Beaufort Marina Increasing Its Appeal to Intracoastal Waterway Cruisers

The charming city of Beaufort, South Carolina is upping their game when it comes to drawing in cruisers traveling along the Intracoastal Waterway and should surely become a preferred stopover point for many east coast cruisers.

An improved mooring area in Beaufort River and upgraded electrical connections will make Beaufort more appealing to visiting boaters through a $100,000 federal grant received by the City of Beaufort and the Downtown Beaufort Marina.

“For boaters who travel up and down the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, Beaufort will be a much more appealing place to stop for a night or two or three,” Beaufort City Manager Scott Dadson said of the marina upgrades and new mooring field. “For too many years we’ve overlooked this important part of marketing our city to the boating community.”

Work is expected to run from July 1 through December. The U.S. Department of Interior, Fish and Wildlife Services are the federal funding agency for this Boating Infrastructure Grant. Key elements in the project include:

· Installing two step-up transformers to increase the electrical voltage from 208 to 240 volts on the marina’s outermost dock which serves visiting vessels. The improvement will provide better customer service and make the marina more attractive to larger vessels traveling the Intracoastal Waterway

· Installing 16 professionally-managed moorings for transient boats in an approved area of the Beaufort River, in the area already used as the city’s “harbor.” Such mooring space isn’t available between Charleston and St. Augustine, FL. The new moorings will replace the approximately 12 randomly placed anchoring and also will involve removal of dilapidated boats which will improve water quality.

· Replacing two existing but rusting electrical disconnect systems at the marina and installing new disconnects in stainless steel housings.

The mooring buoys will either be fabricated by a marine contractor or purchased through a vendor. The most cost effective approach will be the one selected. The buoys will be installed by a licensed marine contractor under the supervision of an engineer, said Libby Anderson, Beaufort’s planning director.

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