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    • Bob423 Report: Osprey Marina to Heritage Plantation, AICW Statute Mile 373-395


      Osprey Marina

      Our thanks to authors/cruisers Robert and Ann Sherer for sharing observations and photos of their voyage south this Fall. Osprey Marina, A CRUISERS NET SPONSOR, is at mile marker 373 on the Waterway south of Myrtle Beach, SC.

       
       

       

       

      Robert Sherer
      Admin · Yesterday at 7:04 AM
      Came down the Waccamaw yesterday from Osprey Marina to Heritage Plantation since we couldn’t get a dock at Georgetown due to their annual wooden boat show. The river had very little debris, I would say about average except for one large log just south of Osprey that had a red float tied on.

      The marina here has a large facedock, easy in and out. A nice place. Today I tackle McClellanville!

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    • LNM: Safety Zone Lifted, Upper Waccamaw River, off the Waterway

      These waters of upstream Waccamaw River are west of the ICW in Conway, SC. Due to the extraordinary flooding in the area, extreme caution must be exercised due to submerged and partially submerged debris in the channels.

      WACCAMAW RIVER SAFETY ZONE
      CONWAY, SC

      The Captain of the Port Charleston (COTP) has removed the temporary safety zone on the waters of the Waccamaw River in the vicinity of the Santee-Cooper ash pond in Conway, SC. State and Federal authorities have determined that the potential hazards associated with and resulting from high waters of the Waccamaw River are no longer present in the area. The safety zone that covered all navigable waters of the Waccamaw River between U. S. Business Highway 501 and U. S. Highway 501 in Conway, SC will no longer be enforced.

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    • LNM: Destroyed ICW Channel Light 77, Waccamaw River, SC, AICW Statute Mile 391


      This destroyed ICW channel light marks the southeast shoulder of the Waterway’s path in the Waccamaw River which is currently restricted to navigation due to flooding. See Safety Zone. Following Florence there are certain to be numerous ATONs damaged of off-station. Navigate with caution!


      SOUTH CAROLINA – AICW – MYRTLE GROVE SOUND AND CAPE FEAR RIVER TO CASINO CREEK – LITTLE RIVER – WINYAH BAY:
      Hazard to Navigation.

      Little River-Winyah Bay Light 77 (LLNR 33980) reported destroyed and the remains of the wreckage may pose a hazard to navigation. Chart 11534 LNM 39/18

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    • MSIB: AICW NO-WAKE Restrictions, Georgetown to Little River, SC

      Due to high water levels in marinas and homes, NO WAKE all along the Waterway should be the order of the day. Respect others and SLOW DOWN!!

      THE CAPTAIN OF THE PORT CHARLESTON HAS ISSUED A SAFETY ADVISORY AND NO WAKE RESTRICTIONS FOR THE ATLANTIC INTERCOASTAL WATERWAY IN THE VICINITY OF GEORGETOWN, SC TO LITTLE RIVER, SC. IT IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED THAT ALL MARINERS CONSIDER HIGH WATER STAGES, CURRENT AND DRIFT WHEN PREPARING TO TRANSIT IN THIS AREA. MARINERS ARE ALSO ADVISED TO REDUCE WAKE IN DEVELOPED AREAS TO PROTECT AND MINIMIZE DAMAGE TO HOMES AND OTHER STRUCTURES.

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    • Georgetown, SC – Best Coastal Small Town, AICW 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 calm

      Congratulations to Georgetown, A CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, home to Harborwalk Marina, also A CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, only a boardwalk away from Georgetown’s Historic District for history, entertainment, great food, and shopping! This recognition as Best Coastal Small Town is certainly well deserved! For more on Georgetown, go to FOCUS ON.

      Georgetown wins ‘Best Coastal Small Town’ from USA Today

      GEORGETOWN, SC – South Carolina’s third oldest city is America’s No. 1 coastal town, according to USA Today and 10Best Reader’s Choice voters.

      CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL ARTICLE

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    • MSIB: UPDATE 7 to Safety Zone, Carolina Bays Bridge, Socastee, SC AICW Statute Mile 372


      Another change of dates. At least there is very little boat traffic here in January and we are lucky that Officer Heck has a direct contact with the construction company which allows him to get these notifications right away. Thank you Office Heck! This 65ft high-rise fixed bridge was begun in April of 2014 and will cross the Waterway just south of the two new high-rise bridges at Socastee. See /135939 for background on this bridge.

      Good Morning,

      Sector Charleston received schedule change notice from contractor in charge of Carolina Bays Parkway Project. New dates noted below.

      UPDATE #7: Date change notification.

      The Coast Guard is establishing a safety zone during overhead construction activities related to the Carolina Bays Parkway Project (SC-31) located in Socastee, SC. A 200-yard safety zone will be established on the Atlantic
      Intracoastal Waterway (AICW) in the vicinity of mile marker 372.3 encompassing all waters directly under the SC-31 project as well as vessels and machinery associated with construction efforts. Enforcement will take place during overhead construction activities on the dates listed below. Entry of vessels or persons into the safety zone is prohibited unless specifically authorized by the Captain of the Port or a designated representative.
      Mariners are urged to plan transits accordingly to avoid unnecessary disruptions. Project site can be found on NOAA Chart 11534-Myrtle Grove Sound and Cape Fear River to Casino Creek. Location currently noted as “Bridge Under Construction”.
      Dates:
      January 16, 2018 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

      The Coast Guard will provide notice of any date or time changes to the regulated area by Local Notice to Mariners, Broadcast Notice to Mariners, Marine Safety Information Bulletins and on-scene designated representatives.
      This MSIB can be viewed at www.homeport.uscg.mil. For questions or concerns regarding this MSIB, please contact Sector Charleston Waterways Management Division at (843)323-7761 or the sector’s 24-hour Command Center Line at (843)740-7050.
      Regards,
      Justin Heck
      Sector Charleston
      Waterways Management Division
      P: 843-740-3184
      F: 843-740-3189

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    • Healy Report: Socastee to Isle of Palms, SC, AICW Statute Miles 410-457


      Isle 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 Avenue

      This leg of Jim and Peg Healy’s sojourn through South Carolina begins in the Waccamaw River, south to Winyah Bay, then turns west into Estherville Minim Creek and ends on Isle of Palms, home to CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Isle of Palms Marina. Again, our sincere thanks to these very experienced cruisers for sharing their experiences and expertise with all of us.
      The southbound minimally marked entrance to Minim Creek from Winyah Bay requires careful lookout or you will pass it, especially on an outgoing tide. And as a sidebar on Minim Creek, see Minim Creek Ferry.

      Sanctuary and crew traveled south from Socastee, SC, on the Waccamaw, to Mt. Pleasant, SC, on Tuesday, 10/17/2017. Low tide in the region was early afternoon (13h30). The entrance to the Estherville-Minim Canal at Winyah Bay is very shoal for at least the first 1/2 mile. The Esterville-Minim Creek Canal and the Fourmile Creek Canal have both continued to shoal. We saw spots at 6-1/2 ft at 1/3 tide.

      We managed – poor planning – to arrive at McClellanville at dead low tide (10/17/2017, 13h51, +0.1 ft above MLLW). Our depth sounder transducer is 30” below the waterline, and it quits when it get’s to 2 to 2-1/2 ft above a soft bottom or weeds. Today, it quit. So, I don’t know how deep the water really is. What I do know is, Sanctuary draws 4-1/4 ft. What I learned for certain is, the bottom of the ICW around McClellanville is soft mud. I had slowed to just above idle, (never approach anything faster than you’d want to hit it). We never got stopped making way, but there were spots where I could feel the soft mud throwing the boat around. One of many times I really, really liked having a single engine boat with a prop and rudder protected by a beefy full keel. We never encountered anything hard; nothing that went “bump” along the hull. The stretch between G”35″ and R “48” is definitely the worst long stretch (4 miles) on the ICW at this point. Not bad when the tide is in, but 4 ft or less at low tide, and worse yet if celestial low tide. Southbound, check the tide station called “McClellanville, Jeremy Creek” before departing (or passing by) Georgetown. To stay clear of the McClellanville mud at MLLW, ditch out up above McClellanville and wait for a better tide if you’ll arrive at low and your boat draws more than 3 ft.

      Those who have done this stretch of South Carolina ICW in the past know there are some very impressive, long docks extending from shore. Many show signs of very significant storm damage. Several that had nice multi-deck sun shelters top were tipped over and lying in the water (well, lying in the mud at low tide). Many of the docks and access-ways had decking missing, we assume from waves and high water lapping at them from beneath. We saw sunken floats and many pilings askew. We did not see any flotsam, but I would definitely keep a sharp lookout throughout the region. Crab pot floats are everywhere. In fast currents, floats bob underwater. Be on the lookout…

      There has been generally more transient boat traffic than I expected this early in the season. Don’t know if that predicts more traffic later, or maybe they’ve all already come through, so slower later??? The big go-fast boats we’ve encountered have generally been gentlemen about passing, but it’s on you if you’re a slow boat to keep a sharp eye out astern for approaching, overtaking traffic.
      Jim

      Peg and Jim Healy aboard Sanctuary, currently at Rock Creek, Pasadena, MD
      http://gilwellbear.wordpress.com
      Monk 36 Hull #132
      MMSI #367042570
      AGLCA #3767
      MTOA #3436

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    • Photo Journal Update – Waterway Bridges by Bill Murdoch

      Waterway construction can provide welcomed distraction as well as navigational concerns. Bill Murdoch sends beautiful photos of four bridge constructions/removals currently ongoing from Myrtle Beach to Miami. And “one picture is worth a thousand words!”

      Thank you Bill!

      The bridge construction in Myrtle Beach is moving along apiece with staging extending in to both sides of the waterway. One photo [below] is as we were passing through the construction area and the other photo is taken over our stern looking north at the bridge. (2/1/17)

      Carolina Bays Parkway Bridge

      See /162534

      The old bascule bridge at Sisters Creek is almost no more. Traffic is on the new span, and crews are working both above the water and below to remove the old bridge. We squeezed through the gap between the construction barge and the red side fendering. (2/11/17)

      Memorial bridge in Daytona is almost gone as well. It was a little confusing to figure out where we should pass through the construction work, but in the end we went through the old partially destroyed fendering system with no problem. (2/13/17)
      Our confusion at the Daytona Memorial Bridge came from both a tool box and from the general state of disarray in the construction area. A Greenlee tool box seen end on looks quite like a green daymark.

      This time it is Flagler Memorial in Palm Beach. They have been replacing this bridge for a couple of years. It is sort of like building a new school house on the site of the old school house with school still in session… it is a mess. Anyway, on February 21 we arrived at Flagler Memorial Bridge in Palm Beach right as the span was closing. After an hour wait, the bridge (one leaf) opened for us, and we passed through. It was a tight fit. The old bridge support and its fender system were to starboard, and the closed leaf was close by to port. Here is a picture of the bridge after we have come through. Sorry for the drab photo; it was not a Kodak day.

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    • Added Water Heights Add Question Marks to Fixed Bridge Clearances in NC and SC

      This article by Audrey Hudson of the Myrtle Beach Online relates problems not only for communities along the Waterway, but for boaters as well. Along with debris, floating and submerged, air clearances at fixed bridges become concerns with the added water heights.

      Waccamaw River crest to topple record that has stood since 1928
      The Waccamaw River crested in Conway late Monday at 17.9 feet, toppling the record set in 1928 from the rain unleashed by Hurricane Okeechobee.
      The 1928 flood is listed as one of the state’s “storms of the century” by the S.C. Department of Natural Resources, with rainfall of 10 to 12 inches that topped the Waccamaw at 17.8 feet above flood level. Road, bridges and railways were impassible, and property losses were nearly $6 million.

      The river’s third-highest crest was set by Hurricane Floyd in 1999, and last year’s record rainstorm is now fourth.

      The slow-moving river took nine days to hit the mark following Hurricane Matthew, and officials say it could take just as long for the water to finally recede back to moderate flood stage levels.

      Residents near Conway started preparing for the coming flood the morning after Hurricane Matthew hit, and roads were cut off by water the following Monday.

      Residents in areas that have never flooded before along the Intracoastal Waterway and in Bucksport were evacuated days later as the water crept to the crest.

      The Intracoastal Waterway was at 19.09 feet over flood stage by Monday.

      The code red emergency call system was activated Saturday to alert Socastee residents by phone about the rising waterway, and a voluntary evacuation was urged.

      Bucksport residents — at risk from the Intracoastal Waterway, Waccamaw and Little Pee Dee River flooding — were alerted on Friday, said Brooke Holden, communications specialist for Horry County Emergency Management.

      “We wanted to make sure those people knew that if they wanted to leave or felt the need to leave, now was the time to go,” Holden said.

      There are seven shelters still operating in Horry County for residents who have evacuated flooded areas: at Aynor High School, Conway High School, Green Sea Floyds Middle and High schools, Loris High School, North Myrtle Beach High, Palmetto Bay Elementary School and Whittemore Park Middle School, according to the Emergency Operations Center.

      “People need to know there is still somewhere for them to go,” Holden said.

      With more than 100 roads closed throughout the county due to flooding and the Waccamaw River just hitting its peak, it will be several days before local, state and federal officials can access the areas to assess the damage and finalize requests for federal assistance from FEMA.

      “Just like last year, it’s going to be a waiting process,” Holden said.

      Once the river crests, it takes the crawling Waccamaw days, sometimes more than a week, to recede to the point that homeowners can access their property and assessments can be made.

      Those assessments must be made before FEMA determines whether to grant the state’s request that Horry County be declared an emergency area.

      “It’s a process that has to go to the White House for the president to approve,” said Derrec Becker, public information officer with the state Emergency Management Division.

      “Horry County is still in response mode with the oncoming flood. Because it’s an ongoing emergency situation, we are focused on life and safety first, and then recovery,” Becker said.

      Audrey Hudson: 843-444-1765, @AudreyHudson

      Read more here: http://www.myrtlebeachonline.com/news/local/article108738657.html#storylink=cpy

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      1. Bob Sadler -  October 28, 2016 - 3:42 pm

        Last year we were stuck for almost a week at Barefoot Landing due to flooding. Our mast height is 62′ and many, almost all the ’65’ bridges lacked height boards so we had to rely on other boaters to help us out…I suspect that same situation is true this year as well.

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    • Cook with Cruising Kiss, available at Bucksport Marina, AICW Statute Mile 377


      Author Corinne Kanter has these suggestions to make your culinary summer delightful and delicious! Bucksport Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS NET SPONSOR!, lies south of Waterway marker #36, along the western shores of the beautiful Waccamaw River. As well as making sausage, Bucksport is hosting one more drag boat race this summer in September, as well as a reduced dockage rate for SSECN readers.

      If you are inside and near Bucksport Marina, pickup Bucksport Sausage.
      Need more helpful hints, you should carry the cookbook CRUISING KISS, keep it simple Sailor? Stupid? or really SYSTEM.
      Have a great race. Cook with KISS.
      PS. If you would like a autograph copy order direct or get it on Amazon. Corinne had the column in Multihull Magazine out of Quicy, Mass. titled Corinne’s Culinary Corner.

      Cook With K.I.S.S.
      Corinne Kanter, author of The Cruising KISS Cookbook
      www.sailcopress.com
      The Rooster Crows but the HEN delivers the goods
      corinnekanter@gmail.com

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    • Herl Report: Osprey Marina, AICW Statute Mile 373


      Osprey MarinaOsprey Marina lies at the southern foot of AICW section known officially as the Pine Island Cut (a. k. a. “the Rock Pile”), just as the Waterway sweeps south into beautiful Waccamaw River. Osprey Marina is one of the finest marinas you will ever discover, and these good folks are A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!

       

      Osprey Marina
      Arrived for fuel and to get tucked in for the weekend or until the circulation in the Atlantic has cleared the area. Topped off the tanks and while just holding the nozzle was talking to Miles. We both have the gout word in common. Once we were fueled and docked Miles said he would drive us to the clinic so I could get some medication. Thank You, Thank You Miles. I think I’m on the mend.
      As always Osprey has been great taking care of us.
      Day three and the rain is still falling in large quantities. So to pass the morning we gather for free coffee and snacks and conversation. Watching the bad weather shifting south, not good for anyone traveling south. I think we will stay a while longer.
      10/5/15 Monday. It is Monday and all the water is high, so anyone between Southport area and Charleston area, if you are in a spot you can stay, stay where you are it is not safe on the ICW with all the trash floating in the water. Be safe. We are talking to others in the Marina and we are all staying put for now.
      Phil and Sandy Herl

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    • Detailed Description of Upstream Waccamaw Trip to Conway, SC, off the AICW


      Skipper Winter does indeed complement an earlier posting by Jim and Peg Healy, /?p=138583. Our thanks to John and Sue for this detailed narrative of their recent trip upriver to Conway. The upper portion of the Waccamaw River departs the Waterway at statute mile 375.

      To hopefully complement Sanctuary’s posting, we just finished going to Conway and made the following notes. One can take these and mark the Healy’s maps, and add milage to them. the distances are not off more than a tenth at each junction: From ICW MM 375 just south of ICW marker `27A’:
      This is the last posting on any web sites that I have seen with any detail. We traveled this river this week and it is still a beautiful trip and well worth the extra time. It is even more beautiful than the lower Waccamaw. First, the Corps of Engineers have removed all markers above `R4’, and as such, there are a few spots that are confusing as to where to turn. Lastly, different postings on various web states the distance to downtown Conway anywhere from 12 to 16 miles without stating whether they are nautical or statute miles. Reset your odometer to `0’ for the following information. We use statute miles. From `G1’, the entrance marker, it is 14.3 miles to the last bridge (you do not want to go under that in a larger boat) and about 14 miles to the marina entrance basin. Just as Sanctuary recommends, go to the bridge to dock since it is an easy walk to town. The two floating docks are in decent shape, but the cleats are still a little loose, but there is no traffic or winds to bother you and if there was a huge blow, there are alternatives to tie up soundly ‘“ easy. The electric is still there but still no water. Call the marina for space (room for a 60′ boat at each dock, maybe longer). Also, repeating, when going into a curve, stay to the outside where the water is deeper. We entered at dead low tide (on purpose) so as to make better notes. The NOAA charts that end just above `R4’ are accurate. We saw 11-13′ at `G1’ and then before the first curve, 7.9′. After the first curve, it deepened to 9.0′ Just prior to the second curve, briefly 5.9′, but we were too much inside on the curve. Coming back down, we had over 7.5′. Hug `R2’. First curve after `R2’ was 8.3′. From here you will see depths well over 20′ in places. Just prior to `G3’, which is 1.9 miles in, 6.5′ and quickly deepens to 30’. MM 2.1 you’ll see many stumps on the RDB, but 8.1 feet as charted. MM 3.0 (`R4’) stay left at these intersections. MM 4.3, there are power lines that we do not know the height, but any motor boat will have no problems, but sailboats may (this statement applies to all power lines mentioned). They all appear to be well over 45′, but who knows. MM 4.7 at a private dock, make a left turn (it’s not obvious). MM 5.2 shallows to 8.6′ briefly. At MM 5.9, make a sharp left. MM 6.1, there are some nice homes to see, watch your wake. MM 6.9, favor RDB (starboard) for deeper water (7.5′, otherwise 6.0′). MM 7.6 some more homes. MM 9.4 is interesting. There is an upside down arrow sign that has the word `only’ upside down on it. Do not think this sign is upside down, it’s not. Whoever put it up, obviously did not have the correct sign. Make a sharp left here (yes, to port). If you go right, you hit bottom (we know ‘“ LOL). MM 10.0, another left turn where there is yet another upside down `only’ sign. MM 10.4-11.0, shallows to 7.4′ (this is where the river gets a little wider, so it makes sense the water would be shallower). MM 11.1 favor RDB where you get over 11′. Center is as low as 5.2’. MM 11.6, turn left. MM 12.1 is 6.6′ and there might be a very interesting river boat moored there. MM12.3, turn left at homes and docks. MM 13.2, overhead power lines. As you get to a high bridge, you are entering Conway. From here on in, it is no wake. You will see to your left the entrance to the marina basin around MM 13.9. Go past this to the floating docks on your left. They are obvious, just before the bridge. Call the marina for docking, but if no answer, don’t panic. If you are there just for a few hours, docking is free. The river walk is beautiful, and many great places to eat and shop. See the college (Coastal Carolina) ‘“ it is also very nice. One could easily stay here for a few days, so if the weather is not so good, and you have stopped at Georgetown enough, then this is the place for you. It takes about 2.5 hours (max) to do the river one way on a trawler.
      Sue and John Winter on Just Relax (MTOA, Golden Loopers, AIWA members)

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    • Help Needed with Bucksport Sausage! Bucksport Marina, Waccamaw River, SC, AICW Statute Mile 377


      We get a lot of requests for assistance on various aspects of boating and navigation, but this question is certainly one for the books. So come on all you noble Southern Sausage Chefs, lets hear your method of cooking the famous Bucksport Sausage! Bucksport Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS NET SPONSOR, is located south of Waterway marker #36, along the western shores of the beautiful Waccamaw River.

      My son Jeff Meyer brought me a Bucksport sausage and I have never seen one like it before.
      I have no idea how to cook it. Where can I find directions, I need help.
      June Dienes

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    • Sandy Island, SC, Gets New School Bus Boat, near Georgetown, SC

      School is in session for all ages and all places, even islands! But this “school bus” is one you may not know about, so Watch Your Wake! Sandy Island is the name of a small unincorporated community in Georgetown County, South Carolina. This article by Erin MacPherson is from WPDE.com.

      New andy Island School Bus Boat

      New Sandy Island School Bus Boat

      schoolboat2

      New Sandy Island School Bus Boat

      Sandy Island gets new school bus boat
      by Erin MacPherson
      Posted: 08.05.2015 at 6:11 PM
      For years, the Sandy Island community and Georgetown County School officials have wanted a new school boat to get students who live on the island to and from school. The boat they were using was from 1964. And now, they have a new one. “It transports students just like a bus from Sandy Island to the mainland and then we put them on a bus and take them to school,” said Dr. Randy Dozier, Georgetown County Superintendent.
      The New Prince Washington is the state’s only school boat.
      Dr. Dozier says the boat they used before this one was outdated.
      “It was fairly slow, not as accessible and harder to operate. We wanted to bring it up to speed and make it safer more modern. Now we have a boat specifically for that and it’s brand new,” said Dozier.
      Dozier says the school board understood how important this boat is for the students on Sandy Island.
      “I have ridden on the old boat; it’s not a satisfactory trip. It’s a safe trip but it’s just crowded and old. This new boat is so much better and I can’t wait to ride on it,” said Richard Kerr, a trustee with the Georgetown County School Board.
      But getting this new boat wasn’t an easy task. Dozier says it’s all thanks to State Superintendent Molly Spearman.
      “This is owned by the state department much like a school bus. They maintain it. We provide the pilot, they provide the base salary, and we supplement that,” said Dozier.
      Tuesday, the boat passed the Coast Guard’s inspection.
      It seats 12 people, has a place for the pilot and co-pilot, and it has tie downs for wheelchairs.
      Dozier says it can safely fit 16 people and has plenty of life jackets for all passengers.
      “It looks great and meets all specifications,” said Dozier.
      The New Prince Washington will have its first launch on the first day of school.
      There’s no word yet on what they’re going to do with the old school boat.

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    • Storm Dockage Discounts at Bucksport Marina, AICW Statute Mile 377


      In another of the ways that these good folks show concern for their boating visitors, Bucksport Marina is offering a docking discount during storm conditions. And what a great place to be hunkered down! Bucksport Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS NET SPONSOR, lies south of Waterway marker #36, along the western shores of the beautiful Waccamaw River..

      Special for Cruisers.net readers.
      Mention this ad and get .75 cent / foot docking during tropical storm conditions when mentioning you saw this on Cruisers.net
      We are five mile off of the coast and are considered safe harbor!
      Thanks,
      Jeffrey A Weeks
      843-397-5566

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    • Free Thanksgiving Meal at Bucksport Marina, AICW Statute Mile 377


      Bucksport Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS NET SPONSOR!, lies south of Waterway marker #36, along the western shores of the beautiful Waccamaw River. This generous free meal is typical of the concern always shown for their boating visitors at this unique and fine marina. Plus a reduced rate for SSECN readers.

      Hey Everybody,
      The Grand Opening of Captains Seaweeds Restaurant & Tiki Bar presents a Special Thanksgiving Day Meal!!
      The meal is free which will be Turkey and all of the trimmings.
      The Bar will be open for business. (Come Meet The New Bartender and Staff)
      This is a new beginning for Captain Seaweeds, Under new and energized ownership.
      Please checkout the New Menu and The Hours of Operation that will be Consistent with Customers needs.

      Reduced Fall and Winter Campground Rates are in effect.
      Many New and Exciting Activities and Events are being planned.
      Examples but not limited to are:

      Competition Volleyball Tournaments, Putt Putt Tournaments, Drag Boat Races, Wakeboard Tournaments, Pool Tournaments, Concerts, Bike Swap Meets, Watercraft Rentals, Kayaking and Tours, Jet Skiis, Air Hockey, Darts, Dancing, Corn Hole, Horse Shoes, Classic Cars Shows, Corvette Shows, Fishing Tournaments, Football/Basketball/ Sports Parties and Socials, Weddings and Receptions, Birthday Parties

      A new Website is almost up and running with constant updates (www.bucksportplantation.com)

      We offer boat and watercraft storage ($75 MONTHLY)
      Plus a special rate of $1.00 per foot per night if you say you saw this posted on Cruisers Net.
      We offer long and short term Wet storage as well.
      Reduced RV REPAIR rates for our customers
      Watercraft Mechanic services are now available as well for our customers.

      Please call for more information or for Reservations!!
      Thanks,
      Jeff Weeks
      Manager
      Bucksport Plantation Marina & RV resort
      843-397-5566
      bpmrvss@gmail.com

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    • A SC Waterway Mini-Guide from Little River Inlet to Beaufort, AICW Statute Miles 349-517

      Many thanks to Skippers Lunsford for providing very recent reports from six shoaling areas between Myrtle Beach and Beaufort. Three of these areas have been designated SSECN Problem Stretches and their descriptions are listed below.
      For a recent report on McClellanville, see /?p=144354
      For a 2013 ACOE survey of area north of Ben Sawyer Bridge, see /?p=125717
      For a 12/2013 report on Ashepoo-Coosaw Cutoff, see /?p=129101
      For an alternative to Ashepoo-Coosaw Cutoff, see /?p=134342

      Hi there. We just came through this area in the last week, a bit ahead of the pack, so thought we’d pass on what we found at the traditional trouble spots to help those who come behind us (a copy of what we posted on a couple of Facebook groups). Thanx for all you do.
      Dan and Jaye Lunsford

      SM 349-352 The Rockpile: This stretch has numerous rock ledges on the sides of the channel so its important to stay in the middle. Not quite as scary as it sounds, but its the first time on the journey that the ICW is anything but mud if you do make a mistake. The ledges are very easy to see at low tide, and there is plenty of water depth even at the lowest tide. On weekends it can be crowded with power boats who may want to pass you if you are a slower sailboat and there really isn’t a lot of room to move over.

      SM 430-435 McClellanville: Time the tides here if at all possible. If you’re really motivated you can tiptoe your way through; we saw 6′ MLLW, but so much simpler to just give it a couple of hours.

      SM 460 shoals before Ben Sawyer bridge: 4′ MLLW, so its really important to time the tides here. Favor the north side of the channel from before G117A to G119.

      SM 471 Wappoo Creek Bridge: This operator is REALLY a stickler for time; bridge is closed during rush hour opens every 1/2 hour during the middle of the day (check the complex operating schedule) but if you aren’t waiting at the bridge before the opening, the operator will not hold even a moment but will make you wait for the next one.

      SM 501-504 Watts Cut: Although not listed as a traditional trouble spot, there are numerous shoals to 6′ MLLW along this reach. In a slow sailboat it’s hard to time the tides to have water here, and also water at the next trouble spot.

      SM 517 Ashepoo-Coosaw Cutoff: Stay at least a couple of boat lengths off G177 at the entry (“square the corner”) for 10′ MLLW. At the exit, R184 was reported destroyed; a new temporary drop aid (floating can) was placed there on Friday — we met the Coast Guard small boat that was doing the work on their way back. Slightly favor that NW side between R184 and G185, but time the tides if necessary, we saw 5′ MLLW here briefly.

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

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

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

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    • Rate Reduction for SSECN Readers at Bucksport Marina, AICW Statute Mile 377


      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 bpmrvss@gmail.com or (843) 397-5566.

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    • A Good Visit to Bucksport Marina, AICW 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 communityMany good words about newly renovated (and under new ownership) Bucksport Marina and their on-site restaurant, continue to be recorded here on the Cruisers’ Net! And, of course, these good people are a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS NET SPONSOR! PLEASE patronize them and all our other sponsors whenever possible! Bucksport Marina lies south of marker #36, along the western shores of the AICW/Waccamaw River.

      We stayed 5/30/14 on our way south. Jeff Weeks the marina manager was very helpful and we were pleased with our stay. We will stop in again.
      Doyle Evans

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