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.