Cruising

It’s in the Bag

22 Oct

Photo courtesy of Rozalia Project

Not so long ago, if ever I wanted to feel depressed all I had to do was leaf through my collection of boatyard bills. Now all I have to do is look over the side and count the bits of plastic floating by. Like a constantly unfolding traffic wreck, I can’t take my eyes off it: a plastic bag here, a drink bottle, a candy wrapper there. There is no end to it. Walk along the shore and even in a pristine New England town the highwater line is speckled with pieces of plastic.

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North Carolina ICW Inlets Crossings Updates 10/19/2018

20 Oct

For the past 5 years I have been monitoring the ICW.  My drive is largely enlightened self-interest.  We transit the ICW route every year. Over time, we have developed a small  group of like minded travelers with whom we have shared notes and observations.  The sources I have come to rely on are the USCG Districts 5 and 7 weekly Notice to Mariners, and the USACE Wilmington NC and Charleston SC, district web pages.  I also have learned  a lot from, and shared  content with Hank Pomeranz of Southport SC, Bob Sherer (AKA bob423 and a small fleet of experienced ...

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The USCG is Moving ATONS

9 Oct

 

ATTENTION: The posts regarding the post hurricane inlet crossing have used the USACE surveys layered on NOAA charts. The USACE surveys indicate the locations of the ATONS at the time of the survey. In many cases the USACE ATON placement does not agree with the NOAA charts, because the USACE ATON placement is more recent than any other chart system. When viewing the charts posted, please note that the way points are specific points placed near the USACE ATONS wherever I can, to make the transit easier. But the ATONS may indeed not be where your charts show them ...

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Tide Management

6 Oct

October 6, 2018

Now that all the historically problematic NC inlet crossings have been surveyed by the USACE post Florence, the ICW run south is starting to look passable for most boats. (NOTE: the Socastee Swing Bridge will not be operable for a couple of weeks.)   Managing the tide will be important. In Lockwoods Folly, the surveys indicate that you might see as little as 4 feet of water at MLLW.  You want to be crossing Lockwoods on a rising tide due to the 4′ shoal between R46 and G47. At high tide you have an extra 4-5 feet of ...

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Shallotte Inlet Crossing and Lockwoods Folly Inlet crossing

3 Oct
With these latest surveys by the  USACE, Wilmington District all of the previously known  ICW inlet crossings shoal areas in North Carolina have now been surveyed post Florence.  While there are some changes  in several of the inlet crossings, they are all passable  if you  follow the ATONs.  Proceed on a rising tide and with caution.
Between Georgetown and Charleston  the previously noted  shoals are still present.  Between Charleston and Beaufort, we have reports of recent dredging, but there are no surveys from the USACE Charleston District.  Assume the previous shoal areas are still present until you can verify that
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Lockwoods Folly Inlet Crossing October 3, 2018

3 Oct

OCTOBER 3, 2018  The US Army  Corps of Engineers has just released a survey of the Carolina Beach Inlet crossing and Lockwoods Folly Inlet crossing.  In both places the channels have narrowed and shoaled slightly .

Carolina Beach.  Depths of greater than 8 feet MLLW can be found at R15 and that seems to be the shallowest point in this inlet crossing.

When turning west into Snows Cut remember that there is shoaling to about 5 feet at the red side. Favor G161 as you turn west.

Lockwoods Folly.  Here is the latest USACE Lockwoods Folly survey.  Between G46 and ...

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10/2/2018 Carolina Beach and Lockwoods Folly. New USACE Surveys

2 Oct

OCTOBER 2, 2018  The US Army  Corps of Engineers has just released a survey of the Carolina Beach Inlet crossing and Lockwoods Folly Inlet crossing.  In both places the channels have narrowed and shoaled slightly .

Carolina Beach.  Depths of greater than 8 feet MLLW can be found at R15 and that seems to be the shallowest point in this inlet crossing.

When turning west into Snows Cut remember that there is shoaling to about 5 feet at the red side. Favor G161 as you turn west.

Lockwoods Folly Inlet Crossing has essentially the same shape as it had before ...

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October 2, ICW Update on Carolina Beach inlet crossing

2 Oct

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  ...

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USACE ICW Surveys: Browns, New River, Mason, Masonboro, and Carolina Beach, Inlet Crossings Post Florence

27 Sep

 

The USACE survey crews from the Wilmington NC district have been very active since hurricane Florence crossed the waters of North Carolina. The survey crews have surveyed many of the trouble spots. So far, the effects of Florence would appear to be far less than we feared. At this time they have surveyed and updated Browns Inlet Crossing (almost no change!), New River inlet crossing (almost no change from last survey), Masonboro Inlet crossing, Mason Inlet crossing, and Topsail Inlet crossing. As a general observation these inlets have not changed very much as a result of the storm.  We’re ...

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Beaufort, NC to Georgetown, SC

25 Sep

For cruisers headed south, the reports indicate that while hurricane Florence wreaked havoc in parts in North Carolina, many of the marinas along the ICW between Norfolk, VA Beaufort, NC are open and accepting transients.  Between Beaufort, NC and Georgetown SC there is extensive damage (See black dashed oval in the attached picture.).  There are no reliable reports of the conditions in the known trouble spots at the CW inlet crossings. Beaufort Town docks reports that they only know of one boat headed south in the ICW.  The boats headed south are going offshore 160 nautical miles to Georgetown or ...

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