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Reviews from Bob423 (156)


  • Nav Alert comment on FL Inlet Caution: Government Cut (Miami)

    Comment by: Bob423 on Aug 14, 2019
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Government Cut is sometimes closed to pleasure craft when large ships come in. The Coast Guard will announce the closing on VHF16. You’re not to enter the channel until it’s announced open at a later time. In our 16 passes through the inlet, it’s been closed twice, each time we were the last boat through before closing.

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  • Nav Alert comment on NC: Beaufort, Intracoastal and Russell Creek, Caution - UPDATE

    Comment by: Bob423 on Aug 8, 2019
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Pattormey, made a good suggestion. The Homer Smith Route is the better route to the downtown Beaufort Docks too now that the lift bridge has been removed.

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  • Nav Alert comment on SC: Coquina Harbor, dredging

    Comment by: Bob423 on Jul 17, 2019
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    In answer to whether all the marinas are open

    Yes Bob they are. It's so great to have behind us!!

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  • Nav Alert comment on SC: Coquina Harbor, dredging

    Comment by: Bob423 on Jul 17, 2019
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    The dredging is now completed as reported by Bud and Elaine Lloyd. Their post today follows.

    The dredging in Coquina Harbor, SC is finished and Myrtle Beach Yacht Club is ready again for transient boaters and also long term renters.
    Come see our outstanding facilities and enjoy the pool!! Our grill-out area is active and a lot of fun in the evenings.
    Please call for reservations.

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  • Nav Alert comment on FL: Indian River,South Section, intracoastal mile 966.3, shoaling

    Comment by: Bob423 on Jul 13, 2019
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    This area has been dredged and the 6/19/2019 USACE survey shows a minimum depth of 8 MLLW in the channel. R188A is no longer there per the survey.

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  • Nav Alert comment on NC: Brown's Inlet Crossing, nav aid missing

    Comment by: Bob423 on Jun 15, 2019
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 43'
    Draft: 5.0'

    ATONs are not missing, they just don’t mark the channel. I had a report today from a boater that just went through. This alert should be deleted.

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  • Marina Review for Charleston Maritime Center

    Reviewed by: Bob423 on May 5, 2019
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Rating: 4

    This is my favorite marina in Charleston. It’s within walking distance to downtown and all the shops as well as within two blocks of a Harris Teeter supermarket. There’s even a large hardware store by Harris Teeter. They have two new commercial grade washers and two dryers and, best of all, they are free! The docks are new since the old one were destroyed by hurricane Matthew. There is also an excellent nature center nearby as well as lots of attractions you can apply for in the kiosk by the laundry room.

    On the downside, it can be rocky in a southeast wind and also from passing boats. We don’t mind but others may.

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  • Nav Alert comment on SC: Intracoastal mile 452.0 - 459.0, dredging

    Comment by: Bob423 on May 5, 2019
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Dredging has been completed as of 5/1/2019. There is 14 MLLW now.

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  • Anchorage Review for Awendaw Creek

    Reviewed by: Bob423 on May 5, 2019
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Overall Rating:
    3
    Holding:
    5
    Wind Protection:
    1
    Current Flow:
    2
    Wake Protection:
    2
    Scenic Beauty:
    4
    Ease of Shopping:
    1
    Shore Access:
    2
    Pet Friendly:
    3
    Cell Service:
    4
    WiFi:
    1

    I use this anchorage every time I travel the ICW. It breaks up the trip between two shallow areas: Isle of Palms and McClellanville since it’s hard to get through both areas the same day on a high tide.

    I can take Hoolie, my dog, back to the entrance to a pebble beach across the ICW for relief. There’s room for a hundred boats without getting crowded in 10 ft water. The anchor comes up clean in the morning but holds well during the night.

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  • Marina Review for St. James Marina

    Reviewed by: Bob423 on May 5, 2019
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Rating: 5

    St James is a hurricane hole of the first order, nothing better. It’s surrounded by three story houses built on 15 ft high mound (from digging out the harbor), very protected. We survived Hurricane Matthew tied up here, no problems.

    The wifi is OnSpotWiFi, good and fast. There’s laundry and a small restaurant and deli store on site for incidentals. The docks are floating secure. Southport is nearby but lots of restaurants but you will need transportation.

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  • Marina Review for Osprey Marina

    Reviewed by: Bob423 on May 5, 2019
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Rating: 4

    Osprey Marina is a must stop for any cruiser doing the ICW. The price is right at $1/ft and it’s a hurricane hole for protection.

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  • Marina Review for Harborwalk Marina, Georgetown SC

    Reviewed by: Bob423 on May 5, 2019
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Rating: 4

    The docks are new and the town has interesting restaurants. Best of all, Independent Seafood is a sort walk away (you can see it from the marina). You just cannot beat fresh seafood! The marina wifi is supplied by OnSpotWiFi, the best in the business - fast!

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  • Nav Alert comment on SC: Daufuskie Island, shoaling, Atlantic Intracoastal MM 570

    Comment by: Bob423 on Apr 25, 2019
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    9.3 MLLW on 4/25/2019, center between buoys.

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  • Nav Alert comment on SC: Calibogue Sound, nav aid destroyed

    Comment by: Bob423 on Apr 25, 2019
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Nav aid repaired.

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  • Anchorage Review for Fort Matanzas

    Reviewed by: Bob423 on Apr 23, 2019
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Overall Rating:
    5
    Holding:
    5
    Wind Protection:
    3
    Current Flow:
    1
    Wake Protection:
    5
    Scenic Beauty:
    5
    Ease of Shopping:
    1
    Shore Access:
    5
    Pet Friendly:
    5
    Cell Service:
    4
    WiFi:
    1

    The main attraction is the National Monument that is free to visit. They have nature walks on wooden trails and a free tour of the fort. You can dinghy over to the park on the north side and beach your dinghy in the sand. You are not allowed to use the dock or land on the South Island; it’s off limits.

    You can continue onward in your dinghy and spend time at the beach on the Atlantic side.

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  • Marina Review for Halifax River Yacht Club

    Reviewed by: Bob423 on Apr 23, 2019
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Rating: 5

    This is a first rate yacht club but they will rent a slip to transients. The restaurant is not to be missed, very nice. It’s convenient to many shops. A car rental is available from a nearby Enterprise office.

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  • Anchorage Review for Bethune Park

    Reviewed by: Bob423 on Apr 23, 2019
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Overall Rating:
    3
    Holding:
    5
    Wind Protection:
    3
    Current Flow:
    1
    Wake Protection:
    2
    Scenic Beauty:
    2
    Ease of Shopping:
    1
    Shore Access:
    5
    Pet Friendly:
    5
    Cell Service:
    5
    WiFi:
    1

    We like anchorages where we can get our dog ashore easily and that are not crowded (so there are no bumps in the night!) Bethune Park fulfills those requirements. There is protection from waves from the north and west and it does settle down at night when the ICW traffic lessens.

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  • Marina Review for Titusville Marina

    Reviewed by: Bob423 on Apr 23, 2019
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Rating: 5

    We’ve been coming to Titusville Marina for the past nine years. We usually winter over in Key West and Titusville is a good halfway stop to leave our boat for the holidays before returning to resume our trip south after New Years Day.

    For us it’s a perfect fit with a dog park for Hoolie, good running areas, easy access to rental cars, and a good location if people want to visit you on your boat (Kennedy Space Center, Disney World, Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge, and more).

    Tom, the manager of the marina, keeps an eye out on everything and keeps all in working order. A big plus is the security gates on the entrance to each dock with a badge lock, no sharing of combinations like other marinas. The WiFi is professionally installed and distributed dot each dock with three transmitters each, it works. To round things out, there are three commercial grade washers and dryers and at $1.50 per use, a bargain.

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  • Nav Alert comment on GA: Jekyll Creek, dredging

    Comment by: Bob423 on Mar 27, 2019
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 43'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Dredging won't start until 4/20.

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  • Nav Alert comment on FL: Blue Heron Bridge clearance - Caution

    Comment by: Bob423 on Mar 2, 2019
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 43'
    Draft: 5.0'

    I measured the height at 64 feet when I passed through on 4/17/18 at 11:25:25 with a 2.3 feet tide. At a 0.0 tide, the height would be 66.3 feet but at a high tide of 3.2 feet, it would only be 63.1 feet.

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  • Nav Alert comment on FL: Boynton Beach, SE 15th St (E Woolbright Rd) Bridge, not operational - UPDATE

    Comment by: Bob423 on Feb 21, 2019
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 43'
    Draft: 5.0'

    I just confirmed with the bridge operator. The bridge cannot open. It’s down at least until tomorrow, probably longer. They had to remove a part. The operator doesn’t know the details.

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  • Nav Alert comment on GA: Wilmington River, Intracoastal mile 579.9, Causton Bluff Bridge, single leaf operation-UDATE

    Comment by: Bob423 on Feb 7, 2019
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 4.9'

    The bridge is back to a normal schedule but only one leaf is operable.

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  • Nav Alert comment on FL: Fort Lauderdale, East Las Olas Bridge, closure for repair - UPDATE

    Comment by: Bob423 on Feb 7, 2019
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Robert van Tassel just confirmed with operator. Both spans opening on regular schedule. Workers still at bridge.

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  • Nav Alert comment on FL: Fort Lauderdale, East Las Olas Bridge, closure for repair - UPDATE

    Comment by: Bob423 on Feb 7, 2019
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Update: As of this evening (2/6) Las Olas bridge is in limited operation. They are generally opening only one span at each lift, and maintenance is still working on the bridge so the tender needs to coordinate each lift with them. I suggest you give the bridge a bit more advance warning if you need a lift, and be prepared to go through a single span.

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  • Nav Alert comment on FL: Del Ray Beach, intracoastal mile 1039.6, Atlantic Ave Bridge, single leaf operation

    Comment by: Bob423 on Feb 2, 2019
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    The bridge is now stuck in the closed position as of 2/2/2019 with multiple boaters reporting. One estimate puts the repair at 2/5/2019.

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  • Nav Alert comment on NC: Alligator River Bridge, closed to marine traffic - UPDATE - reopened

    Comment by: Bob423 on Feb 1, 2019
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    As of 4:15 pm on 2/1/2019, the bridge was still closed to marine traffic.

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  • Nav Alert comment on GA: Hell Gate, MM601, nav aid missing

    Comment by: Bob423 on Dec 11, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    R86 has been replaced by a floating red buoy for now. It was originally a 16 ft high marker.

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  • Nav Alert comment on FL: Hawk Channel, Angelfish Creek, nav aid destroyed

    Comment by: Bob423 on Dec 7, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    The nav aid has been repaired. There’s a permanent marker in place. Please delete this alert.

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  • Nav Alert comment on Surf City Bridge Construction

    Comment by: Bob423 on Nov 29, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    The 65 ft bridge is supposed to be open for road traffic as of Tuesday per the local newspapers. I haven't yet heard that the swing bridge is being left in the open position but it should be soon.

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  • Nav Alert comment on GA: St Andrews Sound, MM 689

    Comment by: Bob423 on Nov 11, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    The bottom line is that the area needs a new set of ATONs.

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  • Nav Alert comment on SC: Stono River, mile 480, shoaling - UPDATE

    Comment by: Bob423 on Nov 11, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    SonarChart shows a path for 8 MLLW through here. This area,is on the list to be dredged by the end of 2018.

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  • Nav Alert comment on GA: St Andrews Sound, MM 689

    Comment by: Bob423 on Nov 9, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    To Robert D, it's a good idea actually to replace R32 with a green buoy but the Coast Guard hasn't done that in at least the last 5 years. We at Waterway Guide have not control over buoy placement but we can still recommend the best path through an area - which we did in this case.

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  • Nav Alert comment on GA: Altamaha Sound, intracoastal mile 658, shallow water

    Comment by: Bob423 on Oct 29, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Ted, please delete, no longer needed. I added a review with a chartlet.

    • WG Editor Comment:

      Will do. Thanks.

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  • Nav Alert comment on SC: Skull Creek, intracoastal mile 554.5, hazard to navigation

    Comment by: Bob423 on Oct 28, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    What is a TRLB, never heard of the term?

    • WG Editor Comment:

      TRLB - Temporarily Replaced by Lighted Buoy

      Listed under Abbreviations in Notice to Mariners.

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  • Nav Alert comment on SC: Calibogue Sound, nav aid destroyed

    Comment by: Bob423 on Oct 28, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    A floating buoy is still there, no permanent replacement yet.

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  • Nav Alert comment on SC: Mt. Pleasant Ridge, intracoastal channel report

    Comment by: Bob423 on Oct 26, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    These comments are outdated and this entire alert should be removed

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  • Marina Review for Utsch's Marina

    Reviewed by: Bob423 on Oct 12, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Rating: 4

    Everybody stops here, it's very popular. It's a family run business since 1950 and they've always been helpful in docking. The approach can be shallow if you get too close to the sea wall, be sure to stay off by 30 ft for 6.0 MLW. Be sure to tell them your draft since some of the slips are shallow. They have commercial grade washers and dryers. The WiFi is spotty and will overload with when everybody is using it. The cellphone signal is excellent.

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  • Marina Review for Fishing Bay Yacht Club-PRIVATE

    Reviewed by: Bob423 on Oct 12, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Rating: 5

    If you belong to a recognized yacht club, they will offer one night's free stay with electricity and water. It is a beautiful facility and we stop here every year. Just call before you arrive to be sure there's room and to find out which dock to use. They now have new floating docks.

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  • Marina Review for Downtown Hampton Public Piers

    Reviewed by: Bob423 on Oct 12, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Rating: 4

    The attraction of this marina is the location close to downtown Hampton with many fine restaurants. The Virginia Air and Space Museum is not to be missed. It also has an iMax.

    They have one washer and one dryer at $2 per load. The fingers are only 1/2 length and you will need help getting in since you’re coming in at right angles to the river current.

    If you stay often, then consider the option to join their cruising club which lowers the price to 1$/ft with every fourth day free.

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  • Marina Review for Coinjock Marina & Restaurant

    Reviewed by: Bob423 on Oct 12, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Rating: 4

    Excellent marina but be prepared to be tightly packed in bow to stern and during busy times, you may be asked to let a boat tie up alongside. On the other hand, we had no problems. Our dinghy was under the bow of the boat behind us. On the other hand, we had no problems and the dockhands tied us off well. Of course, you have to try the famous rib steaks at the restaurant but be sure to make reservations in advance. There is nothing else nearby. The WiFi is fine. The dockhands tied us off well. Of course, you have to try the famous rib steaks at the restaurant but be sure to make reservations in advance. There is nothing else nearby. The WiFi is fine.

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  • Nav Alert comment on NC: Shoaling at ICW entrance to Albemarle Sound Northbound

    Comment by: Bob423 on Oct 12, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Follow the buoys here, not your charts which may be out of date. (This warning should be at the top in the description of the post)

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  • Marina Review for Alligator River Marina

    Reviewed by: Bob423 on Oct 12, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Rating: 3

    It’s a gas station with marina slips. However, the marina is very protected from any wave action by two long jetties. It was secure enough that I chose to ride out Hurricane Michael here tied to the bulkhead, we did fine.

    They have a small restaurant inside that cooks to order. I would recommend sampling the ice cream cones, very good.

    Miss Wanda is no longer there, she sold the marina to the present owners. The dock hand does a good job with your lines. They have washers and dryers. There is nothing else nearby.

    A big plus is outstanding WiFi! I measured 40 Mbps!

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  • Nav Alert comment on NC: Alligator River - Pungo River Canal, hazard to navigation

    Comment by: Bob423 on Oct 12, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    It’s no longer there. Delete the warning. USCG was working today to clear deadheads and other debris.

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  • Bridge comment on Wilkerson (U.S. 264) Bridge

    Comment by: Bob423 on Oct 12, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    In passing through today, the height board showed 64 ft. I took a photo and posted it on my Facebook page.

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  • Nav Alert comment on NC: Dead head in the Alligator Canal

    Comment by: Bob423 on Oct 12, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    The deadhead is no longer there. I saw the USCG in the canal today removing debris and deadheads.

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  • Anchorage Review for Pungo River

    Reviewed by: Bob423 on Oct 12, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Overall Rating:
    4
    Holding:
    5
    Wind Protection:
    3
    Current Flow:
    3
    Wake Protection:
    3
    Scenic Beauty:
    5
    Ease of Shopping:
    1
    Shore Access:
    5
    Pet Friendly:
    5
    Cell Service:
    3
    WiFi:
    1

    Good protection from all directions except the south which can be had by moving farther up the creek. This spot offers easy shore access for your pet on a sandy beach. Verizon has LTE service at 3 Mbps.

    Drop your anchor in 10 ft of water, it won’t move.

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  • Anchorage Review for Pungo River

    Reviewed by: Bob423 on Oct 12, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Overall Rating:
    4
    Holding:
    5
    Wind Protection:
    3
    Current Flow:
    3
    Wake Protection:
    3
    Scenic Beauty:
    5
    Ease of Shopping:
    1
    Shore Access:
    4
    Pet Friendly:
    5
    Cell Service:
    3
    WiFi:
    1

    The anchorage is never crowded and is protected from all directions except the south (if you need southerly protection, you can move farther up the creek by the anchorage area).

    There is a sandy beach for pet relief. The sunsets are beautiful. Verizon has LTE service at 3 Mbps. Just drop your anchor in 10 ft of water.

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  • Nav Alert comment on SC: Intracoastal mile 371.0, Socastee Swing Bridge, manual operations, - UPDATE

    Comment by: Bob423 on Oct 9, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    The bridge resumed to open-on-demand operation 10/9/2018.

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  • Anchorage Review for Chesapeake City

    Reviewed by: Bob423 on Oct 1, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Overall Rating:
    4
    Holding:
    4
    Wind Protection:
    5
    Current Flow:
    5
    Wake Protection:
    5
    Scenic Beauty:
    4
    Ease of Shopping:
    3
    Shore Access:
    5
    Pet Friendly:
    5
    Cell Service:
    5
    WiFi:
    1

    Now that its been dredged, you can anchor anywhere. You might want to avoid the area in front of the creek(where the small bridge is). There’s enough current there that you’ll go around in circles at night, coming close to the other boats that don’t move.

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  • Nav Alert comment on NJ: Cape May Canal, dredging

    Comment by: Bob423 on Sep 30, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Dredge no longer there. Saw 12.2 MLW on way out.

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  • Nav Alert comment on NC: Intracoastal Waterway mile 240.7, Onslow Beach Swing Bridge, closed due to hurricane damage-UPDATE

    Comment by: Bob423 on Sep 22, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    I called the Onslow tbridge. The Commander has ordered the bridge to stay in the open position until a full damage assessment is completed. Then they will decide what to do, stay tuned.

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  • Nav Alert comment on NC: Intracoastal Waterway mile 278.1, Figure 8 Island Swing Bridge, closure due to Hurricane Florence-UPDATE

    Comment by: Bob423 on Sep 22, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    I just called the Figure 8 bridge, it is open and operating on their normal schedule.

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  • Nav Alert comment on SC: Intracoastal Mile 347.3, Little River Swing Bridge, closure for Hurricane Florence

    Comment by: Bob423 on Sep 16, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Is it still closed after the winds abated?

    • WG Editor Comment:

      Bridge has reopened.

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  • Free Dock Review for Jim King Park at Sisters Creek Marina

    Reviewed by: Bob423 on Aug 2, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Rating: 4

    The dock is first rate, the current can be strong and make it challenging to dock. On the good side, the current is parallel to the docks so it’s doable. On occasion I’ve even backed in when I wanted to be pointed out the next day. There’s not much room to turn around.

    The bathrooms are sometimes open and sometimes not, depending on the season. I’ve never found them open during migration time. It’s an excellent area for pets, lots of room to walk in the adjacent park. One time I even rafted since the docks were full, no problem. The inside of the dock can also be used for docking but only the end 40 ft or so.

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  • Nav Alert comment on FL: Intracoastal Waterway junction with St Johns River, Pablo Creek, shoaling

    Comment by: Bob423 on Jul 31, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Just run along the red edge of the charted channel for 8 MLW. There is more water farther to the west.

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  • Marina Review for Milford Lisman Landing Marina

    Reviewed by: Bob423 on Jul 13, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Rating: 4

    Milford is one of our favorite stops. The ice cream shop right behind the marina office is one of the best anywhere on the east coast! Don’t miss it.

    The dockhands are always available to help and there’s a dock for free pumpout. The marina next door (Milford Boat Works) has a super marine store the equal of any and they will come to your boat if you need repairs, they are excellent.

    There are almost a dozen restaurants in town that will give you a 10 to 15% discount by showing your docking receipt. They have one washer and one dryer. The facilities are always well decorated with flowers of all kinds. In short, a pleasant stay.

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  • Anchorage Review for Old Field Beach

    Reviewed by: Bob423 on Jul 13, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Overall Rating:
    5
    Holding:
    5
    Wind Protection:
    3
    Current Flow:
    3
    Wake Protection:
    2
    Scenic Beauty:
    4
    Ease of Shopping:
    3
    Shore Access:
    5
    Pet Friendly:
    5
    Cell Service:
    5
    WiFi:
    1

    There is anchorage all along the north shore. The water is deeper than charted and the holding very good. The beach has small pebbles but it’s good for pet relief (we always pick up). A sandier beach is located closer to the entrance. It is a no wake zone honored by most boats but you will be rocked when the ferries come and go. It’s calm at night. There is a free town dock down the cut directly south with a butcher shop and a 7/11 type store for essentials.

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  • Anchorage Review for Mattituck

    Reviewed by: Bob423 on Jul 9, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Overall Rating:
    5
    Holding:
    5
    Wind Protection:
    3
    Current Flow:
    5
    Wake Protection:
    5
    Scenic Beauty:
    3
    Ease of Shopping:
    5
    Shore Access:
    5
    Pet Friendly:
    5
    Cell Service:
    5
    WiFi:
    1

    There is 360 protection in the anchorage. There are trees along the edge to break the wind somewhat. The dinghy dock at the head of the anchorage is gone. The pier out to where the docks used to be is still there but the floating docks need to be returned. You can still get to shore using the boat ramps but it’s not as convenient.

    It’s a short walk of less than two blocks into town where there are many shops and restaurants. There is a 7/11 type store a little farther next to a laundromat and even a supermarket about 1/2 mile farther along the main road heading west.

    Today, we are the only boat in the anchorage. I’m seeing 80 Mbps over Verizon LTE.

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  • Marina Review for Safe Harbor Bruce & Johnsons

    Reviewed by: Bob423 on Jul 8, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Rating: 5

    We’ve been coming to Brewers Bruce and Johnson for over 20 years. The outstanding feature is their first class pool. There is no better way to entertain grandkids than a day at the pool.

    They also do excellent work. I had an exhaust elbow replaced, no problem. The docks are first rate floating concrete and the dockhands are always available.

    Although there is a good restaurant on site, there’s nothing like Lenny's just down the street for fried clams and seafood; they are world famous and have been reviewed in The NY Times. Do not miss Lenny's.

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  • Marina Review for North Hempstead Town Dock

    Reviewed by: Bob423 on Jul 6, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Rating: 5

    This review is for the moorings. The Town of North Hempstead maintains 20 moorings for transient use for 48 hours at no charge. The moorings are bright yellow in color with a pennant with a loop at the end suitable for going over a cleat. They also have a free dinghy dock on the north side of the town pier (the Waterway Guide icon is on the south side). Farther to the north is another dinghy dock close to a supermarket. If you stay longer than 48 hrs, then there is a $25/day charge.

    In town are numerous restaurants and delis, ice is available at the deli. The is a launch service at $4/ head, per trip if you don’t want to use your dinghy or $25/boat per day for unlimited trips.

    The moorings are sometimes called, Port Washington Free Moorings, a name change over the last two years. They are the same 20 moorings.

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  • Marina Review for Fernandina Harbor Marina-Temporarily Closed - Open Fall 2019

    Reviewed by: Bob423 on Jul 1, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Rating: 4

    It's a great town to enjoy, especially Peppers for a good Mexican dinner. The holding is excellent but you do swing with the reversing current. There is a dinghy dock for pet relief and exploring the town. The marina is not open as of 4/2018.

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  • Anchorage Review for Wahoo River

    Reviewed by: Bob423 on Jul 1, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Overall Rating:
    3
    Holding:
    4
    Wind Protection:
    4
    Current Flow:
    3
    Wake Protection:
    3
    Scenic Beauty:
    4
    Ease of Shopping:
    1
    Shore Access:
    3
    Pet Friendly:
    3
    Cell Service:
    3
    WiFi:
    1

    The anchorage has a line of trees to the north that offers some protection from a northern wind. The holding is good and there are two sandy beaches for landing a dog. One at high tide on the north shore and one a low tide farther east. There are beautiful sunsets here and no lights at night.

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  • Marina Review for Kilkenny Marina

    Reviewed by: Bob423 on Jul 1, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Rating: 3

    The marina is pretty basic. They have one, long facedock for transients. It's a convenient staging area for Hell Gate when going north. If you don't hit the tides right, you can stop over here and get in sync. The area is actually quite scenic. It used to be a plantation and there are the biggest live oak trees I've ever seen, dozens.

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  • Marina Review for Isle of Hope Marina

    Reviewed by: Bob423 on Jul 1, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Rating: 5

    One of the best marinas for cruisers. They have a courtesy car, good laundry facilities, and easy docking with good dockhands. It's a good staging area for Hell's Gate when going south.

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  • Marina Review for Thunderbolt Marine

    Reviewed by: Bob423 on Jul 1, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Rating: 4

    Friendly staff, easy docking, excellent washers and dryers - and - Crispy Creme donuts in the morning! We usually refuel here on our trips north or south.

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  • Marina Review for Hinckley Yacht Services Savannah

    Reviewed by: Bob423 on Jul 1, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Rating: 5

    Hinckley is the premier service center of Savannah. This is where to get your boat work done. They are determined to satisfy you in every way. I've had service here on my diesel to replace a rear oil seal and they were on my boat minutes after I docked and ordered the spare part that same day. I would recommend this marina without reservation for any type of marine repairs.

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  • Anchorage Review for Beaufort - Downtown

    Reviewed by: Bob423 on Jul 1, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Overall Rating:
    3
    Holding:
    4
    Wind Protection:
    1
    Current Flow:
    2
    Wake Protection:
    1
    Scenic Beauty:
    2
    Ease of Shopping:
    4
    Shore Access:
    4
    Pet Friendly:
    4
    Cell Service:
    3
    WiFi:
    1

    You can anchor south of the mooring field and use the public docks to get ashore. The anchorage is not protected and boats speed by all the time so there's lots of wakes. The holding is good, it's just bouncy.

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  • Marina Review for Safe Harbor Beaufort

    Reviewed by: Bob423 on Jul 1, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Rating: 4

    Great location to explore downtown, Beaufort. The only drawback is the current. They prefer smaller boats (under 45') to be on the inside of the facedock. The current swirls a bit on the inside and we almost came to grief (the previous boat almost did too) when I tried to back out against the current. If you're on the outside of the facedock, it's not a problem.

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  • Marina Review for Lady's Island Marina

    Reviewed by: Bob423 on Jul 1, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Rating: 4

    Friendly, well protected, good dockhands. This is a good marina to stage for getting pass Lady's Island Bridge. If they are full, you can anchor in the creek and use their dinghy dock at no charge.

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  • Marina Review for B & B Seafood House Marina

    Reviewed by: Bob423 on Jul 1, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Rating: 2

    The attraction is the shrimp. They have a shrimp boat that goes out and shrimp can usually be bought fresh off the boat. They have room for two boats and charge only $25/night flat rate. Be prepared to dock into the current and handle your own lines, you most likely will not get help. There is no electric or water on the dock. If the dock is full, you can anchor nearby around the bend in the creek and dinghy into their dock to get shrimp or for pet relief.

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  • Anchorage Review for Ashepoo River - Fenwick Island North

    Reviewed by: Bob423 on Jul 1, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Overall Rating:
    1
    Holding:
    2
    Wind Protection:
    2
    Current Flow:
    1
    Wake Protection:
    3
    Scenic Beauty:
    3
    Ease of Shopping:
    1
    Shore Access:
    3
    Pet Friendly:
    2
    Cell Service:
    3
    WiFi:
    1

    We anchored here once since a public dock was shown on shore. We were greeted with strong current all night, up to 3 kts or more. We're told it can reach 6 kts in a spring tide. It's just too much current, we will not anchor here again. There is some feedback that the dock is no longer public but that is not certain.

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  • Marina Review for St. Johns Yacht Harbor

    Reviewed by: Bob423 on Jul 1, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Rating: 5

    They have a courtesy car for your use for 2 hours. Their laundry facilities include four washers and four dryers, all spin types and new. The docks are ipe wood and in good shape. They have a captain's lounge with a full sized pool table for use by those docking. You can also rent a car from Enterprise, they will pick you up. There can be current to spice up your docking, have your lines ready, they will meet you at your dock.

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  • Anchorage Review for Steamboat Creek

    Reviewed by: Bob423 on Jul 1, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Overall Rating:
    4
    Holding:
    5
    Wind Protection:
    2
    Current Flow:
    3
    Wake Protection:
    4
    Scenic Beauty:
    4
    Ease of Shopping:
    1
    Shore Access:
    5
    Pet Friendly:
    5
    Cell Service:
    3
    WiFi:
    1

    We anchor by the dinghy dock farther in than this icon. The dock provides easy access for pet relief. The anchorage is well protected adn the holding good.

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  • Marina Review for Charleston Maritime Center

    Reviewed by: Bob423 on Jul 1, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Rating: 3

    The location here is everything. It's a two block walk to a great supermarket, Harris Teeter, and downtown is only another two blocks with no worries about parking a car (since you're walking). They have two free washers and two free dryers. The only downside are wakes from passing boats or from a southeast wind. I don't mind but others may. The marina is currently closed due to hurricane damage but is due to reopen in the fall of 2018, we hope.

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  • Marina Review for Toler's Cove Marina

    Reviewed by: Bob423 on Jul 1, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Rating: 3

    A good place to stage before the shallows of Isle of Palms. It's very well protected and they will provide a free ride to the nearest supermarket. Early in the morning, you may be jostled by the passage of fishing boats.

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  • Anchorage Review for Awendaw Creek

    Reviewed by: Bob423 on Jul 1, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Overall Rating:
    3
    Holding:
    5
    Wind Protection:
    1
    Current Flow:
    3
    Wake Protection:
    3
    Scenic Beauty:
    3
    Ease of Shopping:
    1
    Shore Access:
    4
    Pet Friendly:
    4
    Cell Service:
    3
    WiFi:
    1

    I use this anchorage all the time. It's convenient for staging for tide through the shallow areas. There is shore access for pets at an oyster pile at the eastern end of the anchorage at any time other than high tide. At extreme high tides, there is shore access by the entrance and if that is not to your liking, there are public docks about a mile down the ICW towards Charleston.

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  • Marina Review for Georgetown Dry Stack Marina

    Reviewed by: Bob423 on Jul 1, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Rating: 3

    We prefer to stay here whenever possible. It's a very convenient fuel stop, but their transient dock space is very limited. The WiFi is okay but spotty. Be sure to visit Independent Seafood for fresh fish to take onboard.

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  • Marina Review for Harborwalk Marina, Georgetown SC

    Reviewed by: Bob423 on Jul 1, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Rating: 4

    A first-rate marina with new docks and excellent WiFi from OnSpotWiFi. The big attraction is the location in downtown Georgetown. Be sure to visit Independent Seafood for fresh fish to take home.

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  • Marina Review for Georgetown Landing Marina

    Reviewed by: Bob423 on Jul 1, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Rating: 3

    I use this marina when I can't get one downtown. It's fine but it's exposed to a south wind which can make the long facedock uncomfortable. The walk into town is amost a mile but the marina does have loaner bicycles to use.

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  • Nav Alert comment on SC: Intracoastal Mile 379.8, snag southeast of Marker "41"

    Comment by: Bob423 on Jul 1, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    No snag was seen in April of 2018. These things move around a lot.

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  • Marina Review for Osprey Marina

    Reviewed by: Bob423 on Jul 1, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Rating: 4

    Excellent protection and good dockhands. It's a good place to be when a hurricane is in the area.

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  • Marina Review for Southport Marina

    Reviewed by: Bob423 on Jun 30, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Rating: 5

    The marina is first rate but the real attraction for the cruising crowd are the nightly briefings by Hank Pomeranz on the condition of the shallows and weather on the ICW during the migration season. His briefings are not to be missed.

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  • Marina Review for St. James Marina

    Reviewed by: Bob423 on Jun 30, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Rating: 5

    This is a super marina. It's the marina associated with the surrounding condos. It is completely protected 360 by three story condos from wind. It's on a short canal into the marina so there no wave action. they have washers and dryers and the facilities are first rate.

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  • Marina Review for Carolina Beach NC Mooring Field

    Reviewed by: Bob423 on Jun 30, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Rating: 4

    We counted nine town moorings when we were there in May of 2018. There have been upgraded considerably since last time. The pennants are stored on top of the mooring ball to keep them clean. You must pay for the mooring ball through DOCKWA by reservation over the internet which is actually very convenient. There's no trip into a dock office required. There is a dinghy dock by the southmost mooring ball where you can take a two block walk to the ocean beach and pass by a 7/11 type store on the way.

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  • Marina Review for Morehead City Yacht Basin

    Reviewed by: Bob423 on Jun 30, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Rating: 5

    The marina is totally protected and the docks are in very good shape. They have a loaner car for rent at $10 the last time I checked which is a good deal.

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  • Marina Review for Homer Smith Docks and Marina

    Reviewed by: Bob423 on Jun 30, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Rating: 5

    Homer Smith has all the makings of a good marina:
    Good docks: Check, new ipe lumber
    Good WiFi: Check, OnSpot WiFi
    Washer and dryers: Check, free but only one of each
    Showers: Check, brand new,
    Loaner car: Check, no charge
    Nearby attractions: Check, all of Beaufort, NC is within three blocks

    I've stayed here three times so far. It a working dock and they have shrimp boats and off-shore fishing boats come in all the time. Fresh shrimp is usually available and other varieties of fish. It's a great stop.

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  • Anchorage Review for Broad Creek–Neuse River

    Reviewed by: Bob423 on Jun 30, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Overall Rating:
    2
    Holding:
    4
    Wind Protection:
    3
    Current Flow:
    5
    Wake Protection:
    3
    Scenic Beauty:
    4
    Ease of Shopping:
    1
    Shore Access:
    4
    Pet Friendly:
    4
    Cell Service:
    3
    WiFi:
    1

    We found shore access north of the anchorage icon for Hoolie, our dog. It was a calm night, well protected on all sides.

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  • Anchorage Review for Gale Creek by ICW

    Reviewed by: Bob423 on Jun 30, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Overall Rating:
    3
    Holding:
    5
    Wind Protection:
    3
    Current Flow:
    4
    Wake Protection:
    3
    Scenic Beauty:
    3
    Ease of Shopping:
    1
    Shore Access:
    3
    Pet Friendly:
    4
    Cell Service:
    2
    WiFi:
    1

    The anchorage is a good alternative if RE Mayo is full. It has good all-around protection and you can find shore access for your dog by entering one of the mosquito canals and barging up against the band to let the dog out on dry ground.

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  • Marina Review for R. E. Mayo Seafood Marine Supply

    Reviewed by: Bob423 on Jun 30, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Rating: 3

    The marina is a working shrimp dock and the facilities are raw. The dock is substantial but you have to be careful in stepping due to stuff on the docks. The attraction is the low price of $0.40/ft and the great protection from wind and waves (you won't notice any at the docks). There is only one 30A outlet and if any more boats tried to use the 20A with a converter, then no one has electricity. They have a great marine supply store and a large selection of flash frozen seafood (shrimp, scallops, and flounder). There are no baths or restrooms unless you count the two outhouses gaily decorated out front.

    We use the stop because it's convenient, cheap, protected, and a good place to stock up on seafood for your freezer.

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  • Marina Review for Dowry Creek Marina

    Reviewed by: Bob423 on Jun 30, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Rating: 5

    Excellent marina with friendly staff that cares for your stay. They have a courtesy car for provisioning or eating at a nearby restaurant. The only caution is that the marina gets wave action in a south wind, otherwise, it's fine.

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  • Marina Review for Alligator River Marina

    Reviewed by: Bob423 on Jun 30, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Rating: 4

    The great advantage of this marina is the location. There are anchorages nearby but then you risk fuzzy bills. If you happen to hit an anchorage during spawning, your boat will be covered in green slime.

    The marina is a filling station with docks and a small restaurant. The internet works and the people are friendly and refueling is easy with usually good prices. Don't miss getting an ice cream cone before they close at night.

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  • Marina Review for Coinjock Marina & Restaurant

    Reviewed by: Bob423 on Jun 26, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Rating: 4

    Excellent marina but be prepared to be tightly packed in bow to stern. Our dinghy was under the bow of the boat behind us. On the other hand, we had no problems and the dockhands tied us off well. Of course, you have to try the famous rib steaks at the restaurant but be sure to make reservations in advance. There is nothing else nearby. The WiFi is fine.

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  • Marina Review for Fishing Bay Yacht Club-PRIVATE

    Reviewed by: Bob423 on Jun 26, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Rating: 5

    If you belong to a recognized yacht club, they will offer one night's free stay with electricity and water. It is a beautiful facility and we stop here every year. Just call before you arrive to be sure there's room and to find out which dock to use.

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  • Anchorage Review for Mill Creek

    Reviewed by: Bob423 on Jun 26, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Overall Rating:
    5
    Holding:
    5
    Wind Protection:
    5
    Current Flow:
    5
    Wake Protection:
    5
    Scenic Beauty:
    5
    Ease of Shopping:
    1
    Shore Access:
    4
    Pet Friendly:
    4
    Cell Service:
    5
    WiFi:
    1

    The anchorage is totally protected. The bottom is thick mud which you'll find on your anchor in the morning. When I weighed anchor, it was just a round ball of mud. I have a washdown pump at the bow for just such an occasion and it did the job. There is pet relief on the north shore by a 10 ft high clift with a sandy beach; just pick up after use. The sunsets are beautiful here, but there's nothing nearby for supplies.

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  • Anchorage Review for Back Creek - Solomons

    Reviewed by: Bob423 on Jun 26, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Overall Rating:
    5
    Holding:
    5
    Wind Protection:
    5
    Current Flow:
    5
    Wake Protection:
    5
    Scenic Beauty:
    4
    Ease of Shopping:
    4
    Shore Access:
    5
    Pet Friendly:
    5
    Cell Service:
    5
    WiFi:
    1

    This is just the perfect combination of a quiet anchorage, and yet shore access to stores for groceries and West Marine. The shore access is provided by Holiday Inn which charges $2/day for the use of their dinghy dock, a bargain. They also sell ice and it's a short walk to a 7/11 type store. A full sized supermarket is only a 15 minute walk down the sidewalk.

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  • Anchorage Review for Flat and High Islands

    Reviewed by: Bob423 on Jun 26, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Overall Rating:
    5
    Holding:
    5
    Wind Protection:
    5
    Current Flow:
    5
    Wake Protection:
    5
    Scenic Beauty:
    5
    Ease of Shopping:
    1
    Shore Access:
    4
    Pet Friendly:
    4
    Cell Service:
    5
    WiFi:
    1

    We anchor by Flat Island for access to pet relief. The anchorage is totally protected and one of the problems is in thinking that the conditions at the anchorage represent the conditions on the bay - not so - as I found out several times. The wind can be 5 kts in the anchorage while it's blowing 20 to 30 out in the bay, I have experienced that! Otherwise, great sunsets, wildlife, calm, just a perfect anchorage.

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  • Anchorage Review for Chesapeake City

    Reviewed by: Bob423 on Jun 26, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Overall Rating:
    4
    Holding:
    5
    Wind Protection:
    3
    Current Flow:
    5
    Wake Protection:
    5
    Scenic Beauty:
    3
    Ease of Shopping:
    3
    Shore Access:
    5
    Pet Friendly:
    5
    Cell Service:
    5
    WiFi:
    1

    With the completion of dredging May 2018, the anchorage has returned as a prime stopover point for cruisers going north or south. Shore access is provided by a free dinghy dock next to town and another one at the eastern end of the anchorage.The anchorage can get crowded during peak migration time but we've never had a problem by just using short scope. Ice is available at the nearby marina and the town has several restaurants of interest along with a great ice cream shop.

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  • Anchorage Review for Cohansey River

    Reviewed by: Bob423 on Jun 26, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Overall Rating:
    2
    Holding:
    3
    Wind Protection:
    2
    Current Flow:
    1
    Wake Protection:
    2
    Scenic Beauty:
    4
    Ease of Shopping:
    1
    Shore Access:
    4
    Pet Friendly:
    4
    Cell Service:
    4
    WiFi:
    1

    We anchor behind the island at the entrance but it is deep! We typically find a 25 to 35 MLW for dropping the hook. The island has a sandy beach for pet relief which is a requirement for us with a dog. The island will provide some protection from large ship wakes but not from local fishermen or crabbers going out early in the morning. Be prepared for strong current. The attraction of this anchorage is the location about half-way between Cape May and Chesapeake City. It's the only stopping over point available near the halfway point.

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  • Marina Review for Utsch's Marina

    Reviewed by: Bob423 on Jun 26, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Rating: 4

    Everybody stops here, it's very popular. It's a family run business since 1950 and they've always been helpful in docking. The approach can be shallow, I saw 4.5 MLW on the way in on May 2018 but the bottom is soft mud. Be sure to tell them your draft since some of the slips are shallow. They have commercial grade washers and dryers. The WiFi is spotty and will overload with when everybody is using it. The cellphone signal is excellent.

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  • Marina Review for Farley State Marina at Golden Nugget Casino & Hotel

    Reviewed by: Bob423 on Jun 26, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Rating: 4

    We always stop here coming down the New Jersey coast. It is totally protected and you're assured of a good night's sleep. The band is loud if you're close to the deck but they stop around 11:00 so it doesn't bother us. If you belong to Marina Life, you get a 25% discount Sun-Thurs but not Sat or Sun.

    The great advantage of this marina for me is the excellent security with locked gates and a security guard is always in view. Don't forget to have dinner at the Chart House.

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  • Anchorage Review for Atlantic Highlands - Municipal Harbor

    Reviewed by: Bob423 on Jun 26, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Overall Rating:
    4
    Holding:
    5
    Wind Protection:
    3
    Current Flow:
    3
    Wake Protection:
    3
    Scenic Beauty:
    3
    Ease of Shopping:
    2
    Shore Access:
    5
    Pet Friendly:
    5
    Cell Service:
    5
    WiFi:
    1

    I usually anchor south of G3 where there is lots of room. The 6 ft line shown on charts is accurate (I sounded the area in my dinghy). You can take your pet to either the beach by the anchorage or into shore by the second fairway after the fuel dock.

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  • Anchorage Review for Haverstraw Bay

    Reviewed by: Bob423 on Jun 26, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Overall Rating:
    3
    Holding:
    5
    Wind Protection:
    1
    Current Flow:
    2
    Wake Protection:
    1
    Scenic Beauty:
    3
    Ease of Shopping:
    1
    Shore Access:
    2
    Pet Friendly:
    4
    Cell Service:
    5
    WiFi:
    1

    This is a very popular anchorage on weekend, up to 100 boats, but less crowded during the week. Although you can't take a motorized dinghy to the shore by the swimming area, you can beach the dinghy east of the area beyond the swimming signs. It's protected from the south and east but wakes are plentiful during the day, especially on weekends.

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  • Anchorage Review for Chesapeake City

    Reviewed by: Bob423 on May 23, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Overall Rating:
    5
    Holding:
    5
    Wind Protection:
    4
    Current Flow:
    5
    Wake Protection:
    5
    Scenic Beauty:
    4
    Ease of Shopping:
    2
    Shore Access:
    5
    Pet Friendly:
    5
    Cell Service:
    5
    WiFi:
    3

    The anchorage has been dredged! At the entrance, just go down the middle for 12 MLLW. Keep in the middle on the way to the anchorage area for 12 to 15 MLLW .

    • WG Editor Comment:

      Dredging took place Nov 2017 to early Jan 2018.

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  • Nav Alert comment on Caution - narrow channel and rock ledges, miles 349-352

    Comment by: Bob423 on May 8, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Just stay in the channel between the red and green markers and you will have no problems. Before transiting, call ahead on VHF 16 to see if there is commercial traffic coming. Some barges take up the entire width of the channel so plan ahead.

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  • Nav Alert comment on GA: Altamaha Sound, intracoastal mile 658, shallow water

    Comment by: Bob423 on Apr 28, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    The lowest I saw today through here was 5.6 MLLW but you had to be very careful in finding the deeper water. Take it slow at low tide.

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  • Nav Alert comment on FL: Tolomato River, Ponce de Leon Cut Light 1 destroyed

    Comment by: Bob423 on Apr 24, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Light has been repaired with a permanent marker, a piling with daymark.

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  • Anchorage Review for Hobe Sound R38 and 40

    Reviewed by: Bob423 on Apr 1, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Overall Rating:
    4
    Holding:
    5
    Wind Protection:
    3
    Current Flow:
    3
    Wake Protection:
    2
    Scenic Beauty:
    4
    Ease of Shopping:
    1
    Shore Access:
    5
    Pet Friendly:
    5
    Cell Service:
    5
    WiFi:
    1

    This is our favorite anchorage in the area. Shore access is easy to a sandy beach for our dog. There will be wakes during the day but calm at night. The sunrises are outstanding. Just go straight in and anchor in 7 to 8 ft of water.

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  • Anchorage Review for Lantana

    Reviewed by: Bob423 on Apr 1, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Overall Rating:
    3
    Holding:
    4
    Wind Protection:
    2
    Current Flow:
    2
    Wake Protection:
    2
    Scenic Beauty:
    2
    Ease of Shopping:
    3
    Shore Access:
    5
    Pet Friendly:
    5
    Cell Service:
    5
    WiFi:
    1

    There room for a half dozen boats in 8 to 10 ft of water. The anchorage is best for winds out of the north, it's rocky with a south wind. There is shore access at the public dock by the anchorage. The nearby restaurant, The Old Key Lime House, has a dinghy dock if you eat there (no pets allowed at the restaurant). We anchored just to the west of the wreck marked on the chart (we passed right over the mark, no change in reading).

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  • Anchorage Review for Las Olas Moorings & Anchorage

    Reviewed by: Bob423 on Apr 1, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Overall Rating:
    3
    Holding:
    5
    Wind Protection:
    3
    Current Flow:
    2
    Wake Protection:
    2
    Scenic Beauty:
    2
    Ease of Shopping:
    5
    Shore Access:
    5
    Pet Friendly:
    5
    Cell Service:
    5
    WiFi:
    3

    This review is for the mooring field. I cannot image anchoring here, there's no room given the way the moorings are placed. You use the Las Olas marina for services which is under construction but they have a temporary building which is entirely adequate with six washers and six dryers. The dinghy dock is under the bridge. The boats have to slow down for the bridge so you don't get much wake but the bridge is noisy in opening and closing. If you rent a car, they will give you a free parking permit.

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  • Anchorage Review for Marine Stadium

    Reviewed by: Bob423 on Apr 1, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Overall Rating:
    4
    Holding:
    5
    Wind Protection:
    3
    Current Flow:
    5
    Wake Protection:
    3
    Scenic Beauty:
    5
    Ease of Shopping:
    1
    Shore Access:
    4
    Pet Friendly:
    5
    Cell Service:
    5
    WiFi:
    1

    We've anchored here a dozen times. The holding is secure and protected 360 if you snug up into the southeast end. There is a sandy beach to land your dinghy on the north side and a running trail. We get ice at the marina on the south side of the anchorage which is also a restaurant. There's plenty of room to anchor so you never feel crowded. The area is also used by sailing clubs training for Olympic and other sailing events which are fun to watch. You can approach either side of the island an anchor in 8 to 10 ft of water. The view at night of the Miami skyline is stunning.

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  • Anchorage Review for Rodriguez Key

    Reviewed by: Bob423 on Apr 1, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Overall Rating:
    3
    Holding:
    4
    Wind Protection:
    1
    Current Flow:
    3
    Wake Protection:
    1
    Scenic Beauty:
    3
    Ease of Shopping:
    1
    Shore Access:
    4
    Pet Friendly:
    4
    Cell Service:
    4
    WiFi:
    1

    I've anchored here a half dozen times over the last eight years. I drop the hook on the 6 ft line heading into Mariner's Club Marina which is away from Rodriguez Key and any protection it might offer so I only use this anchorage in winds less than 10 kts. Any higher winds and the night can be bouncy.

    I have a dog aboard and I use the public ramp next to Mandalay Marina to land my dinghy. From where I anchor, it's about a 1/2 mile ride to the boat ramp. I have a 66 lbs Spade anchor, never a problem being secure at night.

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  • Anchorage Review for Boot Key Inner Harbor

    Reviewed by: Bob423 on Apr 1, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Overall Rating:
    3
    Holding:
    3
    Wind Protection:
    3
    Current Flow:
    4
    Wake Protection:
    4
    Scenic Beauty:
    3
    Ease of Shopping:
    5
    Shore Access:
    5
    Pet Friendly:
    5
    Cell Service:
    5
    WiFi:
    2

    The problem here is finding a spot. It is usually very crowded and although the holding is good if you have good ground tackle, some of the boats do not and therein lies the problem. I've anchored here many times and usually it's okay but in a wind change with gusts, you can find a boat dragging into you. It's happened to me twice in five years. Also, a couple of years ago, the city marina raised all the rates for shore access to the same as for a mooring so if you want shore access, you don't save any money by anchoring.

    On the other hand, it has excellent protection from wave action and if you don't need shore access, then it's cheap. The anchorage area extends closer to the southern shore than shown on charts, almost to the green stuff.

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  • Marina Review for Marathon Marina

    Reviewed by: Bob423 on Apr 1, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Rating: 4

    The floating docks are a great addition but they were full so we stayed at the fixed docks; not as great but okay. They were concrete and not forgiving, you had to be very careful in docking. They have a new fuel house with everything in tip-top shape. If you chose the side of the fixed docks facing the setting sun, you will be charged a "sunset fee" to be added on to your dockage.

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  • Marina Review for Boot Key Harbor City Marina

    Reviewed by: Bob423 on Apr 1, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Rating: 5

    I would rate the mooring field the best I've ever seen. They will even pump out your boat if you happen to be away when they do your area. The hurricane did damage for sure but the moorings are fine and they moved the dinghy dock to the alleyway by the dockhouse. The clubhouse looks as good as new and everything is functional. If you chose to anchor out instead of taking a mooring, you will be charged the same rate if you want to use their dinghy dock.

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  • Nav Alert comment on FL: Key West, Port open with restrictions - UPDATE

    Comment by: Bob423 on Apr 1, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Ted, I haven't seen anybody watching restrictions on travel in the area. It's thick with schooner day trips, sunset cruises - very busy. I personally to a ride out the Calda Channel inlet, a twisting, curving path to the gulf and even that was clear. I took Fleetwing out twice and never saw anybody paying any attention to restrictions. The area was thick with boats cruising around. I think this alert has served its purpose.

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  • Nav Alert comment on FL: Boot Key Harbor, Harbor Light 1 destroyed

    Comment by: Bob423 on Apr 1, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Ted, you can delete this warning. I passed the marker yesterday - it's there. (Assuming it's G1, the first green marker at the entrance to Marathon )

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  • Marina Review for Carolina Beach State Park

    Reviewed by: Bob423 on Mar 25, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Rating: 4

    This is a great stop over on the ICW! I have a 42 ft boat and I’ve stopped here many times for the fixed rate charge of $33. The entrance has shoaled in the past two years to 4.7 MLLW but there’s 5.5 MLLW by the first face dock. There are lots of trails to explore and one washer and one dryer next to the small store that also services the RV park. I’ve seen 46 ft boats dock here.

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  • Marina Review for Harbour Village Marina Inc.

    Reviewed by: Bob423 on Mar 25, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Rating: 4

    The facility is very nice with concrete docks but it’s off by itself, nothing close. It is convenient since it’s right off the ICW with an easy in and out.

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  • Marina Review for Topsail Island Marina

    Reviewed by: Bob423 on Mar 25, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Rating: 3

    The attraction of this marina is access to Surf City which has a grocery store and many restaurants. Don’t expect any help docking unless it’s from another boater. I’ve never met the dockmaster, he’s always requested payment over the phone. The docks are nice enough and it’s protected from all wakes and waves.

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  • Marina Review for Swan Point Marina

    Reviewed by: Bob423 on Mar 25, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Rating: 2

    The marina has very little to recommend except location. We’ve used it several times in order to get past Camp Lejeume conveniently. We always take the outside facedock since the inside is shoaled to 3 ft MLLW. You’re subject to the wakes of passing boats, especially on weekends.

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  • Anchorage Review for Swansboro

    Reviewed by: Bob423 on Mar 25, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Overall Rating:
    2
    Holding:
    4
    Wind Protection:
    1
    Current Flow:
    1
    Wake Protection:
    1
    Scenic Beauty:
    1
    Ease of Shopping:
    3
    Shore Access:
    3
    Pet Friendly:
    3
    Cell Service:
    3
    WiFi:
    1

    It's a place to stop if it fits your schedule, nothing special. You had better have confidence in your ground tackle since there's a low bridge ready to catch you if you drag. As for me, I've never had a problem but I have a 66 lb Spade with 3/8 inch chain. I anchor right across from the free dinghy dock to take my dog into shore.

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  • Marina Review for Georgetown Landing Marina

    Reviewed by: Bob423 on Mar 25, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Rating: 3

    If you can't get a dock in town, this is an alternative. The downside is that it's exposed to a south wind big time, you will rock.

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  • Anchorage Review for Cedar & Jonaquin Creeks

    Reviewed by: Bob423 on Mar 25, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Overall Rating:
    3
    Holding:
    5
    Wind Protection:
    3
    Current Flow:
    5
    Wake Protection:
    5
    Scenic Beauty:
    4
    Ease of Shopping:
    1
    Shore Access:
    3
    Pet Friendly:
    4
    Cell Service:
    3
    WiFi:
    1

    I've used this anchorage every year for the past eight on my trips down the ICW. The secret is to go farther in where you get good protection from a south wind. Anchor towards the south shore and east of the 5 ft line as shown on the charts. It is deeper than the charts indicate, about 7 ft as you snug up behind the point of land to protect you from a south wind. There is a strip of sand on the south shore for pet relief. Be sure to pick up when done. Big shrimp boats use this harbor all the time.

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  • Anchorage Review for Pungo River

    Reviewed by: Bob423 on Mar 25, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Overall Rating:
    4
    Holding:
    4
    Wind Protection:
    3
    Current Flow:
    4
    Wake Protection:
    4
    Scenic Beauty:
    5
    Ease of Shopping:
    1
    Shore Access:
    4
    Pet Friendly:
    5
    Cell Service:
    2
    WiFi:
    1

    We use this anchorage everytime we go south. It's protected and has a sandy beach for shore access for our dog. Anchor in 10 ft of water.

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  • Anchorage Review for Durant Island South

    Reviewed by: Bob423 on Mar 25, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Overall Rating:
    1
    Holding:
    3
    Wind Protection:
    1
    Current Flow:
    3
    Wake Protection:
    1
    Scenic Beauty:
    3
    Ease of Shopping:
    1
    Shore Access:
    1
    Pet Friendly:
    1
    Cell Service:
    1
    WiFi:
    1

    It's just a place to stop. Beware of "fuzzy bills" during the season. I stopped here once and woke up to a boat covered with thousands of dead fuzzy bills leaving a green slime that took hours to clean off. They look just like mosquitoes but don't bite.

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  • Free Dock Review for Great Bridge Dock #2

    Reviewed by: Bob423 on Mar 25, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Rating: 3

    There is one long face dock with enough room for 4 to 6 boats depending upon how close together they moor. The dock is located next to a park where you can walk your dog or just have a relaxing walk. There are no services here, just a dock but it's in excellent shape.

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  • Nav Alert comment on SC: Fields Cut, channel report

    Comment by: Bob423 on Feb 3, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Please delete this alert.
    Ted, why retain two advisories that almost say the same thing? Plus, he's off on his advice for the southern exit, you need to be closer to the red side. We shouldn't confuse the user with multiple guidance for the same stretch of water.

    • WG Editor Comment:

      Expired alert.

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  • Nav Alert comment on NC: Intracoastal and Browns Inlet, shoaling under 5ft at +2.5'

    Comment by: Bob423 on Feb 3, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Ted, please delete this alert. I replaced it with a new one.

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  • Nav Alert comment on CAUTION: Careful navigation

    Comment by: Bob423 on Feb 2, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Ted, I do not consider comments such as this helpful. He's saying, "Follow your charts, if you deviate you will find shallows". Well, yes, that's true. What value add is that? I've been through here many times, I follow the charts and have no problems. For the above reason is why I asked for this Alert to be deleted.

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  • Nav Alert comment on GA: Hell Gate channel report

    Comment by: Bob423 on Feb 2, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Ted, delete this post, It is inaccurate - he got too close to G89, can't do that.

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  • Nav Alert comment on GA: Hell Gate channel report

    Comment by: Bob423 on Feb 1, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    delete

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  • Nav Alert comment on SC: Fields Cut, channel report

    Comment by: Bob423 on Jan 31, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Delete

    • WG Editor Comment:

      Replaced with up to date report.

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  • Nav Alert comment on CAUTION: Careful navigation

    Comment by: Bob423 on Jan 30, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Delete (in other words, follow your chart, the shallows are clearly and correctly shown)

    • WG Editor Comment:

      Done.

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  • Nav Alert comment on SC: Mt. Pleasant Ridge, intracoastal channel report

    Comment by: Bob423 on Jan 28, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Move to red edge of channel by Alert for 7 MLW. A shoal is coming in from the green side to 2 MLW, run along the red edge of the channel as shown on your chartplotter. You will be 150 ft off the greens. See Alert north of G117A for details.

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  • Nav Alert comment on McClellanville, intracoastal waterway, shoaling

    Comment by: Bob423 on Jan 27, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    delete marker

    • WG Editor Comment:

      Done.

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  • Nav Alert comment on McClellanville, intracoastal waterway, shoaling

    Comment by: Bob423 on Jan 27, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Delete marker

    • WG Editor Comment:

      Done.

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  • Nav Alert comment on Esterville Minum Creek Canal, shoaling

    Comment by: Bob423 on Jan 26, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Description: In general, stay off all marks 50 to 100 ft. Follow the shape of the channel per your chartplotter, especially between R16 and R18. Take this section with at least two feet of tide. References to favor red or green side are in reference to chartplotter channel.
    Specifically:
    R4 - G5, favor green side, 5 MLW north of G5.
    G5 - Stay off by 100 ft, will be visual center, 6 MLW
    G7 - Stay off by 1t50 ft, do not hug!, 8 MLW
    G9 - Stay off by 150 ft, do not hug., 8 MLW
    R12 - Stay off 150 ft (follow chartplotter channel, 8 MLW
    R16 - favour green side, outside of turn, 10 MLW
    R16 - R18, follow shape of channel per your chartplotter, stay in center.
    R18 - G19, favor green side around turn, 7 MLW, red side shallow
    G19, favor red side around turn, 12 MLW

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  • Nav Alert comment on Esterville Minum Creek Canal, shoaling

    Comment by: Bob423 on Jan 20, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Description: In general, stay off all marks 50 to 100 ft. Follow the shape of the channel per your chartplotter, especially between R16 and R18. Take this section with at least two feet of tide.
    Specifically:
    R4 to G5, favor green side until approaching G5, then favor red side for 6 .1 MLW which is also the visual center of channel. Continue to follow channel per chartplotter to R18, then favor the green side but you may still see 5 MLW just south for 50 ft, then it deepens.

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  • Nav Alert comment on SC: Esterville-Minim Canal, shoaling at entrance

    Comment by: Bob423 on Jan 20, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    (Replace comment with )
    Subj: Split R2 and shore for 18.5 MLW
    Description: Stay centered in the channel when entering per chartplotter. After the entrance, it shoals to 5.5 MLW for 0.5 Nm, then deeper. Stay in visual center.

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  • Nav Alert comment on SC: Nixon Crossroads Hwy. Bridge, submerged rock

    Comment by: Bob423 on Jan 20, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Delete (just stay in the middle, I've been through here dozens of times, there are always signs along the edge all along the ICW about hazards - stay in the middle and it's fine) Text in parentheses not to be posted.

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  • Nav Alert comment on Move to red edge of channel by alert for 200 ft

    Comment by: Bob423 on Jan 20, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Ted, please delete this Alert. it refers to the same shoal I posted a new Alert on but in my Alert, I give instructions on how to avoid the shoal.

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  • Nav Alert comment on Shoaling

    Comment by: Bob423 on Jan 19, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Ted, delete this entire comment, original and my comment. I submitted a previous comment to replace this one.

    • WG Editor Comment:

      Done.

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  • Nav Alert comment on Oak Island, Long Beach, shoaling in intracoastal

    Comment by: Bob423 on Jan 18, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Delete, there is no shoaling here. both the ACOE survey and my experience in the fall of 2017 shows no shoaling if you stay in the channel as marked on your chartplotter.

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  • Nav Alert comment on Shoaling

    Comment by: Bob423 on Jan 18, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    delete hazard. True, if you go outside the charted channel, you will encounter shallow water. The ACOE survey of 8/17/2017 shows there's no shoaling in the channel. Plus, I saw no shoaling when I came through this fall.

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  • Nav Alert comment on Oak Island, Long Beach, shoaling in intracoastal

    Comment by: Bob423 on Jan 18, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Comment #2 by me, ACOE survey clearly shows no shoaling in channel. However, if you wander out of the channel on the red side, you will encounter 4 MLW going to 0 MLW very rapidly.

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  • Nav Alert comment on NC: Oak Island, Channel Report

    Comment by: Bob423 on Jan 18, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Delete hazard marker. In the wrong place for Lockwoods Folly and it's also out of date.

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  • Nav Alert comment on NC: Masonboro Sound, Intracoastal mile 288, shallow, 4.5 feet at LW

    Comment by: Bob423 on Jan 18, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Delete this hazard, it's in the wrong place.

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  • Nav Alert comment on Shoal at Green 123, AICW mile 281

    Comment by: Bob423 on Jan 17, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Delete, comment incorrect.This is no shoaling at G123.

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  • Nav Alert comment on Figure Eight Island, intracoastal mile 280, shoaling or obstruction

    Comment by: Bob423 on Jan 17, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    delete, out of date

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  • Nav Alert comment on NC: Mason Inlet, Intracoastal mile 280.5, channel report

    Comment by: Bob423 on Jan 17, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    delete, out of date

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  • Nav Alert comment on Mason Inlet intersection, severe shoaling

    Comment by: Bob423 on Jan 17, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Delete, out of date - it refers to the shoaling before it was dredged

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  • Nav Alert comment on NC: Intracoastal and Browns Inlet, shoaling under 5ft at +2.5'

    Comment by: Bob423 on Jan 10, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Heading south, turn to starboard to stay off R60 by 100 ft, then gradually turn to port and aim to pass G61A 100 ft off. Then continue in middle of channel.
    Heading north: turn to port 150 ft before coming to G61A, passing it 100 ft off. Then aim for R60 and gradually turn to starboard, passing R60 by 100 ft off and return to the channel.

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  • Nav Alert comment on NC: Alligator River, Dead Head in charted channel

    Comment by: Bob423 on Jan 10, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Delete, no longer there

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  • Nav Alert comment on VA: North Landing River, hazard to navigation

    Comment by: Bob423 on Jan 10, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Delete. Dead head not there when I passed through 10/14/2017

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  • Nav Alert comment on VA: Elizabeth River South, Gilmerton Bridge, closure due to mechanical failure

    Comment by: Bob423 on Jan 10, 2018
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Out of date, delete.

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  • Nav Alert comment on NC: Albamarle Sound, Alligator River Bridge, repair work and channel obstruction

    Comment by: Bob423 on Oct 17, 2017
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 42'
    Draft: 5.0'

    I contacted the foreman 10/18/2017 and he replied that the construction has been delayed for two weeks until 10/30/2017. Until then, it's normal operation.

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