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Archive For: SC – 2 – Waccamaw River to Winyah Bay

  • Further Praise for Osprey Marina (Statute Mile 373.5)

    Another cruiser agreeing with so many of you who have been very pleased with the amenities of Osprey Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!

    We stopped at Osprey marina overnight on our NB journey. We found this to be a fantastic marina. Clean, Friendly and reasonable. The staff is extremely helpful and competent. We highly recommend this marina and plan to make this one of our regular stops on the ICW.
    Sue Sea

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

  • Good Description of Thoroughfare Creek Anchorage (Statute Mile 389)

    We haven’t received many comments about Thoroughfare Creek, which lies west of the Waccamaw River/ICW flashing daybeacon #73, so it’s good to have these observations from Captain Litchfield. This creek makes a simply wonderful overnight stop, particularly if you track you way upstream to the point where high, sandy cliffs march down to the starboard side shores.

    Submitted on 2010/05/22 at 5:50pm
    We decided to stop short of our goal and anchor in Thoroughfare Creek to take advantage of the trees that provided some wind protection. We shared the anchorage with one other sailboat. We dropped the hook and immediately found out why its called “Thoroughfare”. There was lots of local traffic evidently running between the Waccamaw River and the Great Pee Dee River plus the usual local fishermen, skiers and jet skis. Thankfully, the wind and traffic died a little after sundown and we had a quiet evening. It’s a beautiful anchorage especially in when you are fogged in at daybreak.
    Captain Dick Litchfield

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

  • Cruising the Upper Waccamaw to Conway, SC, (departing AICW Statute Mile 375)

    This cruise of the upper Waccamaw (all the way to the Conway, SC waterfront) is OFF the AICW, and the channel, while passable, is not as reliable as the Waterway. There is one fixed bridge to worry with, but unfortunately, we have never found a published vertical clearance for this span. I have estimated it to be about 35 feet, but please understand, that is just an estimate. At Conway, cruisers will discover a city marina in a delightful setting, surrounded by a beautiful park, and with some transient dockage available. There are several restaurants within walking distance.

    I would like to go up river from the Waccamaw/ICW to Conway. I note that the charts indicate a good amount of water depth. I have a Carver 39MY which is 40’7″ long and about 18ft high. Do you know if it would be practical to take this vessel as far as Conway and overnight there? Any help or advice would be welcome.
    Captain David Kelly

    I have never been all the way to Conway on the Waccamaw but I have a friend who did it years ago in a 27 footer and said it was fine. Another friend tells me that there are some fairly large boats docked in a marina near downtown but he is not sure if there are any bridge or draft restrictions for a boat like the 39MY. I have always wanted to make that run but it has never worked out.
    Captain Bobby Gregory, Intracoastal Yacht Sales

    According to the dockmaster at the Conway City Marina, you will have no difficulty with your 18ft. clearance.

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s South Carolina Marina Directory Listing For Conway City Marina

  • More Praise for Osprey Marina (Statute Mile 373.5)

    I honest don’t think any pleasure craft facility has garnered more praise here on the Cruisers’ Net than Osprey Marina. This wonderful marina is accessed by way of a long canal, which cuts off from the AICW, a short hop south of the decrepit Socastee swing bridge. And, of course, Osprey is a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!
    The posting below comes from Captain Ted Jones, former editor and co-owner of the late, great “Coastal Cruising” magazine. Captain Ted has been kind enough to exclusively share his cruising log with the Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net during his still underway sojourn to points south!

    1230: We departed Georgetown alongside a pretty green Canadian sloop with which we kept pace all day.
    1700: We were looking for a spot to anchor as we were approaching the narrow canal through Myrtle Beach where there would be no place to anchor. We checked one out behind an island, but were skeptical of continuing to be fly bait. We pulled alongside the Canadian who told us they were headed for Osprey Marina where the rate was a buck a foot. We said we would tag along and see if they had room for two.
    1730: Osprey Marina turned out to be a pleasant surprise and the find of the Century. One enters a narrow cut on the east side of the ICW. After a hundred yards or so, the cut opens into a large basin which has half-a-dozen docks, each with 30 or 40 slips. They put us on the fuel dock so we could pump the holding tank and while there we topped off with fuel.
    The dockmaster walked me to our slip so I could see if it was okay and how to get into it, then we motored around to B-dock, slip 6 and tied up for the night. Osprey Marina is modern, clean, and has all the amenities. Nearby is an Italian restaurant which will pick you up or deliver your meal. We called and had an excellent pizza which was delivered earlier than expected. We ate half of it and have the other half for later. Osprey Marina gets our vote as one of the best deals around, but don’t blink as you pass the canal.
    (All day we had seen signs with the word Osprey, but the rest of the lettering is too small to read. We didn’t know what they represented, perhaps real estate sales.)
    0915: We bid farewell to Osprey Marina vowing to return. It’s biggest attraction to us, aside from being a great spot, is that it lets us avoid Barefoot Landing which we don’t care for partly because it has the worst, overpriced ice cream either of us has ever tasted. What a contrast: I forgot to mention in yesterday’s log that all overnight boats are given a care package which contains, among other things, a whole package of Helluvagood Cheese and two kinds of crackers to go with it, a couple of mints, a magazine, two drink holders, and a whistle with float plus information about the marina, the marina grill menu (breakfast and lunch), etc.
    Ted Jones

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

  • Osprey Marina – Captain Jane Reports (Statute Mile 373)

    Osprey Marina , owned by Carson Benton, is at mile marker 373 on the Intracoastal Waterway in Myrtle Beach. Osprey Marina offers a protected harbor 150 yards off the waterway accessible by a private dBelow, Captain Jane does her usual sterling job on one of our very favorite facilities in northeastern South Carolina. And, of course, Osprey Marina is one of our most loyal SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSORS!

    We finally did it. We chugged far enough North on a long delivery skipper paced day to get us past the usual suspects of Waccawachee and
    Bucksport to find out what that invisible Osprey Marina really is, how far it is down that narrow looking channel off Day Marker 26A and why it wins such praise. Here are our answers.
    First, it’s a short ride down a deep water channel into a charming quiet cove a world away from speeding “go fast”‘ day boats, even though it appears to be home to many.

    Second, while it only has room for five or six transient boats, and dockage is wedgie and modified-wedgie style, the eager welcoming staff
    make it low stress and pleasant.
    Third, it must be winning all those kudos because everyone is so helpful and pleasant and because it’s got the nicest land heads and
    showers we’ve seen on the waterway, and we’ve seen a lot. Even the laundry room is fresh and spotless and includes an ironing board and
    There’s a grill on site serving breakfast and lunch Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Plus there’s a highly touted Italian restaurant that will not only deliver but if you prefer will pick up and deliver you and give you time to shop at a supermarket next door.
    Finally, Osprey Marina scores big with the best goody bag — cookies, cheese and crackers and a very cool key chain with warbling whistle
    for hailing your first mate back into the cockpit when you are at the helm, just because you feel like it.
    Jane Tigar

    We would like to add our Vote for the Osprey Marina at mile 373 It was so nice to feel the warm welcome, to such a nice place, not only was the Marina one of the nicest we have stopped at, they made You feel so welcome and said Thanks for staying with us, with goodie bad and all. Great place, Great people, Great price!
    Clay and Mary on sailing vessel Gemini

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

  • Bull Creek Anchorages (Statute Mile 381)

    Bull Creek cuts of the AICW/Waccamaw River, south of Prince Creek. This stream provides some of the most idyllic anchorages I’ve ever reviewed, And, I’ve reviewed thousands over the last 30 years as a cruising guide author. To be succinct, don’t dare miss these waters as an overnight stop!

    Anchored here 4-9-10 in the area between two anchors on the chartlet. Two other boat also there. Some wakes from small boats. Larger cruise boats went by slowly. Nice setting. No-see-ums in the morning. Lots of swing room and good protection from north winds and some from the south or east, more open to west.
    Jean Thomason (DOVEKIE)

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

  • Wacca Wache Marina and Russel’s Seafood Restaurant (Statute Mile 383.5)

    Glad to hear Captain Sykes had such a good visit with Wacca Wache Marina. I have not personally tried Russel’s Seafood Restaurant, but will do all in my power to correct that oversight soon!
    Wacca Wache is located along the AICW’s north to south run along beautiful Waccamaw River. It is one of the only transient facilities between Osprey Marina (A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR) and Georgetown.

    We stayed at the Wacco Wache Marina last night. Some of the nicest people at the marina that I have ever run into.
    We elected to call Russell who runs Russel’s Sea Food restaurant about 2 miles from the marina. He, personally, came and picked us up, had a table reserved for us (very busy weekend night), and took us back to the marina. Food was great with more sea food options than they serve at the marina restaurant.
    Capt. Sykes
    SV Aquarius

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s South Carolina Marina Directory Listing For Wacca Wache Marina

  • Osprey Marina (Statute Mile 373.5)

    Osprey Marina , owned by Carson Benton, is at mile marker 373 on the Intracoastal Waterway in Myrtle Beach. Osprey Marina offers a protected harbor 150 yards off the waterway accessible by a private dAnd the hits just keep on coming here on the Cruisers’ Net for Osprey Marina! I’m not sure if there is a more praised facility in all of South Carolina.
    Osprey Marina is located at the southern foot of the Pine Island Cut canal, and at the extreme northern end of the Waccamaw River portion of the AICW. You must traverse a deep canal from the Waterway to reach Osprey’s sheltered harbor. Among all its many other fine attributes, this is a great place to ride out really heavy weather.

    Osprey Marina is one of our two favorite marinas. We were there on January 6, 2010, and had to break through a half inch of ice leaving in the morning. You cannot find a cleaner or more well kept facility. The onsite restaurant and ship’s store is excellent and most welcoming. The rest rooms are with the best we have ever seen. A very clean and complete laundry is also available.
    Considering that this is all available at $1.00 per foot, Osprey Marina is not to be missed. It is simply superb.
    Claiborne Young’s South Carolina and Georgia Cruising Guide drew us in, and it was a great choice. We recommend it to all we meet, and look forward to returning in the spring.
    Norman Mason
    MV Peggy Sue
    Monk 36

    Click Here For The Cruisers’ Net’s South Carolina Marina Directory Listing For Osprey Marina

  • New Restaurant at Wacca Wache Marina (Statute Mile 383.5)

    Wacca Wache Marina is one of the best faciltiies on the AICW/Waccamaw River. It overlooks the eastern banks, south of Prince Creek. The new restaurant Captain Crouch speaks of below has been, if memory serves, in place for some time, but like John, others may not have heard about this addition before now.

    This may be old news, but we recently visited the new restaurant at Wacca Wache Marina in SC. It used to be a dingy beer-biker hang-out, but I am pleased to report that it has improved by leaps & bounds.
    The new restaurant is Hannah Bananas Sunshine Cabana. It has been cleaned up and redecorated. There is a full service bar, great menu and outstanding food. The outside seating on the river is very nice, and they do provide live entertainment.
    I would suggest it to anyone traveling down our beautiful river.
    Kindest regards,
    John B. Crouch, Jr

  • Good Times at Marina at Grand Dunes (Statute Mile 359)

    I guess the best just keep on getting better. There have been many accolades for the Marina at the Grand Dunes here on the Cruisers’ Net, and it’s not only because they are a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!

    Great facility. Dock hands were the best I have seen. Very courtious and informative. When we docked, we did not have to do a thing, they tied us up and made all of our hookups. Even got a free bottle of wine!
    Sea Huddle

    Click Here For The Cruisers’ Net’s South Carolina Marina Directory Listing For the Marina at Grand Dunes

  • More Accolades for Osprey Marina (Statute Mile 373.5)

    Osprey Marina , owned by Carson Benton, is at mile marker 373 on the Intracoastal Waterway in Myrtle Beach. Osprey Marina offers a protected harbor 150 yards off the waterway accessible by a private dI can’t think of another facility that has received so many on-line accolades here on the Cruisers’ Net as Osprey Marina. Don’t miss this place! And, don’t forget, they are a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!

    Stopped here for lunch on 1/16/09 great facilities, friendly people and a great hamburger. Will stop again!
    Sea Huddle

    Click Here For The Cruisers’ Net’s South Carolina Marina Directory Listing For Osprey Marina

  • Cruise the Upper Waccamaw River to Conway, SC (near St. M. 375)

    While I would be hesitant taking this cruise in a vessel larger than 45 feet, we love abandoning the AICW near St. M. 375, and cruising up the upper Waccamaw River to Conway, SC. This passage has a real backwater feeling to it.
    Sailors beware – there is one fixed span with an unpublished vertical clearance, but I’ve always estimated it to be only 30 to 35 feet or so.
    The crew of Sea Huddle does not mention it, but there are several good shoreside restaurants within walking distance of the Conway City Marina!

    Took the trip up and down the Waccamaw to Conway this past weekend. If coming south on ICW take shortcut and turn right just before Green 27 and then bear left, it will bring you out at Red 2, Depth entering was 9.8 and got deeper quickly. the shallowest I saw all the way up was 9.5 in a few spots. The deeper depths appear to favor the left going up and right coming down. Conway is a nice spot with a great park to walk your animals if needed, and close to town. The dockhands were not very helpful, two college guys, I guess it is because it is owned by the City Parks. Fuel, pump out, elec, showers, no water this time apparently the lines burst from the freezing weather. Due to no wake zones, it will take you aywhere from an 1 1/2 to 2 hours to get there.
    Sea Huddle

    Click Here For The Cruisers’ Net’s South Carolina Marina Directory Listing For Conway City Marina

  • Island Anchorage (AICW/Waccamaw River, Statute Mile 375.5)

    The overnight haven described below by Captain Andy is termed “Island Anchorage,” both in the Cruisers’ Net’s “South Carolina Anchorage Directory” and my “Cruising Guide to Coastal South Carolina and Georgia.” It consists of a small loop making off directly from the Waterway’s northwestern banks, and cutting behind a small island (hence, the name). This is a good anchorage, but to the south, Bull Creek and Thoroughfare Creek make for even better places to stop along the AICW/Waccamaw River.

    Subject: Waccamaw River marker #29 anchorage
    Cruising News: I’m pleased to report that the rustic anchorage at Waccamaw River #29 is still nice and unobstructed although there’s considerable development along the “green side” shoreline. EQUUS spent a pleasant night here on 12/12 in warm temperatures and drizzling rain with only one other boat. This is one of my favorite ICW anchorages and it looks like a place where a dinosaur might appear from the swamps at any moment! I always use a trip line here as there are snags on the bottom.
    Captain Andy Denmark
    s/v EQUUS

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

  • More Accolades for Osprey Marina (Statute Mile 373.5)

    And the hits just keep on coming when it comes to this fine facility (near the AICW’s northern entrance to Waccamaw River). Few marinas have garnered so much praise here on the Cruisers’ Net as Osprey Marina. But, of course, they are a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!

    I agree with all of these folks. Osprey Marina was terrific in every way! At the marina’s suggestion, we checked out Scatori’s Restaurant. The restaurant provided us transportation to and from, the food and wine tasted delicious and the presentation was exceptional, and after dinner we even picked up a few groceries at Lowe’s. Talk about great hospitality!
    Jan & Tracy Nelson

    Click Here For The Cruisers’ Net’s South Carolina Marina Directory Listing For Osprey Marina

  • Jericho Creek Anchroage (off the AICW/Waccamaw River, near Statute Mile 395)

    Jericho Creek does not offer the roomiest anchorage of the many great overnight havens off the AICW/Waccamaw River. However, the really adventurous among us can cruise the creek all the way to the Pee Dee River. That is a really interesting journey, but it’s not for everyone, and certainly not for larger cruising craft.

    We anchored here on the south side of the oxbow. The south side gave us better protection from northerly winds. As noted, not much swing room and two anchors might be advisable, but we passed the night on one. You need to watch the tide, shoaling and bar at the mouth. We had to bugout early AM to get across the bar safely. We noted 6.2′ as we crossed the bar.
    Dick Litchfield

    I passed through Jericho Creek between Pee Dee and Waccamaw Rivers about six months ago at low tide (three foot draft trawler). It was beautiful and adventurous, but I saw two large stumps just above the surface, center of the creek, in the winding part of the creek near Wacammaw River. I would not have seen these with one foot more water. I don’t know if they were transient or there all the time. Be careful in this area.
    Russ McAden

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

  • Thoroughfare Creek Anchorages (Statute Mile 389)

    Out of all the MANY wonderful anchorages off the AICW section of the Waccamaw River, I think Thoroughfare Creek may be my very favorite. Looks like Captain Koerner found this spot equally delightful.

    Spent the day under power in a drizzling rain. This was my last chance to find an anchorage before nightfall. It was beautiful to me then, in the rain, and remains so in my memory. One sailing catamaran was there when I arrived, and a trawler arrived just after I set the hook. My Bruce anchor dragged, so I changed to a CQR. No problem. It was probably due to fluky conditions, though, as wind and current were at odds when I arrived. Didn’t get a good set to start with.
    HB Koerner

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

  • Bull Creek Anchorage (off AICW/Waccamaw River. St. M. 381)

    The Waccamaw River section of the South Carolina AICW has an embarrassment of riches when it comes to good anchorage along its side streams. However, Bull Creek is one of the very best of the lot. Whenever I talk to cruising groups in South Carolina, and mention Bull Creek, I can look out on my audience and see everyone’s eyes getting dreamy. Anchoring on a stream like Bull Creek is what cruising is all about!

    Bull Creek has excellent protection from northerly winds if you can get around the first large bend and behind a large stand of trees. Depths are varied from 30′+ to beginning to verge on shoal. Additionally, there is some small boat traffic on occasion plus a small RO-RO (Rip Rap II) passed, carrying a big SUV and horse van. Holding is good in the current we experienced (somewhat under a knot?) and in gusty winds to 20-25 kts.
    Rick Emerson

    We anchored in Bull Creek on November 17th just as another front was beginning to come through. We had rain and 15 sustained winds with gusts to 25kts. We held well and had great water around the first bend of almost 25+ feet. We anchored in the middle with 14-15 feet all around us. We swung in the wind and tidal changes without any issues.
    John Coyle

    Click Here For The Cruisers’ Net’s South Carolina Anchorage Directory Listing For Bull Creek

  • Fuel Bill at Wacca Wache Marina (Statute Mile 383.5)

    On 11/14, stopped for fuel at WW. When I callled the day before, I was told they now had a $.10 cent discount for Boat US. They do not, nor do they have any other discount. The price per gallon was not shown on the pump. The running total fuel cost shown by the pump was different than the amount shown on the charge slip. While we were indeed told the price of fuel was $2.69 per gallon today, and it worked out correctly at that price, it was most annoying to see that the price on the charge slip was different (by almost $100) than that shown on the pump. While sure that no hankie-pankie was invloved, we were very disconcerted by the experience. I would suggest that all of our boating friends be aware of this issue so as not to be surprised when comparing the at-pump cost to the bill.
    Dennis Krakow

    Click Here For The Cruisers’ Net’s South Carolina Marina Directory Listing For Wacca Wache Marina

  • Wacca Wache Marina (Statute Mile 383.5)

    Wacca Wache Marina is well situation on the AICW’s passage through Waccamaw River, between our good friends at Osprey Marina (A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR), and all the many fine marina facilities as Georgetown (A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUSERS’ NET SPONSOR)

    Claiborne, stayed at Wacca Wache on 10/28. Service was excellent, both at the fuel dock and at our slip. Fuel price was the best of the 10 fuel ups we did from Long Island to Florida. Music from outdoor restaurant/bar was good…did not try the restaurant. The Waccamaw River is our favorite section of our trip, can imagine Indians 300 years ago coasting down it in canoes…beautiful run. …
    Bob Scalia
    MV Endless Summer

    Click Here For The Cruisers’ Net’s South Carolina Marina Directory Listing For Wacca Wache Marina

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