Started Journey South

Started Journey South

Postby Captin Ron » Thu Oct 08, 2015 4:55 pm

We are currently in Toms River, NJ scheduled to leave for Fl on 10/16.
Can anyone with information on the conditions in the SC ICW after the flooding respond.

Thanks
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Postby tom.leath » Sun Oct 11, 2015 5:43 pm

Captain Ron, we are leaving North Muetle Beach for Georgetown on Friday the 16th for the Wooden Boat Show. We will know more on Friday, but we have heard that there is a lot of debris floating in the water. The Waccamaw, Pee Dee and Black Rivers flow into the ICW between here and Georgetown.

When wil you be passing through SC? Most rivers have crested (although we had a couple inches of rain yesterday) so it may be that by the time you pass through, things should have calmed down. Although it is not unusual to find flowing tree parts even in the dry season.


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Postby Tom H » Mon Oct 12, 2015 11:11 am

Below is the 10/10/2015 Cruisersnet report.
Safe cruising.

Good Morning Fellow Boaters,
As anyone who has sailed the Chesapeake will tell you, two of the greatest risks to navigation following an unusually high tide are submerged debris and off-station markers.
High flood waters, such as being experienced now along the east coast, can bring any number of floating and submerged objects - logs, docks, chairs, even trees - into normally safe channels.
Markers, especially in narrow channels, can be floated out of position by the flood waters. We are already hearing from readers about off-station markers, such as:
"Lockwood folly inlet , green can in wrong place, I ran aground and the coast guard watched as sea tow tried to pull us off." 10/9/2015
Advice is to keep a sharp lookout forward and slow down in areas of noted flooding like those of South Carolina. See http://cruisersnet.net/?p=153080.
Watch the shoreline: if you see debris piled along the shore, some of that could be just under the surface in the channel ahead of you.
The conditions you might experience in the Waccamaw will also be true near Georgetown and Charleston. Again, if you have questions, check with any of our many South Carolina SPONSORS through that area for local conditions. Phone numbers are found in our SC Marina Directory.
The SSECN Team is pulling for you and we want you to safely navigate through our beautiful waterways without mishap!
Best regards
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Postby tom.leath » Mon Oct 12, 2015 6:48 pm

Captian Ron, the Power Squadron Commander told me today that they have cancelled the planned group run from North Myrtle Beach to Georgetown. They heard that Wache Marina (m383.5) was above flood stage and was closed to transient boaters; that Grand Dunes Marina (m359) was full with boats waiting to head south (although I do not believe they have a large number of transient slips) and, finally, had heard reports of debris in the water.

The folks at Hazzard Marine, in Georgetown, said they have heard some stories, but nothing alarming at this point.

Interestingly, the Thomas J (a restored Buy Boat from the Chesasapeake Bay area) is on the way south. It left North Myrtle Beach this morning and the Captain reported a perfect run to Georgetown.

Who knows?

We are supposed to make the run on Friday, although we are now waiting delivery of a manifold so I hope we can take delivery and install it in time.
I will let you know what we hear.

As mentioned yesterday, a lot may depend on when you pass through the area.

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Postby Captin Ron » Wed Oct 14, 2015 10:24 am

We are scheduled to be at barefoot landing about 10/28
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Postby tom.leath » Sun Oct 18, 2015 5:31 am

We made the run from North Myrtle Beach to Georgetown on Friday. No problems. No thin water. No out of control current.
Not much in the way of floating debris. Surprisingly little, sense we had heard the horror stories.
We did have to run idle speed from the 501 Bridge in Myrtle Beach (M365) to Enterprise Landing (M375) to prevent creating any wake that would send more water into houses, which added about an hour to the trip. DNR and Coast Guard have heavy patrol in the area.

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Postby Captin Ron » Mon Oct 19, 2015 3:32 pm

thanks Tom.

We are in Cape may now heading for the Chesapeake in the AM
Have a save trip
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Postby tom.leath » Wed Oct 21, 2015 6:42 am

Capt Ron, we came back to North Myrtle Beach on Monday and found the conditions about the same. A few logs floating and the same no-wake zone between the 501 bridge and Enterprise Landing. The water through that area had receded alittle, but it still came ove the river walls at high tide. DNR and Coast Guard still patrolling.

Fuel prices are low (lower) except at Barefoot Resort. They are still charging $3.40 a gallon, whereas others are in the low $2.00 range. Plan accordingly.

Be safe.

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Postby T_BOAT » Wed Dec 16, 2015 8:49 pm

In the run to Wrightsville Beach there were many shallow sections. One real bad just in site of the bridge. Small opening to squeeze thru. Also major dreging operation just north of Charleston. Do your home work!,
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Postby SmileyJ » Thu Dec 17, 2015 11:17 am

There is currently (no pun) a dredge operating in the problem stretch of the ICW behind the Isle of Palms, SC. Call dredge WILCO on VHF 16 or 78 for clearance.
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