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    • Good News on Depths in AICW Problem Stretch South of McClellanville at AICW Statute Mile 431

      As you approach the southside of McClellanville on the AICW, please heed earlier advice to favor the red side, especially in the stretch between markers 37 and 38. Please open the links below for more information and a Chart View of this area.

      Passed through this area 10/30/2011 without any indication of shallow areas. Carried over 12 foot depths and mostly deeper. Strong currents and erratic currents were common.
      Harry Miller

      Came through this stretch at absolute full-moon dead low tide 10/25/11. Took a lot of patience and feeling our way, the good news is we never saw less than 7.0 feet.
      Dan/Jaye Lunsford

      Of note are the shallow readings showing on our depth sounder from McClellanville almost to the Isle of Palms. When we came out of McClellanville, we saw readings as low at 5.5 feet but mostly 6 or 7 feet (as O.G’s depth transducer is 2 feet below the waterline, these reading translate into 7.5 feet to 9 feet, well below the nominal 12 feet supposed to be throughout the ICW. This is of no concern with our 4.5 foot draft, but I thought it worthy of note for Claiborne Young’s `Salty Southeast’ blog.
      Captain Ted Jones

      We passed McClellanville, SC at low tide this morning, 3/14/2011. As anticipated, we hit very shallow water between markers 37 and 38. At one point, about midway through this section, we saw 3’9″ and were plowing through the mud. We were favoring the red side somewhat.
      Skipper Larry Thackston on M/V PEACH

      Went through today (5/8/11) , 1 hour before high tide and saw no less than 9.5 feet at my transducer which occurred at Marker 40 and 35 A. The transducer is two feet below the surface so looking at 11.5 feet. With an 7 to 8 foot fall it might be a little skinny for some boats.
      Capt. David

      5/16/2011
      With an almost full moon low tide we passed through the AICW Channel South of McClellanville, SC. Unfortunately, a late start from Charleston had us arriving at Green 47 at low tide, but we made it through with our 6′ draft without a problem.
      The least water we saw was 6.1′ when we turned into the wind near G47 to take down the mainsail. We were on the green side, but well inside the channel. Recommend staying on the red side at R46.
      The rest of the way up to R32 was in 8-9′ range with a couple of spots that flashed at 6.9′.
      As recommended we found the best depths by staying centered in the channel.
      Also note that Green 27 is missing the northbound face place.
      And an oh by the way, just north of McClellanville, we spotted two alligators casually swimming in the channel. One in the 7-8′ size range and the other 5-6′. Think twice about that little swim along this leg 😉 .
      Capt Pete

      Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s “AICW Problem Stretches” Listing For South of McClellanville, SC

      Passed through this area 10/30/2011 without any indication of shallow areas. Carried over 12 foot depths and mostly deeper. Strong currents and erratic currents were common.
      Harry Miller

      Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of South of McClellanville

      Click Here To View An Earlier Posting on this Area

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