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Archive For: SC – 6- Stono River to North Edisto River

  • Good Report from South Creek Upper Anchorage, North Edisto River, off the AICW

    South Creek makes into the North Edisto’s southwestern banks, south of Bohicket Creek’s southern mouth; this anchorage will be found immediately upstream of the “sy” notation on chart 11522.

    I have anchored here before and even went around the next turn to the right. Stay close to south shore. I found good bottom and plenty of swing room. Several fishing boats went by, slow with no wake and there is a mild current. You could hear the ocean at night.
    WARNING – the north side of the entrance is very shallow, hug the south shore and try picking a rising tide. I had 8′ at MLW.
    Alois

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

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  • Steamboat Creek Anchorage (off the AICW on North Edisto River, near St. M. 496.5)

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

    Statute Mile 496.5 – anyone anchor on either Steamboat Creek, or Westbank Creek, south of the AICW’s entrance into the North Edistor, via Dawho River? Were you able to sight any of the nearby historic plantation houses from your anchorage? What depths did you discover?

    Responses follow:

    Anchored there [Steamboat Creek] 4 times in the last 2 years near the gazebo marking the landing. This is a private farm and I got run off by the caretaker while taking my dog for a walk.
    Depths run 20 to 25 ft. near the dock. Last time I had to anchor near the eastern shore of the creek to try to get in the lee of the trees. Saw two bald eagles. The caretaker said there was a big nest nearby.
    The creek runs some 3 miles long and there are several homes on up in it. There is a public dock/ ramp just south of the Steamboat gazebo and you can go ashore to walk your dogs. Good anchorage, plenty of water and swing room.
    Philip W. Mullins (Phil)
    s/v Katash

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

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  • St. Johns Yacht Harbor (Statute Mile 472.5)

     For those who own a boat and love the water, buying a SJYH wet slip is an easy decision when you consider the benefits. The opportunity to own waterfront access a mere 11 minutes from historic downtoOn 4/30/13 as part of a South Carolina Wish List, we posed the following question:

    Statute Mile 472.5 – Who has spent some tme at St. Johns Yacht Harbor, on the Stono River, south of the AICW’s entrance into Elliott Cut. Did you find this facility as nice as we have always discovered it to be? Did you try out the second story cruisers’ lounge? How about the swimming pool?

    Responses follow:

    Stayed there in spring and fall of 2012. Will stay there again. Some of the nicest facilities anywhere. Be careful if not arriving at slack current. Didn’t try pool or lounge. Could use a better eating facility and/or a courtesy car.
    s/v Skye

    We spent two nights at St. John’s for our Charleston visit. It was Race Week and all our normal venues were taken. This was our second visit and things are still excellent. The best change is that they now have a modern courtesy car for local shopping trips. Normally we rent a car from this marina to visit the city and surrounding areas. Enterprise has several offices that will pick you up. We were able to use the courtesy car the first evening to see a music performance at the Circular Congregational Church, which saved us a days car
    rental.
    After 9 years of doing tourist parts of Charleston, it is a nice change to tour the outskirts. BTW it was too cold for the pool but last year it was a refreshing stop. We did not use the lounge.
    Great service and modern facilities.
    Gregory Han

    Click Here To View the South Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For St. Johns Yacht Harbor

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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

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

  • 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”

    Click Here To View the South Carolina Cruisers’ Net Anchorage Directory Listing For the Toogoodoo 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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  • Strong Tidal Currents on AICW/Elliott Cut/Wappoo Creek Lead To A Change in Plans

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

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

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

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

  • A Good Night in Church Creek Anchorage, AICW Statute Mile 487.5

    Named as a favorite by several contributors, Church Creek anchorage lies 18 miles south of Charleston. Church Creek, with 13-22 ft. depths, indents the eastern flank of the AICW’s hard by marker #77.

    Oct 11 Anchored in Church Creek, experience was exactly as previously reported, very quiet night.
    Doug Cordello

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

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  • Report from North Edisto River Inlet, well off the AICW, south of Charleston, SC

    North Edisto River Entrance - Click for Chartview

    The AICW intersects the North Edisto River at Statute Mile 497. You must abandon the Waterway and cruise downstream some 8.5 nautical miles to reach this river’s inlet.

    Cruising News:
    I recently transited the North Edisto R inlet from West to East.
    Both R-6 and R-4 as shown on Chart #11522 are missing. R-2NE is in the position as shown.
    I favored G-9 off Deveaux Bank going thru the deepest water of the middle bank thru the old position of R-6 and on to R-2NE at mid high tide with nothing less than 13′. Ebb tide with NW 10k winds.
    65′ MV draft 5-5′
    Ray Cope

    UPDATE – October 10, 2012, we just received the report below from Capt. Rob Bessinger and have consequently rescinded our Navigation Alert for these waters.

    According to USCG Local Notice to Mariners, Distrcit 7, Week 40/12 [the first week of October], Chart 11522, the North Edisto River Entrance Lighted Buoy 6 (R6) is fixed and has status of “Watching Properly”
    Rob

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of North Edisto River Inlet

  • A Quick Take on Bohicket Marina Village (off the AICW on North Edisto River)

    To access Bohicket Marina Village, cruisers must depart the AICW east/north of the easterly mouth of the Dawho River, and journey more or less south on the North Edisto to Bohicket Creek. It’s then a trek several miles upstream to the marina, but many will consider this sojourn well worth the time, effort and fuel. At least one of the on-site restaurants, the Rosebank Farm Cafe, is truly outstanding!

    We are at Bohicket Marina, which is remote from the locations that Bob mentioned but has nice amenities. Several restaurants in the marina and a grocery store and shops within (long) walking distance.
    I’m a 50 and I’ve had 54′s in the slips on my pier so you should have no problems. Here is a link to the marina website.
    http://bohicket.com/
    Steve Kromer

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

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  • Good Times at St. Johns Yacht Harbor (on the Stono River, near AICW Statute Mile 472.5)

     For those who own a boat and love the water, buying a SJYH wet slip is an easy decision when you consider the benefits. The opportunity to own waterfront access a mere 11 minutes from historic downtoGlad to hear that Captains Flint and Leslie are having such a good fall season at St. Johns Yacht Harbor. This facility lies just off the AICW, after passing through the western entrance of current plagued Wappoo Creek and Elliott Cut.
    And, St. Johns Yacht Harbor is a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS NET SPONSOR!

    To all [cruisers] passing through Charleston on their way south, we are staying at St. Johns Yacht Harbor on the Stono River for the winter. As you pass through Elliot’s Cut, look to your left and we are the marina just before the bridge. It used to be called Buzzard’s Roost, but has been renovated by new owners. You will find the most beautiful bathrooms on the ICW here. Please come and see us on your way south.
    Flint and Leslie Firestone
    aboard Grace Full
    at St. Johns Yacht Harbor

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s South Carolina Marina Directory Listing For St. Johns Yacht Harbor

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  • Log of the Palmetto Moon: Isle of Palms to Port Royal

    Palmetto Moon with Jim, Su and Lazy Cat Alex have just traveled from Georgetown, SC To Brunswick, Ga. Palmetto Moon cruises at 8.5 MPH and draws 4.5 ft. Here are the issues and observations of their travels:

    2-Isle of Palms (MM-456.9) to Port Royal Landing (MM-539.5) We left 2.5 hours before low tide.
    In the White Point area (MM-495-500) at low tide
    Between R-110 and G-121 center of channel;
    At G-111 – G-113 we saw 4 feet under us
    At G-115 – G-117 we saw 3.5 feet under us
    Running at just above Idle Speed stirred up a lot of mud/sand through most of the area from G-111 G-119
    This info is what we experienced in our travels. As always you are the captain of your vessel and should use this as info only. Safe travels.
    Palmetto Moon

  • Praise for Bohicket Marina Village, off the AICW, departing Statute Mile 493

    Off the North Edisto River in Bohicket Creek, Bohicket Marina Village is located three nautical miles upstream on Bohicket Creek’s southeastern banks, upstream of unlighted daybeacon #8.

    Bohicket Marina, Johns Island (Seabrook/Kiawah) – this facility just keeps getting better. Reds Ice House, a great causal restaurant/bar opened up in the old Privateer location last year and they are off to a great start again this year. There are now bike paths from Bohicket all the way to Kiawah Island. The paths opened last year to Seabrook and Freshfields, which make for a great weekend get away. Freshfields has several restaurants, many shops and a great grocery, all within a walk or easy bike ride from the marina. Both Seabrook and Kiawah are great to ride through and their beaches are close by. Normally we go outside on this trip, but did take the ICW one-way thus far and it was fine the entire way.
    Skipper Bill Saint

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

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  • Good Words for Steamboat Creek Anchorage, off the AICW near Statute Mile 496.5

    Steamboat Creek cuts the southwestern banks of the North Edisto River, southeast of the ICW/Dawho River; anchorage lies northeast of the charted position of Steamboat Landing.

    Just had a short voyage to Beaufort, SC with my yacht club, the Wild Dunes Yacht Club. Went offshore from Charleston and came in the N. Edisto River and traveled up it to Steamboat Creek. Very lovely place to anchor, plenty of water and a lot of swinging room.
    Philip W. Mullins
    aboard S/V Katash,
    Isle of Palms, SC

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

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  • Tidal Currents and Restricted Bridge on AICW/Wappoo Creek – Elliott Cut (near St. M. 471)

    South of Charleston, the AICW leaves the Ashely River and traverses a partially man-made, partially natural creek/canal known as both Wappoo Creek and Elliott Cut. To say that tidal currents boil through this passage is something akin to announcing that the sun it a little bit bright.
    And, apparently the South Carolina DOT feels our on-the-water lives need even more spice, so one of the bridges crossing this passage carries a closed vertical clearance of 33 feet, and a restricted opening schedule. Below, Captain Ted Jones, former publisher of the late, great “Coastal Cruising” magazine, relates a short story about how commercial traffic can sometimes make these waters even more exciting!

    We waited for half an hour for the Wapoo Creek bridge’s scheduled opening at 0900. Two tugs pushing construction barges were waiting on the other side, going north. When I heard them call, I told the bridge tender that we would allow them to pass through ahead of us, but in when the bridge opened they were so far back that I wasn’t sure they were coming. We, and the sailboat waiting behind us, got through and out of the way well before the tug captains were ready to go through.
    Ted Jones

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

  • Praise for Church Creek Anchorage (Statute Mile 487.5)

    Adding their positive experience to the many comments in praise of this anchorage, the crew of Elixir names Church Creek as a favorite. Eighteen miles south of Charleston, Church Creek, with 13-22 ft. depths, lies east of the AICW’s flashing green daybeacon #77.

    Submitted on 2010/06/12 at 9:52am
    We spent 2 nights here, 6-11 & 12-10. Very nice and peaceful. Straight off the ICW- East from green 77 at about 487.5mm. Anchored off the small dock- only one. Seems like excellent holding. Beautiful sunrise. This is definitely going into our log book as a favorite stop. Would have good protection from SW wind. Otherwise more of a fair weather anchorage.
    Charlie and Jackie
    on Elixir

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

  • More Details on a Recent Shoaling at AICW/North Edisto River/Dawho River Intersection (Statute Mile 497)

    Captain Larry Shick shares more details of his recent grounding at the intersection of N. Edisto and Dawho Rivers:

    Further on my earlier experience:
    I think we hit the shoal amidships at the Lat/Lon given. It was difficult to tell in the muddy water, but it appeared that one could transit the intersection either (a) *VERY* close to (within 200′ of) marker 110 or (b) as we eventually did traveling due East at 32-37.5N. By then we were at +2′ tide and after getting unstuck we saw no less than 7′.
    Larry Shick aboard S/V Moira

    Click Here To View the Original Posting on a Grounding at the Intersection of N Edisto and Dawho Rivers

  • More Good Words for Tom Point Creek Anchorage (Statute Mile 495.5)

    Tom Point Creek anchorages are among the best south of Charleston, as a number of you have commented.

    Submitted on 2010/05/22 at 6:13pm
    We pulled into Tom Point Creek on 4/27/10. It has been a blustery day and we had to run 2+ miles upstream before we found a spot with trees to block the gusting wind. We dropped the hook and were joined shortly by two other boats, one upstream and one down stream. Holding was good, and we spent a quiet evening. Not much local traffic.
    Captain Dick Litchfield

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s South Carolina Anchorage Directory Listing For Tom Point Creek Anchorages

  • Tom Point Creek Anchorage (Statute Mile 495.5)

    Tom Point Creek cuts the western shores of North Edisto River, well south, southwest of flashing daybeacon #102

    The most delightful creek is Tom Point Creek. Keep going up it for at least 2 miles and you’ll have great protection from trees, deep water and perfect natural silence. I was visited there by a large loggerhead turtle and several friendly dolphins.
    Captain Arnold

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s South Carolina Anchorage Directory Listing For Tom Point Creek

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