(page 32, The Great Book of Anchorages, Norfolk to Key West), about 43 miles up the waterway from Beaufort at statute mile 495. We left Beaufort at slack low water and headed north on a rising tide. Two hours north of Beaufort is the Ashepoo-Coosaw Cutoff and one of the very shallow spots in the waterway. With a 2-hour rise on the 7-foot tides, the shallow entrance to the cut off the Coosaw River was plenty deep enough for us. At low tides, the depths would have been less than our 4-foot draft. The rest of the day was uneventful and we made good time in the favorable currents. We reach the Toogoodoo at around 4:30 PM and the clouds were starting to build from the west. That meant thunderstorms were coming. Anchoring in most of the rivers in the Carolinas also means taking tides and current into consideration. We drop the anchor with the boat pointed into the current and let the current drop us back on the anchor. We arrived at low tide so were confident in the water depths where we anchored, but we had to allow for the 7-foot rise in the tides to determine how much anchor rode we put out. The depths when we arrived and dropped the hook were 8 feet at the spot in the river we chose, but the 7-foot tides meant we would be in 15 feet of water at high tide. Our typical anchoring scope is 7-to-1, and given the fact that the bow of our boat is 4 feet off the water and the depths would be 15 feet at low tide, we adjusted scope for 19 feet. That means close to 140 feet of anchor rode for us to feel secure overnight. It also gives us some security when the thunderstorms roll through and can have potential wind gust up to 50 knots or more. The currents will also reverse a couple of times overnight as the tide switches, but our Manson Supreme anchor has done a good job of resetting in the reversing currents. Otherwise, we might have to lay out 2 anchors, fore and aft, and we really don't like to do that. By morning, the anchor rodes will be all twisted.
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