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Archive For: SC – 2 – Waccamaw River to Winyah Bay

  • Bull Creek Anchorage (off AICW/Waccamaw River. St. M. 381)

    The Waccamaw River section of the South Carolina AICW has an embarrassment of riches when it comes to good anchorage along its side streams. However, Bull Creek is one of the very best of the lot. Whenever I talk to cruising groups in South Carolina, and mention Bull Creek, I can look out on my audience and see everyone’s eyes getting dreamy. Anchoring on a stream like Bull Creek is what cruising is all about!

    Bull Creek has excellent protection from northerly winds if you can get around the first large bend and behind a large stand of trees. Depths are varied from 30′+ to beginning to verge on shoal. Additionally, there is some small boat traffic on occasion plus a small RO-RO (Rip Rap II) passed, carrying a big SUV and horse van. Holding is good in the current we experienced (somewhat under a knot?) and in gusty winds to 20-25 kts.
    Rick Emerson

    We anchored in Bull Creek on November 17th just as another front was beginning to come through. We had rain and 15 sustained winds with gusts to 25kts. We held well and had great water around the first bend of almost 25+ feet. We anchored in the middle with 14-15 feet all around us. We swung in the wind and tidal changes without any issues.
    John Coyle

    Click Here For The Cruisers’ Net’s South Carolina Anchorage Directory Listing For Bull Creek

  • Fuel Bill at Wacca Wache Marina (Statute Mile 383.5)

    On 11/14, stopped for fuel at WW. When I callled the day before, I was told they now had a $.10 cent discount for Boat US. They do not, nor do they have any other discount. The price per gallon was not shown on the pump. The running total fuel cost shown by the pump was different than the amount shown on the charge slip. While we were indeed told the price of fuel was $2.69 per gallon today, and it worked out correctly at that price, it was most annoying to see that the price on the charge slip was different (by almost $100) than that shown on the pump. While sure that no hankie-pankie was invloved, we were very disconcerted by the experience. I would suggest that all of our boating friends be aware of this issue so as not to be surprised when comparing the at-pump cost to the bill.
    Dennis Krakow

    Click Here For The Cruisers’ Net’s South Carolina Marina Directory Listing For Wacca Wache Marina

  • Wacca Wache Marina (Statute Mile 383.5)

    Wacca Wache Marina is well situation on the AICW’s passage through Waccamaw River, between our good friends at Osprey Marina (A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR), and all the many fine marina facilities as Georgetown (A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUSERS’ NET SPONSOR)

    Claiborne, stayed at Wacca Wache on 10/28. Service was excellent, both at the fuel dock and at our slip. Fuel price was the best of the 10 fuel ups we did from Long Island to Florida. Music from outdoor restaurant/bar was good…did not try the restaurant. The Waccamaw River is our favorite section of our trip, can imagine Indians 300 years ago coasting down it in canoes…beautiful run. …
    Bob Scalia
    MV Endless Summer

    Click Here For The Cruisers’ Net’s South Carolina Marina Directory Listing For Wacca Wache Marina

  • Praise for Osprey Marina (Statute Mile 373.5)

    I’ve lost count of the laudatory messages we have posted here on the Cruisers’ Net concerning the wonderful facility known as Osprey Marina. From super sheltered dockage to a staff as friendly as helpful as could be desired, this is a GREAT place to spend an evening, or more than one, as you wend your way along the AICW!
    And, of course, Osprey Marina is a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!

    I have stopped at Osprey Marina at least 4 times over the last few years. Their fuel prices are always the lowest in the area and their dockage is downright reasonable. Left my boat there for over a month this Spring without any paranoia…nice, helpful, knowledgable folks…can’t praise ‘em enough for the way they run their business and they could not be more helpful…the grounds are well kept and the place is always clean and welcoming. Without a doubt, one of the NICEST Marinas between CT and FL on the ICW.
    Jock Ames

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

  • Old River Anchorage (Statute Mile 377)

    The “Old River Anchorage” lies off the western banks of the AICW/Waccamaw River, a short hop north of Bucksport Plantation Marina. Based on the info below from Captain Rick, we are downgrading this anchorage due to reduced swinging room.

    Swing room is much reduced in this anchorage due to the presence of new docks.
    Rick Emerson

    Click Here For The Cruisers’ Net’s South Carolina Anchorage Directory Listing For

  • Bucksport Plantation Marina (Statute Mile 377)

    Bucksport Planation Marina overlooks the western banks of the AICW/Waccamaw River, not far for the river’s northern intersection with the Waterway. This is one of the most improved facilities in the Palmetto State, since new management took over some time back.

    We stopped September 20, 2009. We had been to Conway, met with old friends and they rode with us to Bucksport where their son picked them up and returned them home. We had lunch. Limited menu as noted, but it was very good.
    Friendly staff who seemed glad to see us, we all sat around and talked a while.
    We bought several pounds of the “famous” sausage to take home with us. It’s very good.
    Ron Widman

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

  • Cruise Up the Waccamaw River to Conway, SC Suggested

    I love leaving the AICW soon after it enters the northern reaches of the Waccamaw River, and cruising upstream to the delightful town of Conway, SC. As Captain Jim notes below, the city marina there does have some transient spaces and there are several restaurants within walking distance. Just be sure to observe all markers on the upper Waccamaw carefully. Depths outside of the channel are nil.

    Whenever one writes of the Waccamaw, I always take a moment to suggest leaving the ICW and following the Waccamaw 10 miles up river to the little town of Conway. Conway offers two floating docks just beynd the entrance to its marina, each for a 40 footer, plus restaurants, museums and groceries within walking distance.
    Plenty of water one Dixie Boat captain told me, “just follow the markers and avoid the lily pads.”

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

  • Socastee Bridge (Statute Mile 371)

    We list the Socastee Bridge as “Opens on Demand” in the Cruisers’ Net’s South Carolina Bridge Directory. Thanks to Island Hopper, we know the “school bus transportation hours” delay, mentioned in Captain Cantrell’s message below, usually lasts only ten minutes.

    Subject: Socastee Highway Bridge
    Cruising News: According to the bridge tender, the bridge now opens on demand except during school bus transportation hours. Bridge opened for our south-bound passage at 1030 a.m. on Tuesday 20 October 2009
    Jamie Cantrell

    I just called the bridgetender. He said the birdge is on demand 24 hours a day. during school transportation times they may require a 10 minute wait before honoring the request to open.
    Island Hopper

    Click Here For The Cruisers’ Net’s South Carolina Bridge Directory Listing For

  • Good News from Osprey Marina (Statute Mile 373.5)

    There are few marina facilities anywhere that have received more praise here on the Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net than Osprey Marina. And now, we hear from Captains George and Mary below that Osprey also has some of the best transient dockage rates around. Don’t miss the “Italian Restaurant” as well!
    And, let’s not forget that Osprey Marina is a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!

    Stop at Qsprey marine.$1.00 a foot. Go to the Italian restaurant.They will pick you up.
    George and Mary Kay

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

  • Osprey Marina (Statute Mile 373.5)

    What else can I add except to agree that Osprey Marina is a superb facility that deserves the attention of every cruiser, and they are a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!

    This is one of the best marinas we have found in our 33 years of cruising. We stayed there the night of 9/29/09 on our way to Georgetown, SC and look forward to another night there on our way home to Morehead City.
    Brice Sumner

    Click Here For The Cruisers’ Net’s South Carolina Marina Directory Listing For Osprey Marina

  • Island Anchorage (AICW/Waccamaw River, Statute Mile 375.5)

    This anchorage will be discovered near where the AICW makes its northerly entrance into beautiful Waccamaw River, northeast of marker #29. Very well sheltered overnight haven, but, WOW, I hope I don’t run into the vessel (described below) with the automatic weapon!

    Stayed here two nights September 2009. Anchored closer to the river on the northern leg of the loop. Nice anchorage except for the local boat which anchored in the afternoon on the far side of the island and shot off what sounded like a semi-automatic weapon repeatedly. They went away and then came back after dark and anchored for the night. We tried to do things right and use a buoyed trip line but ended up with the line wound around the anchor chain as we switched back and forth with the current.
    Jean Thomason

    Click Here To View the South Carolina Cruisers’ Net Anchorage Directory Listing For the Island Anchroage

  • Bull Creek Anchorage (Statute Mile 381)

    If every anchorage were as nice as those on the AICW/Waccamaw River’s Bull Creek, we might never visit a marina again. Seriously fellow cruisers, it doesn’t get much better than this overnight haven, and, as you will see below, Captain Parish endorses this sentiment!

    September 2009 – We anchored in Bull Creek just off the sand hill near the charted 14′ depth. This anchorage is similar in appearance and ambience to Throughfare Creek at it’s sand hill. One signficant difference: Bull Creek is widen and allows for more swing room/larger boats/more boats. Word of caution. We dropped the hook abeam of the sand hill and about 1/3 of the width of the creek from the sand hill. I noticed in setting and raising the anchor that I could feel some little tugs on the anchor and chain that were most likely caused by small soft rotten logs or tree trunks on the bottom. It took almost no effort to free the anchor and chain as I raised it, but the bottom is not debris free in that spot.
    Rick Parish

    Click Here For The Cruisers’ Net’s South Carolina Anchorage Directory Listing For Bull Creek

  • Thoroughfare Creek Anchorage (off AICW/Waccamaw River, Statute Mile 389)

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

    11. Has anyone anchored on the pristine waters of Thoroughfare Creek recently (near Statute Mile 389)? Did you anchor near the high, sandy cliff? Did you dinghy ashore and hike up this cliff to the Sandy Island Historical site? Can you describe this historic site to the cruising community?

    Responses follow:

    Sandy Island has a primarily black history – one time slaves. With a friend we found the skeleton timbers of an old old sunken boat there and a badly rusted ball and chain which we were pretty sure once must have held a plantation slaves ankle to the boat. There is a dock there for dinghies. It’s worth an afternoon trip
    Best wishes

    Last November we anchored there, arriving about 4pm to find about six other cruisers anchored there. We didn’t land the cliff, but did take the dinghy into the maze of canals on the east side of the creek. We saw no place to land and a few homes or summer cottages. Not certain.
    James Lea
    S/V Estelle
    Bristol 41.1

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

  • Wacca Wache Marina (Statute Mile 383.5)

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

    10. Has anyone docked at Wacca Wache Marina lately? What was your experience? Did you try the on-site restaurant? How was the food?

    Responses follow:

    Wacca Wache is a great marina – very friendly and easy going. If one moors on the opposite (ie west) side of the river in a delightful quiet cove behind Richmond Island, they will even let you use the showers and restrooms FOC and pull to the dock to top up your water – their fuel cost is average. The restaurant is great – both for atmosphere and good reasonably priced food. They usually at weekends have live entertainment. Nearby Brookgreen Gardens in the town of Murrels Inlet is well worth a visit – once the home of the cosmopolitan Huntingdon family – beautiful grounds on a par with European palaces, works of art, bronze statues and a restaurant – get a taxi if you have to. If you want to get down and dirty with the locals of a weekend go to the PIT (Pawleys Island Tavern) and listen or dance to first class local bands. Murrels Inlet Hwy 17 about 2 miles from the ICW have all the big stores including two West Marines.
    On the Waccamaw – a fresh water river – you’ll see lots of alligators. But fear not – a local who has lived there over 35 years told me there has never been a case of an alligator attacking a human on the river. They have plenty to eat naturally…… I’ve seen many children swimming in mid river…… Easy to catch a big catfish. Just bait some smelly old chicken on a hook just offshore and leave it in the water overnight.
    Best wishes

    Yes, we stayed there last month and it was great! Enjoyed the food and the folks were nice. Boated up from Charleston in a 260 Sea Ray Sundancer and had no problems.
    Melissa Priola

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

  • 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
    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.
    Michael Porter

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

  • Bull Creek Anchroages (off Waccamaw River, Statute Mile 381)

    The various Bull Creek anchorage are, in my opinion, some of the best anchor down spots anywhere within the Southeastern USA! If you relish the feeling that every turn or the screw or puff of wind carries you a bit farther from the maddening crowd, these waters are for you!!!

    Just to add to my pasted-in comment above, our boat is 61 ft LOA and we have used those lower two anchorages [shown in the Crusiers’ Net South Carolina Anchorge Directory, linked below – Editor] in the chart picture (or further upstream, if you will) quite happily. You have to patient in getting a good set, as there are a couple of rocky patches in there.
    George and Ann
    “Incentive” Hatteras 56MY.

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

  • 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.

    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
    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

  • 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

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