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Old 17-02-2010, 12:06   #1
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Georgia and South Carolina Anchorages

Hi All just wanted to get some anchorage ideas for the area of Wassau inlet Ga and Port Royal sound and Beaufort S. Carolina. We will be in those areas in May. We will be on a 46ft Cat that draws 4'5'' and has a mast that is 70' tall so we will be entering and exiting from the ocean. any suggestions for isolated quite anchorages would be appreciated. Thanks
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I used to live on Tybee Island. Little Tybee is nice, just watch you depth. Also around Wassau Island is nice, also keep an eye on depth. South of Wassau is usually very quite.
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fullmoon, thanks for the info. BTW we have our boat in Brunswick also
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Hi. I am at Golden Isles. Lets all get together. I love the library downtown Brunswick.

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Does anyone know to where (if) Tom (& Pam, deceased) Dove’s AICW Anchorage Guide has disappeared?

Excerpts, from a very old version, follow:

From North to South:

* Dismal Swamp Canal
May close or reduce opening schedule due to low water; call nearest lock on VHF 13 during working hours a day ahead to find out.
Not really very scenic; nice trees at canal edge prevent seeing further, and road borders one side for much of the way.
Canal generally very narrow (60 feet) along the whole length. All hand-steering, must be very alert. Avoid occasional dead tree or stump or log in canal, avoid overhead branches leaning into canal. May be floating logs. Old planks may be on the bottom.

* Elizabeth City NC
Plenty of fine anchorage SE of the town, near Pelican Marina.
Dinghy ashore to big park at corner of river-bend.
Library on Main between Elliott and Martin Sts, MTWRF 8:30-6:30, S 10-4.
Bakery on Water St near North Park.
Several convenience / small market stores near corner of Ehringhaus and Road Sts.
No supermarket nearby.
$4 taxi ride to Walmart.
Museum of Albemarle not open 10/2002, but looks about to open.
Some nice old houses and buildings in town.

* Belhaven NC
Shoal in middle of harbor.
Barge comes out of grain elevators and down the channel.
Dinghy ashore to boat-ramp at SW end of town.
Library 1 block E of main intersection (Main and Pamlico) in town; MTWRF 9:30-5:30, S 9:30-1.
Two good hardware stores, pharmacy, wine store.
Supermarket: 1 mile W down Main St from center of town to traffic light, then 1 mile N from there.
Bluegrass and hot-air balloons festival mid-October.

* Oriental NC
Absolutely tiny anchorage, and they're expanding a marina into it.
About a mile to supermarket, E on Broad St.
Hardware store, about 3/4 mile E on Broad St.
Nice marine store a block from the docks.
Apparently no library.

* Beaufort NC
Harbor anchorage gets crowded, and is notorious for boats dragging during thunderstorms. When I was there 6/2002, a 50-knot thunderstorm made someone almost drag into me. I had two anchors down, and held fast. Also restaurant music until after midnight sometimes.
Dinghy ashore to two dinghy docks at small parks.
Music Festival is April 26-28.
Wooden boat show May 4-5.
Blackbeard Fest May 17-18.

North Carolina Maritime Museum (free courtesy car).
Library: take Front St W to right onto Turner St, go 2-3 blocks.
Supermarkets several miles NE out of town.
Harvey W. Smith Watercraft Center.
Lots of nice old houses.
Beaufort Marine (didn't have anything I was looking for, including engine oil).
Scuttlebutt Bookstore.
NAPA auto in Morehead City.
Clawsons restaurant: not impressive. New Orleans seafood dish is good.
Good DIY yard: Bock Marine on ICW just north of Beaufort.

* Wilmington NC
No good anchorage, everywhere 30-40 feet deep, strong currents. I anchored between battleship and NW bridge, close to submerged pilings.
Dinghy ashore to floating dock at north end of Hilton hotel.
Visitor's Center at south end of waterfront, at Market and Water streets.
Library at 3rd and Chestnut streets. No floppy allowed.
Supermarkets: take bus down Market St, from 3rd and Market.
USS North Carolina Battleship, $9, opens at 8 AM, only way to get there is by taxi or water-taxi (which runs short hours except in summer, $2 round-trip).
Railroad Museum, $3, opens at 10 AM, small but nice.
Louise Wells Cameron Art Museum, $5, closed Mondays, opens at 10 AM, has been moved from downtown to a location several miles out that even the busses don't go near.

* Southport NC
No tenable anchorage anywhere; skip it.

* Georgetown SC
Smallish anchorage.
Dinghy ashore right at clock tower, or small park 100 yards west of clock tower.
Someone stole a nice dinghy from one of the dinghy docks when I was there 10/2002.
Visitor's Center 5 blocks W on Front St near Orange, get map.
Library 7 blocks W on Front St, R onto Cleland, 5 blocks to Church St. MTWR 9-8, FS 9-5. No floppy allowed.
Gas station and paint store on Church St a block E of the library.
Small marine store at Boat Shed Marina, waterfront and St. James St at E end of town.
Great hardware store 1/2 mile E of Church and St James (1-1.5 miles from center of town).
Small marine store next to hardware store.
Two smaller partly-hardware stores on Church 2-3 blocks W of library: Thomas Supply and Georgetown Ice.
MaxWay in center of town; similar to a Dollar store.
NAPA Auto somewhere near Front and Church St ?
Supermarket and Dollar store about 5-6 blocks W of library, or 1 mile W of center of town.

* Charlestown SC
Anchor W or S of city marina in Ashley river. Strong tidal currents, some big wakes. S anchorage gets very shallow near old green marker post.
Gas station convenience store near city marina; no other facilities within a mile or more.
College of Charleston library: left out of marina, right onto Calhoun St, a mile or so E to a block or so past Smith St, on right. Allows floppy.

* Beaufort SC
Winn-Dixie supermarket S of bridge, about 2/3 mile from marina or 1+ mile from bridge, on W side of road, past "76" gas station; have to be right in front of it to see it.
Library: in town, E on Bay St, left onto Scott St. MTWR 9-8, FS 9-5. Allows floppy.

* Savannah SC
Nowhere to anchor; can land at city dock for free for 3 hours. Separate southern part of dock is reserved for ferry.
No useful stores (supermarket, hardware, marine) within walking distance, but there is a free shuttle bus that covers much of the city.
Library: just S of city hall dome. MTWRF 12-3 ! Allows floppy.
Lots of nice old houses, cobblestone streets, nice squares with parks in them.
Telfair art museum very nice; mixture of classic paintings and modern art and 19th-century furniture/rooms, and the building itself is gorgeous. Barnard and State Sts.
Also maritime and history museums; I didn't get to them.
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I think this is what you are looking for.
ICW I found something very close on the Tom Dove site which is no longer active the last time I checked, but this PDF looks very similar.
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I use Skipper Bob's "Anchorages Along the Intracoastal Waterway". It can be purchased on line at or in some marine stores.
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