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Old 27-10-2012, 15:03   #1
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Problems on ICW from Georgetown to Beaufort, SC?

We are heading down the waterway on Oct. 28 from Georgetown to Beaufort. The talk in the guidebooks about shallow areas and rough currents is alarming, as we are in a sailboat that draws 5-7. Does anyone have up-to-date knowledge or specific suggestions on getting through this area safely?
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Re: Problems on ICW from Georgetown to Beaufort, SC?

Might want to stay where you are till this storm front passes. Depths usually aren't a big problem till you get south of Beaufort, NC. If I wanted to get south most efficiently, would head offshore from Beaufort and duck into ports like Charleston, Savannah or elsewhere that may look interesting as time and conditions permit. The ICW is a a long, slow, boring trip that requires constant vigilance at the helm. Faster and more fun to go outside with a sailboat.
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Re: Problems on ICW from Georgetown to Beaufort, SC?

Have you visited www.activecaptain.com It is a crowd-source site, with hazzards entered by boaters.

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Old 27-10-2012, 15:31   #4
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Re: Problems on ICW from Georgetown to Beaufort, SC?

We are not experienced with offshore sailing so are a little afraid to try that. Yes, I have been looking at activecaptain and fighting panic about the many hazards!
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Re: Problems on ICW from Georgetown to Beaufort, SC?

Best ICW info is here. Good luck with Sandy. Stay safe.
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Re: Problems on ICW from Georgetown to Beaufort, SC?

I agree with waiting until the hurricane is over
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Re: Problems on ICW from Georgetown to Beaufort, SC?

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We are not experienced with offshore sailing so are a little afraid to try that. Yes, I have been looking at activecaptain and fighting panic about the many hazards!
If you have no experience sailing within 20 miles offshore, where have you sailed?? By getting out of the ditch you make it possible to sail without constant fear of running aground from a 20' course deviation. Weather reporting is so good you will have plenty of warning to duck inside if something nasty comes along. You may have to wait to get other than southerly winds and stay inshore of the Gulf Stream but it's no big thing. To me, the ICW is the scary part. A cheap GPS will tell you where you are at and guide you to where you want to go.

Are you ready to kedge off if you accidentally run aground. Should have an anchor instantly ready to drop into your dinghy and row out to winch yourself off. I have run aground a number of times, some were my fault, actually most were, but a few were bad charts or markers inoperative or missing. Have always gotten off by my own devices.
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Re: Problems on ICW from Georgetown to Beaufort, SC?

I would suggest you have a Tow Boat contract before you leave.
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We are heading down the waterway on Oct. 28 from Georgetown to Beaufort. The talk in the guidebooks about shallow areas and rough currents is alarming, as we are in a sailboat that draws 5-7. Does anyone have up-to-date knowledge or specific suggestions on getting through this area safely?
Do Not fear the ICW.I,have lot's of coastal and Bahama crusing experience.ICW experience Nill/Last spring returned a 5'5" draft full keel sailbaot from MD to S Fl.Did a couple of off shore stints but mostly ICW.Active Capatin is not there to scare anyone just remember the post are mostly written by folks just like you and every one interpret's sitituation's differently.I,found it Very Valuable for anchoring and Marina's.Made the trip a lot easier than lookng at paper.Personally with the strom coming I,would go.Lots of water being pushed in running aground will be hard to do if you stay in the channell which in my opinion is well marked mostly.
Have Fun really no big deal.
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Re: Problems on ICW from Georgetown to Beaufort, SC?

Panic is the wrong P. Try Planning ahead, as suggested.

Many, many, many have done it with your draft. Blogs can be your friend, too. Here's a good one: ICW and the Bahamas You can download their PDF and read it like a book.
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Re: Problems on ICW from Georgetown to Beaufort, SC?

Two areas you will have some shallow spots. Jekyll Creek and the Coosaw Cut just north of Beaufort. Plenty of info on cruisersnet.net and if you can transit those areas at high tide you won't have any problems. There were some reports on the intersection near McClellanville but haven't heard anything recently and we found plenty of water there when we went through. Chuck
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Re: Problems on ICW from Georgetown to Beaufort, SC?

Besides really planning it out, ie: transiting shoal areas like Jekyll Creek at higher water, etc -- slowing down really helps when water gets skinny. If you have a soft grounding you can kedge off and figure out your mistake and be on your way.

The forecast is not really good for a couple of days if you are looking for an easy trip south. Hopefully it will ease up soon. Take your time and travel in fair weather and you'll be just fine.

Watch the currents in Wappoo creek, leaving Charleston.

Have to agree with Roverhi on preferred method to get south, but I also enjoy my time on the ICW. Would not even think about going near any of our NC/SC inlets for a couple more days though, it's gonna be honking out there.
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Re: Problems on ICW from Georgetown to Beaufort, SC?

What DeepFrz said. Get the towing insurance before you go. The insurance is very cheap. Uninsured tows are VERY expensive. Can easily get to a thousand bucks. Everybody goes aground some time. You want to be insured when it is your turn.

The good news is that the only thing likely to be damaged in ICW mud groundings is your pride and maybe your wallet.
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Re: Problems on ICW from Georgetown to Beaufort, SC?

+1 for tow boat insurance.

ICW is very tiresome in my opinion. Nice things to see at times though. I prefer going offshore as well. It's much more relaxing. Right now I would probably be looking for a place to hunker down for a few days though and let Sandy pass you and let the seas calm down.

Most of the time I am never more than 10 miles off shore going down the coast. And I could be closer if I didn't try to stay on the rhumb line.

I had not sailed in years and was nervous at first getting out there, but once I was it was great. Way safer and easier than the ICW. I let Auto do all the work and I play guitar in the cockpit.

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Re: Problems on ICW from Georgetown to Beaufort, SC?

If you read the water way guides and the online forums the amount of negative info will overcome your spirit. Get the cheap(compared to out of your pocket)towing insurance, pay attention to the floating aids ( these are the ones the CG moves) use your common sense( if you see the water humping up, it is bad) and go at a pace that suits you. We draw 5 ft and haven't stuck to the bottom while in the channel ever. All our groundings, we have had 2, were caused by lack of attention or trying to avoid a collision.
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