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Charleston SC Marina Currents

Tips to Make Docking Stress Free.

Stress free docking everytime

We want your arrival docking and departure to be as stress free and safe as possible. Strong currents and high winds can make docking at any of the Charleston SC Marinas a challenge with our 6 ft tides and one to two knot currents.

Proper planning and coordination with our expert staff can make docking easy and safe.

Pre-planning for your arrival is very important

  • Calculate the current and arrive plus or minus 1 hour of slack current if possible. We have a limited number of T-head docks but they are usually full during transient season.
  • Call ahead on Channel 16 or phone at (843) 557-1027 and give our staff time to meet you at your slip, coordinate, your tie-up side, and answer any questions.
  • If possible, rig lines and fenders on both sides to make any last-minute change of plans easy to handle.
  • Let our staff know of any maneuvering limitations you have and we will do our best to accommodate you to make docking as easy as possible.

Calculating the time of slack current

  • Slack water is always close to the time of high or low tide at “Penny’s Creek” on the Stono River
  • The NOAA Bouy and Tide data app current station of “Johns Island Bridge, South Carolina” is right next to the marina and also recommended
  • The “exact” indication of current when you arrive is the “no wake” bouy off the end of C dock

Currents run basically parallel to our slips at Saint Johns Yacht Harbor on a course of North/South. The flag at the head of the dock area is a good indication of the wind direction and velocity.

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