Southport to Butler Island - 2016
Southport to Ocean Isle Beach
|This image is a US Corp of Engineers survey done in mid-October 2016 of the ICW|
in the area of Lockwoods Folly Inlet. The two parallel black lines
represent the established ICW channel. The red areas
indicate depths less than 3 feet at MLW.
|This is a photograph of entering Lockwoods Folly Inlet behind a power boat. |
You can see a red buoy just too the left of the power boat and
a green buoy further to the left. You have to thread
the needle between these two buoys,
favoring the red side.
|This image is a US Corp of Engineers survey done in mid-October 2016 of the ICW in |
the area of Shallotte Inlet. The two parallel black lines represent the
established ICW channel. The red areas indicate
depths less than 3 feet at MLW.
|s/v Rainy Days is tied up to the outer floating dock at Ocean Isle |
Marina along side the ICW in Ocean Isle Beach NC. We
were the only transient boat in the marina and they
don't have much dock space for transients
|A nice sunset from Ocean Isle Marina! We spent all day traveling |
west--it's time we start making miles south!
Ocean Isle Beach to North Myrtle Beach
|A beautiful sunrise over the ICW from Ocean Isle Marina.|
|A big shrimp boat washed aground--this may have been |
from Hurricane Matthew a few weeks ago.
This was near Little River Inlet.
|These colorful homes are just south of the town of Little River SC. |
The homes along the ICW in South Carolina are much
more modest than those along the
ICW in North Carolina.
|This trawler was aground outside the ICW channel near MM 347. It might |
have been on a rock ledge. It was waiting for the tide to rise.
|This great blue heron caught a fish as we were coming by on the ICW.|
|The "rock pile" is not continuous--it is intermittent through 18 miles of|
the ICW. Pictured, is one of the warning signs about the rocks.
|s/v Rainy Days is safely tied up to the dock at Barefoot |
Landing Marina in North Myrtle Beach SC.
We ran out of propane in one of our two 10-lb tanks tonight--it lasted about 1 month. We will refill the propane tank next week.
North Myrtle Beach to Butler Island
We began our day on the water before 9:00 AM. We left Barefoot Landing Marina and motored across the ICW to the fuel dock at Barefoot Marina to fill up our fuel tanks. (Incidentally, the auxiliary 19-gallon fuel tank I added in preparation for this trip takes a lot of pressure off me with regard to closely watching our fuel level and worrying about where our next fuel stop might be.) We found out that Barefoot Marina has a lot more amenities and charges the same price per foot ($1.50 per foot) as Barefoot Landing Marina.
|This houseboat is hard aground and propped up on the top of a piling. |
This probably occurred as a result of Hurricane Matthew
|The Socastee Swing Bridge was the only bridge that had to open for us |
today. This bridge was shutdown for a couple of weeks due to
damage from Hurricane Matthew. We went
under six fixed bridges today.
|This photograph shows the southwest end of Butler Island. It is |
uninhabited. The ICW is on the other side of
the island from our anchorage.