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Old 18-05-2022, 13:03   #1
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Charleston Area Anchorages

We are sailing up to the Chesapeake from FL for hurricane season but need to leave the boat for a few days to fly to Chicago in early June. We have a buddy boat to keep an eye over the boat while we are away. We much prefer anchorages unless there is a crazy cheap protected place we missed.

Charleston looks like a nice town and flights are easy so considering this in the first instance as also only a 2/3 day sail from Miami. However we are struggling to find a reasonably protected anchorage near the town / transport. Open to other towns in the area but we are looking for recommendations on anchorages nearby.

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Old 19-05-2022, 02:10   #2
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Anchorages & Free Docks ➥ https://www.waterwayguide.com/direct...ina/charleston

See also [old]: “Charleston, SC Anchorages” ➥ https://www.cruisersforum.com/forums...ges-14705.html
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Old 19-05-2022, 10:34   #3
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You won't find much anchor-wise. I have seen a few boats anchored near the Charleston Marina on east side of the Wando where the rivers come together. The big problem is that the currents are very strong with few protected coves. And with your air draft you have limits.
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I wouldn't leave the boat on anchor as noted above. The anchorage on the Ashley in front of City Marina have mooring balls owned by the marina, that might be a better choice.
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Re: Charleston Area Anchorages

Ditto the above. I don't think anchoring is going to work for you in Charleston.

The transient dock at Cooper River Marina is reasonably priced (for Charleston,) open to your air draft, and about a ten-minute ride to the airport. They'll check on your boat twice a day.
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There are no good anchorages in Charleston. If you have to leave your boat here unattended, leave her in a slip.
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I wouldn't leave the boat on anchor as noted above. The anchorage on the Ashley in front of City Marina have mooring balls owned by the marina, that might be a better choice.
Greg, I believe that this in inaccurate. The City Marina does not have mooring balls.
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Greg, I believe that this in inaccurate. The City Marina does not have mooring balls.
Gotcha, thought I had read something about that in the paper a while back. Must be mistaken. Thanks.
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The anchoirage in front of the city marina is not a good one att all. Yes when you are there it is duable. A month ago I was there for 10 day's and if it is wind against the current it can get very nasty.

And the two times I was there to go anchor up is a big challenge. Last time my chain was tangled around an old anchor and there is all kind of stuff on bottom acording some locals I spoke with.
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