October 1, I received a credible report from a boat which has made it to Southport. They followed my routes through Browns Inlet Crossing, New River inlet Crossing, Mason Inlet Crossing and Masonboro Inlet crossing (See September 27, posting). From there south to Southport they reported that the Carolina Beach inlet crossing has depths which would correct to 8+ feet at MLLW on the track they made. They report that Snows Cut seems to be about as it was. Cape Fear River stinks like a sewer but all is good at Southport Marina. This is more good news, but it is a report from a single vessel and is not an “all clear” for the run from Wrightsville Beach to Southport. Vessels transiting this area should proceed with caution and watch for unexpected shoaling. In Southport they met with Hank Pomeranz. Hank has not begun to host the evening ICW briefings, but expects to start them up in another week or so. They decided to go outside from Cape Fear to Winyah Bay, so, they can give us no update on Lockwoods Folly or Shallotte.
Sunday September 30 I spoke to Osprey Marina. The Wacamaw had crested at nearly 3 feet above the previous record but is going down. The marina is closed. Socastee Bridge is still closed and will be for quite a while. The USCG exclusion zone has been reduced to about 30 miles from about mile 365 north of Socastee, on south in the Waccamaw River. Winyah Bay and Georgetown have been reopened and do not need USCG permission to transit.
I have spoken to two of boats who have made it to Myrtle Beach and found the ICW to be passable. They each had about 4.5 foot of draft and neither reported the stated or reported the stage of the tide as they went past Lockwoods Folly or Shallotte. Marinas from Southport to Myrtle Beach are reporting that there is almost no boat movement. Beaufort Town Docks continues to report that most boats are going outside from Beaufort to points south.