This shoaling, reported in an article cherry picked from the latest Local Notice to Mariners, is occurring immediately south of Statute Mile 270, near the AICW’s intersection with New Topsail Inlet. As you probably know, the mention of Cape Fear River is the USCG chart designation and does not refer to the Cape Fear area.
NOTICE THE REFERENCE BELOW TO THE AICW CHANNEL ONLY BEING “35 FEET” WIDE!!!!!! Yikes!!!!!
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NC â€“ NEUSE RIVER TO MYRTLE GROVE SOUND â€“ NEW RIVER-CAPE FEAR RIVER â€“ SHOALING
Shoaling to a depth of 1.0 ft. MLW has been reported between New River -Cape Fear River Buoy 99 (LLNR 39547) and New River -Cape Fear River Light 100 (LLNR 39550). Chart: 11541.
NC â€“ NEUSE RIVER TO MYRTLE GROVE SOUND â€“ NEW RIVER TO CAPE FEAR RIVER (AICW) â€“ SHOALING
Shoaling to depth of less than 4.0 ft MLW has been reported between New River-Cape Fear River 99A (LLNR 39548) and New River-Cape Fear River 99B (LLNR 39549). Channel width appears to have been reduced to approximately 35 feet. Chart:11541.
Seasons greetings! Today is 12/22/12 and at 10:30am we navigated this spot described as being very shallow. We are in a sailboat with a draft of 5.2ft. The tide was 30minutes on the flood side of low. Per advice from TowBoat US out of Wrightsville Beach, we favored the greens. The shallowest we saw was 6.3feet near Green can â€œ99Bâ€. A bit deeper near â€œ99Aâ€. TowBoat indicated the channel is about 35feet in width in this area. We didnt test it. Favoring green cans â€œ99â€³, â€œ99Aâ€, and â€œ99Bâ€ worked for us. Our thanks to TowBoat US and the man ashore with words of warning.
Barb Masinton, s/v Waterdog