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We had a beautiful morning leaving Charleston enroute for Georgetown. No wind, no waves and the sun was shining. We slowly passed a cruise ship headed for downtown and then Fort Sumter. We planned our cruise around the rising tide and had good depth heading up the ICW to Georgetown. We arrived around 2pm and after tying up and washing the boat and doing some laundry, we headed out for our walk. Georgetown is even more quaint than Beaufort. Tom thinks it's Mayberry!
Myrtle Beach/Little River - Myrtle Beach Yacht Club
We untied the lines at 6:35am Thursday morning and had a beautiful, but long cruise up the Waccamaw River. The rivers edges were full of trees and vegetation. We thought we were back in the midwest on the river system. You don't realized how much you miss the green until you see it again.
Our cruise included 13 bridges, but only three had to open. The number of bridges rivaled a day on the Florida ICW! We had nice depth until we met a barge heading south. We called him and he requested that we hold our position until the river widened. We did. Upon his approach we then tried to share the middle of the channel.....kinda hard to do with a barge. We were pushed starboard and our depth went to 3.5 feet. Thankfully it was short lived and sprang back up to 6 feet and we finished the pass.
The next obstacle was "Rock Pile". We'd heard about this 3 plus mile stretch by Myrtle Beach from John and Karen Swarthout our friends from Legacy Harbour. We went through on a rising tide and couldn't see the rock ledges lining both sides of the very narrow channel. We didn't meet any large vessels and our passage thru went just fine.
We arrived at Myrtle Beach at about 1:15pm, tied up and had some lunch and went walking. Tom washed the boat and we settled in. We are here for two nights and looking forward to checking out the area.
Tom & Sue Slightam
Read along as we circumnavigate the eastern half of the United States and southern Canada on the Great Loop on our boat BELLA, a Cruiser 460 Express.