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Old 03-06-2009, 04:06   #1
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Beaufort - Gallants Channel

Could someone who has been to Beaufort North Carolina and entered from the north from the ICW verify for what the depth of the Gallants Channel is. Chart 11545 (see attachment) seems to indicate its only 3 feet deep. Is that true? The next chart south 11547 says its 15 feet.

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Old 03-06-2009, 06:28   #2
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According to Tom Neale (as of 2005) at
BoatUS.com - Tom Neale's Cruising For You

"Beaufort NC, Mile 203, Entrance Confusion Still:
The old dredged exit to Beaufort “the back way” (via Gallants
Channel) from the ICW at G “35” has been unusable, unmarked (except for the Danger Shoal beacon) and unmaintained (i.e. not dredged) for years. Some charts still show a straight white line with dashed edges leading from the ICW across the shoal and into Town Creek, indicating that there is a dredged channel here.

Everyone is reminded that the correct entrance from the ICW to Town Creek is via the clearly marked Russell Slough Channel which joins the old Gallants Channel at “RG” and G “7 and R “10”. The chart indicates 5 ft. reported in 2003 in the dredged Gallants Channel section leading from this point into Town Creek. This was never an easy entrance and shoals easily. If you can’t sort it out, enter Beaufort from the other side, at the southern tip of Radio Island, into Taylor Creek. "


See also WATERWAY CONNECTING
and
http://www.saw.usace.army.mil/nav/BF...T/GALLANT1.PDF
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http://www.saw.usace.army.mil/nav/BF...T/GALLANT2.PDF
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We went through there yesterday. Our boat dwaws 5ft 5in. I don't thonk that there was less than 7 feet, at least when I was looking. We mosty favored the center.

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Ok thanks Gord and Chris.

I guess what they are saying it not to use the entrance I've circled in the attachment but instead use the Russell Slough Channel which I believe is the one I marked.

Chris is the channel I marked as "Russell Slough Channel" the way you came in?

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Old 08-06-2009, 18:18   #5
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Wow, Nobeltec's brand new Max charts are even worse. Shows the channel as plain as day right through the bar. Nice.

I like Nobeltec less and less as time goes by... They dropped ENC support, and at my last upgrade they made the Raster support a paid option.



For a larger view: gallants.jpg - 1280x998

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Yep, Russell Slough to the Gallants Channel. The channel going to the the left from Gallants and joining the main channel is shoaled up to the point of being unusable. There is a marker showing "Danger" or some such and you can see the sand around it at lower tides!! Russell Slough is well marked, but there in the curved section, you need to do a little "rounding" as you make your way through, as it is not just a straight shot point to point.

Sorry for the late reply, We just got back yesterday from our cruise.

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Thanks Chris. I'll feel a bit safer coming in that way now.
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