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  • Cruising AICW/Wapoo Creek – Elliott Cut (near Statute Mile 472)

    Wapoo Creek and Elliott Cut comprise a part natural – part man-made connector used by the AICW to connect between Charleston's Ashley River and the Stono River. Nature never intended for these two bodes of water to be joined together, and tidal currents rip through these combined streams. If you can follow Captain Louries' advice below, that's the best plan!

    One final word for those passing through Wappo Creek/Elliott Cut, do it at slack water if your boat has anything less than an energetic engine.  The tidal flow has always been powerful.  Some things do not change.
    Lourie Salley
    S/V \"August Moon\"

  • Entering Charleston Harbor At Night

    Entering Charleston Harbor at night has always been a bit tricky. With all the commercial traffic, not to mention the bevy of lighted navigational aids, the water often resembles a Christmas Tree, and it can hard to decide what's what. Captain Lourie gives some good advice below when entering from Charleston Harbor Inlet at night.

    Entering Charleston Harbor at night was slightly different.  The Fort Sumpter Range has blinding red range lights.   There is no way to get lost.  Stay slightly outside (north of) the marked channel to give berth to commerical traffic.  Charleston Harbor Marina is (as always) generous, well appointed, and a great place for a shower.
    Lourie Salley
    S/V "August Moon"

  • 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

  • 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


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

  • 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"

  • Georgetown, South Carolina – A GREAT Port of Call

    Every since I authored the first edition of my “Cruising Guide to Coastal South Carlina and Georgia” back in 1985, I’ve been recommending Georgetown to my fellow cruisers. Good marina facilities, GREAT restaurants, a dream-like historic district, and many other attractions, make this a port of call NOT to be missed. And, Georgetown is one of our newest SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSORS!

     

    Hi Folks:
     We had 3 beautiful days of cruising the ICW since we left Writesville Beach.We arrived in georgetown SC on saturday afternoon and took a slip at the Boat Shed Marina. We have been traveling with a couple on a sail boat, we both make about the same speed. They have done the trip 5 times previous to this year and are familiar with a lot of good places to anchor and dock. They are Bob and Lynn Guyott from Maine. We have to stay in Georgetown at least until Thursday because of gale force winds south of us. We have calculated that we will not get to Florida before we want to return home so we have made arrangements to leave the boat at a marina in Brunswick GA. The place was recomended by a couple of boaters, including Bob and Lynn who  will be staying there for the winter and will keep an eye on our boat for us.
     Georgetown is a very old city and has lots of nice historic buildings and houses, they also have a waterfront walkway. In colonial days large amounts of rice and indigo were grown here and exported to England and Europe.
     The weather remains unseasonably cold and we have been having rain
    on and off for the last two days with heavy overcast in between.
     So that’s all the latest news, I will write again when I can.
    Tom and Elizabeth


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

  • Bull Creek Anchorage (Statue Mile 381), Off the Waccamaw River/AICW

    I agree wholeheartedly with Capain George. Bull Creek has been one of my favorite anchorages for 25 years, even since I’ve been authoring my “Cruising Guide to Coasal South Carolina and Georgia.” If you track your way upstream to the point where the charted high ground marches down to the shores, you will find a spot about as idyllic as it gets (check out the “South Caroina Anchorage Directory here on the Cruisers’ Net for more details!)

    A little further south from Bucksport, Bull  Creek has some of the most beautiful anchorages on the entire east  coast. We anchor there and take the dink to Bucksport and the many  surrounding picturesque side waters. We spend an extra day just to enjoy this great cruising destination.
    George

    We anchored in Bull Creek on June 13, 2009. The broad anchoring area at the entrance was taken by other boats, so we proceeded about a mile up the creek after the upside-down “U” and anchored where the chart shows 14 feet just past the charted 44 foot depth. Wind was blowing from the west and we wanted to stay in the north-south stretch of the creek for some protection from the wind. The current flowed rapidly over the
    shallow area before reaching the deep water, and our anchor trip line buoy was held just below the surface all the time! Anchor (SuperMax with
    chain) held just fine, but we were constantly checking for drag due to the current. The current appeared to be more subdued at the bend in
    charted 14-16 feet. We were also concerned about tree limbs and some logs that came drifting by in the strong current which seemed to sweep
    most debris to the outside of the curve away from us; nothing went bump in the night or fouled the anchor chain, but that was just a matter of
    luck.
    Bob McLeran and Judy Young
    MV Sanderling

    Click Here To View the South Carolina Cruisers’ Net Anchorage Directory Listing For Bull Creek

  • 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


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

  • Waccamaw River to Conway, SC Reprise

    We've already had a few postings here on the Cruisers' Net's "South Carolina" section within the past several weeks about leaving the AICW, and cruising upstream on the Waccamaw River to Conway, SC. However, Captain Lewis' notes before are so thorough, I wanted to give this message its own, more recent posting.

    Subject: Waccamaw River to Conway SC
    Message: Shirley and I made the trip in our 46 ft/4.5 ft draft Chris Craft and spent the night of 10/28/2008 in the Conway City Marina @ $1/ft – 50 AMP service but no water.  Lowest sounding @ low tide plus 2 ft was maybe 6 ft in the first 1/2 mile after leaving the ICW.  The text of C Young's Crusing Guide is very helpful with navigational supplements.  The City marina looks narrow, shallow, and generally dicey but seems to have 9 feet and steep sides – at least in the initial basin.  The young marina staff is hospitable and helpful – the environment is attempting to embrace tourism and seems not yet gotten together its offerings of tour guides, walking maps, etc.  We passed on the recommended nearby eateries and walked 4 or 5 blocks to the "main" retail street and ate in Crady's Restaurant – very nice and of the linen tablecloth variety – succulent food.  The voyage up the river from the ICW and the return seemed to average 2 1/2 to 2 3/4 hours each way at 7 knots – the radar set at very low range helped me maintain orientation vis a vis the center of the river.  I favored the river to the outside of the curves and found, with some exceptions,  the center of the river generally provided adequate if not comfortable soundings. The slalom technique is helpful. Be prepared for depth fluctuations from 35 feet, 20 feet, to 6 feet and at very short intervals! Must be a hilly bottom! If options are available,  I'd likely be very squeamish about making the trip at dead low tide as the shoaling 1/2 mile or so up the river from the confluence of the Waccamaw and the ICW (about 1 to 2 miles northeast of Bucksport) adds stress and logically moves around some.  The Cypress Inn B&B is adjacent to the Conway City Marina and is very attrractive, neat, clean, etc.  One of the proprietor/operators invited us in and gave a tour – lovely furnished with many period pieces.  We will consider a return trip.  Would make a great rendevous point with friends staying in the Myrtle Beach to Pawleys' Island/DeBordieu stretch. Load your boat with people and some can spend the night in the Cypress Inn and, likely, all could eat in the B&B – with some advanced notice to the proprietors.   Conway is hardly 15 miles by car from Myrtle Beach – but, keep in mind, the stretch now known as "Myrtle Beach" runs for 20 miles along US 17!
    Lewis Haselwood

  • Great New Coffee/Internet Cafe In Georgetown, SC

    Another great addition to a GREAT port of call, and did I mention that the town of Georgetown is now a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS' NET SPONSOR!

    Subject: Georgetown, SC Coffee Spot
    Message: There is a winderful new coffee/internet cafe at 716 Front Street.  Called Coffee Break Cafe, run by a husband and wife team who are very friendly.  Wife does the baking and I can attest to the wonderful raspberry turnovers.  Georgetown desperately needed a spot like this.
    Pam

  • 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.


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

  • Charleston Maritime Center

    The Charleston Maritime Center is located on the Cooper River side of the Charleston peninsulla, almost opposite Charleston Harbor Marina in Mount Pleasant  (A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR).  The Martime Center is, in my humble opinion, one of the least desirable places to berth in Charleston, even though it’s within walking distance of many attractions and restaurants. There are some shallow water problems, and the entire operation has never struck me as being well managed. But, hey, that’s just my opinion. Obvously, (see below) Captain Bob had a much happier experience!

    The Docks at Charleston Maritime center are floating concrete, the cost is 1.20 per ft. (they may have a discount for longer term) and it is closer to town and only two blocks from Harris Teeter (great grocery store) and the staff are great. That’s where we stay every time we are in Charleston.
    Bob


    Click Here To View the South Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Charleston Maritime Center

  • Georgetown, SC (Statute Mile 403)

    The wooden boat festival Captain Fred speaks of below is now over. HOWEVER, note his enthusiastic comments about Georgetown (A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR) and Hazzard Marine!

    Subject: Georgetown SC
    Message: We are in Georgetown for the Wooden Boat Show. The weather didn’t cooperate and it’s high 40’s and rain. Georgetown is great, however. We’re at Hazzard marine which ;is a really nice facility and about a four block walk from downtown.
    Fred Sorensen
    OA 43 “PENGUIN”

  • Port Royal Landing Marina (Staute Mile 540) Fall Dockage Specials

    Port Royal Landing Marina overlooks the western shores of the Beaufort River, immediately north of the high-rise McTeer Bridge.

    Subject: Port Royal Landing Marina -Fall specials
    Message: Everybody needs to check out Port Royal Landing Marina, the marina just south of downtown Beaufort, SC.  They are running a fall special for those heading south for the winter.  For us who have stopped there before they are offering a 2nd night free IF we bring a first-time visitor with us (or they come within our stay).  For their first-time guests who don’t come with a returning visitor, they are offering a 2nd night at half price.
    They also have brand new marina decks that can be used for grilling and gatherings with  our boating friends.  Friday nights they have an informal group that meets for dinner on the deck.  Everyone brings their own meat, drink and a side dish and shares their food and stories was a group of fellow boaters.
    If it fits your schedule CHECK THEM OUT!
    Lynwood Polin

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

  • Dewees Creek Anchorage (Staute Mile 455)

    I think the anchorage described by Captain Roy below is the portion of Capers Creek that lies, just as he says, well east of unlighted daybacon #97 (see chartlet), and west of Capers Island. This can be a triicky anchorage to reach safely, and the “ferry wake” described by Captain Roy below would certainly make for a less than pleasant evening!

    Subject: SC Anchorage Dewees Creek MM455
    Message: We anchored our sailboat in the Dewee’s creek anchorage at MM455.  This is the one on the east side of the ICW, between Big Hill Marsh and Dewees Island.  The anchorage is nice, EXCEPT there is a water taxi that runs hourly to the nearby dock!  It doesn\’t slow down for anchored boats, and we were “waked” twice an hour, each time the water taxi arrived and left.  This went on until 10 p.m. at night!  As long as this !!#$%^#$!! water taxi is running, I would suggest NOT using this anchorage!
    RapidRoy
    S/V “Gideon”


    Click Here To View the South Carolina Cruisers’ Net Anchorage Directory Listing For Dewees Creek

  • Waccamaw River to Conway, SC

    It is quite possible for vessels that can clear a 28 (approx.) foot fixed bridge to leave the ICW near where it enters the northern poriton of the Waccamaw River, and cruise upstream to the city of Conway, SC. Here you will find a small, city marina, that, accoring to Captain Jim's note below, has recently added power hookups to their visitor's dock.
    I've always liked this trip. but you do have to pay attention to navigation. Depths outside the marked cut are nil.
    I cant' agree with Captian Jim's comments about liking Conway better than Georgetown or Beaufort, but, for those not in a hurry, this is indeed a side trip well worth making.

    I made this same recommendation about 2 years ago in this list. I'm glad to see that Conway has gotten even better with the addition of real power. When we were there, I was able to find 15 amp at the base of a lamppole along the Riverwalk.
    I place Conway as a better stop along the ICW in SC than MB, Georgetown or Beaufort, but not Charleston.
    Jim
    (from the GL Mailing List)

    If you decide to stop at Conway, SC, be sure you get pumped out first. Their pump out station has been MIA for over three years. The docks north of the marina have 110V service, the City Marina transient dock has 30 AMP power, but is poorly maintained.
    Dan

    Greetings from Conway, SC,
    Just wanted to let those of you who are not in a big hurry to head south this winter that Conway, SC is a wonderful stop and a BEAUTIFUL trip up the Waccamaw River.  Conway is located about 12 miles up the Waccamaw River, head up the river where it leaves the ICW.  Life's2Short runs about 8mph, and between our "speed" and the no-wake areas on the river it took us a little over 2 hours to get up here.  Our charts were only good for the first 6 miles of the river, however the river is well marked and we never saw less than 6' (at low tide) the entire trip.  As an added bonus the 2 free 40' floating docks at the Riverwalk now have 30 & 50 amp power, for FREE!!  The docks are located just below the bridge on your port side.  The town is very friendly and offers a number of places to drink, dine, & shop.  Life's2Short tips their hat to the City of Conway for having such a nice place for cruisers to visit, keep up the great work!
    Try the Gouda & Bacon Spinach Cakes @ Berni's, they are to die for!!!
    Brenda & Todd Lanning
    M/V Life's2Short
    40' Oceania

    Claiborne,
        We have taken this trip from North Myrtle Beach to Conway twice.
        First was Spring of 2007 My GPS runs out just North of Peachtree Landing on the Waccamaw. I used the Virtual Earth website and made pictures of the route to Conway. The river is marked, but there are places you can get "confused" leading to a dead end in shallow water. The river was low in the Spring, and we had some 4 ft spots on the depth sounder.
         We just did the trip again and this year the river is up. Lowest we saw was 6 feet. We stayed at Conway Marina the first time. They have gas, water and power at the dock ($1.00 a foot), showers and toilets in the building. They give you a key for after they close. No diesel available.
        This year we used the Bed & Breakfast's slip as my in-laws were staying there before coming back with us. Power and water at the slip. Tight fit getting into the slip. We have a 28 ft Four Winns, single screw. Take it real slow in that marina!!
        Just past the marina is a day dock that has power and water pedestals. These are new from last year. Closer there to walk into town. Assume the City controls these.
         You can cruise past Conway, but I'm not sure how far. There is a railroad swing bridge that apparently closes on short notice just North of town. Do not know who you would call to get it reopened, so we did not venture past.
        It is a great trip. Little traffic and some interesting sights. Lots of Osprey/Eagle nest enroute. They were occupied on the Spring trip. We averaged about 10 mph and it took us about 4 hours. No need to hurry.
        Hope this info helps out.
    Tracy & Jeanne Millar
  • Port Royal Landing Marina (Statute Mile 540)

    Port Royal Landing Marina sits hard by the northern side of the McTeer Bridge, which crosses the Beaufort River/ICW a short hop south of downtown Beaufort, SC. This is a nice marina, but watch out for the current when docking!

    We are currently at Port Royal Landing Marina. Diesel 4.27. Slip 1.50 pf.+ 5.00 for elec. Everything else was included, WiFi, Cable TV, VERY clean showers (ladies room/shower even had fresh flowers and music!) They have a restaurant/bar on site and BEST of all a courtesy club cab truck so we could even get some larger items at Lowes. Tomorrow, I can go to WalMart! I havn’t had a WalMart fix since we left Wilmington, N.C. The staff is extremely courteous and most willing to help. We would highly recommend this marina.
    Ben and Barbara Falmlen
    Two Cats Too


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

  • Cruising Upstream on the Cooper River

    Captain Lourie is correct. I do not cover the Cooper River upstream of the CSX RR Bridge, and, as a matter of fact, have never cruised the waters north of this span. After reading the note below, however, I think I should amend my ways!!!

    GREAT INLAND DESTINATION
    Cruising News: Claiborne Young’s excellent Cruising Guide to the Carolinas ends at the CSX RR bridge on the West Cooper River.  However, the best is above.   Call CSX 24 hours in advance to have the bridge raised.  Charts for the trip are published by SC Dept. of Natural Resources.    From the drawbridge, follow the marked channel through the rice-fields, past the manicured lawn of Mepkin Abby, past Gilligan’s Restaurant in the Tailrace Canal (an excellent diversion in itself) to the Pinopolis Lock.   Locking into Santee-Cooper involves entering the 72 foot tall chamber, and rising into Lake Moultrie.
    Lake Moultrie is almost like an inland sea.  At 72,000 acres, you can barely see across.  Sailors, this is a good time to raise your sails.  There is always wind.   Follow the marked channel through the Diversion Canal.  There is a dockside restaurant there that serves fried catfish, cole slaw, and hush puppies that is worth the wait.
    The Diversion canal brings the intrepid boater to Lake Marion, a 100,500 acre impoundment famous for catfish, striped bass, crappie and more than a few stumps.   A cleared channel  leads the boater to Marker 79 Marina.
    Marker 79 Marina is the brainchild and pet project of Capt Bill Deytons and his charming wife Beverly.   It is a classy, upscale marina with a Tiki Bar, restrooms, showers, and a 150 foot long cruise vessel, the Mark Twain.  Although incomplete, it offers deep water berths at very reasonable rates, electricity, water, and wireless internet service.   It offers a family environment, and is very friendly to live-aboards.   It may be the ultimate hurricane hole on the South-east coast.
    The trip from Charleston to Marker 79 takes a long day by sailboat at 7 knots.   It is, however, the prettiest stretch of water on the East Coast.  It offers a variety little seen on the ICW, with the unique experience of the lift through the Pinopolis Lock.  My depth finder registered at least 20 feet for the trip  up from Charleston.  The route is well marked.   A friend of mine with very little experience brought his 36 foot Land’s End sloop up without difficulty.
    I hope to see y’all at the Tiki Bar
    Lourie Salley

    Captain Lourie is correct. I do not cover the Cooper River upstream of the CSX RR Bridge, and, as a matter of fact, have never cruised the waters north of this span. After reading the note below, however, I think I should amend my ways!!!

    Subject: GREAT INLAND DESTINATION
    Cruising News: Claiborne Young’s excellent Cruising Guide to the Carolinas ends at the CSX RR bridge on the West Cooper River.  However, the best is above.   Call CSX 24 hours in advance to have the bridge raised.  Charts for the trip are published by SC Dept. of Natural Resources.    From the drawbridge, follow the marked channel through the rice-fields, past the manicured lawn of Mepkin Abby, past Gilligan’s Restaurant in the Tailrace Canal (an excellent diversion in itself) to the Pinopolis Lock.   Locking into Santee-Cooper involves entering the 72 foot tall chamber, and rising into Lake Moultrie.
    Lake Moultrie is almost like an inland sea.  At 72,000 acres, you can barely see across.  Sailors, this is a good time to raise your sails.  There is always wind.   Follow the marked channel through the Diversion Canal.  There is a dockside restaurant there that serves fried catfish, cole slaw, and hush puppies that is worth the wait.
    The Diversion canal brings the intrepid boater to Lake Marion, a 100,500 acre impoundment famous for catfish, striped bass, crappie and more than a few stumps.   A cleared channel  leads the boater to Marker 79 Marina.
    Marker 79 Marina is the brainchild and pet project of Capt Bill Deytons and his charming wife Beverly.   It is a classy, upscale marina with a Tiki Bar, restrooms, showers, and a 150 foot long cruise vessel, the Mark Twain.  Although incomplete, it offers deep water berths at very reasonable rates, electricity, water, and wireless internet service.   It offers a family environment, and is very friendly to live-aboards.   It may be the ultimate hurricane hole on the South-east coast.
    The trip from Charleston to Marker 79 takes a long day by sailboat at 7 knots.   It is, however, the prettiest stretch of water on the East Coast.  It offers a variety little seen on the ICW, with the unique experience of the lift through the Pinopolis Lock.  My depth finder registered at least 20 feet for the trip  up from Charleston.  The route is well marked.   A friend of mine with very little experience brought his 36 foot Land’s End sloop up without difficulty.
    I hope to see y’all at the Tiki Bar
    Lourie Salley

  • Anchored Off Beaufort, SC (Statute Mile 537)

    I love Beaufort, SC, but I must admit that we always stay at Downtowne Beaufort Marina (A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR). It’s interesting to read about the experiences of a fellow cruiser who anchors off the town waterfront.
    In any case, there is a passel of good cruising tips in Ben and Barbara’s note below. Happy reading!

    We are anchored on the hook in the harbor at Beaufort, S. C. with no charge. Checked in with the Harbor Master and he told us the city had restrooms and showers right at the docks for boats on the hook.? I checked them out and they seemed OK. I still use the shower, etc. on the boat. They also have a place where you can get water, again no charge. The Downtown Marina will let you use their showers/restrooms/laundry for 1.00 per day. Fuel is $4.40 diesel. Don’t know if we will top off or not. We had planned to leave later today, but the weather forecast isn’t good, so Ben decided to stay here for a day or two. We always have “things to do” on the boat. And as someone once told us “cruising is working on your boat in exotic places”! They have a great dingy dock and good restaurants. No charge for the dingy dock and there are several dingy’s tied there. About 12 sailboats anchored in the harbor and most of these people seem to live aboard and use the dingy dock everyday.? Had breakfast at Blackstone’s, nothing fancy, but GREAT stoned ground grits with shrimp! Highly recommend it. Roger, the owner, is an old cruiser and loves to meet people who are “living the dream”. Say hi to him. Took the horse drawn carriage tour…beautiful old homes and huge oak trees covered in Spanish moss. Lots and lots of history.
    If you are here longer than 72 hrs. you must register with the Harbor Master. There is still no charge, but they want to know who is in their harbor.
    Ben and Barbara Falmlen
    Two Cats Too


    Click Here To View the South Carolina Cruisers’ Net Anchorage Directory Listing For Beaufort City Anchorage

  • Dolphin Cove Marina ( North Charleston on Ashley River)

    Glad to include the short note below about North Charleston’s Dolphin Cove Marina. These good people, and Diane in particular, have LONG been a supporter of the Net, and they are a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUSIERS’ NET SPONSOR! It’s a bit of cruise up the Ashley to reach this facility, but you will find a warm welcome and improving docks.

    I have not until today had knowledge of anyone going up the Ashley River that Far to Dolphin cove Marine. Price definitley was right. For the others who may consider this location, You  need to clear a 14 ft air draft to get up river as they do not want to open the two Old Draw Bridges. We have plenty of Marinas in Charleston and the near by area. It all depends on what amenities your want and how close to downtown Charleston You want to be. We enjoy life at the City Marina. Best Regards….Ya;ll come see us now Hear. 
    Capt Bob

    Bob,
    They were opening the drawbridges, I think on the hour upon request.? There were boats waiting for them to open so they could go through.? We are about 15 ft. (with our canopy?up) and the bridge tender said the bridges were 18 ft. at high tide.? We had no problems going under.? You have a beautiful city and wonderful restaurants.? I am sorry we only had enough time to sample a few of them!? Today we are going to Beaufort and plan to anchor out and dingy in. Also, we are thinking of toping off our fuel before we leave S.C. Everyone tells us S.C. has the best fuel prices.?
    Ben and Barbara Falmlen
    Two Cats Too


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