Skull Creek Marina lies east of the gap between AICW markers #9A and #10 at the northwest corner of Hilton Head Island.
Skull Creek Marina lies east of the gap between AICW markers #9A and #10 at the northwest corner of Hilton Head Island.
Dataw Island Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, has reinstated quantity discounts on fuel purchases of 100 gallons or more. This wonderful, intimate marina is just a short distance south off the Waterway via Parrot Creek, then Morgan River, west of marker #6, along the southern banks of the Morgan River. A great stopover!
Discounts of 10 cents for 100gal or more on gasoline or diesel are now available.
Charleston City Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, is located along the Ashley River’s northeastern banks, northeast of marker #5, and only a hop, skip and jump from the path of the AICW!
This annual Thanksgiving celebration at Port Royal Landing Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, is a perfect example of true Southern hospitality and of a marina family that cares about boaters! Port Royal Landing Marina guards the western banks of Beaufort River just south of marker #244.
The Port Royal Landing Marina will be holding their annual Thanksgiving Dinner. The marina furnishes smoked turkeys, just bring a side to share and your favorite beverage. Dinner starts at 1:00. The marina is offering buy 2 nights and get a third night free or buy 5 nights and get 2 additional nights free. For more information contact Capt Bill Mote at 843-592-3344, or the Marina for reservations. Everyone is welcome, come join the fun.
Here is an article that Waterway boaters need not read, because we are all very aware of the shallow waters in most inlet intersections along the AICW. Charleston Post and Courier writer, Prentiss Findlay, describes the problem in terms that non-boaters can grasp. Let’s hope some legislators are reading! This area north of Ben Sawyer Bridge has been a “SSECN Problem Stretch” for several years.See /?p=122253
Dry channel plagues Intracoastal Waterway near Breach Inlet
The Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway near Breach Inlet has been nearly dry at low tide because of shoaling, a condition in which sand builds up and blocks the channel, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
The problem has been on the Isle of Palms side of the inlet, where only 25 percent of the channel had water at low tide in soundings taken on Sept. 11. The water there was only 3 feet deep.
For the rest of the story, go to: http://www.postandcourier.com/article/20141009/PC16/141009372
Ben Sawyer Memorial – Sullivans Island Bridge crosses the Waterway just north of Charleston Harbor. The USCG has had issues with SCDOT bridge tenders “adjusting” the opening schedules to fit local traffic needs; see /?p=144631. Skipper Cummins submitted this observation from her recent experience at Ben Sawyer Bridge:
The information on bridge openings in SC is inaccurate for Ben Sawyer bridge. They only open on the hour between 9-4 not on demand.
And SSECN received this clarification from Officer Lieberum of USCG 7th District:
According to 117.911
(c) Ben Sawyer (SR 703) bridge across Sullivan’s Island Narrows, mile 462.2 between Sullivan’s Island and Mount Pleasant. The draw shall open on signal; except that, the draw need not open from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday except Federal holidays. On Saturdays, Sundays, and Federal holidays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. the draw need open only on the hour.
I will follow up with SCDOT as well.
Seventh Coast Guard District
Bridge Management Specialist
A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’NET SPONSOR, Isle of Palms Marina lies southwest of marker #116, on the charted cove indenting the southerly shoreline. We are especially proud of Isle of Palms Marina for hosting the invaluable work of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Association. If you are a cruiser of “The Ditch” you will want to attend this meeting and support the AIWA.
Dear Sponsors, Members and Supporters of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Association,
Good afternoon and I hope this email finds you well. I wanted to invite you to a State of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Day in South Carolina at Isle of Palms Marina at 2pm on October 10th. We will be meeting at the marina to discuss the 2014 State of the Waterway in South Carolina and the recent results of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Charleston District Survey that was completed just this month. In addition, we will also be discussing recent efforts by the local governments in the area that led to the availability of non-federal funding for the South Carolina section of the waterway.
After the short briefing, we will go by boat to look at the worst area in South Carolina at Breach Inlet. We hope you can attend and learn more about the conditions as we are hearing that some areas may have dry sections at low tide. If you will be attending, please RSVP to me at email@example.com or (843) 379-1151.
Please let me know if you have any questions and we hope you can attend the trip.
Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Association
Beaufort, SC 29906
Skipper Schmidt is not the first to be stymied by the complicated opening schedule of the HWY 171 Wappoo Creek Bridge. As I told Ray in my reply: Check SSECN first! We have the correct opening times listed as shown in the link below. Wappoo Creek Bridge with a 33ft closed vertical clearance is south of the Ashley River/ICW intersection in Charleston, SC.
Leaving Charleston the literature I had said the bridge will not open after 4 PM due to commuter traffic. When I got there at 3:45, I was informed that the last opening is 3:30, not 4. I anchored and waited until 6:30 with another boat that had the same incorrect schedule.
9/29/2014 Now this from Capt. John J. Kettlewell:
I just got off the phone with the District 7 Coast Guard office (Barry Dragon 305-415-6743) and he confirmed that the regulations call for the Wappoo Creek bridge Mile 470.8 to open on the hour and half hour until 4pm through November 30. When I said that apparently the bridge operator was telling people that the last opening was at 3:30pm, he said “We’ll get that fixed.” He further said that the bridge operators in South Carolina sometimes go off on their own with regard to schedules and they have to be reminded from time to time that they are required by law to adhere to the Coast Guard schedule. I was contacted by a boater who went through there recently and the operator refused to open at 4pm.
John J. Kettlewell
I suggest that anyone who does not get a bridge opening at 4pm immediately report it to the Charleston CG station (843-724-7600), which is right near there. I have had to do that before and the CG ordered the bridge tender to open up. Sure, I’ve seen the traffic backed up there and many other places, but until the regulations are changed the bridge tender has to follow them.
John J. Kettlewell
Stay tuned for a follow-up to this issue!
Northern Fields Cut at the intersection of Fields Cut and Wright River has been designated a Problem Stretch for some time and we are grateful to Skipper Schmidt for this information re the navigation aids in the area. For a depth survey by Mark and Diana Doyle from August of this year, go to: /?p=144010.
Came through Fields Cut today. There is no green buoy. There are 2 reds. One is beacon 48. The other is a red nun apparently locate on the south side of the “mound” in the middle. I made a straight line from red beacon 48 past the new red buoy carefully compensating for the strong cross current. Was in good water all the time.
Georgetown, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, is fighting bravely to recover from a fire that destroyed the most active part of Georgetown’s waterfront tourist trade, taking restaurants, shops, bars and homes. Those of us who visit Georgetown regularly by boat or by car are pulling for these good folks to achieve a full recovery. Follow the story with this article by Claire Byun in the SunNews.com.
Georgetown businesses hanging on one year after fire that destroyed historic Front Street
By Claire Byun
September 25, 2014
Georgetown’s historic waterfront fire last September tore through seven buildings on Front Street, ripping apart nine businesses and the lives of those who lived above their shops.
One year later, seven of those businesses have reopened.
Read more here: http://www.myrtlebeachonline.com/2014/09/25/4498327/georgetown-businesses-hanging.html?sp=/99/134/#storylink=cpy
Bucksport Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS NET SPONSOR!, lies south of Waterway marker #36, along the western shores of the beautiful Waccamaw River. This reduced rate is good news for all you Snowbirds, especially at this unique and fine marina.
Jeff Weeks, the new marina manager of Bucksport Marina, is offering readers of the Cruisers’ Net a special dockage rate of $1.00 dollar per foot if the skipper says he saw it on SSECN.
Jeff can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (843) 397-5566.
Windmill Harbour Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, is located hard by the southwesterly mouth of the Waterways’ passage south down Skull Creek, on the shores of Hilton Head Island, south of marker #27.
We too are in Windmill Harbour and really do enjoy the marina. We’ve been there over 4 years and are going to use it as our home base when we begin cursing full time 3 years from now. It is the most weather protected marina I’ve ever been in. Good clean fuel, easy in and out, and 5+’ at low tide in the approach.
Anchor Marine overlooks the AICW’s southerly banks just east of the Little River high-rise bridge.
Actually stayed at the HarbourGate marina next door, but next time will stay at Anchor Marina because of the great service and congeniality. Had some water pump problems that I couldn’t seem to fix by myself, so on a Saturday morning two mechanics from Anchor Marine came over to help. It was a vexing but simple problem and it took them more than a couple hours to solve. They were VERY reasonable on the fee and were really helpful. Highly recommend.
Here is an issue that few of us have heard about or even considered. Most of us slow-boaters and liveaboards are very aware of the damage caused by excessive wake and it is easy to understand how a waterfront resident might be tempted to add a private no-wake buoy. Some of us would even like to tow a no-wake buoy behind us! Our thanks to Tommy Braswell for this article in the Charleston Post and Courier.
Illegal No Wake buoys becoming a navigational hazard in S.C.
Legal or illegal?
For boaters in South Carolina, including Department of Natural Resource officers, No Wake buoys that are popping up in state waters are confusing and becoming a hazard to navigation.
So beginning Oct. 1, the DNR Law Enforcement Division will begin a statewide survey to locate illegal buoys in South Carolina waters. Once the survey is complete, DNR will then begin marking each illegal buoy and owners will have 30 days from the date marked to remove the buoy.
For the full story, see http://www.postandcourier.com/article/20140914/PC20/140919744
We have been receiving AICW shallow water reports for time out of mind, centered on the Waterway channel southwest of McClellanville, SC. As before, we recommend passage at mid to high tide and Capt. Don confirms that recommendation with his report of shoaling in the area known as Matthews Cut. For a recent survey of the area just north of Marker #40, see /?p=123112
2.9 feet at marker 40, Harvest moon low tide
As of July 4, 2014, new chart 11525 (Charleston Harbor Entrance and Approach) replaces the old chart 11523 (Charleston Harbor Entrance) and Chart 11523 is also replaced with 11528. It expands chart coverage further east, covering an additional 345 square nautical miles that wasn’t on the old chart. The harbor entrance channel intersects the Waterway at statute mile 465. And while this new chart is intended primarily for deep draft commercial vessels, it has value for all vessels navigating the entrance channel jetties which have prompted two recent Navigation Alerts: /?p=142704 and /?p=114481
UPDATE LNM: 34/14
Chart Title: SOUTH CAROLINA, CHARLESTON HARBOR ENTRANCE AND APPROACH 11528 1st, Ed 01-Jul-14
NOAA Chart 11525 has been withdrawn and re-issued as Chart 11528.
NOAA Chart 11523 25th Edition (South Carolina, Charleston Harbor Entrance) has been cancelled and replaced with NOAA Chart 11528.
Find information on obtaining charting products and a listing of authorized agents at
www.nauticalcharts.NOAA.gov for nautical charts and publications.
Many thanks to our good friends, Mark and Diana Doyle, for sharing this depth survey of northern Fields Cut, which was listed as a hazard to navigation (see /?p=143997) in this week’s Local Notices. Please let this survey and our Nav Alert serve to guide you through this major Problem Stretch.
Just saw your recent SSECN report on Fields Cut. You’re right, it’s getting uglier and uglier there.
Diana and I went through yesterday so I thought I’d send you a depth-annotated track and survey report for your readers.
That end of the cut was always interesting but now it’s got a three-foot MLLW speed bump right in the middle of the ICW channel!
Captains Mark & Diana Doyle
The intersection of Northern Fields Cut and the Wright River lies north of the intersection of the Waterway and the Savannah River. Shoaling at this Problem Stretch has always been an issue and, even with last year’s dredging, shallow depths might be expected. This new Local Notice confirms earlier reports of severe shoaling as reported on May 21st, see /?p=141095.
SOUTH CAROLINA-AICW-BEAUFORT RIVER TO ST SIMONS SOUND-FIELDS CUT: SHOALING
There is shoaling directly in the middle of the AICW in Fields Cut. A depth of 2FT was reported in approximate position 32-05.185N/080-56.022W (32°5.1850N / 080°56.0220W, 32.086417 / -80.933700) during low-tide and poses a hazard to navigation. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. Chart 11507 LNM: 33/14
Little River Inlet lies south and east of the Waterway, right at the NC-SC state line, intersecting the Waterway at Mile 342. Skipper Spouse’s opening comment refers to a June 6, 2013 posting on this inlet:Â Â /?p=116922Â Note that marker references are inlet markers, not Waterway markers.
Last year’s good reports about the Little River Inlet are still valid as at 16 August 2014. This morning we came out through the Little River Inlet from Calabash Creek at half-flood ‘“ just followed the buoys and remained mid channel out to the seabuoy. Tons of water and the minimum observed depth was 15ft over the bar about half-mile inshore of the seabuoy.
Hallberg Rassy 42
Bravo DNR! The May River, where this rescue took place, departs the Waterway westward from statute mile 560. Windmill Harbor, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, is on Hilton Head Island east of the Waterway at Mile 588.
Family rescued by DNR officers after boat sinks in storm
By Staff reports
email@example.com August 10, 2014
Two S.C. Department of Natural Resources officers patrolling the May River rescued a family Saturday after their boat sank during a storm, a DNR spokesman said.
Lance Cpl. Adam Henderson and conservation officer Josh Reid came across the family of four about 5 p.m. near Alljoy Boat Landing, 1st Sgt. Robbie Smith said.
The family — which included two young boys — was heading back toward Windmill Harbour when large waves from Saturday afternoon’s storm overtook their 18-foot boat and caused it to sink quickly. The family tried to contact the U.S. Coast Guard before the boat sank, but the mayday message was never transmitted, Smith said.
The family clung to a 15-inch section of the boat that was sticking out of the water for more than an hour until Henderson and Reid found them, Smith said.
The two officers pulled the family onto their boat and took them to the landing, where they were treated for small cuts and abrasions by EMS and released.
Sea Tow removed the submerged boat from the water Sunday afternoon, Smith said.