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Old 10-10-2015, 19:26   #31
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Re: ICW Conditions in the Carolinas, October 2015

At the dock in Beaufort now. Did not get the height at the Morehead City bridge. Rain was starting again so I ducked in through Russell Slough to Beaufort instead of going to Cape Lookout. Lots of boats here.

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Any SC ICW updates?
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Re: ICW Conditions in the Carolinas, October 2015

No info on the exact water levels but I'm just North of Georgetown, SC and there is a lot of flotsam coming down the ICW. That's just typical for this area when the low country floods, nature doing house cleaning in the swamps.
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Re: ICW Conditions in the Carolinas, October 2015

We docked at the Charleston Maritime Center on the Cooper River this morning. All appears normal. We did not encounter any debris or unusual tidal levels, but it's still important to be watchful. We'll continue southbound in a few days,- 'likely anchor in the Edisto River and then Beaufort, SC.
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Thank, guys!
A lot of cruisers are paying close attention, especially those with 60'+ air drafts.
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We docked at the Charleston Maritime Center on the Cooper River this morning. All appears normal. We did not encounter any debris or unusual tidal levels, but it's still important to be watchful. We'll continue southbound in a few days,- 'likely anchor in the Edisto River and then Beaufort, SC.


Note that the Lady's Island Bridge, immediately north of Beaufort, SC, is still operating under the "temporary" restrictive opening schedule. Plan ahead!
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[/B]Note that the Lady's Island Bridge, immediately north of Beaufort, SC, is still operating under the "temporary" restrictive opening schedule. Plan ahead!
I believe that the current schedule for Lady's Island Bridge openings is on the top of the hour from 0900 to 1500 and closed from 0630 to 0900 and 1500 to 1800 Monday through Friday. The bridge opens on request at other times, weekends and holidays.

Thanks for the reminder. Does anyone have confirmation or a correction for these times?
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Courtesy of The Waterway Guide:

"Lady’s Island Bridge in Beaufort, South Carolina to remain closed to navigation from 6:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. the bridge will open on the top of the hour. At all other times the bridge will open on demand. Any vessel that can safely transit under the Lady’s Island Bridge while closed may continue to navigate under the bridge during this deviation. Once this temporary deviation is published in the Federal Register the Local Notice to Mariners will be updated. Ed. Note: This schedule applies everyday, including weekends and holidays. Commercial vessels are not excepted by the regulation; however, the bridge tender has indicated that the Coast Guard is allowing the bridge to open on signal for tugs and barges."


If you miss the opening, there are a couple of (daytime) anchorages just north of the bridge. Or you could move to the side of the channel (carefully, especially on the Beaufort side) and drop the hook in front of the bridge.

Note also that Eastern Daylight Time is coming to an end very soon, as this might impact your travel.
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.................... [I]Ed. Note: This schedule applies everyday, including weekends and holidays. ..............
This is different from my information, -Thanks
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Re: ICW Conditions in the Carolinas, October 2015

Here is an update on the flood stages at a few fixed bridges I passed up southbound today out of Beaufort NC area: Morehead City (US Route 70) fixed bridge, normally 65ft at MLW, indicated 63ft at 11:00 am EST (couple hours before low water) ..... same situation at next fixed bridge southbound on AICW the Atlantic Beach bridge indicated 63ft ..... I have 62ft mast and it was no fun. Next fixed bridge southbound is Emerald Isle (Cedar Point) which indicated 64ft approximately 2 hours after low water (flooding). I ran aground at daymarker 61A Browns Inlet, 60 ft between daymarker and the bank but don't cut it too close to the daymarker .... took me an hour to get off, just made it to anchor in Mile Hammock Bay before sunset.
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Here is an update on the flood stages at a few fixed bridges I passed up southbound today out of Beaufort NC area: Morehead City (US Route 70) fixed bridge, normally 65ft at MLW, indicated 63ft at 11:00 am EST (couple hours before low water) ..... same situation at next fixed bridge southbound on AICW the Atlantic Beach bridge indicated 63ft ..... I have 62ft mast and it was no fun. Next fixed bridge southbound is Emerald Isle (Cedar Point) which indicated 64ft approximately 2 hours after low water (flooding). I ran aground at daymarker 61A Browns Inlet, 60 ft between daymarker and the bank but don't cut it too close to the daymarker .... took me an hour to get off, just made it to anchor in Mile Hammock Bay before sunset.
"normally 65ft at MLW"

I believe that the official ICW bridge clearance is 65' at MHW, and though I have gone under this bridge many times, I am not aware if this bridge typically has a lower than normal clearance.

If I am correct about this (and I stand ready to be corrected if not), then the water level at this point is still several feet above normal, based on your observations.

My sense, from speaking to friends in SC, is that the waters will still be higher than normal heading south from Mile Hammock.

BTW, I feel your pain at Browns Inlet. It is one of those inlets where it is difficult to get a sense of where the channel is. Good practice, for the upcoming inlets?
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Re: ICW Conditions in the Carolinas, October 2015

Hey y'all, Jonathon on Chesapeake here ..... I cleared just one fixed bridge today from Mile Hammock Bay to Carolina Beach NC, that was at SM 252.3 at 8:30am and there was 65ft available. Will update Snows Cut and points south in days to come.
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Re: ICW Conditions in the Carolinas, October 2015

Here in northern Florida just yesterday did we return to normal water levels.
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Hey y'all, Jonathon on Chesapeake here with an update on bridge clearances. I ran from Carolina Beach yesterday (10/15/2015) southbound via Snows Cut and Cape Fear River to Southport and the ICW, spent the night here at Barefoot Landing ...... did not experience any substantial debris, bridge clearances as follows: Carolina Beach (US Route 421 at Snows Cut SM 295.7) was 64 ft at 8:00am, Yaupon Beach (Route 133 SM 311.8) was 65 ft at 10:25 am, Holden Beach (Route 130 SM 323.6) was 65 ft at 11:00 am, Ocean Isle (Route 904 SM 333.7) was indicating 68 ft on the flood guage but I estimate 66 ft, Sunset Beach was at 68 ft at 2:10 pm, Little River (SM 347.2) was approximately 65 ft at 3:35 pm (no flood guage), Barefoot Landing (46th Avenue SM 353.3) was at 64 to 65 ft approximately (no flood guage) at 4:00 pm. I'm leaving Barefoot Landing 10/16/2015 early for low tide at Socastee which is reported problematic for 60ft+ masts, will report more clearances from Georgetown if I get that far.
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Hey y'all, Jonathon on Chesapeake here with an update on bridge clearances. I ran from Carolina Beach yesterday (10/15/2015) southbound via Snows Cut and Cape Fear River to Southport and the ICW, spent the night here at Barefoot Landing ...... did not experience any substantial debris, bridge clearances as follows: Carolina Beach (US Route 421 at Snows Cut SM 295.7) was 64 ft at 8:00am, Yaupon Beach (Route 133 SM 311.8) was 65 ft at 10:25 am, Holden Beach (Route 130 SM 323.6) was 65 ft at 11:00 am, Ocean Isle (Route 904 SM 333.7) was indicating 68 ft on the flood guage but I estimate 66 ft, Sunset Beach was at 68 ft at 2:10 pm, Little River (SM 347.2) was approximately 65 ft at 3:35 pm (no flood guage), Barefoot Landing (46th Avenue SM 353.3) was at 64 to 65 ft approximately (no flood guage) at 4:00 pm. I'm leaving Barefoot Landing 10/16/2015 early for low tide at Socastee which is reported problematic for 60ft+ masts, will report more clearances from Georgetown if I get that far.
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