Sullivans Island STM 560

18 Apr

There is a 5 foot shallow spot in the ICW about 0.3 miles south of G117A near Sullivans Island . Heading south last November we found the shoal and marked it.  Coming north March 28, I was looking for it to get an update.  I was proceeding at about 4 knots because the state of the tide was 0.1 foot below dead low water, and we draw 4.5 feet. A sailboat from Maine was catching up to me.  I called him on the VHF to let him know there was a shoal ahead.  He said he was well aware of ...

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South of McClellanville STM 430 to STM 435

18 Apr

 

The chart below covers this shallow stretch. It starts at G47 Awendaw Creek and ends at G35A Jeremy Creek, McClellanville. From G47 to R42 just stay in visual center to have depths of 8 to 20 feet MLLW.  Between R42 and G39 we saw several spots showing as little as 6.5 feet and we had +3.1 of help.  This means that these areas would have 3.5 feet MLLW. Through this stretch we attempted to follow the best available water as shown on the Sonar Charts. That seemed to bring us right down the visual center of the channel. We ...

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Ramshorn Creek STM 570

18 Apr

Just before you get to the Savannah River, there is  new shoal building.  It was first noted in the fall of 2017.   As you pass G39  and R40  there are reports of shoaling  near the red. It is recommended that you stay on the green side if your draft is over 6 feet.  On our track  on the green side we saw 7.3 feet MLLW.

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Shallotte Inlet Crossing STM 330

18 Apr

Shallotte Inlet Crossing STM 330

First the good news.  There is a dredge on site.  Within a few weeks this section should be deep and easy to transit.  We passed through April 2. We were at near high tide, with +4 feet of tidal help The shallowest depth we saw as 8.8 feet between G81 and R80A. This would work out to 4.8 feet MLLW.  Our route through here was to follow the USCG marks and stay very close to them.  In all cases we passed within 20 to 30 feet of the marks.  Note, the track makes it look ...

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231: Tom Cunliffe // Sailing Legend & Writer

16 Apr

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#231. Tom Cunliffe is one of the great sailor/writers of the past 30 years. His old-school style in both the boats he chooses to sail and the way he tells his story is fascinating. Tom grew up in the UK and went to sea at a very young age on an actual merchant sailing vessel trading along the coast. His adventurous spirit goes beyond the high seas too – he and his wife motorcycled across the US, and he keeps a 1949 Bentley in his garage that he affectionately calls Reggie. After sailing classic, wooden gaff pilot cutters for most ...

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Marine Electronics Forums, now presented by Panbo and SailBits

16 Apr

Ben and I are excited to report that we’ve teamed up with Steve Mitchell from SailBits to co-present the Marine Electronics Forums.  Steve brings a wealth of knowledge to the forums and if you haven’t checked out SaillBits, I encourage you to do so.   Steve, Ben and I will all be regular participants in the forums, and we encourage all of our readers to join us there for conversations about marine electronics installs , use, and troubleshooting.

We’ve expanded the number of major forums to four with dedicated categories for networking and projects.

The forums will be hosted on ...

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Marina WiFi can be weird, report from New Bern

15 Apr

Holy cow!  I’ve never seen WiFi download speeds over 100 Mbps on land, let alone in a marina, and nevermind a dreaded marina well populated with liveaboards and northbound snowbirds. I measured the internet connectivity above while logged into New Bern Grand Marina‘s WiFi and was so dumbfounded that I tested the connection with multiple internet speed apps on both iOS and Android devices over four days. The amazing results were consistent — and, zounds, did those apps download fast — but there is much more to the story.

In last week’s feature titled Marine internet, a connected year ...

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What’s Getting Done in Hobart: A Full Confession

15 Apr

 

 

 

This post is dedicated to Burt Richardson, friend, restauranteur, avid sailor, and owner of Joe Greensleeves Restaurant in (landlocked) Redlands, California, upon whose wall Burt placed a full-scale half hull of his favorite boat, a Dragon (photo at bottom).

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April 14, 2018

Hobart, Tasmania

Any report of accomplishments during my Hobart layover must include a note of gratitude to the people I’ve met here, who rank among the friendliest, most helpful people I’ve yet encountered. And any such remarks must include effusive thanks to Daryl Ridgeway, my boat-work companion, consultant, second set of hands, and on-call ...

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Circumnavigation: FAQs from Totem’s circle of the globe

13 Apr

Courtesy flags reaching from Totem’s bow to masthead flutter in the breeze, a colorful strand representing most of the countries we’ve visited while sailing around the world. It’s still hard to believe that last week we completed a circumnavigation. Already hundreds of miles further north, I look out from our cockpit at the comforting familiarity of the mountain range on the south side of Banderas Bay. In many ways, returning here has the feel of a homecoming: this anchorage in La Cruz is where we departed in 2010 for a 19 day passage to French Polynesia.

Last night our family ...

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