(page 21, The Great Book of Anchorages, Norfolk to Key West). In the end, we chose the anchorage off the ICW in the river. There can be some small boat traffic here, but after the sun goes down, it gets quiet and peaceful. We shared the anchorage with a pair of osprey who had a nest full of young ones. You may also see bald eagles and even bears along the river.
Marinalife and Cruisers Net fuel price pages to find the best deals on diesel. The information from both sites seem to be the most up-to-date. After fueling, we began the trek to Myrtle Beach. One thing we try to do, but often don't, is to stay put on weekends, especially when traveling through tourist areas. This was a Saturday and the tourists were out on the water en masse. The hoards of jet skis and rental boats almost drove us nuts, but we made the marina where we planned to meet our friends by just after 1:00 PM. We tied up at the Myrtle Beach Yacht Club for a couple of days while we visited MV "Diamond Girl" and also celebrated our own anniversary. The visit went very well and the marina even became a new vendor for our anchorage books.
previous post. Other than a couple of rude and inconsiderate boaters that even the commercial barges were complaining about, this may have been one of our easiest passages on the Cape Fear. We had a quick ride in the northbound incoming tide, and the southwest winds on the stern made the afternoon comfortable and kept the seas flat. There is always a lot of activity on the Cape Fear--tugs and tows, ferries, large ships and pleasure craft--coming and going continuously. A sharp lookout is needed at all times. We generally run just outside the ship channel buoys to stay away from the larger vessels while staying in deep water. Going up river, we stay just outside of the red buoys. Turning off the Cape Fear and heading up the channel to Snows Cut requires paying close attention to the cross current and not getting swept out of the channel. The depths out of the channel are very shallow, and the range markers that helped keep boaters in the channel are long gone. You will have to spend as much time looking behind the boat as looking forward to judge the boats position in the well-marked channel. The cross current is the strongest at the entrance to Snows Cut. Once in the cut, the going will either be very fast or very slow depending on whether the tides are incoming or outgoing from Carolina Beach Inlet.