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Reduced Clearance, Lafayette Bridge, AICW Statute Mile 401, 11/12/2016

This warning for our tall-masted friends comes from experienced cruiser, Eric Dammeyer. Let’s hope he has better luck at low tide today, 11/12. Lafayette Bridge crosses the Waterway just north of Georgetown, SC.

Update 11/14: Larry, The painting contractor removed the chain link net and tarps from the main span of the Lafayette Bridge today, and we able to proceed to Georgetown SC today at low tide there may still be a cable stretched across the span supposedly 6-12″ below low steel. Another boat with 64 mast and long antennas (see comments below) touched the cable as he went under in front of us, this was at a negative low tide.

Reduced clearance at Lafayette bridge over ICW at Georgetown SC due to bridge painting. Tarps and netting are hung under the width of the span. We lost everything off the top of our 64 air draft at mid tide.
Available Air draft Clearance is unknown. Duration of restriction is unknown.There are no warnings or bridge boards.
No local notice to mariners.
Please post ASAP
Eric Dammeyer
Catalina 445

Hi Larry,
There is netting under the bridge and we cleaned everything off of the top of our mast at mid tide.
They should have left half the underspan clear. We will try again at low tide tomorrow
Rick Dammeyer

Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at Lafayette Bridge

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

Comments from the Cruisers' Net Community (2)

  1. Michael Levy -  November 22, 2016 - 4:39 pm

    Lafayette Bridge – the Coast Guard was still this morning reporting obstructions lowering the clearance. At 845am this morning I came through the centre span free and clear – all work is now being done on the other spans. I let the USCG guys know.
    Michael Levy

  2. John Kremski -  November 16, 2016 - 9:34 am

    The other boat was me! We have two VHF antennas on top of our 64′ mast; one tops out at 67′ and the other at 66’6″ (our “curb feelers”) The tall one just grazed the steel cables, the lower one did not touch. The predicted tide at the Waccamaw Entrance tide station was -0.3 feet, while the nearby stations which have actual vs predicted tide data available (not on the Waccamaw River, but an estuary behind Pawley’s Island) were indicated actual tides about 3 to 6 inches above predicted.

    The contractor is extremely responsive – Elite Industrial Painting 727-487-3638 Dean – but most boats should have no trouble at all. The steel cables hang down about as far as the center channel light does.

    Now, if only South Carolina would install tide boards on this pesky brridge!


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