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Old 01-01-2014, 16:12   #16
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Re: Any Experience with ICW 'Rockpile' in Pine Island Cut, SC ?

We have made 27 passages along the route from Maine to Florida and we almost always include the majority of the ICW. I always make a securite call at the "Rock Pile"; Elliott Cut (unless it's slack current);Point Pleasant Canal (with a prior conversation with both bridge tenders); Blynman Canal; and the blind corner at the railway bridge on the Annisquam River.
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Re: Any Experience with ICW 'Rockpile' in Pine Island Cut, SC ?

On our first trip south on the ICW, I was below with my wife at the helm and I heard this terrible screech and we just nicked the side with one keel on our cat - 3 ft draft. Keep in the center!
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Re: Any Experience with ICW 'Rockpile' in Pine Island Cut, SC ?

I normally skip these when I can, sailing offshore or doing coastal hops, but I do remember singlehanding through the rockpile once and my handheld VHF would not transmit. I had to run down the companionway to the ships radio to call bridge for opening, then run back to the cockpit. I tripped coming up, did a faceplant in the cockpit, and managed to stay with it and pull back into the center of the channel. I injured my knee, head and face and really struggled to scurry around the decks the rest of that trip.

Last time I went through I was also by myself - cooking hot dogs off the stern and having a beer.. What the hell, Myrtle Beach, dude.

I've sailed out N Edisto to Charleston Harbor to avoid Elliots Cut.
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On our first trip south on the ICW, I was below with my wife at the helm and I heard this terrible screech and we just nicked the side with one keel on our cat - 3 ft draft. Keep in the center!
Geez, I read this stuff and I think a tough week offshore to the Bahamas single-handed or a month of motoring thru rocks and rednecks and gators and barges and bridges and ****.
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Re: Any Experience with ICW 'Rockpile' in Pine Island Cut, SC ?

things I learned on the ICW: 1. Stay in the middle of the channel. 2. When passing, take your half of the channel from the middle.
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things I learned on the ICW: 1. Stay in the middle of the channel. 2. When passing, take your half of the channel from the middle.
That works for most of the ICW but in the Rockpile, the 100 feet or so between the red and green channel daymarks does not give you 50 feet of your half to play with as I found out to my cost.
It is more like 15 feet for your half to get your 10 foot beam through at a closing speed of 12 knots plus!

And yes, one could sail down the Atlantic but you don't meet many Americans that way and that is what I wanted to do and I have no regrets - they were wonderful!
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Re: Any Experience with ICW 'Rockpile' in Pine Island Cut, SC ?

It is not my picture, but this is what it looks like at low tide.



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Re: Any Experience with ICW 'Rockpile' in Pine Island Cut, SC ?

smacksman,

my beam is 20' and I had no problems.
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tamicatana,

I didn't have a problem till I passed another boat.
I think I was just unlucky passing at a shallow bit.
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Re: Any Experience with ICW 'Rockpile' in Pine Island Cut, SC ?

Second going through at low tide. Obvious where the shelf is.
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