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    • Marina at Grand Dunes (Statute Mile 359)

      On 9/1/09, as part of a “South Carolina Wish List,” I posed the following question:

      5. Has anyone stayed at the Marina at Grand Dunes, near #22B. Were you as impressed as this writer?

      Responses follow:

      We stayed at Marina at Grand Dunes for 4 days and enjoyed the peace and quiet, dog friendly, beautiful pool, clean facilicities, and very friendly, accommodating staff. The docks are great and it is very well protected marina. There was no courtesy car, but the hotel van will take you to their private beach. We rented a car while we were there. We would definitely stay there again. It was like a mini vacation!
      Barbara and Jim Benjamin
      Golden Lily – Nordic Tug 42

      We are here- 9-3-09 -for the 2nd time from about 1 year ago. Came up from Isle of Palms, SC’“ about 100 mile trip. Marina at Grand Dunes is Great!! Dock hand Adam is friendley and knowledgeble. Boat US discount for 1.75/ft’“ includes power, wifi, cable, etc. Have not gone to Ruth Cris’s or Anchor Cafe, which is overlooking- literally- the ICW, but will tomorrow. Docking is EASY since no current at all. Definately recomend Marina at Grand Dunes.
      Charlie and Jackie on Elixir

      Click Here To View the South Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For The Marina at Grand Dunes

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    • Barefoot Resort Yacht Club (Statute Mile 353.5)

      On 9/1/09, as part of a “South Carolina Wish List,” I posed the following question:

      4. Has anyone stayed at the Barefoot Resort Marina, west of #22, within sight of the three HUGE high-rise condos. Our fellow cruisers would appreciate a report.

      Responses follow:

      Have stayed twice at Barefoot resort – 2 years ago – was great facility, rest. was very good, dockmaster the best. Was very new at the time – fine facility. At that time was off the beaten track, but the Myrtle Beach track keeps growing!
      John Wild

      We spent over two weeks with Bill, George, and the rest of the crew at Barefoot Landing Resort this summer. Great marina, great price (1.50 ft Boat US), and good fuel price. It’s very hard to beat this price for transients. It’s a bit of a walk to the grocery store or the shops and restuarants across the waterway. Though we didn’t partake, I understand there is a shuttle to the beach. The laundry facilities were clean and the equipment worked well. Will stay there again when we transit this section of the waterway.
      Perry & Kathy

      Click Here To View the South Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Barefoot Resort Yacht Club

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      1. Perry & Kathy -  September 3, 2009 - 9:02 pm

        We spent over two weeks with Bill, George, and the rest of the crew at Barefoot Landing Resort this summer. Great marina, great price (1.50 ft Boat US), and good fuel price. It’s very hard to beat this price for transients. It’s a bit of a walk to the grocery store or the shops and restuarants across the waterway. Though we didn’t partake, I understand there is a shuttle to the beach. The laundry facilities were clean and the equipment worked well. Will stay there again when we transit this section of the waterway.

        Perry & Kathy

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    • Osprey Marina (Statute Mile 373.5)

      Osprey Marina , owned by Carson Benton, is at mile marker 373 on the Intracoastal Waterway in Myrtle Beach. Osprey Marina offers a protected harbor 150 yards off the waterway accessible by a private dOn 9/1/09, as part of a “South Carolina Wish List,” I posed the following question:

      6. Has anyone stopped at Oprey Marina, near #26, just before the Waterway passes south into the Waccamaw River? We have found this to be a WONDERFUL marina. Have you had a similar or dissimilar experience?

      Responses follow:

      Osprey Marina, when we were NB, stayed at Osprey on May 26, 1 night. They were extremely nice and helpful. We also took on gas and their price was the same as you had posted on your website. That was not always the case at other fuels stops. This was our second time and plan to stop at Osprey on our way south in October.
      Pat M
      MY COMPROMISE ( 2004 Carver 366)

      Osprey Marina. We have stayed there several times and it is one our favorite places.. Good people and facilities as well as price. If you get there before the grill closes, good snacks and decent prices. Great place to run our dogs too. Don’t forget to walk up to the goat pasture.
      Best Regards
      George
      S/V Chez Nous

      Claiborne, I stayed at Osprey Marina in June as we were going north. It is one of those marinas I would like to visit again. It was very quiet and peaceful and the staff was helpful. The goody bag that was presented when we checked in was a nice touch.
      Don Marik

      Osprey Marina was an oasis along the way. Easy in and out, and very friendly and helpful staff. We even got a welcome bag of goodies upon arrival. All that and the cheapest dockage of our trip!
      Joy and Shel Rabin, aboard m/v Evening Star

      Very pleasant and accommodating! A tight fit for 63′, but we just squeezed into the fuel dock and parked there.
      Best,
      Michael Porter

      Click Here To View the South Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Osprey Marina

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    • Good Times at Barefoot Resort Yacht Club (Statute Mile 353.5)

      The new Barefoot Resort Yacht Club located at mile marker 354 on the intracoastal waterway is an oasis for the recreational as well as the well traveled boater. Our amenities and services will make yI’m so glad that Captains Perry and Kathy had such a good time at Barefoot Landing Resort. I have always been equally impressed with this facility. Of course, why should that be at all surprising as these good people are a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!

      We thoroughly enjoyed Myrtle Beach’s Barefoot Landing Resort Marina. Dockage fee, 1.50 per ft (Boat US), great facilities, and very convienent for shopping and restaurants. We enjoyed the fare at Gregg Norman’s a couple of different times. Nice place to eat while watching a sunset.
      Perry & Kathy Sellars
      M/V Marsh Mellow

      Click Here To View the South Carolina Cruisers’ Net Anchorage Directory Listing For Barefoot Resort Yacht Club

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    • Confused Opening Schedule at the Socastee Bridge (Statute Mile 371)

      Why am I not surprised that there is confusion about the Socastee swing bridge opening schedule. What else can you expect from a span that should have been removed the minute the adjacent high-rise bridge was completed!

      Subject: Socastee Bridge Opening
      Cruising News: Two weeks ago, having seen your comments that the opening of the Socastee bridge is now "On Demand" versus every half hour, I rang the Bridge for myself and they confirmed that that was the case except maybe during school hours.We were due to go down that next weekend and the Operator told me it would be an "On Demand" schedule. We transited south last week and when we got to the bridge, we requested an opening and were told it would open in 15 minutes. On the way back up north, we were told that it would open in 10 minutes. I called the Bridge and asked what the policy was and this Operator told me that the Bridge will open again 15 minutes after it last closed. So, I guess it's a semi on demand process, but certainly confusing. Maybe you could clarify the policy for everyone!
      David Kelly

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    • Myrtle Beach Yacht Club (Statute Mile 346)

      Myrtle Beach Yacht Club, a transient friendly facility, with great fuel prices (and they are a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR) is located in Little River, SC, in Coquina Harbor. Below, Captain Chris gives this facility very HIGH marks!

      Subject: MYBC Officers’ Club
      Cruising News: Not wanting to get back out in the Myrtle Beach Bikers Rally, we went to the Marina’s Officers’ Club restaurant (actually a private club), and we were very pleased. This was a 4.5 star dining experience. I have had bad luck with gumbo this trip so this time I asked for a taste. I was brought a condiment bowl on a doilied saucer with the gumbo, rice and garnish. It was Seafood Creole (almost a Cioppino). But it was very good creole!
      After excellent shrimp with Thai Chili sauce for an appetizer, when the creole dinner serving arrived, it was literally beautiful. A cookbook cover photo. My wife’s stuffed flounder was every bit as well prepared and presented. Ryan, waiter, did a great job.
      The Marina has been an excellent place to keep the boat for a week while we took care of land side must dos. We strongly recommend this secure, clean, well run establishment.
      I need to add that MYBC’s capital investment in new head and shower facilities paid off. The new arrangement is excellent.
      Chris Waln


      Click Here To View the South Carolina Marina Directory Listing For Myrtle Beach Yacht Club

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    • Speedboat Problems On AICW/Pine Island Cut Canal

      The Pine Island Cut is tricky enough, with all its underwater rocks lining both sides of the canal. Throw in some less than responsible speed boat operators, and this can be a real problem!

      Subject: Dangerous Behavior MM 347 to 355
      Cruising News: Mothers' Day when transiting the Rock Pile at half tide falling, we were passed at 45-55 mph by two 40+ foot deep-vee boats (Cigarette-like, both white one with red and blue and the other with red and yellow graphics). 
      The first boat passed us westbound 60-70 feet away.  When he returned east bound, he was 30-40 feet off our beam. 
      The second boat came up from behind us at speed as we were approaching the new bridge near marker 15.  She passed us 10 feet off our port side throwing water on our deck.  The young female operator turned to look back at us with a big "gotcha" grin and looked forward just in time to avoid smashing into the bridge construction equipment.  Her speed never varied, and we pegged her on our radar at between 47-53 mph.
      I discussed this with a local fisherman the next morning at MBYC.  He nodded and said it was a real problem in spring and fall weekends (mostly) when it was too chilly or rough offshore.  He didn\'t know of, and I couldn\'t find any reference too speed limits in this rock-challenged congested area.
      You can't hear these boats coming unless the wind is behind you, and you are distant from the sound of your own engine.  They can travel a half mile in 35-40 seconds.  So a glance backwards now and then is only randomly helpful.  We've set our radar alarm to warn us of traffic much farther astern now, But that\'s only party useful.
      Chris Waln

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    • Praise for Marina at Grand Dunes (Statute Mile 357)

       Nestled along Myrtle Beach's celebrated Grand Strand, Grande Dunes is the most dynamic master-planned residential resort ever to grace the Carolina coast. Spanning 2,200 lushly forested acres of primOf course, the Marina at Grand Dunes is a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!

      Hello all:
      Palmetto Moon with Jim, Su, and Alex (the lazy cat) are at Marina Grande Dunes (mm 357).
      This is a great stop because:
      Clean
      Great docks
      Free pump out
      Dock hands know their stuff
      Free cable
      Coffee in AM
      Free WiFi
      3 restaurants on site
      Pool
      New supermarket across the street
      Shuttle van for longer trips.
      Hope this helps. As always YMMV
      Jim, Su & Alex (the lazy cat)
      Jim Cobb
      Palmetto Moon

      How about even more praise!

      Subject: Grande Dunes
      Cruising News: We’re docked across from Palmetto Moon at the Marina at Grande Dunes waiting out the latest storms. Two important things were left out of their report: a free bottle of wine is presented on check-in along with a $25 gift card for the on-site Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse. If you drink the wine before you go to dinner and order off the “Prime Time” reduced price menu and then hand in your gift card, you can get a great meal at a much more reasonable price. Also, we just got back from the new grocery – Lowes Foods – and it’s spotless. This is becoming a favorite stop on the ICW.
      Bill
      “Tapestry”
      Krogen 58

      Click Here To View the South Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Marina at Grand Dunes

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    • Depths at AICW/Little River Inlet Intersection (Statute Mile 342)

      Hmmm! If Captain Pat took her soundings, described below at "half tide," low tide depths could be as shallow as 7 feet.

      Subject: Inlet crossing updates
      Cruising News: April 8 2009 Little River Inlet ICW crossing followed magenta line nothing less than 10 feet half tide.
      Pat Banyas
      s/v Marguerite

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    • Praise for Myrtle Beach Yacht Club (Statute Mile 346)

      South Carolina Yacht Club, which is actually a transient friendly marina with GREAT fuel prices, and a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, is one of three facilities located in Coquina Harbor (in Little River, SC). Not only is SC Yacht Club a good marina, but Umbertos Restaurant is just next door. To say the food here is good, is to say something like the sun is kinda bright!

      Cruising News: Stayed at Myrtle Beach Yacht Club. $1.35 dockage with US Boat and nice place. Great restaurant on site.
      Patty Mitchell


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    • Little River Inlet (Statute MIle 341.5) Discussion

      Little River Inlet intersects the AICW, immediately south of the North Carolina – South Carolina state line. In fair weather, I've always found this inlet to be reasonably easy to navigate, but the easily run inlet (at least for 100% of the time) has yet to be invented.
      The discussion below was copied from the AGLCA list.

      Little River Inlet at the State Line between SC and NC is fine, but not in Skipper Bob.  It's well marked and carries 12' – 15' feet the entire way.  The one area where it shallows is where it meets the ICW; stay in the middle until you get into the ICW channel.  The casino boats use the inlet every day out of Myrtle Beach.
      We use Little River often, weather permitting.  It's just 25 NM to Cape Fear, and it's an easy, straight run.  No need to go miles offshore to clear shoals.  The advantage has been to avoid Shallotte's
      Inlet, Lockwoods Folley and the Poontoon Bridge.  So it's a 3fer…
      We're a 7.3 kt boat, and we frequently hear boats on the ICW – ahead of us at Little River – behind us at Southport, and vice versa.  So if the wind is 15 – 20 kts, we go outside between Cape Fear and Little River.
      Peg and Jim Healy aboard Sanctuary

      You can comfortably add the Llttle River inlet  on the North/South Carolina border as a safe daytime entrance.   This excellent inlet, about 30 miles west of Cape Fear, is used daily by two large gambling boats and by several big fishing "head boats" and some shrimpers. Better yet, less than a mile inside  and just across the ICW is a frequently used anchorage on the NC side of the channel.  It is pretty exposed to wakes, but most of the head boats will slow for you if you are well lit,
      This is not a well lit entrance or inside channel, so , while it can be done in the dark, I don't recommend it for a first time entry.
      Conversely, if you come north on the inside , you can avoid a slow 30 miles from Little River to Southport, including the often shoaly Lockwood's Folly and Shallotte sections, and the once-an hour Sunset Beach pontoon bridge by going out Little River and back in at Cape Fear.  No off shore obstructions, so you can basically run the beach almost all the way…
      Olrick

      Little River SC inlet is very easy to navigate. It is well marked and right on the SC/NC border, after entering inlet go just south 2 miles, on the ICW and you have numerous choices of overnight very nice marinas,
      John M. Beaver

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    • Calabash Creek Anchorage (Statute Mile 342)

      In the last edition of “Cruising Guide to Coastal South Carolina and Georgia,” I warned that the entrance to Calabash Creek was shoaling, and that low water entrance and egress from this popular anchorage could be more than slightly tricky. Looks like Captain Jeanie’s report bears out those observations!

      Our adventure was not over. Our intention was to anchor in Calabash Creek. However, we knew we were now only 1 ½ hr before low tide and that this could be a problem. We left flashing green daybeacon 119 and crept toward red floating ICW R2, eyes on the sounder. DON’T DO THIS. Stay mid channel on the ICW. There is shoaling well out from the northeast at Calabash Creek. We had about 3 hours to watch shrimp boats and casino boats traverse this section, as we sat aground in the ICW channel just over the midline to the northeast in the ICW and east of red floating 2. We didn’t feel quite so inept, when we watched a shrimp boat go aground just in front of us as he came in from sea and crossed the ICW to go into Calabash Creek. He was able to wiggle off, however. By 1930 we thought we had enough water to work our way into deeper water, and persevered when we cited two shrimp boats returning from sea. They crept through the creek entrance and we followed them in. Of course it was now dark but we only went in enough distance to anchor in 9′ of water. That anchorage had been so close and so far away.
      No problem leaving at 8 this morning, and we had a great run to Georgetown.
      Jeanie Quigley


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    • Shallow Spot Near Barefoot Landing Shopping Center Dock (Statute Mile 353.5)

      First, please note that Captain John's note below refers to the dock off Barefoot Landing Shopping Center, NOT Barefoot Landing Resort Marina. These two facilties sit on opposite sides of the AICW – Pine Island Cut canal.
      With all that out of the way, be SURE to watch out for the pesky shoal John describes below!

      Subject: Barefoot Landing, SC Low Spot
      Cruising News: There is a sailboat drawing 6' hard aground 150'north of the east end of the Barefoot Landing docks (just as you pass south of the Barefoot Bridge).  Low tide was at 1445 but they were aground at 1230.  (The sailboat is out in the ICW 150' from the docks…) Watch out for this low spot.
      John Loving

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    • Praise for Barefoot Resort Yacht Club (Statute Mile 353.5)

      Personally, I don’t think there is really any doubt that Barefoot Landing Resort Marina is one of the very best of the best when it comes to a discussion of South Carolina marina facilities. Of course, I’m prejudiced, as these good folks are a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!

      Subject: Barefoot Resort Marina
      Cruising News: Just a note to say what a great deal Barefoot Resort Marina is. It is right across from Barefoot landing. Dockage is $1.50/ft which incl elect, water, cable, etc. Laundry room just off the dock. Have to walk across Barefoot Landing Bridge to shopping (3/4 mi).
      John Loving


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    • Stick To the Middle on the Pine Island Cut (a. k. a. The Rock Pile)

      Waterway veterans have long known that the man-made canal, used by the AICW to run between Little River and the Waccamaw River, may be officially known as the Pine Island Cut, but most call it the "Rock Pile" for good reason. And, that reason is, as you will read below, that rock ledges stick our from both shores of this canal along the way. The moral of this story is to stick to the mid-line if at all possible.
      Also, note Captain George's good experience with TowBoat/US. These fine folks are a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS' NET SPONSOR!

      Well, ok, we go through the Little River Bridge just a few minutes  after my last post. I'm behind a Fleming, who is behind a couple of  tows slowly moving a dredge and pipe rig. Fleming is advised there is  deeper water on the port side, and decides to pass. I tell him might  as well do it now, because the narrow part of The Rockpile is up  ahead a bit. I ask him to let me know what depth he sees and I follow  right behind. Everything is going fine; plenty of water. DOINK! I am  hard aground, Fleming continues on unflustered. So, for the very  first time ever, I've gone aground and can't get off! I mean we are  STUCK. Fortunately we had a rising tide, and great first time  experience with TowBoat US (Brian Cogsdell, Little River). Alls well  that ends well, no nasty prop vibes  etc. The Beatle's oldie "I  Should Have Known Better.." … can't get it out of my mind.
      Of course the punch line is the tow had pulled over and tied up a  half a mile downstream….
      George,
      needing to break out his copy of the Stone's "High Tides and Green 
      Grass"

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    • Another Recommendatin for Osprey Marina (Staute Mile 373.5)

      It’s getting almost commonplace to post laudatory messages about Osprey Marina, a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR! This facility lies off the AICW, just north of the Waterway’s entrance into Waccamaw River. Besides having great services, Ospry also features one of the most sheltered harbors you can find anywhere! Tell Sherry we sent you!

      I have to highly recommend to all south bound [cruisers]to stop at OSPREY MARINA at mile marker 373.A dollar a ft to dock,and access to a great Italian restaurant called SCATORI,s.They pick you up,take you shopping and serve you a great Italian dinner at resonable prices.They have a great chef and HUGH PORTIONS.I plan on making Osprey Marina an annual stop.
      As Posted on the MTOA Listserv by George Kay


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    • Osprey Marina (Staute Mile 373.5)

      I borrowed the quick comments below from the MTOA mail list. They are just another example of what a fine facility cruisers will discover when they visit Osprey Marina. And, I might add, these good folks are a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!
      Osprey Marina is located near the Waterway’s intersection between the Pine Island Cut and Waccamaw River, and is accessed by way of a man-made canal. After running this cut, cruisers will find one of the most sheltered harbors imaginable. and a WARM welcome.
      I’m glad to hear that a nearby restaurant will now dispatch a car to pick up cruisers and return them to their vessels, and with shopping nearby no less!

      Thanks to all who recommended stopping at Osprey Marina. EVERYTHING was top notch – people, facilities, etc. An added attraction is now a restaurant – Scatori’s -thst picks you up and delivers you – plus they are right next to a LOWE’S grocery store for shopping before being returned to your boat.

      A Second to George’s recommendation. Marina very clean and hospitable. Chef Kevin Scatori is a protege of Emeril Lagasse and the food is FABULOUS. Service is attentive and sauces made fresh very day. As good as NY or N’Orleans has to offer.


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