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    • Factory Creek Anchorage

      Statute Mile: 536.5
      Lat/Lon: 32 25.254 North/080 39.133 West
      Location: on the waters of Factory Creek, northeast of Lady’s Island Marina, in the body of the stream’s sharp bend to the north
      Minimum Depth: 10 feet
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 42 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: Very good


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      Comments from Cruisers (3)

      1. John Pholeric -  November 19, 2012 - 11:40 am

        Tried this anchorage in 35 kt of winds with a 30 kg mason supreme anchorage on a 40 ft cat and pull through mud till close to docks. Eventually stayed at a dock.
        John Pholeric

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      2. Capt. RL & Karen -  December 16, 2009 - 11:40 am

        We anchored between R14 & G15 along with 2 other boats on Monday 12/14/09, just across from the Snook Restaurant. Lots of water and had entertainment for the evening. Just follow the markers into Capri Pass…lots of water here. Will definitely come back.
        Capt. RL & Karen
        s/v Last Call
        45′ Island Trader, ketch

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      3. Martin & Betsy Basch -  July 21, 2009 - 3:08 pm

        Subject: Mile 535.9 Factory Creek, Beaufort, SC
        Cruising News: As we left our Factory Creek anchorage this morning we were surprised to find depth of 4.5′ MLW at the entrance off G’1′. Fairly shallow depths continued to the ICW. Fortunately the bottom appeared soft. Molly Blossom draws 5′.
        Martin & Betsy Basch,
        mv Molly Blossom

        I e-mailed Captains Betsy & Martin, and asked if they might have accidentally eased out of the channel as they cruised from Factory Creek back to the Waterway. They sent the response below:

        Hi Claiborne,
        We were about halfway between the G’1′ and the road bed leading to Ladies Island Bridge. I would just advise people to proceed cautiously through the entrance to Factory Creek at MLW. We got through OK, but were just surprised by depths shallower than we remembered in the past. Trick o’ the tide perhaps. Plenty of water inside for anchoring.
        Betsy Basch

        Having seen the above two postings, Captain Chuck chimes in with his message below. Looks like he has the answer on how to find the best depths when entering Factory Creek.

        Cruising News: As a follow up to Molly Blossoms post regarding Factory Creek, If you enter close to Green Marker #1 you will certainly find shallow water since the shoal is moving out from the marsh. However, if you stay close in to the bridge and the highway as you enter and pass the deserted boats anchored at the mouth, then stay close on the side of the Creek where the marina and private docks are you will find plenty of water, at least 6’+ at low, low tide at the entrance. Once past the public ramp the water is fairly deep close to both sides of the shore. We are currently at Lady’s Island Marina, so holler when you come by.
        Capt. Chuck

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    • Beaufort City Anchorage

      Statute Mile: 536.5
      Lat/Lon: 32 25.804 North/080 40.592 West
      Location: lies on the waters west of Downtown Beaufort Marina, east of flashing daybeacon #240
      Minimum Depth: 12+ feet
      Special Comment: After 72 hours vessels in this anchorage must register at the Downtown Marina
      Swing Room: sufficient room for virtually any size of pleasurecraft
      Foul Weather Shelter: Fair to Good; open to strong southwesterly blows


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      Comments from Cruisers (3)

      1. Dean Perry -  November 19, 2014 - 12:01 pm

        We’ve anchored at Beaufort SC several times…. and each time I swear we’ll never do that again…. Love the town, but the currents are swift, and the bottom, at least where we’ve anchored in the past is HARD…. With a lot of scope out, you do PULL IN… but you spend all you time wondering if just the tip of the anchor (Manson supreme) is all that’s “IN”…. Two days ago, with high winds, and lots of fetch (waves)… We watched the two boats in front of us… (toward the town) drag anchor, tangle and go ashore… WE decided to pull anchor and leave…. or possibly suffer the same fate…
        Recommendation… TAKE a mooring ball or slip if going to Beaufort… or leaving the boat…. We understand from the dockmaster that Beaufort WILL be putting in more moorings…. with better (as in larger) spacing…

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      2. Barbara and Ernie Roberts -  May 16, 2013 - 1:01 pm

        Tricky mooring field and you have to go to the parking space at the City Marina for going ashore ! GREAT town !!!!
        Barbara and Ernie Roberts

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      3. Philip W. Mullins -  May 3, 2013 - 1:56 pm

        I have anchored there several times in the last 20 years. Although the current runs very swift, the bottom is good holding, but you need to leave plenty of room to swing. Depths usually are around 12 to 15 ft.
        The dingy dock is long and easy to get to. Tie up on the back side as the outside is for day boats. Then, you are right down town Beaufort. There are several good restaurants along Bay St. with entrances on the front or the back overlooking the water. Panninis , Luther’s , Plums are all good.
        Philip W. Mullins (Phil)
        s/v Katash

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    • Northerly Beaufort River Anchorage

      Statute Mile: 538
      Lat/Lon: near 32 25.091 North/080 40.628 West
      Location: lies on the waters east of the charted marsh island, which is itself, east of flashing daybeacon #214
      Minimum Depth: 10-feet, if and only if you enter from the south
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 45 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: Fair; open to southern and southeastern winds


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      Comments from Cruisers (1)

      1. Pascal -  September 24, 2009 - 12:11 pm

        Looked a little narrow so instead i anchored to the south of the island, jsut south of the 9 and 10′ marks on the edge of the charlet. it’s way on the outside of the bend, no wake or traffic issues, more water and swinging room
        MY Charmer, Johnson 70

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