When we first came down the ICW in 2000, the ICW was being closed to do high steel work on some new bridges. The Socastee bridge was OK at that time although more experienced cruisers thought that it might have been the trouble point.
On a subsequent trip, there had been a fire in the controls and the bridge was permanently open. This time when we went through (Nov 2003) they were working on the bridge again. This process apparently started 11 months previously, and was not yet completed.
From the Sun-News
"Wed, Jan. 15, 2003
"Swing bridge repairs start
Landmark work to go for months
By Kevin Wiatrowski
The Sun News
"Highway crews began a 10-month project Tuesday to rehab the Socastee swing bridge, an aging landmark area residents have twice saved from destruction.
"Shortly after morning rush hour, crews with Wando-based Cape Romain Contractors Inc., the company doing the repairs for the S.C. Department of Transportation, closed off one lane of the bridge that carries Secondary Road 616 across the Intracoastal Waterway.
"The lane closing, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., will last the rest of the week. Similar partial closings - and the occasional total closing - will be regular features during the repairs, said Horry Parker, vice president for Cape Romain Contractors.
"Parker's company rehabbed the railroad bridge over the waterway parallel to U.S. 501.
"This week's closings will help painters prepare the bridge for a new coat of sky blue paint. Workers will drape the bridge inside and out with tarps every day as they blast old paint from the structure, Parker said.
"In the coming months, bridge renovations will include a new operator's house, new electrical system and new walkway...
"Last summer, the DOT proposed closing the Socastee bridge to save money. Residents demanded that the bridge be saved because of its value to locals who hope to avoid traffic on S.C. 544's Thrailkill bridge."
A recurring problem on the ICW for folks with masts that are 65 feet tall is the clearance under the fixed bridges. It is supposed to be at least 65 feet. You can see from the tide boards on this bridge that it is less than 65 feet at high tide. Someone with a 65 foot mast would have to wait for low tide.
The trawler that followed us down the Pine Island Cut in 2003 went in here. We've never been to this marina. The information below is from their website.
Equipment: Osprey Marina offers a protected harbor 150 yards off the waterway accessible by a private deep water channel. Inside the basin, 96 wet slips are available for vessels up to 60 feet. Each slip is equipped with 30 and 50 amp power, water, and cable.
The ship's store offers 24-hour restrooms and laundry, an on-site short order grill, beer and wine sales, marine supplies, free local calls and Internet connection, and a small library.
Daily Dock Storage: $1.00/FT for 1st 3 days, $.25/FT for 4 days to 30 days.
$5.00 electric hookup fee per day
$2.00 cable hookup fee per day
Free pump out
30 & 50 - Amp Shore Power
Boat US Discount on fuel only
Marina may be able to provide transportation, otherwise taxi or car rental services are available.
Upon your arrival you will be given a list of local services that are available.
I am not sure if this is actually Hague Marina, but it seems to be the closest picture I have - this marine is cheek by jowl with the fixed bridge whereas the directions I have say it is in a basin.
The prices have been about $1.00/ft.