ICW Cruise: Windmill Harbour, a Premier Sailing Community on Hilton Head Island

ICW Cruise: Windmill Harbour, a Premier Sailing Community on Hilton Head Island


Editor's Note: The ICW series of blog entries details the April 2010 cruise down the ICW made by WaterViewHome Network Publisher David Lott. The purpose of the trip is twofold: to accompany Captain Steve Weisbrod who is delivering a 43-foot Lagoon PowerCat from Lewis, DE, to Key West, FL, where it will become part of a charter fleet, and to visit golf and waterview communities and report on them. You can read all other posts by clicking on the headlines on the list of entries at the end of this installment.

Elegance, beautiful homes, beautiful boats--all within a stunning marina community. That easily sums up Windmill Harbour, the community I spent the morning with on our stay at Hilton Head Island. Its marina is protected by a lock system that keeps the stray visitor out and a calm safe refuge within.

Entrance to Windmill Harbour from Calibogue Sound.


The water level behind the lock and in the marina is above that of the sound.

Boat enters lock
A boat loaded with a washing machine and furniture enters the lock.

Water out
With both sets of lock doors shut, water begins to pour out of the lock.

Boat comes out
The water levels within the lock and the sound are the same, doors open, out comes the boat.


Men in blue
The men in blue: Assist. Harbormaster Paul Coe, left, and Harbormaster Mike Hall keep the locks going & boats coming.



Overlooking lock
Stately homes overlook the harbor entrance and enjoy wide sound views.

Overlook entrance

Shoreline view
Pink and gray ladies with three stories and more stand shoulder to shoulder on the shore.

Additional privacy within the private grounds of Windmill Harbour.


Street scene
Lush landscaping, privacy walls and ironwork create an intimate setting.

The club pool._

Homes cluster around the marina.

A classic
The wraps come off a classic.

Boats at anchor

Door handles
The door handles to the entrance to the South Carolina Yacht Club at Windmill Harbour are a handsome pair of Herreshoff cleats.


The clubhouse is outfitted with ship models and sculpture.

Dramatic painting in the ceiling of the Governors Room.

Harbor view from 2nd fl
View of the harbor from the second floor of the clubhouse looking toward the lock.


After touring the clubhouse, I returned to Harbour Town and prepared to leave for our next port of call at Fernandina, FL.

Follow the Complete Trip Down the ICW by clicking on the headlines below.

**ICW Trip Announcement

DAY 1 - Havre de Grace, MD - Engine Trouble**

DAY 2 - Alligator River Marina, NC - River Forest, NC

DAY 2: A Visit to River Dunes, Oriental NC

DAY 3 - The Oriental Boat Show Is a Town-Wide Celebration

DAY 4 - Tiptoeing Past Firing Lines to North River Club & Brunswick Forest

DAY 5 - St. James Plantation Marina - New Home Construction

DAY 6: Charleston's Mega Dock Is a Showcase for the World's Most Beautiful Yachts

Day 6: Daniel Island's Mitchell Wharf Offers Deepwater Docks, River Views

Day 6: Harbour Town Yacht Club with All the Trimmings on Hilton Head Island

Day 7: Discovering Windmill Harbour's Elegance and Privacy on HHI, SC

Day 8: Going 'Outside' to Fernandina & The Peaceful Marshes at Oyster Bay Harbour'

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