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      Below, you will discover our COMPLETE listing of South Carolina cruising news/postings from fellow cruisers, arranged in chronological order, based on publication date. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO NARROW YOUR SELECTION of SC cruising news to those messages which pertain to a specific geographic sub-region, locate the RED, vertically stacked menu, on the right side of this, and all Cruisers’ Net pages. Click on “South Carolina.” A drop down menu will appear, with a blue background, Now, click on “SC Regional Cruising News.” A sub-drop-down menu will now appear, listing 11 South Carolina geographic sub-regions. Select your waters of interest, and after clicking on your choice, a list of messages will appear, confined to the sub-region you have picked!

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    • Isle of Palms Marina Upgrading Diesel Pumps, SC AICW Statute Mile 457


      Isle of Palms Marina is located on the east side of the Intracoastal Waterway, northeast of Charleston at Mile 456.5 and south of ICW Marker 116. 50 41st Avenue

      Isle of Palms Marina is on the east side of the Waterway north of the Charleston Harbor. The upgraded diesel pumps are sure to be worth the wait.

      Beginning Tuesday, January 22 for the next 4-6 weeks we will not have diesel fuel but do have non-ethanol 89 gasoline.
      Brian Berrigan

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    • An Update on Dataw Marina, near SC AICW Statute Mile 521.5


      Dataw Island Marina, completely destroyed by Hurricane Matthew, is a former Cruisers Net sponsor and we wanted to give you an update on their progress at rebuilding. The marina is located just a short distance south off the Waterway via Parrot Creek, then Morgan River, west of marker #6, along the southern banks of the Morgan River. A wonderful, intimate marina and a great stopover!

      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – December 28, 2018
      CONTACT:      Laura McCarthy, Director of Marketing & Communications
      (843) 379-3056 / CELL (912) 224-7611
      datawmarketing@islc.net 

      Dataw Island Announces Purchase of Marina

      Beaufort, SC — The Dataw Island Owners Association (DIOA) is pleased to announce its purchase of the marina property located on the north end of the island. The Carolina Ballroom erupted in applause when Assistant General Manager, Lori Murdaugh, opened the sealed envelope provided by an independent voting organization and read the results of the vote: more than 93% voted in favor of purchasing the marina property.
      In the months leading up to the vote, the Owners Association worked with several committees and staff to research options, produce financial forecasts and viability studies, and present a series of educational meetings for members, including ten focus group meetings designed to garner member feedback.
      Based on the comments and surveys from the focus groups, the Long Range Planning Committee developed a recommendation to purchase the marina property and repopulate the dry stack and rebuild the shoreline dock, which was the option favored by 97% of the 300+ focus group attendees.

      Throughout the past several months, many owners took to the DatawNet, an email list serv for member-to-member communication, to express their thoughts.
      “When we purchased our property planning on Dataw to be our future retirement home one of the attractions was the marina. We are not boaters, in fact for me the golf was a larger attraction, but we both fell in love with the beauty of the marina. After Matthew’s damage we were heartbroken,” said Bill and Carol Reid, property owners who have not yet moved to Dataw. “We are fully behind the recommendation and hope the rest of the community feels the same.”
      Member John Keet, a boater, also expressed his love of Dataw and the marina, saying, “We love the beauty of Dataw and the Lowcountry in general. The spirit of cooperation between the island residents is very refreshing; everyone is supportive of activities/amenities that enhance the quality of life here on the island even when we may not be directly involved with them. My wife and I both feel truly blessed to live here. There is just a tremendous sense of calm that comes over us as we cross the causeway. I’m certain that many of you feel much the same way. I experience that sense of calm when I on my boat.”
      The overall sentiment most members expressed on the DatawNet was reinforced by a “Yes” vote to purchase the marina complex and to once again make it an attractive “second entrance” to this private community. In addition to the marina itself, Dataw will (upon closing in February) also take ownership of the boat yard, run by Ace Basin Boat Works, and Sweetgrass Restaurant, operated by a local restaurant group managed by Palmer Sims. The Owners Association is pleased to continue the partnership with these proprietors and welcomed them as neighbors at an impromptu celebration at Sweetgrass that immediately followed the vote announcement.
      DIOA has an action plan ready to launch that includes several marina rehabilitation projects as well as partnering with marina professionals who will run the day-to-day operations, under the supervision and control of Dataw management. Any future development, expansion, contraction, or repurposing of the Marina Property will initially be subject to review and agreement by the DIOA Board, and ultimately determined by the vote of the membership. For now, though, Dataw members are just ready for the return of full marina operations.
      Whether boaters or not, many members appreciate the beauty of a functioning marina and are glad to support it purchase. Member Claudia Peebles summed it up well, saying “We all enjoy a walk out on the pier even if we don’t boat. We all want to take in the view (made better when populated by beautiful boats).” Noting her support of the marina despite not being a boater herself, Peebles added, “It’s just the right thing to do.”

      The DIOA thanks the many volunteers who spent countless hours over the last two years, and thanks the members for their support to move forward with the purchase and rebuild.

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      Dataw Island is a gated golf, tennis and boating lifestyle community located fifteen minutes outside of historic downtown Beaufort. The island features two recently-renovated golf courses by designers Tom Fazio and Arthur Hills, a tennis center, a community center with workout and massage facilities, three restaurants, world class croquet lawns, bocce, kayaking, and more. The community has also been ranked the number one best retirement destination in South Carolina by Best Retirement Destinations and is the recipient of the 2017 Bliss Award for “Happiest South Carolina Community” as well as the “2018 Club of the Year” (South Carolina Golf Association) and one of four USTA private clubs named “Outstanding Tennis Facility.”
      www.dataw.com

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    • LNM: Dredging Project, Charleston Harbor. near SC AICW Statute Mile 465

      Fort Johnson is on the south side of the Waterway’s path through Charleston Harbor and, while ICW traffic should not be affected, mariners should be aware of the dredging project. Our thanks to Officer Jeromy Sherrill for this notice.

      MSIB 1-19 Fort Johnson Boat Slip Dredge Project – Charleston, SC
      The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources will be dredging the boat slip located at Fort Johnson. Beginning January 14, 2019 a pipe will be deployed from the boat slip to the spoil area located in the marsh southeast of Fort Johnson. The pipe will be removed April 30, 2019. Dredging operations will begin Feb 1, 2019.

      All Mariners are urged to use caution around this area. For additional information, please contact the Project Manager Robert Meyer (843) 953-2420.

      This MSIB can be viewed at https://homeport.uscg.mil/port-directory/charleston. For questions or concerns regarding this MSIB, please contact Sector Charleston Waterways Management Division at (843) 323-7761 or the Sector’s 24-hour Command Center at (843) 740-7050.

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    • February Events at Sea Pines Resort, Harbour Town Yacht Basin, AICW Statute Mile 565


      Harbour Town at Hilton Head, with its familiar red-and-white-striped lighthouse, is a fine resort marina with an enormous number of amenities.

      Harbour Town Yacht Basin, A CRUISERS NET SPONSOR, is ready for your reservation with newly renovated docks, upgraded electrical service and onSpot WiFi, also a CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR. And, as always, numerous activities at the Sea Pines Resort are offered for your enjoyment, as you will see in the Event Schedule below. Hilton Head Island is absolutely marvelous any time of year, but especially so during the winter months!

       

      The Sea Pines Resort
      February 2019

      seapines.com/events

      Junior Heritage Golf Tournament

      February 2-3

      Saturday: Atlantic Dunes by Davis Love II

      Sunday: Harbour Town Golf Links

      The Junior Heritage has a rich history of world-class golf with a list of champions that include Paula Creamer, Charles Howell III, Brittany Lang, Sean O’Hair, Kyle Stanley and Alex Thompson. This year’s two-day tournament will feature some of the country’s finest golfers playing at The Sea Pines Resort. (843) 363-8385

      Valentine’s Day

      Thursday, February 14

      Enjoy a romantic evening with that special someone at Links, an American Grill, located in the Harbour Town Clubhouse or Coast, Oceanfront Dining located in the Sea Pines Beach Club. Reservations recommended. Call Links at (843)363-8380 or at Coast (843) 842-1888.

      Golf Clinics

      Monday-Friday, 9-10am and 3:30-4:30pm

      One-hour clinics are available at the Plantation Club’s driving range for golfers of all levels. Clinic instruction is provided by The Sea Pines Resort’s assistant professionals. Proper dress and reservations required; call (843) 842-1477. $40 per person

      Stan Smith Weekend Workout

      Saturdays and Sundays, 9-11am

      Improve your game with four hours of instruction focused on strokes and doubles strategy. Ages 18 and older; NTRP 3.0 and up. $52 per day, $94 for two days

      Charter Fishing

      Daily; Call for reservations

      Harbour Town Yacht Basin offers the most experienced fishing captains on Hilton Head Island operating private fishing charters all year long. Just 10 minutes from the Atlantic Ocean, its fleet, including the Izzy A, Echo, Integrity and Valor will guide you to the most fertile fishing grounds. Harbour Town Yacht Basin offers trips ranging from three-hour inshore excursions to overnight trips to the Gulf Stream, 70 miles offshore. All items are provided, and catch will be cleaned at the docks. Reservations are required; contact Harbour Town Yacht Basin at (843) 363-8335.

      Forest Preserve Wagon Journey

      Mondays, 3:30-4:30

      Sit back and relax and experience the animals and pants of the Sea Pines Forest Preserve. Reservations required; call (843) 842 1979. $16/adult, $13/child (ages 12 and younger)

      Click Here To View the South Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Harbour Town Yacht Basin

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    • 2019 Phases of the Moon, Windmill Harbour Marina, Hilton Head Island, AICW Statute Mile 558


      Windmill Harbour Marina, Hilton Head SC

      This handy chart displaying the phases of the moon for 2019 is courtesy of Cruisers Net Sponsor, Windmill Harbor Marina, located on Skull Creek on the shores of Hilton Head Island.

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

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      1. Ted Arisaka -  January 2, 2019 - 6:09 pm

        Thanks for the mention of our marina!

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    • Huge Right Whale Spotted off Tybee Island, GA

      Wouldn’t you like to be as close to such a magnificent creature as this fishing crew was ?

      Hilton Head fishing crew spots rare creature off coast. It was as big as an 18-wheeler
      Island Packet (blog)

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      1. Steve Beaty -  December 30, 2018 - 12:10 am

        Tybee Island is not in South Carolina…. Tybee Island is in Georgia… It is usually called "Savannah Beach"…Please get your "facts" right before you post them to the "WWW". It just makes you look stupid when people see it. Take care.

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      2. Jeff Berry -  December 29, 2018 - 3:49 pm

        Had one come up along side and blew a spout. Scared the hell out of me. Then it just one eyed me for a bit, and went under and swam away. Just behind Blackbeards Island in the ICW.

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    • LNM: Construction Along AICW Statute Mile 467, Charleston Harbor, SC


      This construction information is of concern to boaters, because the work parallels the Waterway’s path from Charleston harbor into the Ashley River. Caution is required during passage of the area.

      SOUTH CAROLINA – CHARLESTON HARBOR – CHARLESTON HARBOR NORTH CHANNEL: High Battery Project Operations
      S.J. Hamill Construction will commence a Stone Revetment Repair Project for the City of Charleston beginning the week of December 17, 2018 and construction will be complete sometime in February 2019. The scope of work is to include installation of stone and geotextile fabric in the area of Charleston Harbor known as the High Battery (located at 32.770623°N/ 79.928285°W) beginning at the seawall and extending approximately 40’ into Charleston Harbor. One deck barge and two rock barges, ranging in sizes up to 120’ x 30’ will be traveling between the project site and S.J. Hamill’s Construction’s marine yard in Shipyard Creek on occasion to transport materials. All barges will be equipped with proper marine lighting. All Mariners are urged to use caution around this area and all of the marine equipment. All barges and tugs will monitor VHF Channel 16, 13, 71. Operations will be from Sunday to Saturday during daylight hours. For further information, contact the Project POC Meg Heikes (843) 642-2196.
      Chart 11524 LNM 51/18

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    • LNM: UPDATE: Painting/Height Reduction Extended, Carolina Bays Parkway Bridge, Socastee, SC AICW Statute Mile 372


      This 65ft, 59ft during painting, high-rise fixed bridge was begun in April of 2014 and will cross the Waterway just south of the two new high-rise bridges at Socastee. See /135939 for background on this bridge. Our thanks to Officer Justin Heck for this notice.


      SC-31 BRIDGE PAINTING SOCASTEE, SC
      UPDATE: The contractor responsible for constructing Carolina Bays Parkway (SC-31) located in Socastee, SC will continue to work on the underside of the bridge structure directly over the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (AICW) near mile marker 372.3. The duration of the project has been extended. The expected completion date is February 15, 2019. All work will take place Monday through Saturday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. The vertical clearance may be temporarily reduced by 6 feet under the portion of the bridge being painted. The work area can be quickly moved to allow the passage of larger vessels if needed.

      Mariners are urged to plan transits accordingly to avoid unnecessary disruptions. For more details, please contact Robbie Higgins at (720) 470-9666.

      This MSIB can be viewed at https://homeport.uscg.mil/port-directory/charleston. For questions or concerns regarding this MSIB, please contact Sector Charleston Waterways Management Division at (843) 323-7761 or the Sector’s 24-hour Command Center at (843) 740-7050.

      Thank you,

      Jeromy Sherrill, MSTC
      U.S. Coast Guard
      Sector Charleston
      843-740-3186 x3325

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    • Report from Isle of Palms, Problem Stretch, SC AICW 460


      This stretch of shoaling north of the Ben Sawyer Bridge has been a Problem Stretch for some time with numerous warnings in the past. Cruisers Net continues to advise mid to high tide passage only. See Nov 21 Local Notice. Our thanks to Mike Holleman for this onsite report.

      Went through this section of the ICW today, mid tide rising. Did not find depths below 6 feet. However MM 430 through 440 was touch and go. 3 to 5 feet for several miles. This was at low tide.
      Mike Holleman

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    • January Events at Sea Pines Resort, Harbour Town Yacht Basin, AICW Statute Mile 565


      Harbour Town at Hilton Head, with its familiar red-and-white-striped lighthouse, is a fine resort marina with an enormous number of amenities.

      Harbour Town Yacht Basin, A CRUISERS NET SPONSOR, is ready for your reservation with newly renovated docks, upgraded electrical service and onSpot WiFi, also a CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR. And, as always, numerous activities at the Sea Pines Resort are offered for your enjoyment, as you will see in the Event Schedule below. Hilton Head Island is absolutely marvelous any time of year, but especially so during the winter months!

       

      The Sea Pines Resort
      January 2019

      seapines.com/events

      Smith Stearns Junior Championships

      Saturday, January 19 – Monday, January 21

      Come watch some of the nation’s top juniors compete in their first big tournament of the year. Hosted by The Sea Pines Racquet Club and includes National Level 3 singles and doubles tournaments for boys and girls ages 14, 16 and 18. For more information, please visit www.smithstearns.com or call (843) 363-4789.

      Forest Preserve Wagon Ride

      Mondays, 3:30-4:30pm

      Sit back and relax and experience the animals and plant life at the Sea Pines Forest Preserve. We’’ search for turtles, alligators, birds and other critters as we ride past Heritage Farm, Lake Joe, Fish Island and more. Reservations required; call (843) 842-1979. $16/adult, $13/child (ages 12 and younger)

      Golf Clinics

      Monday-Friday, 9-10am and 3:30-4:30pm

      One-hour clinics are available at the Plantation Club’s driving range for golfers of all levels. Clinic instruction is provided by The Sea Pines Resort’s assistant professionals. Proper dress and reservations requires; call (843) 842-1477. $40 per person

      Stan Smith Weekend Workout

      Saturdays and Sundays, 9-11am

      Improve your game with four hours of instruction focused on strokes and doubles strategy. Ages 18 and older, NTRP 3.0 and up. $52 per day; $94 for two days

      Charter Fishing

      Daily; Call for reservations

      Harbour Town Yacht Basin offers the most experienced fishing captains on Hilton Head Island operating private fishing charters all year long. Just 10 minutes from the Atlantic Ocean, its fleet, including the Izzy A, Echo, Integrity and Valor will guide you to the most fertile fishing grounds. Harbour Town Yacht Basin offers trips ranging from three-hour inshore excursions to overnight trips to the Gulf Stream, 70 miles offshore. All items are provided, and catch will be cleaned at the docks. Reservations are required; contact Harbour Town Yacht Basin at (843) 363-8335.

      Click Here To View the South Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Harbour Town Yacht Basin

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    • LNM: Severe Shoaling, Isle of Palms, Problem Stretch SC AICW 460


      This stretch of shoaling north of the Ben Sawyer Bridge has been a Problem Stretch for some time with numerous warnings in the past. Cruisers Net continues to advise mid to high tide passage only. See also Warning.

      SOUTH CAROLINA – AICW – CASINO CREEK TO BEAUFORT RIVER – WINYAH BAY – CHARLESTON HARBOR: Severe Shoaling.
      There is severe shoaling at low-tide depths of 2ft across the AICW in the vicinity of Isle of Palms between Winyah Bay-Charleston Harbor Daybeacon 117A (LLNR 34510.5) 32-47-11.607N / 079-48-33.383W (32°47.1935N / 079°48.5564W, 32.786558 / -79.809273) and Winyah Bay-Charleston Harbor Daybeacon 119 (LLNR 34520) 32-46-49.809N / 079-49-23.561W (32°46.8301N / 079°49.3927W, 32.780502 / -79.823211) . Mariners are advised to use extreme caution while transiting the area. Chart 11518 LNM 47/18

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      1. Mike Holleman -  December 3, 2018 - 7:43 pm

        Went through this section of the ICW today, mid tide rising. Did not find depths below 6 feet. However MM 430 through 440 was touch and go. 3 to 5 feet for several miles. This was at low tide.

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    • Pomeranz Report: AICW R48A Reported Missing, Northern Fields Cut, SC Statute Mile 575


      Southport Marina

      Hank Pomeranz of Coastal Yacht Care and host of navigation/weather briefings at Southport Marina reports this missing ICW marker. Hank had discussed marker 48A in his Oct 30 Pomeranz Report. The intersection of Wright River and Northern Fields cut is a Cruisers Net Problem Stretch noted for shoaling and channel shifting.

      Hi all, I had two on scene reports yesterday that R”48A” is missing at the northern entrance to Fields Cut. I have photos from within the last 10 days that it was there. It was not mentioned in the 46/18 LNM. As you know, this mark forces you towards the green shore for deeper water.

      Bob, I downloaded your GPX track through there and have attached a screen shot- which may help show them the deepest path. Navionics also has a good handle on it and I just drew a faux track to make the point. Perhaps an announcement something to the effect that if R48A is not on station, suggest closely following the green (port southbound) shore for deepest water.

      This is basically how I started briefing it last night.

      Best Regards
      hank

       

      Sherer GPX Track

      Navionics

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    • Pomeranz Report: Advice on Northern Fields Cut, SC AICW Problem Stretch, Statute Mile 575


      Hank Pomeranz of Coastal Yacht Care in Southport, NC is replying to Jim Healy’s observations on Northern Fields Cut in today’s Healy Report.
      We also have Robert Shere’s report on this Problem Stretch: Sherer Report.

      You might also enjoy comparing Jim Healy’s 2017 Healy Report on this area.

      The big surprise is the northern end of Fields Cut at 48A. 3.6MLW is less than other reports we’ve seen. The Navionics Sonar Chart shows the deeper water closer to the shore (75’ or so off the mark). Between those two bits of info I think sound advice is to not get up close and personal to 48A and split the difference between mark and shore. Thanks Jim.
      Hank

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    • Healy Report: Port Royal, SC to Walburg Creek, GA, AICW Statute Miles 539 to 619N or 623.5S


      Walburg Creek shapes the east side of Walburg Island and the Waterway lies on the west side. Good depths and great beach combing. My young daughters always declared the beach spooky because of the skeletal trees and dense forest to the east! While the creek has both a northern and southern entrance from the AICW, we prefer the northern passage, though there is still an unmarked shoal northwest of Middle Ground in St. Catherine’s Sound which must be bypassed. Experienced cruisers, Jim and Peg Healy, continue to generously share their observations and advice as they make their way south for the winter. Thank you Jim and Peg!

      On Monday, 10/29/2018, Sanctuary and crew travelled from Port Royal, SC to Walburg Creek, GA. Following, some observations:

      We arrived at Ramshorn’s Cut at 10h15 with the tide station at Daufuskie Island (Daufuskie Landing) showing 5.8+ rising. We saw 11.0 ft, so (11.0 – 5.8) = 5.2′ at MLLW. The channel between G39 and R40 has narrowed further. We took the visual center.

      We arrived at the un-named connector between the New River and the Wright River at 10h38 with the tide station at Daufuskie Island (Hargray Pier) showing 6.2+ rising. We saw 12.2 ft, so (12.2 – 6.2) = 6.0′ at MLLW. Follow the visual center. Honor, but stay away from, the lateral markers on pilings.

      We arrive at Field’s Cut at 11h06 with the tide station at Field’s Cut showing 7.6+ rising. Southbound, take the visual center between G47 and R48, and line up on Field’s Cut. HONOR R48A, which appears off-station to the East. We saw 11.2 ft passing about 25 ft off R48A, so (11.2 – 7.6) = 3.6′ at MLLW. This was a surprise! We followed the visual center of Field’s Cut, favoring the outside radius of the turns. That 3.6′ area was the control depth of the cut. Cross-currents are significant at the Savannah River. Be alert for river traffic and cross currents.

      There was a large, working crane barge at the Causton Bluff bridge. It appears “they” are replacing that bridge with a high rise. Another surprise.

      We arrived at Hell Gate (MM600) at 14h18, with the Egg Islands Tide Station reporting +7.0 falling. Depths we saw:
      G87 13.5′
      G89 10.4′
      9.8 low water between markers
      R90 10.9
      G91 10.4

      So (9.8 – 7.0) = 2.8′ MLLW. Also note, as you enter this cut from the Vernon River, there is a STRONG cross current that will try to sweep you sideways. Boats will need some power and some aggressive steering to stay on the best route. We crabbed into the lee of the current at about a 20° angle. There is a prominent visual distraction just to the west of the marked channel. There is a piling left over from some previous danger mark standing prominently, while the red and green floaters that mark the channel are low to the water and hard to see. Do not confuse that piling as a valid channel marker. Follow and honor the cans and nuns in the water

      Net: the overall condition of the A-ICW continues to deteriorate. Most cruising boats will need some tide help to get through this section. Plan accordingly.

      Jim
      Peg and Jim Healy aboard Sanctuary, currently at Charlotte Harbor, Punta Gorda, FL
      Monk 36 Hull #132
      MMSI #367042570
      AGLCA #3767
      MTOA #3436

      Click Here To View the South Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Port Royal Landing Marina

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      1. Richard Ross -  November 9, 2018 - 7:24 pm

        Passed thru Fields Cut on Nov 9, 2018, and found a minimum of 8 feet MLW at north end of Fields Cut. But there are two possible "gotchas". R48A appears to be off station, but it is not. For best water pass half way between R48A and the eastern shore. Also, be aware that once you turn to enter Fields Cut, (if southbound) you will be subject to strong cross currents.

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    • Healy Report: Mount Pleasant, SC to Beaufort, SC, AICW Statute Miles 465-536.5


      Experienced cruisers, Jim and Peg Healy, continue to generously share their observations and advice as they make their way south for the winter. Thank you Jim and Peg! Fenwick Cut slices through a narrow neck of Fenwick Island and connects the Ashepoo River with the Stono, north of the infamous Ashepoo-Coosaw Cutoff, a Cruisers Net Problem Stretch.

      Today is Saturday, 10/27/2018. Sanctuary and crew traveled 75 StM from Mount Pleasant, SC to Beaufort, SC. High tide in the region was right around 12h00.

      The Dredge Tenacious is working at the northern entry to the Dawho River. The Dredge answers on VHF 13 and VHF 65. The Dredge DOES NOT monitor VHF 16, which was a severe surprise and consternation to a lot of pleasure craft today, who nevertheless continued valiantly to try to raise him on VHF 16. Approach the dredge slowly, and follow his directions. Don’t forget to thank him for his work, which of course is to our benefit!

      We entered Watts Cut at the McKinley-Washington bridge at 11h30. The minimum we saw in the cut was 13.7′ at +7.7′ on the tide. That makes the control depth (13.7 – 7.7) = 6.0 ft at MLLW. We followed the visual center of the cut except I cut the corner at Green 135. DO NOT cut the corners. Where I was, I would have had a problem of the muddy sort at low tide.

      We entered Fenwick Cut at about 12h30. The tide station at Edisto Beach was reporting +5.6′. We saw 12.4′ in the cut, so control depth was (12.4 – 5.6) = 6.8 ft. Southbound, we saw red lateral R162 on a piling. The chart shows a red R162A on a piling and a floating R162B. There is a piling there for R162A, but no dayboard is present. We did not see a floating Red nun there, either. Net is, come down the S. Edisto river, and turn into the center of the cut. There is shoaling along both shorelines, so don’t cut the corners. Line up and go through along the visual center.

      The Ashepoo-Coosaw Cutoff is in two halves. Southbound, we entered the northern half at 12h45, with the tide station in that cut showing +6.2. Depths were in the range of 17 feet, so I didn’t pay much attention there. The southern half was dredged in the spring of 2018. There was severe shoaling at the junction of the Cut with the Coosaw River. We cleared that area at 13h00, with the tide at +5.8. We saw 11.9′ depths in the visual center of the entrance between G164 and R185, so the control depth would be (11.9 – 5.8) = 6.1 ft. I guess I would say the spring dredging helped at the junction of the Coosaw river, but did not do much to otherwise deepen the southern half of the Ashepoo-Coosaw Cut. At least most boats don’t have to do the St. Helena Sound route at this time.

      We’re just coming off full moon. We faced strong 2.5 kt ahead currents on and off all day, and particularly up-stream on the Coosaw River. That made for a tedious slog up the river. But at the divide at Brickyard Creek on the Beaufort River, we picked up speed and did very well for those last 8 miles into Beaufort. These strong flood and ebb currents will affect slow boats.

      Jim

      Peg and Jim Healy aboard Sanctuary, currently at Charlotte Harbor, Punta Gorda, FL
      Monk 36 Hull #132
      MMSI #367042570
      AGLCA #3767
      MTOA #3436

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    • Healy Report: Good News on Ashepoo-Coosaw Cutoff, AICW Problem Stretch Mile 517


      Our thanks to Jim Healy for this good news report from Ashepoo-Coosaw Problem Stretch which can be a very shallow spot between dredgings. Regarding Jim’s reference to the St Helena Route, see /?p=141157">Good Depths. For more of Jim’s report, see Mt. Pleasant to Beaufort.

      The Ashepoo-Coosaw Cutoff is in two halves. Southbound, we entered the northern half at 12h45, with the tide station in that cut showing +6.2. Depths were in the range of 17 feet, so I didn’t pay much attention there. The southern half was dredged in the spring of 2018. There was severe shoaling at the junction of the Cut with the Coosaw River. We cleared that area at 13h00, with the tide at +5.8. We saw 11.9′ depths in the visual center of the entrance between G164 and R185, so the control depth would be (11.9 – 5.8) = 6.1 ft. I guess I would say the spring dredging helped at the junction of the Coosaw river, but did not do much to otherwise deepen the southern half of the Ashepoo-Coosaw Cut. At least most boats don’t have to do the St. Helena Sound route at this time.

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      Comments from Cruisers (2)

      1. Richard Ross -  November 9, 2018 - 6:45 pm

        I can confirm that Jim Healy is correct. The CoosawAshapoo cut is now six feet MLW

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      2. CARL REITZ -  November 8, 2018 - 10:51 am

        Presume Jim was talking about the green 185 daymark and flashing red 184 when he used "G164 and R185".

        Also via Hank Pomeranz on 10-31-2018 two vessels reported that the 184 was missing.

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    • Healy Report: Full Moon Tides, Georgetown to Mt. Pleasant, SC, AICW Statute Miles 403-465

      Experienced cruisers, Jim and Peg Healy, continue to generously share their observations and advice as they make their way south for the winter. Mt. Pleasant is on the eastern shore of Charleston Harbor. Thank you Jim and Peg!

      Today is 10/26/2018. Full moon tides. Sanctuary and Crew Departed Georgetown, SC at 07h30 and traveled to Mount Pleasant, SC.

      We transited McClellanville southbound between 10h36 and 19h55. According to Aqua Maps, the tides were +6.08′ falling at 10h36 and 6.0′ falling at 10h55. Virtually high tide; how in the world did I do that?

      G35 17.3′
      G35A 14.2′ low reading between markers
      12.4′
      G37 13.1′
      11.1′ low reading between markers
      R38 11.3′
      10.7′ low reading between markers
      G39 10.7′
      11.3′ low reading between markers
      R40 11.9′
      11.7′ low reading between markers
      R42 14.4′

      Subtracting 6.0′ from the least of these depths, MLLW would be (10.7′ – 6.0′) = 4.7′. That DOES NOT account for negative tides during celestial low tide periods. I transited this area in the visual center of the waterway.

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      We transited the Mount Pleasant range southbound from Isle-Of-Palms to the Ben Sawyer Bridge between 13h49 and 14h05. Aqua Maps put the tide at +1.9′ falling at 13h49.

      Mt. Pleasant Bridge 10.6′
      10.2′
      R118 10.4′
      Swinton Creek 8.9′
      G117 9.8′
      7.3′
      Conch Creek 14.7′
      7.6′
      G119 7.8′
      Inlet Creek 12.2′
      G121 9.3′

      Subtracting 1.9′ from the least of these depths, MLLW would be (7.3 – 1.9) = 5.4′ We found the best water in the visual center of the waterway, which is different from previous years. Again, additional planning is needed for negative tides during celestial low tide periods.

      Jim

      Peg and Jim Healy aboard Sanctuary, currently at Charlotte Harbor, Punta Gorda, FL
      Monk 36 Hull #132
      MMSI #367042570
      AGLCA #3767
      MTOA #3436

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    • Report from Problem Stretch South of McClellanville, , AICW Statute Miles 430-433


      The waterway south of McClellanville all the way to the Ben Sawyer Bridge has been shoaling for years and Cruisers Net still recommends mid to high tide for passage through this section. Our thanks to Bill Reynolds for this report posted on Bob423. See Reminder, another report from last Fall.

      I would just like to reinforce earlier comments about the stretch south of McClellanville. We found at 5 feet above low tide water depths below 9 ft and places. Would not want to do that at low tide or even near low time.
      Bill Reynolds

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    • Boat Goats and Good Words for Osprey Marina, AICW Statute Mile 373


      A CRUISERS NET SPONSOR, popular Osprey Marina is at mile marker 373 on the Intracoastal Waterway south of Myrtle Beach, SC. Thankfully, Osprey Marina has almost completely recovered from the damages of hurricane Florence. Our thanks to Timothy Gaffney for these kind words and to Tricia Beck True for the photo as posted on B0b423.

      Boat Goats Photo by Tricia Beck True

      We left Osprey last Thursday and the goats had just finished trimming the bushes by the office.
      Fantastic Marina! They really took great care of our boat before, during and after Flooding Florence.
      Timothy Gaffney

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

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