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    • LNM: Lighted Channel Buoys Relocated, Beaufort Inlet, near NC AICW Statute Mile 205


      These channel buoys are on the west and east sides of the inlet channel and south of the harbor.


      SAFETY/NC – MOREHEAD CITH HARBOR – BEAUFORT ILNET (CHART 11545)/ATON/CCGD5 BNM 051-19
      1. (51°19.0000N / 001°0.0000W, 51.316667 / -1.000000) THE FOLLOWING AIDS TO NAVIGATION HAVE BEEN RELOCATED.

      A. BEAUFORT INLET CHANNEL LB 9 (LLNR 29355) TO APPROX POSIT 34-39-46.323N, 076-40-26.204W (34°39.7720N / 076°40.4368W, 34.662867 / -76.673946) .

      B. BEAUFORT INLET CHANNEL LB 10 (LLNR 29360) TO APPROX POSIT 34-39-45.024N, 076-40-18.358W (34°39.7504N / 076°40.3060W, 34.662507 / -76.671766) .

      C. BEAUFORT INLET CHANNEL LB 13 (LLNR 29372) TO APPROX POSIT 34-40-28.456N, 076-40-12.956W (34°40.4743N / 076°40.2160W, 34.674571 / -76.670266) .

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    • LNM: Channel Lighted Buoys Relocated, Beaufort Inlet, near NC AICW Statute Mile 205


      Both of these lighted buoys are on the west side of the inlet channel and south of the inlet’s mouth.

      SAFETY/NC – MNOREHEAD CITY HARBOR (CHART 11547) – BEAUFORT INLET/ATON/CCGD5 BNM 054-19

      1. (54°19.0000N / 001°0.0000W, 54.316667 / -1.000000) THE FOLLOWING AIDS TO NAVAGATION HAVE BEEN RELOCATED TO FACILITATE DREDGING OPERATIONS.

      A. BEAUFORT INLET CHANNEL LB 15 (LLNR 29380)HAS BEEN TEMPORARILY RELOCATED TO APPROX POSIT 34-40-54.807N 076-40-06.301W (34°40.9135N / 076°40.1050W, 34.681891 / -76.668417) .

      B. BEAUFORT INLET CHANNEL LB 17 (LLNR 29390) HAS BEEN TEMPORARILY RELOCATED TO APPROX POSIT 34-41-08.846N 076-40-04.552W (34°41.1475N / 076°40.0759W, 34.685791 / -76.667931) .

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    • LNM: Inlet Buoys 16 and 16A Relocated, Beaufort Inlet, near NC AICW Statute Mile 205


      These inlet channel buoys are on the east side of the channel off Shackleford Point just south of the mouth of Beaufort Inlet. This is a temporary relocation for dredging.

      1. THE FOLLOWING AIDS TO NAVIGATION HAVE BEEN TEMPORARILY RELOCATED FOR DREDGING.
      A. BEAUFORT HARBOR CHANNEL LIGHTED BUOY 16 (LLNR 29387) TO APPROX POSIT 34-41-05.471N, 076-39-59.610W (34°41.0912N / 076°39.9935W, 34.684853 / -76.666558) (34°41.0912N / 076°39.9935W, 34.684853 / -76.666558) IN 19 FEET OF WATER.
      B. BEAUFORT HARBOR CHANNEL LIGHTED BUOY 16A (LLNR 29388) TO APPROX POSIT 34-41-29.704N, 076-40-06.281W (34°41.4950N / 076°40.1047W, 34.691584 / -76.668411) (34°41.4950N / 076°40.1047W, 34.691584 / -76.668411) IN 27 FEET OF WATER.

       

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    • LNM: Old US 70/Grayden Paul Bridge Demolition Underway, Beaufort, NC, near AICW Statute Mile 201


      The old Grayden Paul Bridge was closed to road traffic in January of 2018 and demolition of what had always been a nuisance bridge for cruisers wanting to visit the Beaufort waterfront is now underway.

      NC – MOREHEAD CITY HARBOR – BEAUFORT INLET – BEAUFORT (GALLANTS) CHANNEL – BRIDGE DEMOLITION
      A construction firm, on behalf of the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT), will be performing demolition activities in the vicinity of the US-70/ Grayden Paul (bascule drawbridge), at mile 0.1, over Beaufort (Gallants) Channel at Beaufort NC. Vessels, construction equipment and personnel will be working in the channel from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., daily, from mid-November 2018, through February 28, 2019. Construction vessels will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 86. Mariners should exercise caution when transiting area. Chart 11541 LNM 50/18

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    • LNM: Missing Buoy 3, Entrance Channel to Beaufort NC Harbor, near AICW Statute Mile 205


      The entrance into Beaufort Harbor from the main inlet channel has been plagued with missing markers, shoaling, and off-station markers for several months. One would think someone doesn’t want you to visit Beaufort’s waterfront.


      SEC NC BNM 455-18
      NORTH CAROLINA – BEAUFORT INLET AND SOUTHERN CORE SOUND (CHART 11545)
      NEWPORT RIVER BEAUFORT HARBOR CHANNEL LIGHTED BUOY 3 (LLNR 34815) REPORTED OFFSTATION.

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    • LNM: Maintenance Scheduled, Atlantic Beach Bridge, AICW Statute Mile 206.5


      Cruisers are asked to notify the project foreman at 703-855-8519 or 910-859-9403 30 minutes before entering the work zone. Atlantic Beach Bridge is a fixed span with 65ft vertical clearance.

      NC – ATLANTIC INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY – MOREHEAD CITY HARBOR – SR 1184/ATLANTIC BEACH BRIDGE – MAINTENANCE
      An engineering firm, on behalf of North Carolina Department of Transportation, will be performing maintenance SR 1184 (Atlantic Beach Bridge) bridge, over the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (AIWW), Bogue Sound, at mile 206.7, between Morehead City, NC and Atlantic Beach, NC. The maintenance will be conducted from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Monday-Saturday; October 8, 2018, through March 15, 2019. A crane barge, a material barge, several tugs, several work vessels and work platforms will be located in and around the vicinity of the bridge. Maintenance personnel,
      equipment and vessels will relocate from the navigable channel, upon request. Work vessels may be reached on VHF-FM channel 13. The project foreman can be reached at (703) 855-8519 or (910) 859-9403. Mariners should notify the work foreman no less than thirty minutes prior to transiting through the bridge. Mariners should use extreme caution navigating through the area. Chart 11547 LNM 40/18

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      Comments from Cruisers (2)

      1. Robert Sherer -  October 12, 2018 - 8:45 pm

        How do we know if this is real?

        Editor’s note: Several folks have tried to reach the numbers listed. There is a message machine on the first number, but none on the second. The maintenance may been delayed by Hurricane Michael. Let us know if you make contact.

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      2. Thomas Hale -  October 6, 2018 - 1:51 pm

        Saturday 10/6 14:00. I called both numbers listed and there was no answer at either number. I called USCG Fort Macon and they had no further information.

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    • Beaufort Town Council Plans to Tackle Derelict Vessels, Beaufort, NC, AICW Statute Mile 205


      Morehead City Yacht Basin

      Beaufort is a major port of call for Waterway cruisers and the harbor is home to Morehead City Yacht Basin, A CRUISERS NET SPONSOR! Happily, the marina is up and fully functional following Florence. Our thanks to S.A. Scudder for this story link.

      Beaufort staff to crack down on derelict boats
      Posted: Saturday, September 29, 2018 11:30 pm
      BEAUFORT — Town officials are taking the initial steps to rid Beaufort of illegal moors and anchored boats.

      CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL REPORT from Carteret County News-Times

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    • LNM: Shoaling Confirmed by USACE near Lighted Buoy 3, Beaufort Channel, near AICW Statute Mile 204


      Lighted Buoy 3 was recently relocated to better mark this shoaling at the entrance to the south Beaufort waterfront channel. Cruisers wanting to visit Beaufort’s waterfront should enter this southern channel with caution.

      NC – BEAUFORT HARBOR CHANNEL – SHOALING
      U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Hydrographic Survey on 06 Aug 2018 revealed significant shoaling in the vicinity of Beaufort Harbor Channel Lighted Buoy 3 (LLNR 34815), mid channel depths as low as 6 feet at MLW have been reported. Mariners should use extreme caution when transiting the area. Chart 11547 LNM 33/18

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    • Sherer Report: Charted Buoy vs Buoy Reality, AICW Statute Mile 201, Beaufort, NC


      Bob and Ann Sherer, authors of 2017 ICW Cruising Guide and their popular blog, http://fleetwing.blogspot.com/, generously continue to share their research of Waterway trouble spots with our readers. Having run aground in the often shoaled Russell Creek “shortcut” into Beaufort’s waterfront, this editor can vouch for the area’s confusing array of buoys. Thank you Bob and Ann!

      We’ve all faced a passage where the buoy placements don’t match our charts but when it happens at an already confusing area, it’s doubly confusing – especially whens the new buoys don’t seem to make sense. The junction between the ICW and the channel to Beaufort, NC, is such and area. The Coast Guard made major revisions to the buoys in the area and the charts have not caught up with the changes. Not even Navionics which usually does a very good job shows all the buoys in their correct positions. I used the updated light list to show the correct placements compared to what’s on most charts.

      First, here’s the area of interest:

      Here’s the NOAA ENC chart for the junction:

      Now for the surprise, the actual buoy placement after the Coast Guard got done:

      What a difference! 28A is gone, RS has been moved northward, and 30A and 30 have been moved. Imagine the confusion in approaching this area from the north when all you have is a NOAA ENC chart which most of the chartplotter manufacturers base their own charts on. For more information on the changes and how charts from different chart providers compare see:
      When Charts Lie: Part I
      When Charts Lie: Part II

      Bob Sherer
      aka Bob423
      2017 ICW Cruising Guide

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    • Living Well Down East Survey

      This potential new delivery service to boaters is interested in your opinion and in your dietary needs when navigating in NC waters. Please copy/paste the survey into your email compose and mail to livingwelldowneast@centurylink.net. Morehead City and New Bern are homes to SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSORS, Morehead City Yacht Basin and New Bern Grand Marina. Many thanks!

      Living Well Down East is a Natural and organic market interested in providing delivery service to cruisers who dock/layover in the Beaufort, Morehead City or New Bern, North Carolina areas. We are very interested in your opinion and hope you will take a few minuets to share your thoughts in this brief survey.

      1. Do your cruises bring you to North Carolina?
      ______Yes ______No

      2. How often do you cruise in North Carolina?
      ___Weekly ____Monthly ___ Three times/yr ____More than six times/yr.

      3. What time of year are you in North Carolina? Please check all that apply
      _____Spring ____Summer _____Fall ____Winter

      4. Which location would best serve your provision needs?
      _____Beaufort _____Morehead City _____New Bern

      5. When taking a cruise do you replenish your provisions?
      ____Yes ___No

      6. If you replenish, how often do you purchase provisions?
      ____daily ____weekly ____monthly

      7. Do you find it difficult to find locations to replenish provisions?
      ______Yes ______No

      8. Would you order provisions in advance of your cruise arrival to your slip?
      _____Yes ____No

      9. What is your preferred form of food provisions? If mixed please show percent of each
      ­­_____Frozen ___Canned ___Fresh ___Freeze Dried ___Glass ___Vacuum sealed ___Other

      10. Do you provision bottled water for drinking and cooking while cruising?
      _____Yes ____No

      11. What size bottled water is ideal for your cruising?
      _____1 liter bottles _____1 Gal. bottles _____5Gal. bottles

      12. Are beers and/or wines part of your provisions?
      Beer ____Yes ____No Wine _____Yes ____No

      13. Would you be interested in using a service which delivers to your slip?
      _____Yes ___No

      14. Would you provision low impact, natural and organic products which are kinder to the environment?
      ____Yes ___No

      We thank you greatly for your time and hope we can be of service to you soon!

      Make it a Great Day!

      Judy B. Johnson
      (252)-522-1100
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    • Captain Jim Healy on Beaufort, Morehead City and Cape Lookout, NC, AICW Statute Mile 203


      Our thanks to Contributing Editor, Captain Jim Healy, for shareing his perspective on Beaufort and Morehead City, NC, home to SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Morehead City Yacht Basin, located on the southern flank of the marked channel that runs west from Mile 203 of the Waterway, just north of the Morehead-Beaufort, Newport River high-rise bridge.

      Beaufort, NC: This is a seaport town near Morehead City; it’s a very pleasant, laid-back, “chillaxin'” place with a small but well done Maritime Museum, many shoppes and some nice local restaurants. For those who might enjoy a short off-shore (maybe 10 miles) cruise, depart the Beaufort Inlet and head out the the bight at the Cape Lookout National Seashore. [See Claiborne’s article on Cape Lookout.] It a large, well protected anchorage, with access to the beach for campfires and swimming. The bight itself is well protected from winds and ocean sea states, but the trip out and back can be too much for some if the wind offshore is up. Plan accordingly.
      Jim Healy

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    • Praise for Homer Smith’s Docks and Marina, Beaufort, NC, AICW Statute Mile 205


      Always good to hear words of praise for one of our newest SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSORS! Homer Smith’s Docks and Marina are located on Town Creek in beautiful Beaufort, NC.

      Went into Homer Smith last week and it is a gem and is going to be a top notch marina (actually already is). Fairly easy walk to town great folks and much easier to dock than downtown docks. Also the price is much better, facilities are much better, and the attitude and service of the owners and staff far exceeds the downtown docks. This is now the place to stay if you want to see Beaufort. He has plans for expansion and even more services down the road. Navigating from the north is a piece a cake as you do not have to go under the lift bridge (which is being replaced). Leaving to founder the bridge is same as before. North bound boats can either go under the bridge, or take the Gallants Cut (even though longer, it is easier). Extremely nice docks.
      John Winter

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    • Question re Depth in Taylor Creek, Beaufort, NC, near AICW Statute Mile 205


      Taylor Creek runs along Beaufort’s waterfront and the “jig” David Mentions is at the creek’s east end. The Creek connects several narrow cuts through Back Sound that are often used by shallow draft vessels to reach the anchorage behind Lookout Bight.

      My question is, has anyone traveled from Beaufort, NC down Taylor’s Creek toward Harkers Island recently? Is the little jig at the end of Taylor’s Creek passable to vessels drawing 3-1/2 feet, and is it reasonably accurately portrayed on the latest charts? Also, is the channel past Harkers Island and through Barden Inlet to Cape Lookout similarly passable and well charted?
      Thanks.
      David Swanson
      s/v Lucky Penny

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      1. Don Mercz -  October 2, 2017 - 4:08 pm

        Has anyone transited the east end of Taylor Creek heading up behind Harker’s to the Cape Lookout Bight recently? I’ve done it several times before in a 16′ skiff without any problems, but it’s been a couple of years. At that time, there were nothing (that I could see) marking a “channel” at the end of the creek. I’ve got a slightly larger skiff now (18′), and will probably be passing thru about 2 hrs. after low tide – just wondering if anyone has had recent experience with that route. Thanks – Don

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      2. Mike Holleman -  May 22, 2016 - 10:01 am

        David, The cut on the east end of Taylors Creek has more markers than this chart is showing. At mid to full tide you can get through here, however the run to the Hook inside has much shallow water and would require local knowledge to run in a vessel drawing 3.5 feet. It would be much safer to run out Beaufort Inlet and down the front side of Shackleford Banks to the Hook of Cape Lookout. Just stay a half mile off the beach.

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    • FOCUS ON Morehead City Yacht Basin, AICW Statute Mile 203


      Morehead City Yacht Basin

      A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Morehead City Yacht Basin, located on the southern flank of the marked channel that runs west from Mile 203 of the Waterway, just north of the Morehead-Beaufort, Newport River high-rise bridge.

      The Yacht Basin was originally built in 1946. It started out as a pier and a building with an office, lounge with lockers, and a storage room. Around 1952, Bump Styron bought the Yacht Basin and added two piers. The Yacht Basin has always had close ties to the boating and fishing in Morehead City including the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament that started in 1957. Bump himself won the tournament in 1970 aboard the “Reel King”. Legend has it that even Ernest Hemmingway at one time fished for marlin out of the Yacht Basin.
      mcyb
      The Morehead City Yacht Basin has always been known for its customer service. James Hester, pictured below, greeted boaters for over fifty years and customers still come in and tell stories about his smiling, friendly service.
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      Today the Morehead City Yacht Basin provides dockage both to slip owners, renters, and transients traveling up and down the ICW. With Mike Pollard as the head dockmaster for close to ten years the tradition of excellent customer service has continued. We have a very comfortable lounge for our guests and we are a short walk to over twenty great restaurants.
      mcyb5
      mcyb2

      In 2014, Jet Matthews tripled the size of the Morehead City Yacht Basin with modern floating docks, 87 large interior slips, and over 1,250 feet of side tie dockage to accommodate vessels up to 200 ft with 30/50/100 amp power and 2 x 100 amp pedestals.

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    • More Good Words for Portside Marina, Morehead City, NC, AICW Statute Mile 205


      When entering the Morehead City waterfront from the “Turning Basin,” Portside Marina is the first facility that will come abeam to the north.

      These folks are very helpful, since we had a weather layover. Rate them highly and will return.
      Dusty

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    • Reminder re Southbound into Beaufort, NC, AICW Statute Mile 205


      With a closed vertical clearance of 13ft, the Gallants Channel – Grayden Paul Bridge is off the Waterway and is frequently used by southbound cruisers to visit the Beaufort waterfront. Town Creek , on the north side of the bridge, is home to one of SSECN’s newest SPONSORS: Home Smith’s Docks and Marina.

      Just a reminder for those southbound via Beaufort, NC.
      If you are taking the `back way’ into Beaufort, via Gallants channel, the Beaufort City Bridge (US 70 ‘“ at Town Creek) does NOT open at 4:30pm, 5:00pm, 5:30pm or 6:00pm. if you miss the 4:00 opening, it’s best take the Morehead City route around Radio Island.
      It only adds 1/2 hr or so if you know in advance you’re going to miss the bridge opening.
      Geoff Cooke

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      Comments from Cruisers (1)

      1. Larry Shick -  October 14, 2015 - 6:53 am

        In the past, the Gallants Channel has often been choked with small boats anchored in the channel and fishing. Going around the south route to Beaufort Docks is a lot easier on the nerves.

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    • Welcome Homer Smith’s Docks and Marina, Beaufort, NC, AICW Statute Mile 205


      Shout out a big Welcome to SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET’s newest sponsor, Homer Smith’s Docks and Marina on Town Creek in beautiful Beaufort, NC.

      Ahoy Cruisers,
      Slip into waterfront luxury with Homer Smith Docks and Marina, where you’ll find friendly staff and the comfort of a home away from home. Dock your vessel here in our new, state-of-the-art facilities and unwind and discover the beauty of downtown Beaufort, NC and the rest of the Crystal Coast.
      Guests who dock with Homer Smith are just an easy walk or golf cart ride away from the history and action of the third oldest town in North Carolina, Beaufort. Enjoy the beautiful scenery, great dining and the quaint shopping on Front Street.
      The Staff at Homer Smith’s Docks and Marina

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    • Deep Keel Vessel Needs Your Advice

      This question is unusual, not because of Skipper Aigeltinger’s concern for Waterway depths, but because of his vessel’s 7ft 3inch draft. Whether that draft is fin keel or full keel, that is a lot of draft with which to confront the shallow spots in North Carolina. He has access to our listing of NC Problem Stretches, but is asking for your input into his decision to attempt the ICW from Norfolk to Beaufort, NC, which, fortunately for him, is north of all the Inlet/ICW intersections further south.

      I am considering delivering a 44 ft sailboat from the Chesapeake to Florida. Draft is 7 ft 3 in. Would like to know if anyone knows if it’s possible to get that from Norfolk to Beaufort in the ICW ? Or if anyone could direct me to a source for that info.
      Thanks, Ed Aigeltinger

      Note this praise for Argus:

      The Argus soundings are really helpful. I followed ICW all the way from Norfolk to Beaufort, NC and it looks like the most questionable area is a few miles north of Beaufort. (That area just north of the Alligator River bridge where the channel takes a turn or two around some shoals has always been poorly marked. Have to be careful there but I think there’s plenty of water if you stay channel center.) The shallow area just north of Beaufort is at the south end of the Adams Creek Canal and as I recall that part is narrow and the markers are a little far apart making it a little difficult to stay in the channel. On the chart the Argus readings are shown to be out of the channel. So I wonder if the chart is wrong or if whoever did the Argus run missed the channel, hence the shallow readings there ?? Would appreciate any input from anyone re that. I plan to call Jarrett Bay Boatworks and Beaufort Docks and ask for some local knowledge. Would hate to run 199 miles from Norfolk and get 3-4 miles away only to not be able to get there. However, if the readings are right, the shallowest I see is just over 4 ft and the tidal range is about 3 ft so still might be able to skim through at high tide.
      Thanks again for your help-Ed

      Thanks to all for the info re the ICW depth from Norfolk to Beaufort, NC.

      I also spoke with the dockmaster at Beaufort Docks and he assured me there was plenty of depth at Core Creek if one is careful to stay in the channel. It’s narrow there and the markers are a little far apart. Apparently the Argus boat was a little out of channel hence the readings down to 4 ft. Dockmaster also said he has a friend who comes down each year with 9 ft. He said to be careful to stay as close to center as possible in the Alligator River-Pungo River canal as his friend has hit some pretty hard stuff a little off center.
      As you mention fixed bridge height is also a concern. Boat I may deliver is 62 ft to mast top and 65 ft to antenna top. (I brought a cat down once and rang almost every beam on the bridges with the antenna. A little nerve wracking.) So if anyone has or hears any local knowledge re bridge height problems I would certainly appreciate the info. I may try to do what I’ve done a few times in the past. Install a 4-5 ft long piece of 1×4 wood at the mast head going forward and then a vertical piece at the forward end that is about a foot higher than the highest solid part of the mast. One can then creep up to the first beam and if this ‘˜indicator’ goes under all is hopefully well. If not heavy reverse is in order.
      Thanks again for the info and please keep me in mind if you hear anything else of importance.
      Ed Aigeltinger

      November 30:
      Larry-
      Thanks again for your help with ICW depth issue. I had no idea about the ARGUS ‘program’. Obviously with that kind of data in the laptop one could cruise the ICW from data point to data point. Really amazing stuff !
      Thanks again,
      Ed Aigeltinger

      Comments from Cruisers (3)

      1. Rick Emerson -  November 20, 2014 - 9:35 pm

        7’+ along the Coinjock or Virgina Cut route is certainly possible. Keep in mind that most of the route, save for Core Creek, near Beaufort, is not tidal, save for wind-driven tides. For that reason, you need to be certain that your air draft (masthead height) is no more than 63′. Not all “65′” bridges have the listed clearance, and there is no tide to help clearance.

        We’ve traveled with a boat drawing close to 7′ 6″ who, last time I saw her, had made it as far south as at least the Waccamaw River. We draw 6′ and, with attention to tides, made it to St. Simons Sound before going outside to Fernandina Beach, where we are at the moment.

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      2. Michael Tigar -  November 20, 2014 - 5:50 pm

        This can be done. Take the Virginia Route. Be very careful just north of Allligator River Bridge, and go when it is not low water there. Just south of Core Creek Bridge, in Adams Creek, go at mid-tide or higher and stay carefully in the channel. Then head towards Morehead City harbor and double back to get into Beaufort.

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      3. CAPT Ron Crook -  November 20, 2014 - 5:16 pm

        I am of the belief that you should not have much trouble with th 7 03″ draft as far as Beaufort, NC I have travelled that portion of the icw with 8ft 2″ of draft from 2000 thru 2004 with a 456 B. Farther south you would have a lot of problems. I now travel that area with 411 B but only draw 5 ft. Best of luck.

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