This report from Peg and Jim Healy confirms other recent reports of shallow water through this perennial Problem Stretch (/?p=145005). SSECN’s recommendation of a mid to high tide passage is still valid!
Sanctuary and crew came southbound through McClellanville, SC between 11h45 – 12h15 yesterday, Monday, November 3, 2014. Our Garmin Tide Almanac and Tides and Currents Android app showed us at +1â€™ on the rising tide.
Based on what we saw, there could be areas less than 4â€™ at MLLW, and certainly during periods of celestial (spring) lows. Cruiserâ€™s must be attentive through this area.
Details: from Gâ€35â€ all the way through, and 1/2 mile south of, Râ€40â€, we saw depths of 6â€™ or less, and we saw two spots of less than 5â€™. I do not have a recommended path through the area. We proceeded slowly, and slightly drifted back and forth across the centerline of the channel looking for best depths, but we didnâ€™t find anything that would be helpful to pass along. It seems to be a lumpy, mud bottom.
At low tide, this area will be difficult for deep draft boats. I would say this is very much like the Little Mud River as a significant trouble spot on the A-ICW, except itâ€™s longer than the Little Mud River (or seemed so).
We also saw a sailboat aground at Dewees Creek, but that was a nav error, as he was definitely out of the channel.
Peg and Jim Healy aboard Sanctuary
Monk 36 Hull #132