A dead-head is a log or stump which is semi-permanently stuck to the bottom, the top of which protrudes above the waterline. While the hazard may stay in place or move away with a high tide current, caution is called for until it has cleared the channel. Watts Cut is a straight, narrow Waterway channel that connects the South Edisto River with the Dawho River south of Charleston.
We hit a dead head which just below the surface at 2 hours before low tide in Walls Cut. We were on the magenta line between day markers 139 & 138. Saw a very small ripple in the water just before we hit it.
Skipper Bob Hermans
My wife and I were down at our boat (in Beaufort, SC) this past weekend, and when I opened our ICW Chartbook to make a note of this hazard, I found that Iâ€™d already noted a previous (but unfortunately undated) posting from Cruisers Net warning of â€œa submerged palm tree on the red side of the channel between markers 138 and 139â€³. Iâ€™d guess that the deadhead reported now is the same palm tree, probably minus a few branches by now.
Bob Schwerzel, M/V Harmony
Large tree between marker 139 & 138 in Watts Cut 1:50 est time.
Skipper Tracy Hellman
I can confirm that this â€œdead headâ€ still exists. Its top was about 18â€³ above the water at MLW this morning.
Capt. Larry Shick
I can confirm the deadhead is still there. Traversed the area 5-20-11 heading South and noticed it in the red side of the channel, not in mid channel. It may be moving around with the tides, but itâ€™s still there.
Skipper Rick Kenyon
Came through here at dead low tide on 8/24 with mirror-smooth water and saw no turbulence to suggest a deadhead. There were two pairs of crab trap markers not directly in the channel between markers between 138 and 139. Whether they were errant crab traps, or placed to mark a deadhead was not apparent. However with minimal tide and otherwise smooth water, one would suspect some turbulence from a deadhead. Anyway, the middle of the channel was clear.