Circumnavigating Kiawah Island

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fly by night
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Circumnavigating Kiawah Island

Postby fly by night » Sat May 14, 2016 6:48 pm

I'm a Chesapeake whaler (85 Montauk) but I have been spending more and more time in the beautiful South Carolina low country and may retire there.

For the Charleston crew: is it possible to circumnavigate Kiawah Island?

When I'm down there I see lots of boats on the Capt'n Sam's Inlet side of the Kiawah River, and I wonder how they got in there, since the inlet seems to be pretty shoaled-up. Did they come around the back side at high tide or come in through CS's inlet?

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runpasthefence
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Re: Circumnavigating Kiawah Island

Postby runpasthefence » Tue Jun 07, 2016 5:18 pm

A Kiawah circumnavigation is entirely possible in a Montauk. I've done it in an 18' Outrage and a number of times in a 15'.
My route usually takes me out Stono Inlet, hug Kiawah in the Atlantic, shoot Captain Sam's Inlet, follow the creek until you travel under the bridge leading to Kiawah Island, and follow the Kiawah Creek/River back to the Stono.

The area past the bridge is mostly flats/shoals, but there are ways around and through the area leading back to the Kiawah River.

It looks a lot more daunting than it really is. Most people make the mistake of trying this first at high tide, but if you don't have GPS tracks to navigate by, there won't be a logical path in front of you.

Do it the fun way, plan to hit that shoal area around 2 hours after low tide. Plod your way through slowly, and if you make a mistake, turn around and try another way. Keep your GPS on, log the track, make mental notes of depth, and you'll be set to blast through there whenever you'd like.

Good luck!

Chasvalve
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Re: Circumnavigating Kiawah Island

Postby Chasvalve » Mon Jun 20, 2016 7:37 pm

X2--but there is a bridge to navigate under so watch the tee-top. The Stono entrance can be really tricky with all the shoals but with a small draft should not be a problem.
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Re: Circumnavigating Kiawah Island

Postby runpasthefence » Wed Nov 30, 2016 1:13 pm

A little update - I made this loop a couple of times this summer in my 25 Revenge Cuddy. It's still a little tricky, but pretty simple overall.