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 ...Read More
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 ...Read More
Date: Oct 1, 2018
Position: Anchored, Drakes Bay
It was not a surprise, this start. Jo and I had picked the departure date two months ago, targeting a weekend when she was free combined with a convenient ebb. The wind would be what it was, and it was usually northwest.
Almost a year ago, I had departed for the first Figure 8 attempt. Then, Jo and I had spent our final night together at a hotel just above Horseshoe Cove. This cove, San Francisco Bay’s closest mooring to the sea, rests just below the massive north tower of ...Read More
If ever there was a year not to go to the British Virgin Islands (BVI), this year is it. Or is it? Yes, the BVI got trounced by Hurricane Irma back in September. Yes, there was a huge number of boats lost. And yes, many of the areas best known resorts such as The Bitter End Yacht Club and Peter Island Resort and Spa, have been forced to close their doors and sit out the season until repairs are made. Despite all this, the British Virgin ...Read More
One reason I like ultrasonic wind sensors is the absence of vanes, cups or any other moving parts that might get damaged by roosting birds, loose lines or clumsy humans. So how about one that can also sense Heading, Air Temperature, Pitch and Roll; that is especially sleek and compact; and that comes in three models able to deliver the data over Bluetooth, NMEA 0183, and/or WiFi? I’ve been testing the completely wireless Calypso Ultrasonic Portable model seen above and I’m tentatively impressed.
While the other two Calypso Ultrasonic ...Read More
As of Sunday September 30 I spoke to Osprey Marina. The Waccamaw 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 about mile 365 north of Socastee, on south in the Waccamaw River. Winyah Bay and Georgetown are now open and do not need a USCG transit permission. Boats may enter and continue south in the ICW.
I have spoken to one boat now in Beaufort ...Read More
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 ...Read More
A story of fun, adventure and a bit of mishap
For the most part, the boating season here on the Chesapeake Bay is pretty much toast. Oh, there are still a few boats running around and of course the diehard racers are still out there but for all practical purposes the season is over. Last week however, we had a nice stretch of indian summer with unseasonably warm temps in the mid-seventies, clear blue skies, and plenty of sunshine. This, along with the fall foliage being just about at its peak, served up the perfect conditions to head out onto ...Read More
|Abhilash Tomy – rescued after being dismasted and injured|
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 ...Read More