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Folly River Surveyed
FOLLY BEACH, SC (Wed 09/30/09) --

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The Folly River, just inland of Stono Inlet, has been recently surveyed and the US Coast Guard has repositioned the channel markers accordingly. The newly marked channel appears to have plenty of depth and this is good news to many mariners who have run aground in this area over the past year or two.

There are two areas that have radically changed. First, the new entry into the Folly River has shifted about 0.2 nautical miles to the southeast. And,a red nun "2" has been added and positioned well south to set up the approach from seaward. As of this date, however, the original red nun "2" is also still in place. This may cause confusion if you approach the newly marked channel from the upper Stono River (see frame number two).

The second major change is at nun "14" where the channel now crosses the river from northwest to southeast to a new day marker "16" (see frame number three.) This is the shallowest part of the newly marked channel. But even at low tide you should find 5 feet or more of water in this area.

The rest of the channel as marked will take you right along the outer docks of Sunset Cay Marina. Please give them a break and pass at idle speed.

The new channel is well marked. However, if you are new to the area and would like to enter a route for this area in your GPS, waypoints are provided in frame number five above. These waypoints were recorded with Atlantic Boat and Marine's Clara Mae, a 25' C-dory, on September 30, 2009. Keep in mind this area is constantly changing. If you have not been through here in a while, do yourself a favor and take it slow.

Because the area changes frequently, we try to take soundings as time allows and report them here. In the mean time, call us if you have questions or have more current information to offer.

Legal Disclaimer (in plain language):
Please don't rely on this information and then blame Atlantic Boat and Marine if you run aground or worse. We take no responsibility for the accuracy of these waypoints. Relying solely upon them would be a lack of good judgment on your part. Consider this information, but rely upon your own experience and seamanship abilities for the safety of your vessel and crew.

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