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Finally crossing the state line from North Carolina to South Carolina, the ICW cruise is greeted with foul weather and beautiful coastlines

This guest post blog series details the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Cruise of two friends, Karen and George, as they cruise the east coast from Chesapeake Bay to the Florida Gulf Coast.

After an overnight stay in Hampstead, NC, the Special K crew left port at 8:00 am to begin day 8 of our Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway cruise to Florida.

The day was overcast with a chance of showers.  At 8:45am the south west winds began to pick-up (10 miles/hr) and the chop increased. 

We skirted around the rain showers all day… and in between the rain and sun we enjoyed the beauty of the homes along the NC ICW. 

As beautiful as the coastline was, one couldn’t help being struck by the economic disparities between the have and have nots in our country.

We stopped in Carolina Beach, NC to refuel (highest prices yet @ $4.25 a gallon for diesel)… so would not suggest making this stop for fuel.  

A portion of the ICW runs through Horry county from the NC/SC state line to the Waccamaw River for approximately 90 miles. 

Starting at the north end, the first 5 miles of this section includes historic Little River.  The 90 foot wide and 12 foot deep cut is the longest man-made ditch in the entire length of the ICW.  It opened in 1936.

We pushed southward and 3 miles from our nightly destination got clobbered by the rain storms. 

We pulled into Myrtle Beach Yacht Club  located on Little River just 15 minutes before closing time. 

We were tired, hungry and wet.  This was a nice marina with floating docks and well stocked restrooms.  Again we were greeted with that wonderful southern hospitality.

Myrtle Beach Yacht Club is situated in the well protected waters of Coquina Harbor in Little River, South Carolina at mile marker 346 on the ICW.

That evening we dinned at nearby Clarke’s Seafood and Chophouse Restaurant, which was located next to the marina. 

We had a very nice meal with attentive & polite wait staff.  Diesel even got his first real bone from Captain George’s rib eye.

Follow the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Cruise

Continue to follow their two week journey on this blog as Karen shares guest posts detailing each leg of their cruise along the Intracoastal Waterways.

See all the latest posts:
Intracoastal Waterway Cruise

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Diane Seltzer

Founder & Editor at My Boat Life
Diane is the founder of MyBoatLife.com as well as the boating lifestyle site for kids BoaterKids.com. She is also active in the boating industry, serving as the marketing director for a marine sunshade product, SureShade, and founder of Marine Marketing Tools, a collaborative site for sharing marine marketing best practices. Diane is also the author of the children's book The Amazing Adventures of Boat Girl.

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