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Old 03-12-2019, 01:42 PM
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Hello All,

Thinking of making a long run this Summer, and Charleston is on the radar.

Just wondering if I can stay inside the entire way these days? I saw some old threads on this, but nothing recent.

Unless I go up in size between now and then it's going to be a 207 Sea Hunt DC, so I will be cruising pretty quickly....figured on a 7 ish hour run each way.

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Old 03-12-2019, 01:49 PM
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No problem at all. A few no wake zones (little river the longest), and a few places where red/green markers switch sides (Cape Fear River, Winyah Bay) so you have to be alert.

I don't know the miles, want to say about 150-160 or so, so if you cruise at 25mph, 7hr sounds about right. Good fuel stops at Little River and Georgetown.
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Hello All,

Thinking of making a long run this Summer, and Charleston is on the radar.

Just wondering if I can stay inside the entire way these days? I saw some old threads on this, but nothing recent.

Unless I go up in size between now and then it's going to be a 207 Sea Hunt DC, so I will be cruising pretty quickly....figured on a 7 ish hour run each way.

Thanks.

thefuzz
when you come out from behind Sullivan’s island if the harbor is choppy follow the channel markers to the right and you’ll come up to Shem creek- good places to eat there with docking. Coming back out of Shem go back left or hug the shore side of that little island carefully and go toward downtown. There’s a huge sandbar that is dry land at low tide.
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Originally Posted by Corndog38 View Post
No problem at all. A few no wake zones (little river the longest), and a few places where red/green markers switch sides (Cape Fear River, Winyah Bay) so you have to be alert.

I don't know the miles, want to say about 150-160 or so, so if you cruise at 25mph, 7hr sounds about right. Good fuel stops at Little River and Georgetown.
Now it's off to convince the wife. The buddy and his wife are all in, just wondering if I'm going to have to sell it to my wife....she looked at me like I was completely crazy when I floated this the other day.
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Now it's off to convince the wife. The buddy and his wife are all in, just wondering if I'm going to have to sell it to my wife....she looked at me like I was completely crazy when I floated this the other day.
Sounds about right. If she is worried about time per day the Georgetown waterfront is a nice stop as well.
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Following: I’ve been wanting to do this trip from Sunset Beach to Charleston for awhile! It would be a blast. I’d see about getting a slip at Charleston Harbour, it’s a great place to stay with a nice pool set up and fun things to do. Quick ride across to get to downtown Charleston or Shem creek.
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I've done Wrightsville to MB. Would love to go from MB to Charleston.

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Old 03-13-2019, 07:03 AM
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Sounds about right. If she is worried about time per day the Georgetown waterfront is a nice stop as well.
I'll convince her...just need to promise her a dinner at Husk or some other absurdly expensive place.
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How long of a trip are you planning? Once you get below Socastee from there to Charleston via Winyah bay is some of the most beautiful coastal scenery on earth. Also south to edisto or beyond is as well. If you can do 2-3 nights in Charleston with downtown as your home base you can really have a nice trip. On the water during the day, rest a bit, then dinner and downtown.

Your boat IMO is perfect for this. Done the trip from Myrtle south to there and Edisto north no telling how many times, mostly on a 20' CC. DC should be even better (and what I have now myself).
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I will be making a similar trip this spring.
Shooting to end up in Savannah with nightly stops in MB and Charleston. Will keep travel time around 4 hours or 100 miles +/- per day which should keep crew happy and provide time to hit some places along the way for lunch stops.
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Originally Posted by autobaun70 View Post
How long of a trip are you planning? Once you get below Socastee from there to Charleston via Winyah bay is some of the most beautiful coastal scenery on earth. Also south to edisto or beyond is as well. If you can do 2-3 nights in Charleston with downtown as your home base you can really have a nice trip. On the water during the day, rest a bit, then dinner and downtown.

Your boat IMO is perfect for this. Done the trip from Myrtle south to there and Edisto north no telling how many times, mostly on a 20' CC. DC should be even better (and what I have now myself).
We will probably plan on leaving here on a Friday morning, and returning on Sunday, or possibly push it to Monday depending on work schedules.

Would certainly want to try to stay downtown. Any marinas in particular that I should reach out to about a 2/3 day slip?
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OSPREY MARINA - Myrtle Beach Marinas - Osprey Marina is a great place to fuel up southern MB area
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This has some good info for the trip, it shows marinas with gas. Click on the comments from boaters that have traveled the ICW for tips about shoals, markers and things that are good to know. You can spend several hours looking at this:

https://www.waterwayguide.com/explor...10&mode=marina
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We will probably plan on leaving here on a Friday morning, and returning on Sunday, or possibly push it to Monday depending on work schedules.

Would certainly want to try to stay downtown. Any marinas in particular that I should reach out to about a 2/3 day slip?
City Marina and Ashley Marina are both right downtown. I've always used City Marina in the past, however Ashley is closer to two hotels if you want to stay right by the boat. If you want to stay in downtown it's a short Uber/Lyft ride and City Marina does run a shuttle.

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Ashley Marina

Second the recommendation for waterway guide. Actually in the planning stages for a trip from Surfside Beach to Wilmington now. Even if you don't look at the forums, the gas locator/price tool is great. Several marinas on the SC side NC/SC state line have much cheaper gas than in NC.
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I am planning this trip for the end of summer with my family. I am planning on staying in Georgetown Overnight then Charleston for a day or two and probably returning via the ocean on the way home.

Also check out Active Captain for a resource, they have charts, reviews, and hazards located by users. I do a lot of research with it and its very helpful.

https://activecaptain.garmin.com/en-US/Map
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I'll convince her...just need to promise her a dinner at Husk or some other absurdly expensive place.
no not husk if you want a good place do the Macintosh or basil. If you wanna go swanky for not as much I recommend magnolias or Poogans porch. Fig is a good spot too.
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that's a real nice run!
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Wilmy to Charleston is a fun run, not too long and you can make it all the way in protected waters. Watch for where the markers change sides in Cape Fear and Winyah. Plenty of great places to stop from Little River. You certainly wont be disappointed with this trip, wish I could do it again
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I'll convince her...just need to promise her a dinner at Husk or some other absurdly expensive place.
Promise to buy her a bigger boat....

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Circa 1886 in Chas for wife's nice supper. I'll second Ashley Marina (hotels right there) or across the river at Ripley Light (hotel right there). Walk from R.L. to Calif Dreaming for drinks/food. Not as fancy as DT but great outside drink spot. Take a few extra days and continue to Beaufort SC (~55 NM), slip at Down-Town Marina, walk to B&B and everywhere downtown. You won't be disappointed in that either and won't need a car/taxi. DT Marina used to have courtesy car for store run. ,
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