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    • SLOW DOWN in the Flooded Areas of the Waterway!!


      As in an earlier posting from Beaufort, SC, where onshore properties are being damaged by passing wakes (/?p=153100), residents in the area of the Socastee Bridge are asking for No Wake! SLOW DOWN and help these folks recover!!

      Winston,
      FYI. The Coast Guard, SCDNR and local agencies are safe guarding the lower ICW near Socastee Bridge. Homes have flooded and wakes are getting into them from boaters. I couldn’t find anything online, but thought you might have heard something. I did find this in the Sun News of Myrtle Beach.

      http://www.myrtlebeachonline.com/news/local/article38854806.html

      Chris Carroll, Operations Manager
      Harborwalk Marina
      Evening Post Industries
      P.O. Box 274
      525 Front Street
      Georgetown SC 29440
      843-546-4250
      www.harborwalkmarina.com
      ccarroll@harborwalkmarina.com

      Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s South Carolina Directory Listing For Socastee Bridge

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      Comments from Cruisers (1)

      1. Ron Widman -  October 13, 2015 - 5:24 pm

        We have friends who own a home directly on the ICW a quarter of a mile north of the Socastee Swing Bridge. Not only are people in boats creating large wakes that damage the homes and properties, some people are using boats to loot the properties.

        I’ll leave out what I personally think of anyone who would take advantage of someone’s misfortune by stealing from them, but those who must be on the water for a legitimate reason really should travel at no-wake speed whenever they come near homes and businesses.

        Reply to Ron
    • Herl Report: Lockwoods Folly, AICW Mile 321 and Myrtle Beach Yacht Club, Mile 346


      Myrtle Beach Yacht Club is unmatched for its Lowcountry charm and gracious hospitality.

      The intersection of the ICW and Lockwoods Folly has been a Problem Stretch for years and requires almost annual dredging. Mid to high tide is recommended for passage. For a recent report on Lockwoods Folly, see /?p=150841. A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR! Myrtle Beach Yacht Club on Coquina Harbor has been a great stopping place and a friend to cruisers for years. The entrance to Coquina Harbor lies on the north side of the Waterway opposite Marker #13.

      North Myrtle Beach

      Another good run and luck is still with us. As we approached Lockwoods Folly area, notorious for shoaling, there was a Coast Guard boat at the spot getting ready to move the buoys. When we came through they contacted us and several others to talk everyone through and we had not a problem.
      As usual at North Myrtle Beach Yacht Club we were treated well. Again we could not do anything because of my foot. Just one night. We were here in June and had a great time.

      Phil and Sandy Herl

      Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s “AICW Problem Stretches” Listing For the AICW/Lockwoods Folly Inlet Intersection

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    • Good Words for Barefoot Marina Crew, Myrtle Beach, SC, AICW Statute Mile 353.5


      Transients Welcome - Under new ownership - Located at mile marker 354 in Myrtle Beach South CarolinaDon’t confuse Barefoot Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!, with Barefoot Landing Transient Dock, which is located on the eastern (ocean) side of the AICW in Myrtle Beach, while Barefoot Marina guards the western banks.

      9/11/15
      My husband and I cruised icw from south harbor marina to barefoot marina for our first adventure on the icw. Upon our arrival at barefoot; we informed the dock master that my husband could use some assistance in docking due to being partially disabled from a stroke 6 years ago. They were more than welcome to accommodate us and assist us in anyway possible upon arrival and departure and our entire stay. They are definitely a must stop on your travels. MOST definitely we will be returning to barefoot on our next adventure. Thanks so much to Barefoot Marina for a Great first experience!!!
      Joe Miller

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    • Openings Questioned at Socastee Swing Bridge, AICW Statute Mile 371


      Skipper Lattimer poses questions that have asked many, many times over the years. See /?p=89755 and /?p=143206 for comments from other boaters. As to precedents for openings, emergency vehicles and vessels get priority. On weekends, it is normally water traffic that is heavy and the On Demand must restricted to openings every 15 minutes. During weekday rush hours, the opposite is true. And, as I understand from conversations with the bridge tenders, the old swing bridge roadway still serves a nearby school zone, requiring that waterway traffic be restricted for school buses. It is a tough job for the tenders who must rely on their on-the-spot judgement to apply restrictions.

      Re: Socastee swing bridg . What do you mean `Opens on Demand’ Demand from who? Also, how many boats are considered heavy vessel traffic? It’s not unusual to have a hundred, probably a lot more, cars and trucks tied up when the bridge is open to `some’ boats. Which should take precedence?
      Ed Lattimer

      Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s South Carolina Directory Listing For Socastee Bridge

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      1. Jim Healy -  July 24, 2015 - 2:32 pm

        What should take precedence, Ed, is the USCG-approved status of the bridge. The Socastee Bridge is NOT restricted, so by definition, it is “on request”/”on demand.” The “requestor”/”demander” is the pilot of the boat. Having transited the ICW on many fall/spring migrations, I have experienced all of the ICW bridges. At Socastee, I have had excellent service and terrible, disrespectful service. The bridge is unreliable, at best. The bridge operations staff is made up of people who believe in serving the needs of boaters and people who do not. The argument of emergency vehicle traffic or school bus traffic applies to every bridge everywhere. There is absolutely nothing unique to Socastee. The bridge – and the city that owns the bridge – should honor it’s commitments to waterway users. Honor them or change them, but none of this, “it’ll be about 15 minutes or so before I can open” nonsensical stuff.

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    • Good Visit to Myrtle Beach Yacht Club, AICW Statute Mile 346


      Myrtle Beach Yacht Club on Coquina Harbor has been a great stopping place and a friend to cruisers for years, as Skipper Herl reports. Naturally, they are A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR! The entrance to Coquina Harbor lies on the north side of the Waterway opposite Marker #13.

      Myrtle Beach Yacht Club
      Arrived around 3:45 and melted into the dock. Been a long day, lots of slow going with a lot of no wakes. And it has been hot. Stopped at Osprey for fuel, best prices in the area, then continued to Myrtle Beach for the night. To hot to cook so we eat at Clarks, its right next to the marina. Every thing was excellent.
      Had a problem with the electric `Y’, had to get one ordered from West Marine. Had two days to enjoy the area, we rented a car and did just that. Found some fresh shrimp and did them on the Barbee. Then were able to find Fishy Fishy, had a fantastic meal. Great stay.
      Phil Herl

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    • Marlow-Mainship Now in the Carolinas, Intracoastal Yacht Sales

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    • More Waterway Condominiums in Myrtle Beach?

      Just what Myrtle Beach needs, more condominiums! If you have cruised through those very attractive, still undeveloped properties along the ICW in Myrtle Beach, maybe you have probably already thought that development is inevitable. That’s 2000 acres of development!

      And this from WBTW News 13, May 6

      Horry County Council loosens restrictions on Intracoastal Waterway development
      HORRY COUNTY, SC- Council voted Tuesday to relax it’s restrictions on Intracoastal Waterway development.

      A resolution passed that would allow for construction on spoil easements that line the body of water. Spoil easements are piles of dirt and sediment dug up during dredging.
      The county originally prohibited development on easements because they played a critical role in keep the canal clear for boats. However, several property owners got permission from the Army Corps of Engineers to build projects like a pool or a patio, according to Horry County attorney Arrigo Carotti. As a result, Council decided to allow for the issuance of building permits with written consent from the corps.
      “If it’s okay with the corps, it will be okay with county,” said Carotti.
      Army Corps of Engineers Spokesperson Sarah Corbett said they agreed to allow construction conditionally, meaning the corps could revoke the privilege at any time for dredging purposes.
      Waccamaw River Keeper Paula Reidhaar said development on easements could negatively impact the environment.
      “These are areas of land right along the edges of the waterway, which is why they were designated as potential spots to put this spoil material,” said Reidhaar. ” Anytime you’re opening up potential development for right along the water, there’s issues.”
      One major issue concerns rain water. Reidhaar said the easements act as filters to keep run-off out of the waterway.
      “Any time it’s going over a solid surface, the water just keeps carrying all of these materials to first available body of water,” she said.
      Run-off often consists of chemicals. Reidhaar said it can dangerously affect drinking water, fish or recreational activities.
      “Some of this may be upstream but it all becomes one body of water downstream so it certainly can have impacts,” stated Reidhaar.

      Click Here for the article.

      May 4, 2015
      Horry County officials say a years-old proposal to relax restrictions on development along the Intracoastal Waterway is getting some traction, although the process will be long and expensive.

      The Sun News of Myrtle Beach reported (http://bit.ly/1bq8wle) that county officials are discussing a proposal with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that would allow for construction on about 2,000 acres of waterfront land.

      The project involves tracts that are privately owned but fall under easements held by the corps. County attorney Arrigo Carotti says the corps has researched an issue involving sites that hold dredged material.

      Corps spokeswoman Sara Corbett says the agency has asked the county to provide environmental assessments that the corps will use to decide whether to release the easements. She says t no decision has been made.

      Read more here: http://www.heraldonline.com/news/state/south-carolina/article20138928.html#storylink=cpy

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    • More Good Words for Coquina Harbor Yacht Club, AICW Statute Mile 346


      Coquina Harbor Yacht Club guards the eastern banks of Coquina Harbor. Coquina Harbor itself cuts into the northern banks of the Waterway, opposite unlighted daybeacon #13.

      We have stopped here both coming and going to the Bahamas over the last ten years. We’ve never been disappointed. Sandy Otten, the dock master, could not be more friendly. We rate it one of the best small marinas on the ICW and a great value.
      Bill Murdock

      Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s South Carolina Marina Directory Listing For Coquina Harbor Yacht Club

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      1. Pat Kenefick -  May 1, 2015 - 5:42 pm

        We stopped at Coquina Yacht Club April 30,2015 and we totally agree with the comments made by Bill Murdock. This was our first visit ; Sandy Otten, Dockmaster is fantastic; very, very kind and caring; she along with her buddy
        Bob helped us dock, brought my wife to the grocery store, etc. great stop and great value; will stop again.

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    • Shoaling Reported at Calabash Creek Anchorage, AICW Statute Mile 342


      The anchorage at the mouth of Calabash Creek, just below the NC-SC state line, has been a popular stop for years, owing in no small part to the delicious seafood awaiting a dinghy ride up the creek. Sad to have it shoaled in.

      21 April 2015, attempted to anchor in the creek but saw that the anchorage had shoaled badly. Rather than anchor within the channel, we went back to Coquina Yacht Club marina for a fantastic rate of a dollar a foot plus three bucks for power with BoatUS. Third night is free. Very nice marina people’¦have scratched the Calabash creek anchorage off the list of possibilities. Too bad, considering we anchored there a little over two years ago and had fine depths and a very pleasant night’¦
      Barry Umberger

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

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    • Good Words for Coquina Harbor Yacht Club, AICW Statute Mile 346


      Coquina Harbor Yacht Club guards the eastern banks of Coquina Harbor. Coquina Harbor itself cuts into the northern banks of the Waterway, opposite unlighted daybeacon #13.

      21 April 2015, attempted to anchor in the creek [Calabash] but saw that the anchorage had shoaled badly. Rather than anchor within the channel, we went back to Coquina Yacht Club marina for a fantastic rate of a dollar a foot plus three bucks for power with BoatUS. Third night is free.
      Barry Umberger

      Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s South Carolina Marina Directory Listing For Coquina Harbor Yacht Club

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      1. Bill Murdoch -  April 28, 2015 - 9:11 pm

        We have stopped here both coming and going to the Bahamas over the last ten years. We’ve never been disappointed. Sandy Otten, the dock master, could not be more friendly. We rate it one of the best small marinas on the ICW and a great value.

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    • A SC Waterway Mini-Guide from Little River Inlet to Beaufort, AICW Statute Miles 349-517

      Many thanks to Skippers Lunsford for providing very recent reports from six shoaling areas between Myrtle Beach and Beaufort. Three of these areas have been designated SSECN Problem Stretches and their descriptions are listed below.
      For a recent report on McClellanville, see /?p=144354
      For a 2013 ACOE survey of area north of Ben Sawyer Bridge, see /?p=125717
      For a 12/2013 report on Ashepoo-Coosaw Cutoff, see /?p=129101
      For an alternative to Ashepoo-Coosaw Cutoff, see /?p=134342

      Hi there. We just came through this area in the last week, a bit ahead of the pack, so thought we’d pass on what we found at the traditional trouble spots to help those who come behind us (a copy of what we posted on a couple of Facebook groups). Thanx for all you do.
      Dan and Jaye Lunsford

      SM 349-352 The Rockpile: This stretch has numerous rock ledges on the sides of the channel so its important to stay in the middle. Not quite as scary as it sounds, but its the first time on the journey that the ICW is anything but mud if you do make a mistake. The ledges are very easy to see at low tide, and there is plenty of water depth even at the lowest tide. On weekends it can be crowded with power boats who may want to pass you if you are a slower sailboat and there really isn’t a lot of room to move over.

      SM 430-435 McClellanville: Time the tides here if at all possible. If you’re really motivated you can tiptoe your way through; we saw 6′ MLLW, but so much simpler to just give it a couple of hours.

      SM 460 shoals before Ben Sawyer bridge: 4′ MLLW, so its really important to time the tides here. Favor the north side of the channel from before G117A to G119.

      SM 471 Wappoo Creek Bridge: This operator is REALLY a stickler for time; bridge is closed during rush hour opens every 1/2 hour during the middle of the day (check the complex operating schedule) but if you aren’t waiting at the bridge before the opening, the operator will not hold even a moment but will make you wait for the next one.

      SM 501-504 Watts Cut: Although not listed as a traditional trouble spot, there are numerous shoals to 6′ MLLW along this reach. In a slow sailboat it’s hard to time the tides to have water here, and also water at the next trouble spot.

      SM 517 Ashepoo-Coosaw Cutoff: Stay at least a couple of boat lengths off G177 at the entry (“square the corner”) for 10′ MLLW. At the exit, R184 was reported destroyed; a new temporary drop aid (floating can) was placed there on Friday — we met the Coast Guard small boat that was doing the work on their way back. Slightly favor that NW side between R184 and G185, but time the tides if necessary, we saw 5′ MLLW here briefly.

      Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s “AICW Problem Stretches” Listing For the Waterway south of McClellanville to Awendaw Creek

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      Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s “AICW Problem Stretches” Listing For the AICW North of Ben Sawyer Bridge to Isle of Palms Bridge

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      Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s “AICW Problem Stretches” Listing For the AICW/Ashepoo Coosaw Cutoff Problem Stretch

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    • Good Words for Anchor Marine, AICW Statute Mile 347


      Anchor Marine overlooks the AICW’s southerly banks just east of the Little River high-rise bridge.

      Actually stayed at the HarbourGate marina next door, but next time will stay at Anchor Marina because of the great service and congeniality. Had some water pump problems that I couldn’t seem to fix by myself, so on a Saturday morning two mechanics from Anchor Marine came over to help. It was a vexing but simple problem and it took them more than a couple hours to solve. They were VERY reasonable on the fee and were really helpful. Highly recommend.
      Gregory Absten

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    • Confirmation of Good Depths at Little River Inlet, near AICW Statute Mile 342


      Little River Inlet lies south and east of the Waterway, right at the NC-SC state line, intersecting the Waterway at Mile 342. Skipper Spouse’s opening comment refers to a June 6, 2013 posting on this inlet: /?p=116922 Note that marker references are inlet markers, not Waterway markers.

      Last year’s good reports about the Little River Inlet are still valid as at 16 August 2014. This morning we came out through the Little River Inlet from Calabash Creek at half-flood ‘“ just followed the buoys and remained mid channel out to the seabuoy. Tons of water and the minimum observed depth was 15ft over the bar about half-mile inshore of the seabuoy.
      William Spouse
      Hallberg Rassy 42

      Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of the Intersection of the AICW and Little River Inlet

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    • More on Calabash Creek Anchorage, AICW Statute Mile 342


      Calabash Creek lies to the north of the Waterway, just south of the SC/NC state line. This anchorage can get very crowded during the busy season, but if you can find a spot, there are two fine seafood restaurants accessible just upstream by dinghy.

      For an opinion on the anchorage and an interesting Passage Maker review/article on Navionics Sonar Charts by Ben Ellison of Panbo, the Marine Electronics Hub, go to:

      http://www.passagemaker.com/articles/trawler-news/blogs/panbo/navionics-sonarcharts-now-via-sonarphone-or-gpx-file-plus-the-lowrance-autopilot/

      The article mentions the Calabash Creek Anchorage and the link used in the article takes you to SSECN’s directory listing for this anchorage! Yea Cruisers’ Net!

      [‘¦] some difficult places I know firsthand, it didn’t look right. One spot I remember not liking is the Callabash River anchorage above, which is vaguely charted by NOAA and has confusing nav aids to boot. But I failed to take a [‘¦]
      Ben Ellison

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

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    • More Praise for Myrtle Beach Yacht Club, AICW Statute Mile 346


      Myrtle Beach Yacht Club on Coquina Harbor has been a great stopping place and a friend to cruisers for years. Naturally, they are A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR! The entrance to Coquina Harbor lies on the north side of the Waterway opposite Marker #13.

      We just spent two weeks at MBYC (our second visit) and had a great time. At $1.00 a foot (Boat US discount), you simply can’t beat this place. The pool is immaculate, the restaurant has great food and good music, and the social life is terrific. Saw old friends and met several new friends. Highly recommend stopping here if you never have.
      Paula Spence, M/Y Sea Eagle

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    • Report from Socastee Swing Bridge, AICW Statute Mile 371


      Socastee swing bridge opens “on demand” UNLESS water traffic becomes heavy, as on a weekend, then bridge closures may be required every 15 minutes to accommodate road traffic. HOWEVER, all of us here at SSECN share many boaters’ mystification as to why the state of South Carolina spent many millions of dollars to construct a high-rise span and then left the old, decrepit swing bridge in place. You must have to be a politician to understand!

      In earlier post about Socastee swing bridge, negative comments (/?p=89755) about the bridge tender made me cautious, but the man could have not been any nicer. We may have waited five minutes to pass. On our return trip, a different tender was just as pleasant.
      openings of 12 noon, 1430 and 1800. I did not ask about the weekend schedule.
      Gary Chilcoat

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    • Report from Little River Swing Bridge, AICW Statute Mile 347


      With a closed vertical clearance of 7ft, Little River Swing Bridge crosses the Waterway at Statute Mile 347 just north of the Marina at Dock Holidays. See Local Notice of repairs: /?p=143208

      Little River swing bridge, mm 347, was not operating on demand,yesterday 6/27. When we arrived, repairs were being done and scheduled openings of 12 noon, 1430 and 1800. I did not ask about the weekend schedule.
      Gary Chilcoat

      little river swing is having construction done since a barge hit it, so call ahead to see what opening sched is, changes for week days, weekends, and nite time. will be that way at least till sept 2014. the number to bridge is 843 280 5919 during week days only opens 3 times for 30 minutes each time. sfter 6 pm opens on demand till 7 am . this message is posted 12;30 sunday july 20th 2014
      Art Wissing

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    • Another Accident in the Rock Pile, Myrtle Beach, SC, AICW Statute Mile 350-365


      Skipper Spence was one of the two cruisers who on June 22 encountered the wake of a speeding sportsfisherman in the narrow channel south of Myrtle Beach known as the Rock Pile, see /?p=140570.
      And now Paula sends us this online report of a Waterway accident on June 25 in North Myrtle Beach.

      Here we go again!

      http://www.myrtlebeachonline.com/2014/06/25/4316013/horry-county-firefighters-responding.html?sp=/99/134/142/

      Paula Spence

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    • Two Near-Accidents in the “Rock Pile”, Myrtle Beach, SC, AICW Statute Mile 350-365


      The “Rock Pile” is a man-made canal-like section of the AICW, officially known as the Pine Island Cut, running between Little River and Waccamaw River. The canal is narrow and lined with submerged rocks and a rock shelf, just a foot or two below the water’s surface.
      When the USACOE was building this portion of the AICW in the 1930’s they encountered a sold shelf of granite. The Corps simply blasted through this obstruction, but, over the years, the soft silt above and below these rocky outcropping has washed away, making the canal now appear wider than it really is. Also, over the years, many portions of the rock shelf have broken off, and left all sort of underwater rocks waiting to trap keels and underwater hardware.
      Cruisers are urged to hold as close to the mid-width of the Pine Island Cut as possible, and announce their presence on VHF in case large commercial traffic is approaching, which could force you out of the channel’s mid-line and onto the “rocks,” especially at high tide when the rocks are fully submerged. Our suggestion is to keep a sharp lookout for rocks and IDIOTS!

      June 21,2014: And now reports of two near accidents in the Rock Pile:

      We were just reading this email string as we went north through the Rock Pile this morning, June 21, when we were passed by a 40-ft power boat named St Augustine going southbound at about 16 knots. He was pushing a 3-ft bow wave that had our 43-ft Shannon rocking and rolling. He did not answer our angry hail on channel 16. About 5 minutes later we heard another angry boater hailing St Augustine. If anyone meets this guy, please try to teach him some boating safety.
      Ellen Hall

      June 22, 2014
      We were the other angry boaters that Ellen heard calling to Miss St Augustine on June 21 in the Rock Pile. Jim was trying to get him on the VHF and I was standing on the bow waving my arms and making `slow down’ motions. The jerk looked right at me as he blasted by us. Luckily I was hanging on to the rail or I could have been easily thrown overboard from our 50′ Californian. He couldn’t have been more than 20 ‘˜ from us as he went by at that speed. I always wonder if people like that are simply ignorant of how to handle a boat or if they just don’t care about anyone else.
      Paula Spence

      May 12, 2014:

      Good Morning:
      This is what we heard about the accident at the Rock Pile. This information was obtained from radio conversation and a fellow boater from the marina going up there to actually see the accident – if more accurate info is needed I guess you can contact tow boat us as they were the ones working the accident – we don’t want to give out wrong info – we just wanted to remind fellow boaters the rock pile is a place you should respect and use caution/common sense.
      A 42′ sport fish boat was traveling about 18 knots and was trying to pass another boat – due to each others wake he ended up on top of a rock shelf – all five people on the boat were unhurt and got off all ok.
      What we heard on our radio after the accident was tow boat us asking other boaters to please slow down and do an idle speed past them – we were surprised that boaters would have to be asked and not just do it out of courtesy and common sense.
      Rick and Margi
      Aboard Journey
      summering at Barefoot Marina
      North Myrtle Beach, SC

      Hi Claiborne,
      We passed it after it happened so we don’t know specifics. Looked like the boat tried to reach a dock & hit a ledge. Or maybe he was just far out of the channel. Both SeaTow & Boat US were keeping him from tipping over. Here’s a photo.
      Rich-Sue Freeman

      rock2

      18 knots through that stretch while passing? Hmmmm’¦.renews my belief that HP should never exceed IQ. Don’t misunderstand me, I wouldn’t wish this on my worst enemy, but’¦.
      ULLR

      There’s no cure for STUPID! Doing 18k and passing another vessel in the rock pile is not good judgment. Good judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgment. Hopefully, they will learn.
      Joe Apicella

      I hail out of Lake Huron’s Georgian Bay and North Channel area, and this kind of stupidity ‘“ there’s no other word for it ‘“ is typically not seen because we have nothing BUT granite alongside our waterways. You learn quickly that in the eternal battle of fiberglass vs granite, fibreglass has never lost a round.
      This sportfisher ‘“ and excuse me for saying this is no loss to boating, most of these guys are not at all courteous on the water ‘“ deserved what he got. I just hope he wasn’t insured, so that he won’t be too soon back on the water.
      Wally Moran

      `Doing 18k and passing another vessel in the rock pile is not good judgment.’
      Actually, it is total lack of judgement, something seen too frequently with the `in a hurry’ sport-fishing crowd. I have had vessels overtake me in this area and I always appreciate when the pass occurs at idle speed. Fortunately, I can generally time my passage through here other than weekends (when traffic is heavier and perhaps less experienced), as well as in the off season.
      This area should be an official (and enforced) No Wake Zone, as passing another vessel can be a real challenge, particularly at the southern end, and especially at low tide. Thankfully, I have never encountered any barge traffic here, though it may be too narrow for many commercial vessels.
      Gregory Yount SV Intermezzo

      I don’t wish anyone harm or damage but had that boat been passing me at 18 knots and not ended up on the rock pile, I would have! And I have a 45’ trawler.
      Glad no one was hurt but hope there were substantial financial penalties which will make the boat driver think long and hard about doing something so absolutely stupid in the future.
      John Durden

      We go thru there on a regular basis and in my opinion trying to pass at all is a bit iffy. Passing at 18 knots is just dumb. As they say ‘ all you need to run a boat is money, no brain is required’.
      David Boxmeyer

      Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Southern End of the Rock Pile

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    • Good Advice for Anchoring in Calabash Creek, AICW Statute Mile 342


      Calabash Creek lies to the north of the Waterway, just south of the SC/NC state line. This anchorage can get very crowded during the busy season, but if you can find a spot, there are two fine seafood restaurants accessible just upstream by dinghy.
      Take note of Skipper Hetzer’s advice to enter between the two red markers, both “2”. One is a Little River ICW marker R2 with the yellow square – take to Port on entering – and the other is R2 for Calabash Creek. Fortunately, such marker confusion does not happen often along the Waterway.

      We’re locals and anchor there frequently in our 35′ Island Packet with 4-1/2′ draft. Enter and exit BETWEEN the Reds, favoring the ICW R2. Anchor in 9-12′ at high tide north of the channel anywhere before the Clubhouse on the north bank. Lots of fishing boat traffic, so anchor out of the channel, but don’t get too close to shore either, lest you swing ashore. Keep your rode as short as you dare. 2-3kts of current at full stream, but good holding on a muddy bottom.
      Michael Hetzer

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

      Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of the Calabash Creek Anchorage

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