Isle of Palms to Southport - 2017
A Day at Isle of Palms Marina
|S/v Rainy Days gets a day of rest at Isle of Palms Marina.|
Isle of Palms to Butler Island
|Jeremy Creek looks pretty benign in this photograph |
but it is shoaled pretty badly.
|A floating pontoon bridge that crosses the ICW.|
|Storms clouds gather ahead of us and we experienced |
a downpour shortly after this photograph was taken.
|Sunset at Butler Island on June 2|
Most of the day we moved much faster than 5.5 knots since we had a favorable tidal current. We arrived at Butler Island at about 5 PM.
Butler Island to Barefoot Landing
We left our anchorage at 7 AM this morning, Saturday, June 3. The morning was pleasantly cool. We started out the day with an opposing tidal current of about 0.5 knots--this lasted a couple of hours. Then we came under the influence of an outgoing current that was favorable and we reached a (over the ground) boat speed as high as 7.5 knots.
Most of the ICW runs between barrier islands and the mainland--this area is occupied by bodies of tidal water and marsh. Seawater enters and exits the marsh at thousands of different points along the coast. Tidal current will flow along the ICW and tend to equalize water levels between the various points of seawater ingress/egress. Consequently, like our trip this morning on the ICW, we were under the influence of favorable and unfavorable tidal flows in the same estuary without going through a change in the state of tide on the ocean. Our entire trip today was during an ebbing tide on the nearby ocean. Consequently, predicting our boat speed along the ICW is nearly impossible.
|This photograph was pretty typical of today's travels. This |
was on the windy and deep Waccamaw River in SC.
|The ICW channel goes over land (yellow area) here near Myrtle Beach! |
The funny thing, I was still reading about 12 feet of
water depth as it went over land.
|Suddenly, the ICW channel (wide gray line) on the chart |
plotter shifts to the left about 150 feet going north!
Near the end of our day's journey we were coming through an area near Myrtle Beach where there were new (large) homes along the ICW. There was a floating red buoy in the center of the waterway and north of it I could see ripples on the surface of the water. Where these ripples appeared the water depth went from 12 feet to 6 feet momentarily. Our depth alarm sounded but we didn't touch bottom.
|S/v Rainy Days docked at Barefoot Marina |
prior to an afternoon thunderstorm.
Barefoot Landing to Southport
|I'm not sure what you are supposed to do differently |
when you see this sign "Danger - Rocks."
|The rock ledge at the edges of the "rock pile." It |
looks worse than it really was.
|This was a colorful area near Little River Inlet.|
|We docked at Southport Marina at 4:30 PM, much |
sooner than we expected--about 3 hours sooner.
We had favorable tidal currents most of the day today, sometimes moving at over 8 knots. Of course, there were times when we were only doing 5.5 knots over the ground. The two ICW trouble spots that concerned us were recently dredged and were no problem at all.
Our next blogpost will be from Coinjock Marina, about 50 miles south of Norfolk. We really haven't had any serious groundings yet! I hope that statement didn't jinx us!