, sometimes, following the magenta line can leave your vessel high and dry!
    Now, apparently due more to budgetary considerations than complaints that the “magenta line” does not (at least in places) properly portray the correct channel, NOAA is considering dumping this chart feature entirely.
    NOAA is asking for comment and input from the cruising community concerning this deletion. See linked article below for URL’s and e-mail addresses where your point of view can be recorded.
    Our thanks to Captain Quinn for sending us the latest official bulletins from the Department of Commerce re the status of the Magenta Line. And our thanks to Captain Jim Healy for first passing along this question from the SW Florida district of NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey. All boaters should respond to Federal sources given below, or to Mr. Michael Henderson, S. Florida and Caribbean Navigation Manager, OCS, at southflorida.navigation@noaa.gov.
    And, by the way, this proposed deletion has brought a FLOOD of comment from the cruising community, both on the SSECN, and on other nautical web sites and forums. Follow this link for LOTS MORE information on this subject, and a sampling of cruising community reaction and input:

    READ MORE – Click Here

  • Severe Shoaling at Entrance to Jeremy Creek, McClellanville, SC, AICW Statute Mile 430, 10/1/ 2013

    Jeremy Creek - Click for Chartview

    Our contact at the US Army Corps of Engineers, Charleston District, has just forwarded the most recent (9/27/13) official USACOE survey of depths on Jeremy Creek. While depths have improved slightly over last December’s survey (see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=103937), you can see that the center of the channel is c. 3.5ft. However, the survey does show that better depths – 4.9ft – are found on the starboard side of the channel when entering and channel depths improve farther upstream. All depths shown on this survey are corrected for Mean Low Water. 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 vessels with less than 5ft draft!
    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 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.
    Everyone in McClellanville is hoping that the USACOE will dredge Jeremy Creek soon, but, as of this writing, there are no 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 Jeremy Creek

    Click Here To View the South Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Leland Oil Company Marina

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Leland Oil Company Marina

  • Make Georgetown, South Carolina A Port of Call During the Fall, 2013 Cruising Season

    Cruising Up the Sampit River To the Georgetown Waterfront

    Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 1776, Georgetown, South Carolina 29442Make Georgetown, South Carolina A Port of Call During the Fall, 2013 Cruising Season
    A Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net Editorial And Guide
    by
    Claiborne S. Young

    By now, just about everyone has heard about the tragic fire which destroyed seven buildings in the “700 block” of downtown Georgetown, South Carolina on 9/25/13. The loss caused by the fire to this historic, waterside community is not inconsiderable, BUT there are still innumerable attractions unaffected by the conflagration, and cruisers WILL want to be sure to make Georgetown one of their ports of call during the fall, 2013 cruising season, and thereafter. This editorial’s purpose is to briefly outline some of the reasons that cruisers do NOT want to bypass Georgetown. And, over and above taking advantage of all the many attractions and services outlined below, let’s all spend some time here, and do our part to help this friendly community recover!

    The Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net will publish a separate article concerning the Georgetown Wooden Boat Show in a few days, but for now, let’s do note that THIS EVENT WILL STILL TAKE PLACE, on Saturday, October 19, 2013 from 11 AM – 6 PM. Lots more information can be obtained concerning this truly fun festival at https://woodenboatshow.com/.

    Please Click Here To Continue Reading This Important Editorial/Guide

  • Downtown Marina of Beaufort Recertified As “Clean Marina” (Statute Mile 536.5)

    The Downtown Marina Of Beaufort, SC, 1006 Bay Street Beaufort, SC 29902 (843) 524-4422 or Marker #239 on ICWWell, of course, the Downtown Marina of Beaufort (SC) is a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR. Naturally this facility’s far seeing management comes up aces in being an environmentally responsible facility! Congratulations to Rick and Mandy Griffith on their marina’s recertification as a “South Carolina Clean Marina.”


    At the same awards ceremony, Downtown Marina in Beaufort, SC received its recertification of its Clean Marina status. The marina, under the stewardship of Rick Griffin, CMM, has met the high standards of the program continually since 1998.
    “Becoming a Clean Marina involves using best management in all phases of the marina’s operations, SCMA President Iggy del Valle said in congratulating the recipients. “It isn’t an easy process and, in some cases, involves added expenses.” The marinas go beyond normal regulatory requirements in managing potential pollutants, keeping their facilities as “green” as possible and educating their customers on better environmental actions to keep our waterways clean.

    Click Here To View the South Carolina Cruisers’ Net 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

  • Cooper River Marina Awarded “Clean Marina” Status

    It’s nice to see that yet another Palmetto State facility has earned the distinction of being a “Clean Marina.” And, congratulations also to the South Carolina Marine Association for promoting interest in becoming an environmentally responsible pleasurecraft facility.
    Cooper River Marina is located on (where else) Cooper River, far upstream from the principal Charleston waterfront and historic district, on the site of the now defunct Charleston US Naval Base. Visiting cruisers will either need to undertake a long taxi ride, or acquire a rental car, to experience Charleston’s many delights while berthing at Cooper River Marina.
    However, with that being said, it’s really excellent that Charleston County has provided such an amenity rich facility as Cooper River Marina. It just goes to show what a welcoming attitude cruisers can expect pretty much everywhere in the “Holy City.”

    COOPER RIVER MARINA BECOMES SC’s 15th CLEAN MARINA
    Charleston, SC — The South Carolina Clean Marina Committee has granted Clean Marina certification to Cooper River Marina (CRM), located in North Charleston, SC and administered by the Charleston County Park & Recreation Commission.
    A flag and certificate were awarded to the marina managers at the South Carolina Marine Association Summer Marine Education Conference. SCMA administers the SC Clean Marina Program in cooperation with the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control and the SC Department of Natural Resources. Although a voluntary program, it challenges SC marinas and boatyards to manage facility operations as responsible stewards of the environment.
    Matt Cooper, General Manager of CRM, said they made over a span of three years improvements“upon existing policies and procedures to conform to the standards. These included maintaining a clean and operational pump out boat, proper storage of hazardous materials, providing boater education and signage on environmentally friendly practices, recycling and proper disposal of materials, selling and encouraging the use of environmentally friendly products, as well as fabrication of spill response and emergency action procedure documents, among others.”

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

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Cooper River Marina

  • Depth Survery For ” AICW Channel South of McClellanville, SC to Awendaw Creek” Problem Stretch (Statute Mile 430 to 435)

    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.
    Now, 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 relaying what they discovered as they navigated through the Waterway south of McClellanville on 8/27/13.
    NOTE THAT THE DOYLE’S SOUNDINGS WERE TAKEN NEAR HIGH TIDE, MEANING THAT YOU MUST SUBTRACT 4.7 FEET FROM THEIR SOUNDINGS TO DISCOVER WHAT MLW DEPTHS WOULD BE. As you will discover, there are a few spots southwest of marker #37 that would only carry as little as 5 to 5 1/2 feet at MLW!
    Incidentally, Diana and Mark have just published a new edition of their immensely popular “ICW CruiseGuide.” Click on the book graphic to the above right for more details, and to place an order!

     

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s “AICW Problem Stretches” Listing For the AICW Channel South of McClellanville, SC to Awendaw Creek

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

  • More Good Words for 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 - Click fro Chartview

    Myrtle Beach Yacht Club on Coquina Harbor has been a great stopping place and a friend to cruisers for years. Naturally, they are a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!

    We just stopped here for two nights to visit and catch up with some other cruising friends we hadn’t seen in a while. What a great spot this is! The staff and the boaters are all very friendly, beautiful pool, nice laundry room with plenty of machines, a healthy book exchange and a computer for boaters to use. The docks have combination security gates. We weren’t here long enough to check out the exercise area but plan to stop back next year on our way north and possibly stay awhile. The area’s seafood restaurant choices are endless but you do need transportation. We ate at Captain Poo’s last night. I’m usually up for trying new and unusual dishes so I had the cheeseburger with a friend egg on top. I’d never heard of it before but it was fantastic!!
    Paula Spence

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

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Myrtle Beach Yacht Club

  • Shallow Depths Confirmed on “AICW North of Ben Sawyer Bridge to Isle of Palms Bridge” Problem Stretch (Statute Mile 460)

    For the last year or two, the AICW channel north of Charleston, SC Harbor, between the Isle of Palms and Ben Sawyer Bridges, has been an SSECN designated “AICW Problem Stretch. Recently, these waters were the co-subject (along the Ashepoo – Coosaw Cutoff) of a joint call from the SSECN, the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Association, and the South Carolina Marine Association, suggesting members of the cruising community contact the SC US Congressional delegation, and ask them to support a special appropriation to dredge these waters. (see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=121335).
    Now, 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 relaying what they discovered as they navigated through the Waterway north of Charleston on 8/27/13.
    NOTE THAT THE DOYLE’S SOUNDINGS WERE TAKEN AT MID-TIDE, MEANING THAT YOU MUST SUBTRACT 2.3 FEET FROM THEIR SOUNDINGS TO DISCOVER WHAT MLW DEPTHS WOULD BE. As you will discover, there are a few spots southwest of the Swinton Creek intersection that would only carry as little as 3 feet at MLW!
    YIKES!!!!!! We need to get these waters dredged NOW!!!!!
    Incidentally, Diana and Mark are just about to publish a new edition of their immensely popular “ICW CruiseGuide.” Click on the book graphic to the above right for more details, and to place a pre-order!

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

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

  • New, AICW No-Wake Zone Protects Barefoot Marina and Barefoot Marina Landing Dock (Statute Mile 353.5)

    Click Chartlet Above to Open a Chart View Page Centered on Barefoot Marina

    Transients Welcome - Under new ownership - Located at mile marker 354 in Myrtle Beach South CarolinaWe have just heard by telephone from dockmaster, Bill Rathbun, at SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Barefoot Marina, that a new, official AICW no-wake zone has been established from a point just south of the Barefoot Landing Bridge, to a point 100 yards or so east and south of Barefoot Marina. This new no-wake zone will protect vessels at both Barefoot Marina, and those moored to the facility on the other side of the Pine Island Cut/Canal at Barefoot Landing Marina Transient Dock.
    So, as you cruise south this fall, SLOW DOWN as you pass under the Barefoot Bridge, and continue at idle speed until you are well south of the marina docks!
    THANKS for this update Captain Bill!

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

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

  • Shoaling at Southwestern Tip of Ashepoo – Coosaw Cutoff AICW Problem Stretch Confirmed AGAIN (Statute Mile 517) – Captains Mark and Diana Report

    For the last eight weeks or so, the Ashepoo – Coosaw Cutoff (canal) section of the South Carolina AICW (north of Beaufort, SC) has been the subject of an ACOE survey (FIRST seen here on the SSECN), multiple SSECN postings, and a joint call from the SSECN, the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Association, and the South Carolina Marine Association, suggesting members of the cruising community contact the SC US Congressional delegation, and ask them to support a special appropriation to dredge these waters. (see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=119918, http://cruisersnet.net/?p=120036 and http://cruisersnet.net/?p=121335).
    Now, 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 relaying what they discovered as they navigated through the Ashepoo – Coosaw Cutoff’s southwesterly mouth on 8/26/13.
    NOTE THAT THE DOYLE’S SOUNDINGS WERE TAKEN AT MID-TIDE, MEANING THAT YOU MUST SUBTRACT 4.4 FEET FROM THEIR SOUNDINGS TO DISCOVER WHAT MLW DEPTHS WOULD BE. As you will discover, there is at least one spot along the southeastern flank of the Waterway, a short hop northeast of marker #185, that would be less than 3 feet at low water!
    YIKES!!!!!! We need to get these waters dredged NOW!!!!!
    Incidentally, Diana and Mark are just about to publish a new edition of their immensely popular “ICW CruiseGuide.” Click on the book graphic to the above right for more details, and to place a pre-order!

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

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

  • ACOE Confirms Shoaling 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). The US Army Corps of Engineers in Charleston, SC has made dredging these stretches their #1 priority. Now, we just have to find some money/”supplemental appropriate” to get the job done!

    SOUTH CAROLINA-AICW-WINYAH BAY – CHARLESTON HARBOR-ISLE OF PALMS-SULLIVANS ISLAND: Severe Shoaling
    The ACOE of Charleston, South Carolina has reported the location of severe shoaling in the AICW between Charleston Harbor and Winyah Bay near Isle of Palms and Sullivans Island in South Carolina. An area of severe shoaling exists between Winyah Bay-Charleston Harbor Daybeacon 117A(LLNR 34510.5) and Winyah Bay-Charleston Harbor Daybeacon 119(LLNR 34520). 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

    My neighbor in a Sportfish (5′ Draft) found the bottom at low tide last week near [the AICW channel running past] Isle of Palms.
    Be safe and take care-
    Bob

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

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

  • Groundings in Jarvis Creek, AICW Statute 560, Calibogue Sound, Hilton Head, SC

    Jarvis Creek - Click for Chartview

    Jarvis Creek and its anchorage opens on the eastern shores of northern Calibogue Sound, south of Jenkins Islands and east of flashing daybeacon #1.
    In the SSECN “South Carolina Anchorage Directory, we have always given Jarvis Creek our lowest recommendation (only one anchor), and the shoals surrounding this stream’s mouth are certainly one reason for this less than glowing review. Now, based on the experiences of the two shrimpers (see below), we are wondering whether we should remove Jarvis Creek entirely from our suggested anchorages????
    If ANYONE has had a good or bad experience exploring and/or anchoring in Jarvis Creek, PLEASE share your observations. Either make use of the “Comment” function below, or send e-mail to EditorialDirector@CruisersNet.net. Many thanks in advance!

    UPDATE: Make SURE to read the note from Captain Moore below the photo at the bottom of this posting. His local knowledge clears up most of the mystery surrounding this grounding!

    Cruising News:
    island packet . 2 trawlers aground in jarvis crk. trying to re float today [8/15/2013]. s of broad crk marina on icw?
    Wooduck

    And this reprint from The Island Packet:

    By SARAH BOWMAN
    sbowman@islandpacket.com
    Posted: August 17, 2013
    Two shrimp boats ran aground Wednesday in a marsh on the north end of Hilton Head Island. James Murray is captain of the overturned Lady Essie, a 1969, 65-foot shrimp trawler based in Port Royal. He said he came into Jarvis Creek at 7 a.m. to tow another shrimp trawler, the Dianie, from the dock behind the Crazy Crab restaurant, Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Sgt. Robin McIntosh said.
    Murray, who is 69 and from Savannah, said he was unfamiliar with the creek and the shallow areas, and he ran aground as he was trying to leave the creek.

    Island Packet - Staff Photo by Drew Martin

    We live near the Jarvis Creek grounded shrimpers, and they are not at the mouth of the creek. I would estimate that they are a little over 1/2 mile into the creek. (I cannot check this, as we just pulled our Whaler for some maintenance.) I do not disagree with your conclusions regarding Jarvis Creek, but I would doubt if the typical anchoring boat would be where these boats are grounded.
    K. C. Moore, Jr.
    Hilton Head

    I live on Hilton Head Island and dock at Windmill Harbour, just visible on the upper left corner of your map insert, the entrance where the 10 ft. depth is shown, so I pass this mess all the time. My guess is that it is skipper error, rather than silting, and it is farther up the creek than I would go. the boats are a long way up the creek
    Shrimp boats always used Jarvis Creek to tie up next to the Crazy Crab restaurant on Highway 278 one mile on the island. The article says there was towing involved, so I believe that was the issue, as it is exceptionally tight in the upper are of the creek. the crazy crab is some 1/4 mile further up the creek than where the boats grounded.
    From what I can see, the boats are considerably higher up the creek than where your red anchor is placed, and I would place them between the 9ft and 5ft marks on the upper right hand side of the map insert, where it turns to the starboard (as you enter) – nearly off your insert. They appear well North East of the red anchor at any rate.
    There was a Coast Guard or Auxiliary boat looking at them when I passed them the other day, and they took fuel off them, so it looks like they may be there for a while. They are on the Northwest bank of the creek, parallel to the shore, and both well aground. The fishing rig and booms have now been removed from the second boat (see left boat in picture still has booms on – they are now gone), so it is a lot safer.
    I would not go that far up the creek to anchor anyway, because it would be really tight to turn around.
    Hope This helps –
    Bill Lawrenson,
    SV Serenity,
    Hilton Head Island

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Jarvis Creek Anchorage

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