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Waccamaw Whaler posted 01-31-2010 10:08 AM ET (US)   Profile for Waccamaw Whaler   Send Email to Waccamaw Whaler  
What is the approximate crusing time from Georgetown to Charleston (20 -25 MPH)via the AICW?

Are there any potential hazards to be aware of?

Are there a lot of fuel stations & restaurants along the way?

How is the fishing along that stretch?

What would be a good marina and hotel in Charleston to stay overnight? Approximate cost?

Other advice?


sapple posted 01-31-2010 10:35 AM ET (US)     Profile for sapple  Send Email to sapple     
I kept my Montauk and stayed at the Charleston Harbor Marina for 5 days last summer. It is very nice, great location, and convenient but VERY pricy. They charged $70.00/day for my 170 Montauk even though I did not use any hook ups. But if you want a room with a view of the Harbor and a full facility marina at the hotel AND dont mind paying the price it is very nice. I am thinking of trying to find a hotel and marina on Shem Creek this comming summer.

Waccamaw Whaler posted 02-01-2010 11:38 AM ET (US)     Profile for Waccamaw Whaler  Send Email to Waccamaw Whaler     
Thanks Scott, I'm thinking about a trip from Conway to Charleston this summer.
I contacted Shem Creek Marina. FYI their reply:

"cannot accomodate transients during summer time due to limited dock space. try city marina, ashley marina or patriots."


sapple posted 02-01-2010 04:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for sapple  Send Email to sapple     
That's unfortunate about the shem creek option since it is a great location and obviously very popular.

Last year we checked out the Cooper River Marina. It is a good facility and good location from the water. It is also inexpensive and they seemed very eager for our business. The problem is that it is not a very good location for access from the land and there is no hotel near by, at least not one that you would want to stay at. From the hotels in Mt. Pleasent, it is about a 30 min. drive through some pretty sketchy parts of town.

One year we stayed at Mariner's Cay. You can rent a nice river front two bedroom condo for about $120.00/day and they have a good marina on site. The trade off is that you are on the Folly River and somewhat isolated (by water) from Charleston Harbor, Shem Creek, and the city center. You can get to all those locations by water from Mariner's Cay but you have either a long ride up the Stono river then through the Wappo cut or a very tricky trip through the salt marshes where you better know what you are doing or you could easily get lost or grounded, or both.

Assuming you do find a good option I would be interested in hearing how it all worked out since I plan to make a trip to Charleston some time this summer also and looking for a less expensive option than the Charleston Harbor Marina.

WhalerAce posted 02-01-2010 07:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for WhalerAce  Send Email to WhalerAce     

I'm sad to hear about all of this. Have you tried the Ashley Marina, the Charleston City Marina, or Dolphin Cove Marina? Ashley and City are right down in the middle of stuff, and you don't need a rental car. And I think the replacement to Buzzard's Roost is fairly inexpensive, though about five miles from downtown.

City is $2.00 per foot, minimum 30' - expensive
Ashley is $2.00 per foot, no minimum
Cooper River, not sure, but it's a County Park thingy.

Here is a link:

Regardless, Ron, if you can put up with a Bronco II straight drive, let me know when you're coming down, and I'll make sure you have a car to drive around.

Let me know if you need anything else.

--- WhalerAce

Waccamaw Whaler posted 02-02-2010 02:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for Waccamaw Whaler  Send Email to Waccamaw Whaler     
I just looked up Charleston City Marine on the net and it appears to be a good option. They also have the 30 ft. min. at $2.00 per ft. which seems to be the norm. Also, they have a shuttle service to & from town which appears to be free. This may also be referred to as the Ashley Marina?

There are 3 possible scenarios to this tentative ~200 mile round trip:

1 - Three men for fishing & Charleston nightlife

2 - Two men & three women for potty stops & sight seeing. It would be a bit cramped for 5 people in a 17 ft. boat on a 200 mile trip.

3 - There is the posibility that the women will drive a car from Conway to Charleston and meet the men at the marina. So much for the night life but maybe we can convice the women to take a guided tour while we fish.

Ace, thanks for the offer, it would be fun to drive a stick again but I don't think it will be needed. BTW, the clutch is on the left - correct?


mgeiger posted 02-02-2010 03:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for mgeiger    
I did this exact run on a sailboat a few months back. It is a beautiful ride. One of the nicer scenes: OffshoreRacing2009CORAGeorgetownChallenge#5376273957145404610

I believe that's about a 65 mile stretch, so at 20, you're looking at 3+ hours. You'll surely slow in some areas just to take it in.

We found some shoaling, but then again we drew 6'. Charts will have old pilings marked. There are 2 intersections where you need to keep any eye on markers to ensure you stay on the ICW. Most of the traffic along there was polite - only a few a-holes rocked through there completely untrimmed making it a little rough. Common sense prevails.

There's fuel in McClellanville - about half way.

Haven't really fished it, but it looked great. I trolled a line w/o luck. If I had a casting rod, it would have been great. Lots of wildlife. Dolphins, sharks, gators, herons. I know there's redfish and trout all along there.

No idea where to tie up in CHS. The boat I was on is berthed there. Surely some locals will pipe up.

I want to go back with my Montauk, so I picked up a spiral-bound waterproof ICW guide/chartbook off Amazon. It's a great resource. I would not do the trip without it. I'll also depend on my Chartplotter, compass, and will carry a good hh vhf and a pile of tools and emergency gear. I'm now looking for a place to leave my truck and trailer for a night, so I can make the run up to GT.

Waccamaw Whaler posted 02-03-2010 11:03 AM ET (US)     Profile for Waccamaw Whaler  Send Email to Waccamaw Whaler     
mgeiger - thanks

If you get the chance take the trip from Georgetown to Conway. Stay on the ICW until marker 1 then go left onto the Waccamaw River. It's a gorgeous winding river with plenty of depth. See the posts and pictures on the Waccawma to Georgetown.... posted here on Trips and Rendezvous.

inumpain posted 02-04-2010 10:47 AM ET (US)     Profile for inumpain  Send Email to inumpain     
I had planned a completely different route until my buddies bailed on me. I ended up doing the Charleston/Georgetown run with my wife instead. We left our vehicle at a friends and overnighted at a B&B in Georgetown. Stopped in McClenanville for gas. Plenty of hotels in the marina area in Charleston too. Had a great trip. Plenty of redfish.

Waccamaw Whaler posted 02-06-2010 08:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for Waccamaw Whaler  Send Email to Waccamaw Whaler     
mgeiger, which spiral-bound waterproof ICW guide/chartbook did you buy? There are several available.


mgeiger posted 02-08-2010 06:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for mgeiger
mgeiger posted 02-08-2010 06:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for mgeiger    
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Waccamaw Whaler posted 02-09-2010 01:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for Waccamaw Whaler  Send Email to Waccamaw Whaler     
Thank you

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