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Seaside Luxury at its bestDataw Island Marina, 100 Marina Drive, Dataw Island, SC 29920 Mile Marker 521, 843 838 8410Welcome to The City Marina The City Marina Wins Jack Nichol Award for Design See our feature on The Visitors Network Located on mile marker 469.5 of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, the Charleston City Marina features 19,000 feet of linear dock space covering 40 acres of water.  The marina was named 2005 National Marina of the Year (Marina Dock Age Magazine), and offers state-of-the-art amenities and facilities to promise an enjoyable stay.  The City Marina's MegaDock extends 1,530 feet and is the longest free standing floating fuel dock in the Southeast.  These features, and Historic Downtown Charleston location, make The City Marina one of the east coast's most popular marinas.
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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 communityTransients Welcome - Under new ownership - Located at mile marker 354 in Myrtle Beach South CarolinaIsle 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 AvenueOsprey MarinaMyrtle Beach Yacht Club is unmatched for its Lowcountry charm and gracious hospitality. Windmill Harbour Marina, Hilton Head SCHarbour Town at Hilton Head, with its familiar red-and-white-striped lighthouse, is a fine resort marina with an enormous number of amenities.

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  • Minim Creek Anchorage (Statute Mile 415.5)

    As part of a 4/30/13 South Carolina Wish List, we posed the following question:

    Statute Mile 415.5 – who has anchored on the waters of Minim Creek, south of AICW marker #4? Did you find sufficient swing room and depths here? Would you recommend this anchorage to fellow cruisers?

    Responses follow:

    We anchored in 8 feet at mid tide. There is plenty of swing room for a 41ft cat proably enough for a 50 ft monohull. We anchored seaward.
    JackP

    We anchored on the western branch of Minim Creek, just past the dock. There was plenty of swing room and good protection from fetch. Very quiet area, so remote that no lights could be seen at night. Our kind of anchorage. It was a good stop for us to stage for a morning arrival at the Georgetown Public Docks, so we could visit the town during our day-only free stay.
    Glen and Jill Moore
    DeFever 40 Last Dance

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

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  • Georgetown Dining/Sightseeing Recommendations (Statute Mile 403)

    Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 1776, Georgetown, South Carolina 29442On 4/30/13, as part of a South Carolina Wish List, we posed the following question:

    Statute Mile 403 – any dining and/or sightseeing recommendations in histroic, downtown Georgetown, SC will be much appreciated

    Responses follow:

    Rice Patty Restaurant in the old bank on main street is excellent.
    JackP

    Nice shore facilities, very nice town, some good restaurants (try Limp’in Jane’s and Aunnies), good stores and shops. Grocery will send car but is only a nice walk anyway. Interesting history, take tour and see rice museum. Will stop here again in future.
    s/v Skye

    We always stop at Thomas’ Cafe for breakfast and Kudzu Bakery for bread, cakes and muffins.
    Gregory Han

    Be sure to tour the local museum and have dinner at the Rice Paddy Restaurant. We rate both the restaurant and the marina as among the best on the AICW from Norfolk to Florida.
    Jeanne and Terry Bieker
    CAVALIER

    The River Room was excellent last year when Robin and I were there on a day trip by car.
    Emil and Robin Meyers

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  • Barefoot Marina (Statute Mile 353.5)

    Transients Welcome - Under new ownership - Located at mile marker 354 in Myrtle Beach South CarolinaAs part of a 4/30/13 South Carolina Wish List, we posed the following question:

    Statute Mile 353.5 – who has stopped at Barefoot Marina, , west of AICW marker #21A, since its change of ownership and management? Please tell us about your experience here? Did you check out the new, shoreside restaurant?

    Responses follow:

    Helpful dockmaster, Cheap fuel, a pool and hot tub with nice showers. The on shore restaurant is a typical marina restaurant with a good raw bar and happy hour till 6pm. The food was good, not great.
    JackP

    Stayed here 4/28 and 4/29/13. Stayed here in fall. Stayed on face dock with no problems. Could have gone to inside dock if desired. Great help docking. Good shore facilities. Now has decent restaurant which is big feature due to distance to restaurants on east shore. Good shopping within a couple of miles but no way, except cab, to get there. Good place to stop for night since anchorages are limited in area. Can’t beat the $1.25/ft. price given the nice facility. Will stop again.
    s/v Skye

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

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  • Charleston Harbor Resort Marina (on the Mount Pleasant Shores of Charleston Harbor/Cooper River. neat St. M. 465))

    Seaside Luxury at its bestOn 4/30/13, as part of a South Carolina Wish List, we posed the following question:

    Statute Mile 465 – who has spent time at Charleston Harbor Marina on the Mount Pleasant side of Charleston Harbor. Please give us a report. Did you find anyplace good to dine ashore?

    Responses follow:

    The marina staff was excellent & quite helpful with an excellent service attitude.
    Tripp Jones

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

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  • 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 historiOn 4/30/13, as part of a South Carolina Wish List, we posed the following question:

    Statute Mile 539 – who has stopped lately at Port Royal Landing Marina, hard by the western AICW shores, north of the McTeer bridge? Please tell us about your experiences and impressions.

    Responses follow:

    Great Marina, excellent facilities, just too far from town.
    Tracy Hellman

    Spent 6 days there last fall going south. Great marina, excellent people, transient car, decent marine store, OK restaurant. The crew smoked six turkeys for Thanksgiving dinner for the live-aboards and transients. A bit open to north and south winds. Would stop there again.
    s/v Skye

    I stayed at the Port Royal Landing Marina on April 18th. Even though the current was rather swift I was able to turn my 32’ Grand Banks around and dock on the inside of the face dock into the current. The dock helpers were great! The marina manager was a young man who was full of southern hospitality and made me feel very welcome. We were given a little goodie bag with several interesting items. While my wife borrowed the courtesy truck and ran errands around town, I borrowed one of the courtesy bikes and rode over the bridge to Lady’s Island. Had a few cold beers and shrimp basket at the local restaurant. Everything was delicious. Will definitely make this a stop on my return trip through this area.
    Randy Hondros

    Port Royal Landing is a truly premier operation. Tom Wilson and his staff are really wonderful! A class act! It’s a long walk from the dock to the marina/restaurant, but they’ll come and get ya in a golf cart if you have mobility problems.
    Jim
    Peg and Jim Healy aboard Sanctuary

    Port Royal Landing marina is great place. It’s a friendly, family operated facility. They take care of their customers! The Back Porch Grill is the on-site restaurant; the marina has gasoline, diesel, and a ships store, and a courtesy car (pickup truck) is available. If you stay two nights, the third night is free. AND… the local live-aboards host a pot-luck cookout on the marina deck every Friday. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
    My Admiral and I live aboard our cruising sailboat docked at Port Royal when we’re not in Florida or the Bahamas. Say Hi to Mary & Roy on S/V “Gideon” on B dock.
    Rapid Roy, S/V “Gideon

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

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  • Battery Creek Anchorage and Dockside Restaurant (Statute Mile 542)

    On 4/30/13, as part of a South Carolina Wish List, we posed the following question:

    Statute Mile 542 – we would like to hear from those of you who have anchored on Battery Creek, hard by the historic community of Port Royal. Where did you anchor? Did you dinghy ashore to Dockside Restaurant? If so, how was the food?

    Responses follow:

    In my opinion, Dockside Restaurant is one of the top 5 restaurants in [the] Beaufort [area]. Price, Portion Size, Atmosphere are all great. You gotta try the cornbread ( or what I call CAKE!) they bring to your table before the meal. I have never anchored, but I have seen several boats just north of the restaurant. There is a dock which can accommodate a trawler or dingys is available.
    Tracy Hellman

    This is another nice anchorage, but not as nice as Cowan Creek. It’s main attraction is being adjacent to the best seafood restaurant in the area, which has a courtesy dock you can dinghy to.
    The anchorage is up Battery Creek, past the old port facilities and past the Dockside Restaurant, where you will see shrimp boats docked. Another 500 feet straight ahead is an anchorage area where you’ll see several local boats permanently moored. DO NOT try to get behind them, closer to the shoreline; the wide expanse of water north of the moored boats is shallow.
    The Dockside Restaurant has a great local reputation. There is a courtesy dock which you won’t see initially. It’s out of sight behind the shrimp boats, but it’s accessible by dinghy or small run about if you go around the south end of the shrimp boats. The dock can be used by small boats but it isn’t large enough for a cruising sailboat or trawler.
    Rapid Roy, S/V “Gideon”

    The Dockside [Restaurant] in Port Royal is an excellent seafood restaurant. There is a short dock for tying up.
    Emil

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

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  • Elliott Cut – Wappoo Creek Section of the AICW (Statute Miles 472 to 469)

    On 4/30/13, as part of a South Carolina Wish List, we posed the following question:

    Statute Mile 472 to 469 – has anyone had problems with the strong tidal currents barreling through the Elliott Cut – Wappoo Creek section of the AICW, between the Stono and Ashley Rivers? Did you have problems keeping off the morning and afternoon restricted bascule bridge which crosses these waters east of marker #7?

    Responses follow:

    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

    We encountered a 2 1/2 kt current through the cut carrying us towards the bridge. We have a cat so it was not a problem, but a monohull might not have been so lucky. There was a significant current through the bridge which is offset to the eastern bank.
    John Pholeric

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  • Toogoodoo Creek Anchorage (Statute Mile 495)

    On 4/30/12, as part of a South Carolina Wish List, we posed the following question:

    Statute Mile 495 – who has entered Toogoodoo Creek lately and anchored? Did you have any trouble avoiding the shoal water at this stream’s entrance? Where did you drop the hook among the many possibilities on Toogoodoo Creek?

    Responses follow:

    Anchored there on 4-6-13 Just follow the chart plotter in and watch the depth sounder it was a piece of cake. Lots of Swing room, Draft 5 ft had 10 ft under the keel at low tide. Lat 32 Deg 39.390 N Long 080 Deg 16.258 W. Good Holding ground Mud buttom. Enjoyed our stay. You can go back in the creek as far as you feel comfortable with the water depth you want.
    Capt Bob/ALLEZ

    Anchored there last fall, no problem getting in , went about 2 miles back and anchored at the intersection of Little Toogoodo….lots of current, but that’s to be expected in SC waters. Beautiful area.
    Philip W. Mullins (Phil)

    Toogoodoo Creek is an excellent anchorage. You have little or no local traffic to “wake” you. You’ll probably have the anchorage to yourself. If not, there’s plenty of space in the length of the anchorage. It’s relatively open to wind, but well protected and generally calm waters.
    It takes a few miles off the ICW to get around the long bend, into the straight part of the creek. Anywhere in the straight part of the creek works for anchoring. Be aware there are 8′ tides in the area, so there will be a strong current that reverses every six hours with the tide change. I personally use two anchors, one upstream and one downstream, for extra security.
    Rapid Roy, S/V “Gideon”

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  • Thoroughfare Creek Anchorages (Statute Mile 389)

    On 4/30/13, as part of a South Carolina Wish List, I posed the following question:

    Statute Mile 389 – one of our very favorite anchorages anywhere along the Southeastern USA coastline, is found on Thoroughfare Creek, west of AICW marker #73. Who has dropped the hook here lately? Did you cruise upstream and drop the hook abeam of the high, sandy cliff? Did you dinghy ashore here, and, if so, what did you find?

    Responses follow:

    I anchored off the sandy bluffs on a misty late afternoon in January and it was still one of the most enchanting places I’ve anchored on the ICW. The next morning was even more amazing. I expect it’s not very pleasant in weather warm enough for local boating though. I understand it is jet ski heaven.
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    Roger Long
    S/V Strider

    The spot by the sand dune is a beautiful anchorage. You can beach the dinghy and go ashore. The property is part of a SC wildlife refuge and has some walking trails. One of our visits to this anchorage was on a warm, spring Sunday afternoon. A large group of young folks were having a party on the beach with loud music and drinking. They had fast boats which they only ran at full throttle through the anchorage. It was unpleasant and unsafe. We pulled anchor and moved to Cowhouse Creek for a quiet night. Be cautious on weekends.
    Glen and Jill Moore
    DeFever 40 Last Dance

    Click Here To View the South Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For the Thoroughfare Creek Anchorages

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  • Charleston Maritime Center (Charleston, SC, on Cooper River)

    On 4/30/13, as part of a South Carolina Wish List, we posed the following question:

    Statute Mile 465 – anyone found a berth at the Charleston Maritime Center, west of marker #36? Please describe your experience here. Did you find enough shelter from choppy water? Did you have any problems with the depths? Did you take the opportunity to walk to the nearby Harris Teeter supermarket? How about some dining recommendations for restaurants close to this facility?

    Responses follow:

    We’d tried more than once to get in. Last fall we were successful and secured two nights in November by calling a week in advance. Our experience there was positive. The staff was helpful. We didn’t find a problem with boat wakes, but we may be more tolerant than some. Harris Teeter was a short walk away and was a great place to provision. While I can’t name a particular restaurant, we’ve eaten at a few and found them to be really good. We enjoyed the short walk to the old marketplace and downtown.
    Our boat is a Beneteau 36CC sailboat with a 5.5 ft draft.
    Bob & Sandra
    Carpe Diem

    Cheapest fuel south of Myrtle Beach with Boat/us discount
    Charleston Maritime Marina is best entered at slack tide. Does not have protection against strong northeast winds with subsequent surge! There are definite ship wake issues. Fish is four blocks away, and the Harris Teeter is expensive, but has anything you could ask for. The Aquarium is right there and worth a visit. Patriot Park is a water taxi ride away and a nice afternoon. The aircraft carrier was quite interesting.
    JackP

    Stayed several nights at the center. We did have to plow a bit of mud at dead low tide with our 5’3″ draft to get to our slip. there is a shallow hump inside to the southeast. Once at our slip we had several feet at low tide.
    Walking to Harris Teeter is easy, a very well stocked market.
    We loved the easy access to the historical district. Biking or walking is great.
    Ed

    Great Location, easy walk downtown, fuel prices are good. The facilities are a long walk from the docks. NO hiding the chop with winds out of the North or Northeast and then you add commercial traffic and can be kind of rough in there.
    Tract Hellman

    The Charleston Maritime Center around the battery is greatly preferred; closer to downtown, easy walk to provisioning at Harris-Teeter, and more welcoming and appreciative of your business!
    Jim
    Peg and Jim Healy aboard Sanctuary

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  • Bull Creek Anchorage (South of Calibogue Sound and Hilton Head Island – Statute Mile 565.5)

    As part of a 4/30/13 South Carolina Wish List, we posed the following question:

    Statute Mile 565.5 – Who has dropped the hook on Bull Creek, north of AICW marker #34? How far upstream did you cruise before anchoring? What depths did you find on these waters?

    Responses follow:

    Bull Creek, one of my favorite anchorages. I go up around the first bend and anchor off the dock. There is some shallow water there so you don’t need to put out too much rode. However, it drops off fast so you want to be sure you don’t drag into the hole at the bend in a strong westerly wind. There can be enough fetch in such conditions to make it less comfortable than you might expect. Some boat traffic going to and from Bluffton by the back way.
    I took this video in Bull Creek:
    http://www.cruisingonstrider.us/videos/BullCreekBuffet.wmv
    14.93 meg, 2 minute, Windows Media video.
    Roger Long
    S/V Strider

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

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  • Church Creek Anchorage (Statute Mile 487.5)

    On 4/30/13, as part of a South Carolina Wish List, we posed the following question:

    Statute Mile 487.5 – anyone anchored on Church Creek, near AICW marker #77? What were your overall impressions? Did you anchor abeam of the historic homeplace visible on the southern banks?

    Responses follow:

    One of our favorites!
    Tracy Hellman

    Anchored there 4/24/13. Anchored just before New Cut Landing. Came in near low tide. Had 7 feet. Considered better than average anchorage but conditions were quiet.
    s/v Skye

    Anchored here 4/30/13; still the excellent anchorage it has been over the past years.
    Bruce Franz

    Regarding Church Creek. If traveling South make sure you go way beyond the marker in the middle of the ICW. Cutting short heading into Church Creek will put you aground. Plenty of water otherwise. Anchoring will get you about 12 to 18 feet of water most times.
    Richard Brannan

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

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  • Bucksport Marina (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 communityOn 4/30/13, as part of a South Carolina Wish List, we posed the following question:

    Statute Mile 377 – who has spent some time at Bucksport Marina since it changed owners, and was extensively renovated? Please describe your experience here. Did you dine at the on-site restaurant? If so, please give us a review of the food you enjoyed. Has anyone bought some of the wonderful “Bucksport Sausage” here lately?

    Responses follow:

    When coming north or south cut your day cruise short and hit Bucksport. Ralph and his wife will make you feel right at home. Great entertainment, (live) and good folks. Really good restaurant on site also. Lots of room to run the dogs. Great fixed or floater docks. Have stayed there the past 2 years and would not float by without spending at least 1 night. Tell Ralph John Beaver said Hello!
    John Beaver

    I stayed at Bucksport Marina on April 22 and was rewarded with a pound of the best link sausage I have tasted! Even though I arrived after hours, one of the on-site staff met me at the dock, helped me tie up, and allowed me to fill up with diesel. The dock and surrounding areas were clean and new. Unfortunately, it was a Monday night and the restaurant was closed.
    Randy Hondros
    Atlantic Beach, NC

    Sanctuary and crew stayed with Ralph and Patti on 4/26/2013. There is a new full time dockmaster there; name is Robert. They have done a marvelous job with this very extensive renovation. The docks are entirely new. There is a brand new, large, outdoor covered porch, and a brand new Tiki Hut. The restaurant has been refurbished and is very clean. Thay have added a significant facility for RVs. They have spend millions of dollars in that project, I would guess, but additional work is still needed at the shower house. I have no idea what their business model is, because the area remains a wonderful, rural area in what in one of my personal favorite areas of the east coast ICW. Yes, the sausage is back, at approximately $3.82/lb, or equivalent in dockage incentives. There is a very nice discount on dockage, sausage and fuel for MTOA members.
    Peg and Jim Healy aboard Sanctuary

    Spent one night in April. Staff was kind enough to stay late on a cold rainy night to accommodate and fuel us for early departure. We were early in season so rest. closed. First class renovations. Too early for free sausage. Great stop, Waccamaw river is always an experience and Bucksport made it better.
    John Wild

    We stopped there going north when the wind was howling. We got a free sausage gift and their special docking rate for Boat US.
    Gregory Han

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

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  • McClellanville, SC and Leland Oil Company Marina (Statute Mile 430)

    On 4/30/13, as part of a South Carolina Wish List, we posed the following queastion:

    Statute Mile 430 – Who has visited McClellanville, SC lately? Did you find the shallow MLW depths on the southern section of Jeremy Creek that we reported a few months ago? Did you dock at Leland Oil Company’s recently upgraded piers? What were you overall impressions of this marina and McClellanville in general? Did you dine ashore? Did you find McClellanville as picturesque as ever?

    Responses follow:

    We stayed at the Leland oil Co. We draw 5’3 and made it in and out following their directions. The town was quaint, not much there, but a peaceful stop over.
    Patricia Sienstra

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  • Skull Creek Anchorages (Statute Mile 553.5)

    On 4/30/13, as part of a South Carolina Wish List, we posed the following question:

    Statute Mile 554.5 – who has anchored on the deep water south of AICW marker #6, abutting the eastern shores of Skull Creek? Did you have any problem with passing commercial fishing vessels during the night?

    Responses follow:

    Haven’t anchored in the Fisherman’s Channel, but routinely pass through it from Skull Creek into Port Royal Sound. As of 4/25 and low tide, water depths in that channel are not less than 10 feet.
    Peg and Jim Healy aboard Sanctuary

    We have spent a few nights anchored in the East channel, South of marker “6”, in Skull Creek. We usually drop the hook just below the small island where the depth is marked as 13 feet. The last time we were there, Verizon wireless service was very limited. Shelter from the wind was good. There is quite a bit of current so you will swing 180 degrees during a tide change. The small island is nothing but oyster shells and mud, forget bring your pet ashore here you will just tear up your dinghy and feet. Swinging room is limited.
    This spot is off the marked ICW route, however the fishing boats as well as traffic from the marina to the south use it as a short cut to reach the Chechessee River. Wake consideration does not seem to be their main concern. The passage is narrow so if you do decide to stop here be sure that your boat is well lit at night.
    Dave Boxmeyer

    Ha! Yes, this is listed in several popular anchoring guides. However, there are two problems. One is, all the local fishing boats blast through the “cut through” short cut, at morning and evening twilight. You’ll be waked frequently. The other problem is that it’s a foul anchorage. There’s the wreckage of an old shrimp boat on the bottom. This wreckage has claimed the anchors of three cruisers that I personally know of. How do I know? I’m the Captain for the local Towboat U.S. that’s been called to bring a diver out to help them with their fouled anchors.
    Well… other than that… it’s a nice anchorage. (Smile!).
    Rapid Roy, S/V “Gideon”

    Click Here To View the South Carolnia Cruisers’ Net Anchorage Directory Listing For the Skull Creek Anchorages

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  • Georgetown, SC Marinas (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 29442On 4/30/13, as part of a South Carolina Wish List, we posed the following question:

    35. Statute Mile 403 – who has visited any of the Georgetown SC marinas on the Sampit River, and the principal downtown Georgetown waterfront, particularly Harborwalk Marina and Hazzard Marine. Please give us your impressions of these facilities.

    Responses follow:

    We have spent the last 2 winters in GT, SC and can tell anyone and everyone you will not find a better place in SC to visit. Harborwalk Marina is on the south end of the boardwalk. The Dock master is Chris and his assistant is Steve. Both are top shelf guys that really know the marina and cruisers business. You can walk to most all eat places as you are right on front street when you get off the dock. There is a large park a few blocks away. Also there is Hazzard Marina a bit farther south of HW. Hazzard is the first marina on your starboard when coming into Sandpit River, Reed T. is the dock master. Great haul out service available there. They did our bottom this winter without a hitch and fair price. Chris can put you on great Techs in the area if you require electrical, mech or any other needs. HM is a bit farther away from downtown but you can easy walk it. Both marinas are state of the art new facilities very clean, with floaters. The marine museum is open on front street and is a lot of fun to walk thru. Having spent a lot of time in GT over the past 6 years you just will not find a better group of people to be around. It true small town people, solid as a rock! Tell e’m John Beaver on Forget About It 3 sent you. If you are there in the winter I’ll probably see you there.
    John Beaver

    We have stayed at the Harborwalk Marina the last two trips South. Nice facility. We like the city of Georgetown as well. We’ve eaten at a couple of the restaurants but at the moment can’t remember the names. Will add them as we head North next week from FL and I look at our logs.
    Bob Scalia
    MV Dall’Azzurro

    Stayed there [Harborwalk Marina] 4/26 and 427/13. Good floating docks but fixed docks need replacing (waiting on permits to replace with floating). Nice shore facilities, very nice town, some good restaurants (try Limp’in Jane’s and Aunnies), good stores and shops. Grocery will send car but is only a nice walk anyway. Interesting history, take tour and see rice museum. Will stop here again in future. 
    s/v Skye

    Stayed at Harbour Walk Marina several time with our yacht club cruises. Great place and right in the historic district for an easy walk downtown. Ate at the Rice Paddy Restaurant, but there are several others close by.
    Philip W. Mullins (Phil)
    s/v Katash

    Chris Carroll, manager of the Georgetown Harbor Walk Marina, is a pro at line handling and people handling. A truly historic and gracious stop. Be sure to tour the local museum and have dinner at the Rice Paddy Restaurant. We rate both the restaurant and the marina as among the best on the AICW from Norfolk to Florida.
    Jeanne and Terry Bieker
    CAVALIER

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  • AICW Passage Through Southern Ramshorn Creek (Statute Mile 570)

    On 4/30/13, as part of a South Carolina Wish List, we posed the following question:

    Statute Mile 570 – What were your experiences with the shoaling at the southern foot of the Ramshorn Creek section of the AICW, near marker #40? What was the best track you discovered to keep to good depths?

    Responses follow:

    Status quo prevails. As of 4/23. 2013, no significant changes over past 2 – 3 years.
    Jim
    Peg and Jim Healy aboard Sanctuary

    We traveled through Ramshorn Creek on 11/12/12. We got a heads up that the red mark at the south end was missing and that we should hug the green mark. We did so and got through without trouble. However, we did see another boat hard aground that appeared to have tried to stay in the middle. The missing red mark must have disoriented them. It was near low tide when we went through, and it was obvious, with so much of his rudder and keel out of the water, that this boat would be there for hours. We travel on a Beneteau 36CC sailboat with 5.5 ft. draft.
    Bob & Sandra
    Carpe Diem

    The best guideline is to hug the shoreline. It’s especially treacherous when you are southbound. As you emerge from Ramshorn creek into the larger river, it’s tempting to angle out into the center of the river. DON’T. Hug the shore line initially until you’re well past the growing shallow spit.
    Rapid Roy, S/V “Gideon”

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  • Downtown Marina of Beaufort and Downtown Beaufort Dining and Attractions (Statute Mile 536.5)

    The Downtown Marina Of Beaufort, SC, 1006 Bay Street Beaufort, SC 29902 (843) 524-4422 or Marker #239 on ICWOn 4/30/13, as part of a “South Carolina Wish List, we posed the following question:

    9. Statute Mile 536.5 – who has spent a night or two at either of the principal Beaufort, SC marinas – Downtown Beaufort Marina and/or Lady’s Island Marina. Please give us a full report.

    Responses follow:

    Spent 2 nights [at Downtown Marina of Beaufort]. They said they had a 50 foot spot against a dock, but it was about 45. The current is fast here, but they got us in without hitting another boat. This was November 2012. The chocolate shop in town is great as is a shop selling locally made products. Very friendly city. Good place to walk the dog. Sorry can’t remember names of the shops.
    Patricia Sienstra

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  • Osprey Marina (Statute Mile 373.5)

    Osprey MarinaOn 4/30/13, as part of a “South Carolina Wish List, we posed the following question:

    43. Statute Mile 373.5 – who has had the good fortune to spend a night or two at Osprey Marina, near AICW marker #26? Did you find this facility to be absolutely first class? Were you able to find a local restaurant that would provide shoreside transportation to and from the docks?

    Responses follow:

    Gizmo was at Osprey from late Oct until April 1, and I was aboard about a quarter of that time. Wonderful marina…quiet, super safe, and very well managed.
    The restaurant that offers free pick up and return is Scatori’s and it’s actually one of the best around. It also happens to be right next to both an excellent Lowe’s Supermarket and a Lowe’s Home Improvement Center. I enjoyed both Scatori’s pizza place and their restaurant but have not yet tried the custom $50 tasting menu that some boaters raved about.
    http://www.scatoris.com/
    Best,
    Ben Ellison
    Editor/Publisher, Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub
    Senior Electronics Editor, AIM Marine Group

    Spent the night right after hurricane Sandy. First class experience all around. When you pull in for fuel, they give you a free pump-out as well. It’s a little isolated, but several restaurants deliver and a couple will even give you a round trip in a courtesy car. There is a cafe during the season but not in November. They have a little ship’s store and will order anything you need. Clean heads and laundry. The kicker, though, is the staff. Other marinas should come and watch how efficiently and proficiently they operate.
    Jeff Moore

    We were placed on the new docks along the entrance channel. It was the next best thing to being at anchor with natural, wooded areas on both sides of the boat. It is a long way to the marina office, but they provide a golf cart for the boats on this dock to share. Friendly helpful staff, nice facilities, great prices on dockage and fuel. Osprey is now our favorite marina.
    Glen and Jill Moore
    DeFever 40 Last Dance

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  • Praise for Wacca Wache Marina, AICW Statute Mile 383.5

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    Wacca Wache is located along the AICW’s north to south run along beautiful Waccamaw River.

    Awesome marina. I rent a slip every year. The staff is nice and the night life even better.
    Vessel No Mixes

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